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Steve Austin’s Net Worth: How Much Did He Make as WWE Legend Stone Cold?

Steve Austin’s Net Worth: How Much Did He Make as WWE Legend Stone Cold?

In the 1990s, no one was hotter in the world of professional wrestling than Stone Cold Steve Austin with his “Hell Yeah!” catchphrase. Austin was at the center of a feud with Mr. McMahon, better known as WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. The two in-ring characters played out their venomous hate for each other every week on Monday Night Raw, and Stone Cold Steve Austin amassed an impressive net worth doing so.

What is Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Net Worth?

Stone Cold Steve Austin’s iconic feud, in addition to the rest of his impressive catalog with WWE, made Austin rich, McMahon richer, and left fans wanting more. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Stone Cold Steve Austin is worth $30 million.

Austin, whose real name is Steve Williams, comes from the Austin, Texas area. He wrestled for World Class Championship Wrestling in Dallas. Then, Austin moved over to United States Championship Wrestling. That’s where booker Dutch Mantell gave Steve his Steve Austin name.

Eventually, Austin signed with World Championship Wrestling, making appearances on its weekly WCW Monday Nitro broadcasts. While he won championships in WCW, things didn’t work out too well there. Ultimately, WCW Vice President Eric Bischoff released Austin from his contract. Filled with venom, the “Texas Rattlesnake” joined with ECW, where he was still nursing an injury that prevented him from wrestling.

Stone Cold Steve Austin Lands in WWF/WWE

Though he had an impressive resume before his days in WWF/WWE, Stone Cold Steve Austin didn’t truly build an impressive net worth until landing on Vince McMahon’s show.

With WWE Hall of Fame inductee Paul Heyman as president and owner of ECW. Steve Austin’s promos set the tone for his future run with McMahon and the WWE. Heyman knew Austin from his days as Paul E. Dangerously in WCW. He signed with WWF/WWE in late 1995, thanks to some help from wrestler Kevin Nash and broadcaster/executive Jim Ross. They convinced McMahon to sign The Texas Rattlesnake. It turned into a good thing because WWF was losing to WCW in the ratings game.

Overnight, Steve Austin turned red hot, thanks to his iconic promo at the 1996 King of the Ring. It launched the “Austin 3:16” T-shirt trend and rocketed Steve Austin to the peak of the wrestling net worth mountain.

Upon beating a religion-filled Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Austin made his way to the then-WWF broadcast podium. “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 that I just whipped your ass!”

‘Austin 3:16’ Promo Sets Wrestling World on Fire

It was a money promo, sending fans off to buy the now-infamous “Austin 3:16” black T-shirt with white lettering. Speaking of money, Austin’s biggest times as an in-ring performer were during the “Attitude Era” and “Ruthless Aggression,” which was right after that one. It’s reported that Steve Austin added a staggering $5 million to $12 million to his net worth during this time. WWE still sells “Austin 3:16” T-shirts to this day, and Austin likely gets a piece of that action.

Once he moved over from ECW to WWF/WWE in the mid-1990s, Austin feuded with the best…ranging from Bret “The Hitman” Hart to The Rock. He was hellaciously good on the mic, getting over a promo and making the fans roar their approval.

Injuries, though, were taking their toll on Austin, including ones to his neck. He kept wrestling until 2003. But Austin was a marketable commodity, finding himself acting in movies. He also hosted two very popular reality TV shows on CMT, Redneck Island and Stone Cold’s Broken Skull Challenge.

Steve Austin and his fourth wife Kristin split time between a Nevada ranch and his home in Marina del Rey, Calif. Austin has four children, Stephanie, Loren, Jade, and Cassidy, all from previous marriages.