Getting over in the mid-card
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Re: Steve Austin without "Mr.McMahon," would he have enjoyed the same success?
Stone Cold Steve Austin winning King Of The Ring in 1996 is where people took notice of him whilst the feud with Bret Hart pushed him to the top of the card and got him very over as a mega heel and then as a tweener or anti hero babyface depending on your perception. Then when he was injured by Owen Hart at Summerslam in 1997 and kept returning and hitting everyone with a Stunner he became even more over but it was actually the first meeting between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mike Tyson that saw Stone Cold Steve Austin became a HUGE star leading into WrestleMania 14.
I would say that Austin/McMahon along with Hogan/Andre in 1987 were the pinnacle of wrestling and it's two defining feuds and there is also no doubt that as Austin/McMahon went along it made Stone Cold Steve Austin an even bigger draw as people wanted to see what would happen next but i don't think Stone Cold Steve Austin would have been that much a lesser star or draw without the feud. There was The Undertaker, Kane, Mick Foley, The Rock, The Big Show, Triple H, Kurt Angle, Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit to work with one after the after and this was at a time when wrestling was in a HUGE boom period and people wanted to watch wrestling so had Stone Cold Steve Austin simply done the same things with other people his star power would be similar but probably slightly less.