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Stone Cold Talks Who Came Up With Idea for the Smoking Skull Belt, Who Named the Stunner

WWE Hall Of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin has released another episode of his podcast The Steve Austin Show. You can check out some highlights from the show here:

On the ‘Smoking Skull’ belt:

“Yeah, the [prior] belt, I didn’t like. The idea for the ‘Smoking Skull’ belt was The Road Warriors, Animal and Hawk. They called me over and said, ‘hey Steve, you know you’re ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. You ought to have your own belt.’ That was The Road Warriors’ idea and I give them credit for it.”

On who named the Stunner:

“As far as JR calling me all those cool nicknames he called me, that was just him being the best commentator in the history of pro wrestling. And he made all that stuff up on the fly. And I would never think, ‘hey JR, going out tonight, can you call me ‘The Texas Rattlesnake’?’ Sure, you could do that on the DL, you could feed it to an announcer, but I didn’t. I was out there being ‘Stone Cold’. I was from Victoria, Texas. Hell, they came up with the name for the ‘Stone Cold’ Stunner. I didn’t. I didn’t like it at first, actually, but it worked. And, boy, did it have a ring to it. It was effective and I’m glad it turned out that way. But JR was simply shooting from the hip and making up those nicknames on the fly. And I am eternally indebted to him for his commentary and him helping to get the ‘Stone Cold’ persona over the way he did.”

(All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)


  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    I had one as a kid, its now resting on desplay at my parents house (along with a lot of other pro wrestling memrobellia)

  • Kristopher Robinson

    I wanna get a replica of that title, but it sucks they’re missing a plate lol. I liked that look and wish it had stuck around a bit longer.