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Austin 3:16

Friday, June 22, 2018 5:37 PM

Austin 3:16

When I first got into wrestling, I saw a lot of this Austin 3:16 shirt... a whole lot.  It intrigued me.  

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It was oh so basic in design, and yet, I knew there must be a story behind it.  So I started researching... and the answers I found made me like the shirt even more.

Have you ever heard Stone Cold himself tell the story of the night Austin 3:16 came to be?  Do yourself a favor and look it up.  In the meantime I'll give you the gist of things here...

During King of the Ring in 1996, Stone Cold Steve Austin was slated to take on Jake "The Snake" Roberts.  At that time, Roberts was portraying himself as a former alcoholic who was able to defeat his addictions with faith.  

In an earlier match, Steve Austin was injured and taken to the hospital where he had his lip stitched up in preparation for the tournament's final duel against Roberts.  While he was away, "The Snake" cut a promo wherein he further depicted himself as a born again Christian and referenced the bible as he recited John 3:16.  When Austin returned from the hospital, his colleagues mentioned that Jake cut a religious promo during his absence, and they gave Stone Cold a little overview of what he missed before he met up with Roberts in the final match.

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Well, Stone Cold was victorious and Jake "The Snake" Roberts had to be carried from the ring.  As this was happening, Austin demanded, "The first thing I want to be done is to get that piece of crap out of my ring!"  He went on to say - in a very off the cuff way - "You sit there and you thump your Bible and you say your prayers and it didn't get you anywhere.  Talk about your Psalms, talk about John 3:16 -- Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass!"

The crowd went wild and people bought it big time.  The next day, on Raw, hundreds of fans showed up with Austin 3:16 signs.  WWE made a shirt out of it and it became the Number 1 selling wrestling shirt of all time.  To this day, it sits near the top of the list.

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I love the Texas Rattlesnake for his brutal defeats in the ring and his blunt style in the mic.  That night provided a grand slam for Steve Austin in a way he never saw coming... And that's the bottom line - because Stone Cold said so.

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