Mike Tyson meets Stone Cold Steve Austin
WWE Raw - January 19th, 1998
On January 12th, 1998, Stone Cold Steve Austin had set the battlefield for the Royal Rumble. He had spent weeks delivering Stone Cold Stunners to everyone he could get his hands on, from The Headbangers to Ken Shamrock. On January 18th, Austin entered the Royal Rumble match with a huge target on his back, and despite that, he went on to win the Royal Rumble match, guaranteeing him a shot at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
The next night on Raw, boxing champion Mike Tyson made a guest appearance, and WWE CEO Mr. McMahon had a presentation set up for the champ. This didn’t last long as the sound of breaking glass filled the arena, followed by a roar from the crowd. Austin entered the ring and greeted Tyson, but not in the way that McMahon would have liked.
"I respect what you’ve done, Mike, but you’re out here calling yourself ‘the baddest man on the planet’. Right now you’ve got your little beady eyes locked on the eyes of the world’s toughest son of a bitch! I could beat you any day of the week, twice on Sunday. Do I think you could beat my ass? Hell no. Do I think you could beat my ass? Hell yeah! I don’t know how good your hearing is, but if you don’t understand what I’m saying, I’ve always got a little sign language, so here’s to ya!"
With that being said, Austin gave Tyson the double aces, and Tyson replied by shoving Austin. What started out as a big media event for McMahon soon turned into a public relations nightmare, as Tyson and Austin, two of the biggest stars in sports, came face to face, and nearly went toe to toe.