World Wrestling Entertainment today is the undisputed kingpin of the sports entertainment world, but this was not the case back in 1996 and 1998. The league once had stiff competition and was losing a ratings war from the Ted Turner owned World Championship Wrestling.
The executive producer of the company, Eric Bischoff, went on a mission to dethrone the WWE by acquiring its greatest brand name in Hulk Hogan in 1994. It took a couple of years, but eventually WCW also grabbed the newer talent that Vince Mcmahon was grooming to replace the 1980’s superstar in Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.
It was the summer of 1996 where WCW shocked the world, Hulk Hogan had turned heel and joined with “New Generation” stars of Diesel and Razor Ramone and the NWO was born. The WWE found itself in some serious competition and more of its star would jump ship to Ted Turner’s organization.
That same summer, Stone Cold Steve Austin, was coming into his own and shocked fans with his King Of The Ring speech that would become historic. Austin 3:16 would become the catchphrase of a generation and it started off as Steve Austin mocking legendary wrestler Jake “The Snake” Roberts who had become religious at the time.
Steve Austin would become a pop culture phenomenon who would help lead the WWE’s second boom of the last century with the beloved “Attitude Era” which was counter culture compared to the WWE’s 1980 image. He would star in multiple WrestleMania events as the top champion.
He would become apart of some of the biggest moments in pro wrestling history with the likes of Mike Tyson, The Rock, and Vince Mcmahon himself. He would be the catalyst for the WWE to return back to its number one spot in the industry with monstrous television ratings and ppv numbers.
Now the story of the iconic “Stone Cold” Steve Austin will be documented by ESPN. The producers of the Michael Jordan docuseries “The Last Dance” will next step into the ring with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.
Directed by Jason Hehir, The Last Dance explores the career of NBA legend Michael Jordan, focusing particularly on his final season with the Chicago Bulls. After premiering on ESPN in April and becoming more widely available on Netflix, the docuseries was met with immense critical acclaim, earning a near-perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes along with award wins at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards and the TCA Awards.
The producers of “The Last Dance” — which chronicled Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls’ quest for their sixth title — are reportedly working on a documentary featuring WWE icon Stone Cold Steve Austin
The news was revealed by former WWE announcer Lillian Garcia on The Chris Van Vliet Show, where she admitted that she’ll be part of the upcoming documentary. The interesting part was that she was actually watching The Last Dance when she received the call.
“WWE contacted me and they said the producers from The Last Dance are going to reach out to you,” Garcia said. “They want you in their documentary. It’s crazy because when I got the message I was literally just watching The Last Dance documentary.”
Last year, it had also been reported that WWE and A&E were partnering up to produce five new Biography episodes featuring WWE Hall of Famers. Along with Austin, new episodes are set to highlight “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Booker T, and Shawn Michaels. Premiere dates have not yet been revealed. This news comes to us from Chris Van Vliet on YouTube.
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