The Birth Of Austin 3:16

Today is one of the most infamous days in wrestling history. It was on this date in 1996 that "Stone Cold" Steve Austin defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts to become the 1996 King Of The Ring. This event is also known for Stone Cold doing some bum wine name dropping as he tells Jake to pick up a bottle of Thunderbird to dig back some of his old courage.

As a special treat we present to you the birth of Austin 3:16! Oh hell yeah!

[Austin:] The first thing I want to be done, is to get that piece of crap out of my ring. Don't just get him out of the ring, get him out of the WWF because I've proved son, without a shadow of a doubt, you ain't got what it takes anymore! 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!
*crowd cheer*
[Hendrix:] Come on, that's not necessary...
[Austin:] All he's gotta do is go buy him a cheap bottle of Thunderbird and try to dig back some of that courage he had in his prime.
As the King of the Ring, I'm serving notice to every one of the WWF superstars. I don't give a damn what they are, they're all on the list, and that's Stone Cold's list, and I'm fixing to start running through all of 'em.
And as far as this championship match is considered son, I don't give a damn if it's Davey Boy Smith or Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin's time is come, and when I get that shot you're looking at the next WWF Champion. And that's the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so.
(promo transcript via

Grab yourself a bottle of Thunderbird and celebrate this historic day! Cheers!

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