In my assessment, Stone Cold's prime is in 1997-1999. The beginning of his Legendary stint is his Austin 3:16 segment after winning WWF King Of The Ring 1996. So, even Stone Cold was already in his 30s in those years, that's his prime when he became household name worldwide, not in his WCW days.
Best answer: In my assessment, Stone Cold's prime is in 1997-1999. The beginning of his Legendary stint is his Austin 3:16 segment after winning WWF King Of The Ring 1996. So, even Stone Cold was already in his 30s in those years, that's his prime when he became household name worldwide, not in his WCW days.
Here's how I rate 1997-1999 Stone Cold :
Strength- 8. Compared to powerhouses such as The Undertaker, Kane, and Big Show, Stone Cold is inferior in strength. But for a heavyweight of his size and guys of smaller size, Stone Cold is strong. Stone Cold is able to suplex and spinebuster guys of his size such as The Rock, Mick Foley, and Triple H and also to some of bigger guys such as The Undertaker and Kane. Stone Cold deserves 8.
Speed- 7. Stone Cold is quick for a guy of his size. Lou Thesz Press is one of signature move that shows his quickness. Add that with Lariat out of nowhere that Stone Cold often performs. Stone Cold deserves 7.
Agility- 7. For a Heavyweight, Stone Cold is agile. He does Leapfrog body guillotine and Point Elbow Drop off the top ropes. He deserves 7.
Technical Ability- 8. Although not as technical as he was in his younger days, Stone Cold was still a great technical wrestler. His variety of mat wrestling moves such as Spinebuster, Suplex, Superplex combined with deadly submission move Sleeper Hold show Stone Cold is a great wrestler. Stone Cold deserves 8.
Brawling- Stone Cold is the master of brawling. Stone Cold punches, kicks, and stomps his opponents to beat the crap out of his opponents during his matches. Stone Cold would also use steel chair to inflict more punishment on his opponents and sometimes he would go crazy with steel chair assaults to truly hurt his opponents. A perfect brawler, in the same league with The Undertaker and John Cena in my opinion, but more ruthless and sadistic. Stone Cold deserves a perfect 10.
Mic Skills- 10. WWF Fans never got bored hearing Stone Cold talking in the mic. Definitely a perfect talker with brilliant mic skill. Stone Cold deserves a perfect 10.
Stamina- 7. Stone Cold has never been known as an hour wrestler who put on wrestling clinic such as Ric Flair, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels. But, Stone Cold wrestles some matches 20-30 minutes in length. That's why he deserves 7.
Charisma- 10. Stone Cold is so charismatic that make a lot of people care about and admire him. Definitely a perfect 10.
Match Quality- 8. Stone Cold's best matches came during his younger WCW days and later stage of his WWF Career in 2001 (against Triple H, The Rock, Kurt Angle, and Chris Jericho). But that shouldn't diminish his very good matches against Dude Love, Kane, The Undertaker, and The Rock during 1998-1999. Those matches are very good and underrated matches with great brawling. Add that with his 5 star classic match against Bret Hart at Wrestlemania 13. Stone Cold deserves 8.
Theme Song- 10. The theme song is just so intense and Legendary. Just hear the arena erupts when WWF Fans heard the glass shatters. The theme song is so popular worldwide that I'm sure non wrestling Fans know this theme.
Toughness- 10. I can only think of The Undertaker that can match Stone Cold in toughness. Remember, Stone Cold was the number one nemesis of the most powerful man in WWF during Attitude Era, the owner of WWF himself, Mr. McMahon. Mr. McMahon put everything in his power to make Stone Cold's life a living hell in 1998-1999, yet Stone Cold always defied the odds and survived. In fact, Stone Cold won the war against Mr. McMahon, getting him banned forever from WWF in Fully Loaded 1999 (until Stone Cold reinstated him for an exchange for a WWF Title shot). During that Legendary feud in 1998-1999, Mr. McMahon sent the best WWF had to offer to punish Stone Cold, from Dude Love, Kane, The Rock, and finally The Undertaker. All of them might get some wins during the feud, but in the end Stone Cold wins the feud and the war. Not even the almighty The Undertaker (who got request from Mr. McMahon) with the help of his Corporate Ministry able to stop Stone Cold, who won the war that got Corporate Ministry disbanded also banning Mr. McMahon in Fully Loaded 1999. That showed in his prime Stone Cold was so unstoppable and his toughness was second to none. In fact, Stone Cold was the first ever man who handed The Undertaker clean defeat in Raw 1999 following two Stone Cold Stunners. Add that with the fact Stone Cold never submit during this period. Not even submission master Bret Hart could make Stone Cold submit, even after brutalizing him with weapon assaults and locked him viciously in his Legendary Sharpshooter at Wrestlemania 13. Stone Cold never gives up, he only passed out of pain. Definitely a perfect 10, arguably tougher than The Undertaker whom I regard as the toughest WWE Superstar.
Psychology- 10. Stone Cold is able to get crowd reactions not only when he entered the arena, but also in his segments and matches. The crowd had always been alive, kept chanting and cheering for Austin. Just hear "Austin, Austin" and "What" chants during Attitude Era. Also hear the crowd reaction when Stone Cold do Mudhole Stomp, nails Stone Cold Stunner, and celebrates his victory. Definitely a perfect 10.
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