Mike Tyson And Stone Cold Steve Austin Came To Blows 22 Years Ago Today
On this day in 1998 Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mike Tyson came face to face on WWE Monday Night RAW and unsurprisingly it ended with the two legends scrapping.
There's few men as iconic to their sports as Stone Cold is to professional wrestling and Tyson is to boxing and when two men with egos like theres come together tensions will always run high.
One night after the '98 Royal Rumble, which Austin won, the 'Baddest Man on the Planet' was introduced by Vince McMahon but Stone Cold wasn't ready to believe that it should be him with that title.
The Texan got in the ring to tell Tyson that he'd kick the boxer's ass and after a bit of shoving he proved his own words by beating on the former heavyweight world champion:
At the time Tyson had been banned from boxing for biting Evander Holyfield. The moment came during the pairs' rematch in June 1997.
The former two time world champion had lost his WBC belt in their first fight in 1996 after an 11th round stoppage from the former cruiserweight champion.
In the second fight Tyson had no answer for his opponent and in a clinch during the third round took a bite out of Holyfield's ear and earned himself a disqualification loss and an indefinite ban.
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The Baddest Man on the Planet was still a huge draw when he arrived in the WWE and it made sense for him to be paired with Austin, the biggest name in wrestling.
After beating 29 other men at the Royal Rumble the night before Stone Cold was now the number one contender for Shawn Michaels' WWE title and due to face the Heartbreak Kid at Wrestlemania later that year.
Tyson aligned himself with HBK's D'Generation-X in the build up to 'Mania and the feud helped shoot Austin superstardom.
At 'Mania the boxer would be named as the Special Guest Enforcer and when the referee got knocked out he was the man to take over.
Tyson turned on Michaels to help Austin become world champion and held the Rattlesnakes arm aloft at the end of the match.
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