Judge David Johnson recently delivered a Stone Cold Stunner to his cat. He's a tough guy!
Back in the mid '90s, when Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation (eventually World Wrestling Entertainment) was locked in a ratings battle with the upstart WCW, a figure emerged to return McMahon's brand to prominence. He was Stone Cold Steve Austin, a beer-swilling, hell-raising, Southern-fried tough guy who infused the WWE with a hardcore attitude the company would ride into ratings dominance. As it says on the DVD packaging, Austin is wrestling's most popular superstar of all time, and it's hard to argue that point. Even Hulk Hogan, at the height of his popularity, was unable to reach the fevered clamoring the masses had for the Texas Rattlesnake.
Heck, I wasn't even a wrestling fan and I felt the pop culture burn of Stone Cold. This four-disc set is probably overdue, considering how prominent a role he played in the evolution of the brand and the industry. The good news: it was worth the wait.
WCW Saturday Night—July 30, 1994
King of the Ring—June 23, 1996
WrestleMania 13—March 23, 1997
In Your House: D-Generation X—December 7, 1997
WrestleMania 14—March 29, 1998
SummerSlam—August 30, 1998
Raw—March 22, 1999
WrestleMania XV—March 28, 1999
WrestleMania X-7—April 1, 2001
WWE: Stone Cold Steve Austin is ten hours of material, with the documentary transmitted in a clean standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, supplemented by a Dolby 2.0 stereo track. The matches themselves are all ported over from their full frame broadcast TV presentations. For extras, we get some bonus scenes that didn't make the final cut of the documentary.
Worthy of the icon that is Stone Cold Steve Austin. Not Guilty.
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