Tag Archives: Steve Austin

No Holds Barred

TV Guide – December 5-11, 1998
By Bruce Newman

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Pro Wrestling’s Outrageous Superstars Are Pinning Down The Sport’s Biggest Audiences And Ratings Ever!  Here’s Why.

Before you see him on-screen, you hear him coming with the thunderously amplified sound of glass shattering into a thousand jagged pieces.  It’s as if Stone Cold Steve Austin had just kicked in the front of your television set.  And in a way he has.  Striding into the ring for Raw Is War (USA Network, Mondays, 9 P.M./ET), the feared dreadnought of the World Wrestling Federation glowers at the red light on the top of the television camera.  But rather than rushing to drop his opponent into that orthopedic hell known as the Stone Cold Stunner, he responds to the crowd’s plea to once again preach the gospel according to him, Austin 3:16.  “I just whupped your ass!” he bellows and triumphantly raises his huge biceps into the air.  Like Hollywood Hulk Hogan, who at this moment is doing virtually the same routine on TNT’s WCW Monday Nitro (Mondays, 8 P.M./ET), Austin’s greatest strength as a wrestler is his mouth.  “I don’t read from a script out there,” Austin says.  “Everything from me is ad-lib.  You turn a camera on, put that little red light on me, I’m gonna go.”  So turn a little red light on TV’s hottest form of entertainment, because as Austin himself might say: Hell, yeah!  Professional wrestling is ready for its close-up. Continue reading

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Pro Wrestling Takes Bite Out Of ABC

Ocala Star-Banner – January 17, 1999
By Richard Burton

For those of you who need more proof of how well pro wrestling has caught on, just look at the bite it took into Monday Night Football’s viewership this past year.

Thanks to the 9.2 million viewers who watched Nitro and Raw on Monday nights during the fourth quarter of 1998, Monday Night Football had to endure the lowest ratings in its 29-year history. Continue reading

One Trip To See Pro Wrestling

Charlotte Observer – June 10, 2000
By Ken Garfield, Religion Editor

Some people might find the descriptions below offensive. But to understand the popular world of professional wrestling, we believe you need to understand exactly what children are cheering on in arenas and on television. Continue reading

Pulling Down The Big Bucks

Westchester County Weekly – August 2, 2001
By Chris Kanaracus

In terms of talent expenditures, WWFE is sitting on highly favorable financial ground, especially during a soft economy; the salary structure in a wrestling organization is nothing like the bloated payroll of a professional sports team. Continue reading

Meat Marketing

Westchester County Weekly – August 2, 2001
By Chris Kanaracus

Paramount to WWFE’s success is an ability to create new stars. While baseball, basketball and other sports certainly benefit from marquee draws like Michael Jordan and Pedro Martinez, pro wrestling depends on them. Storylines surround them. Fans root for, or razz them. Lucrative merchandise is created in their image. Continue reading

All Of Pro Wrestling Is Now Owned By The WWF – Deal With It

Salt Lake City Weekly – July 26, 2001
By Bill Frost

You know professional wrestling is in dire straits when City Weekly honcho and rasslin’ aficionado John Saltas couldn’t care less about what’s going on anymore. Continue reading

WWF Is Kids’ Main Event

Boston Globe – July 17, 2001
By David Arnold

The arms and legs of the 9-year-old were all motion outside the FleetCenter ticket window yesterday, a mix of ballet leap and infantry charge as he imitated the infamous leg drop of the mighty Matt Hardy. Continue reading

Surgeon Grips Wrestling Market

San Antonio Express-News – July 15, 2001
By Jeff Lehr

Word seems to be getting around in the wrestling world about a San Antonio surgeon’s out-of-the-ring remedies.

More than a year after Dr. Lloyd Youngblood removed bone spurs from the neck of World Wrestling Federation superstar Stone Cold Steve Austin, fellow wrestler Chris Benoit, aka the Canadian Crippler, underwent a similar operation by the doctor. Continue reading

WWF: Tumble In Tacoma

Seattle Times – July 3, 2001
By Jose Miguel Romero

TACOMA – Vince McMahon, the shrewd mastermind behind the phenomenon that is the World Wrestling Federation, turned into master critic for a few moments last night at the Tacoma Dome. Continue reading

Wrestling Rumbles With Worldly Wisdom

The Daily Cavalier – April 2, 1999
By Rawley Vaughan

I’d like to say some words in defense of professional wrestling. Continue reading