This book arrived in my mailbox on the publication date of March 16 – 3/16. That was very appropriate considering the subject, the title and the number of pages. I believe that this was planned by the publisher and for that I thank them for sending me this fun-to-read book on Stone Cold Steve Austin.
“Austin 3:16 – 316 Facts and Stories About Stone Cold Steve Austin” by Michael McAveninie
Wrestling, professional, stories, collection
March 16, 2021
4 of 5 stars (very good)
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is one of the most popular wrestlers to ever perform for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He has created many popular terms among wrestling fans such as “Steveweisers” for a can of beer and “3:16 Day” when he would defeat an opponent. There are others that are not suitable for family or work, so I will leave them out of this review. I will just say that these and many other facts and stories about him are printed in this collection of snippets by Michael McAvenine.
Just about anything you can imagine wanting to ask about Stone Cold will be answered here – how did he get that moniker, what got him interested in professional wrestling, how many titles has he won – these and so many more facts are told in bite-size pieces in the book. None of the stories or articles are two pages long and while there are “chapters”, there is no true organization within the book. The stories and facts are not told in any order, nor are they organized by a topic such as early years, quotes, famous matches or the like. That is probably the least pleasing aspect of the book, but because of this, a reader can read as much or as little as one wants in one sitting. If the reader puts it down and picks it back up later, there is no break in the flow.
Not only is Austin’s time with WWE captured, but a reader will also learn about his early, lesser-known years with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and the messy ending he had during his time with that organization. Fans of either organization’s wrestling will recognize many names in the industry that were prominent in the 1990’s and early 2000’s. There are so many good matches – individual, tag team and battle royals – that a reader will never lack for a good story of a match involving Stone Cold.
Any fan of the legendary performer will want to grab a “Steveweiser” or two and relax with this collection of great stories and facts about their wrestling hero.
I wish to thank ECW Press for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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