Stone Cold Steve Austin is considered one of the greatest legends in the history of the World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment. He also wrestled for the other two major US promotions, World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling, where he was known as Stunning Steve Austin. He was the face of the WWF for four years, as well as the iconic character of the Attitude Era.
He reached his peak in the late 1990s playing the gimmick of an irreverent beer-drinking anti-hero who routinely challenged despotic head of the federation Vince McMahon. He also holds the record for the most main event appearances at pay-per-view events in the same year (twelve in 2001), a record shared with The Rock. In 2003, during the 10th anniversary episode of Raw, he was voted the Greatest Superstar of Raw's first decade and received the Best Raw moment award for overpowering Corporation Vince and Shane McMahon and The Rock, with a beer hydrant.
He won nineteen titles during his career including the WWF Championship six times, the Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Tag Team Championship four times, becoming the fifth wrestler to wear the Triple Crown. He was also the winner of the 1996 King of the Ring, as well as the winner of the 1997 and 1998 and 2001 Royal Rumbles, setting the record for victories. Under The Ringmaster character he was managed by Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase, who awarded him the Million Dollar Championship. On March 30, 2003, at the age of thirty-eight, he was forced to retire from professional wrestling due to multiple neck and knee injuries sustained during his career, but was named co-general throughout the remainder of 2003 and 2004 as manager and sheriff of Raw.