Birth Date: December 18, 1964 / Age: 49
Birth Place: Victoria, Texas, USA
Also Credited as: 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin
Biography: Stephen Williams (born December 18, 1964), better known by his stage name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, is a professional wrestler from Victoria, Texas. His birth name was Stephen James Anderson; he took on the surname Williams when he was adopted by his stepfather (his biological father had left the family when he was a small child). There are also several sources that claim that his middle name is Shane, not James and there is much debate over this.
He went on to play football at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas), and, after holding down various odd jobs, began his wrestling career in the late 1980s in Texas. He took the ring name Steve Austin when he turned professional in 1990 because there was already a prominent, if not massively famous, wrestler with the ring name (and real name) Steve Williams. Austin states that he received the blessing of actor Lee Majors to use the name "Steve Austin", which was first used as the name of the character Majors played in the 1970s sci fi TV series The Six Million Dollar Man. Austin was trained by "Gentleman" Chris Adams amongst others.
Steve Austin got his start in professional wrestling in his home state of Texas, back in 1990. Austin was trained by "Gentleman" Chris Adams, an Englishman who was a mainstay on the Texas wrestling circuit for several years. Austin's debut match was a victory over Frogman LeBlanc. Shortly thereafter, Austin was a part of his first major storyline, ironically against his trainer, Chris Adams. To further antagonize Adams, Austin took on Jeannie Clarke, Adams' ex-wife, as his first manager. Austin and Adams feuded up and down the circuit for several months, with Adams' current wife at the time, Toni, getting into the mix as well. Austin would go on to win the USWA Southern title from Jeff Jarrett in 1991. It was only the beginning of things to come for the future wrestling legend.
Return to the Ring?
Jim Ross, in his WWE.com exclusive "Ross Report", has reported that Austin is training and priming to make another return to the ring.
Currently, Austin is among several WWE Superstars to make an appearance on Monday Night Raw when the show returns to the USA network on October 3, 2005.