10 rare photos of 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin you might not have seen
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin is best known for being multi-time Champion in the WWE and kick-starting the no-nonsense Attitude Era. He is easily one of the most recognisable superstars there ever has been in the company, and his face would easily get a spot on WWE’s Mount Rushmore.
There are many legendary pictures of "The Rattlesnake" that we’ve seen before. One of the best is him being arrested on an episode of Raw as per the title picture, as it looks so legit. If you showed it to a non-wrestling fan, they would think it was a normal arrest!
However, the aim of this article is to introduce you to many pictures of Austin that you may not have actually seen before. Get ready to see the "Rattlesnake" at different stages in his career and a glimpse into his life outside of wrestling.
Since having his last match in the company in 2003 at WrestleMania XIX, Stone Cold has featured in part-time appearances at special events. He also has his own podcast, TV Show and has featured in many films, including The Expendables.
This has given plenty of opportunity to capture photos of the man outside of the squared circle. Without further ado, let’s get to the first photo of Stone Cold you might not have seen!
#10 NWA television champion
teve Austin tasted title success before he shaved his hair, donned the black tights and adopted the attitude that made him famous. This picture shows him as the NWA Champion with long blond hair and being accompanied by Jeannie Adams.
Not many people realise that at this time, Austin was being managed by Percy Pringle, the man that would become Paul Bearer and go on to manage Undertaker and Kane in possibly the greatest story WWE have ever told. Rubbing shoulders with people of such talent gave Austin the experience needed to propel himself to the next level.
He then went on to be managed by Paul Heyman during his time in WCW. At this point, both men refused to accept the inevitable baldness, as evident by Austin’s surviving blond locks in this photo.
Austin already suits a belt over his shoulder but I’m not sure you’d have said that he would have become one of the most successful superstars in WWE history at this point. He still had a lot of work to do, but the youthful exuberance and determination that would get him there is easy to see in the picture.