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Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time Review

I haven’t watched many WWE DVD documentaries lately but when I came across Stone Cold Steve Austin: The Bottom Line on the Most Popular Superstar of All Time I immediately ended by Netflix search. The home video offers the fascinating story to Austin’s rise and a flashback to one of the most fun eras in WWE history.

I have always been an Austin fan, even going back to when I first saw him come into USWA so I was hooked the second the movie started. Austin does a great job throughout the movie of remaining true to his Stone Cold persona yet opening up about his career highs and lows. I have to admit that I felt old pretty fast watching the old footage of Austin in USWA and his early WCW run.

They breezed through his career in WCW fairly quickly considering he had a pretty solid four years there. They briefly touched on his run with the Dangerous Alliance, although Paul Heyman had comments throughout the video.

Austin did spend a little bit of time talking about one of my favorite teams of all-time, the Hollywood Blondes with Brian Pillman. It was interesting hearing all of the booking inconsistencies that were going on behind the scenes right around this time. Ricky Steamboat talked a lot about his run against the Blondes on my radio show years ago and how the upper card guys would get upset that they would work hard on house shows. Austin never mentioned that, although he did talk about his singles series with Steamboat.

Austin talks about being fired by Eric Bischoff over the phone and then later via Fed Ex. Austin has matured quite a bit over the years because he was very diplomatic here, even going as far as to say that he agrees with the decision Bischoff made. In the past Austin has cut promos on WCW and Bischoff for the firing so this was a new twist on it. I guess it’s easy to understand when the decision ultimately led to Austin becoming the biggest draw in WWE history.

Austin’s run in ECW was covered and what a memorable run it was. Quite frankly Austin started to reveal his Stone Cold character here in ECW before he unleashed it in the WWE. Austin enjoyed his run in ECW and was surprised he was going to get paid to just come in and cut promos.

Austin then goes to the WWE and struggles a bit early on. Austin talks about the origins of the Stone Cold character which unveils a pretty funny story about WWE creative. Austin said he went to the WWE with the Stone Cold idea and they sent him a bunch of new names back. The names are shown and they all look like someone you’d see today in FCW. Austin pushed back and of course the rest is history.

Austin’s WWE run was covered and he opens up about some behind the scenes issues that were never or rarely addressed. He goes in detail about his serious neck injuries and it really is a reminder about a) how close he was to having his career ended at his peak and b) how much pain he was probably in for most of his run. Austin shows a real personal side when he reveals his insecurities with having to sit out while The Rock was getting red hot.

Austin’s infamous heel turn was covered in great length. Austin says it was his idea to turn heel and he pushed for it. Austin says in hindsight that he wishes he’d never done it, as do most of us. It’s funny because people remember it now as a real fail but I didn’t think it was that bad at the time.

Austin goes into great detail about the time he walked out after WrestleMania 18. Austin says he was frustrated going into WrestleMania that he wasn’t working with Hulk Hogan in the main-event. That is funny because I always heard that Austin didn’t want to work with Hogan. He says he was having a lot of personal issues at the time and was done when he heard the plan was for him to lose to Brock Lesnar on RAW in a King of the Ring qualifier. Austin emphasizes, “A qualifier?” Triple H comments that it wasn’t the right thing to do. What I found slightly disappointing here was that McMahon never actually explained why he was going with that plan in the first place. That is what I left the segment wondering. Was Vince planning on jobbing Austin out? Did Vince think Austin was done? What exactly was the motivation behind it? Austin was still red hot at the time so even in hindsight it doesn’t make sense. Austin says he wished he handled it differently, yet I kind of think he was right here unless there was some master plan that wasn’t so obvious.

The absolute best part of this documentary is the numerous clips that are shown throughout the movie, a lot of them which are available on the Blu-ray and DVD versions. I was always a big Stone Cold fan but I even forgot about how much fun it was to watch Monday Night RAW and WWE television when Austin was coming into his own and at his peak. I found myself popping and laughing several times as if I had just watched them for the first time.

This leads me to another question I’d love to know. Why in the world is Stone Cold not on WWE television today? I wrote a lengthy blog on this last week and it just boggled my mind when I finished the DVD. Here you have the biggest draw in WWE history doing nothing in pro wrestling. He can’t be on television every week if he isn’t wrestling but the video shows how much versatility he had as a performer. Not having Austin on television every 6-8 weeks is criminal at this point. I don’t know if there is some kind of heat between both sides which quite honestly I hope there is because if there is not, the WWE are just clueless.

Austin begins to wrap up the documentary by thanking the fans. There are some wrestlers you have seen thank fans on their videos that don’t seem authentic and others that do. Maybe he’s working but I really found Austin humble here the way he showed his appreciation for the fans. Austin mentioned his Twitter account and how he uses it to stay in touch with fans and answer questions.

All in all this was one of the fastest 2 and a half hours I have ever spent watching a WWE home video. I can’t imagine anything much better coming along anytime soon from the home video division. Next to some of the old school documentaries this was far and away the best documentary that the company has ever produced and a must watch for anyone who had the honor of watching pro wrestling during the Stone Cold era.

Disc 1

Football and Wrestling
Rookie of the Year
From Hollywood California
A Platform
Fang McFrost
Main Event Momentum
1% Tough, 99% Lucky
Raising Hell
Tyson & Austin
Austin Era Has Begun
Cultural Phenomenon
Stooges
The Boss
Rattlesnake vs. Brahma Bull
Difficult Decisions
Return to Mania
Stone Cold Comedy
Really? I’m Not Coming!
One More Round
The Law of Monday Night RAW
The Show Never Ends
New Horizons
Somewhere Down In Texas

Disc 2

Stunning Steve Austin vs. Gentleman Chris Adams
USWA – May 1990

Stunning Steve Austin & Ric Flair vs. Sting & Ricky Steamboat
WCW Saturday Night – July 30, 1994

King of the Ring Final
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Jake The Snake Roberts
King of the Ring – June 23, 1996

Submission Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart
W/ Alternate Commentary By: Steve Austin & Jim Ross
WrestleMania 13 – March 23, 1997

Intercontinental Championship Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock
In Your House: D-Generation X – December 7, 1997

WWE Championship Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels
W/ Alternate Commentary By: Steve Austin & Jim Ross
WrestleMania 14 – March 29, 1998

Disc 3

Hardcore Match for the WWE Championship
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Dude Love
Over the Edge – May 31, 1998

WWE Championship Match
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Undertaker
SummerSlam – August 30, 1998

Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Big Show
RAW – March 22, 1999

No Disqualification Match for the WWE Championship
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. The Rock
WrestleMania 15 – March 28, 1999

No Disqualification Match for the WWE Championship
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock
W/ Alternate Commentary By: Steve Austin & Jim Ross
WrestleMania 17 – April 1, 2001

Disc 4

A Flare for the Old
WCW Saturday Night – June 5, 1993

A Bunch of Violent Crap
ECW Hardcore TV – October 10, 1995

WCW Monday Nyquil
ECW Hardcore TV – October 31, 1995

Flat Out Disgusted
ECW Hardcore TV – December 19, 1995

My Exact Opinion of Bret Hart
In Your House: Mind Games – September 22, 1996

Stone Cold on Livewire
Livewire – October 19, 1996

Home Invasion
RAW – November 4, 1996

1996 New Sensation Award
Slammy Awards Show – March 21, 1997

Freedom of Speech Award
Slammy Awards Show – March 21, 1997

Ambulance Attack
RAW – April 21, 1997

The World’s Most Famous Stunner
RAW – September 22, 1997

Tyson and Austin!
RAW – January 19, 1998

The Easy Way or the Hard Way
RAW – March 30, 1998

Zamboni 3:16
RAW – September 28, 1998

Paging Dr. Austin
RAW – October 5, 1998

McMahon’s Cement Corvette
RAW – October 12, 1998

Bang 3:16
RAW – October 19, 1998

Beer Truck
RAW – March 22, 1999

The Funeral of Stone Cold Steve Austin
RAW – April 19, 1999

Austin’s Revenge
Survivor Series – November 19, 2000

Jim Ross Interviews Steve Austin and The Rock
SmackDown – March 22, 2001

Gift Giving Mood
SmackDown – July 5, 2001

Mr. McMahon’s Alliance Woes
SmackDown – July 12, 2001

The Old Stone Cold
SmackDown – July 19, 2001

Whataburger
RAW – January 14, 2002

The Highlight Reel
SmackDown – June 7, 2003

Blu-ray Exclusive Special Features

“Stone Cold” Answers Your Twitter Questions
The Sportatorium
The T-Shirt
The Broken Skull Ranch

Blu-ray Exclusive Matches

No Mercy – May 16, 1999
Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Triple H

Raw – Oct. 8, 2001
WWE Championship Match
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle

No Mercy – Oct. 21, 2001
Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. Kurt Angle vs. Rob Van Dam

WrestleMania XIX – March 30, 2003
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock

Blu-ray Exclusive Moments

WCW Saturday Night – May 15, 1993
A Flair for the Gold

Superstars – Nov. 17, 1996
The Biggest Draw in the World

Superstars – March 23, 1997
The Foundation of the WWE
Raw – Aug. 18, 1997
You Want a Pear? You Want an Apple?

Raw – March 17, 2003
Post-Raw: “Stone Cold” Has Some Words with The Rock

WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – April 4, 2009
Vince McMahon Inducts “Stone Cold” Steve Austin into the Hall of Fame

WrestleMania 25 – April 5, 2009
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin Salutes Texas

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric’s work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

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