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Follow the dark path or use the light

Steve Austin FAQ.

by John Woodman

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                    *    STEVE AUSTIN CHARACTER FAQ    *
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                    * FOR SMACKDOWN! vs RAW 2006 (PS2) *
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                    *           VERSION  1.3           *
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                    *         BY JOHN WOODMAN          *
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                    *           FOR PS2 & PSP          *
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1.0) Introduction
    1.1) Legal
    1.5) About me
    1.2) Contact me
    1.3) Autorized publishing
    1.4) Aknowledgements

2.0) Version history

3.0) Bio

4.0) Moves
    4.1) Standard actions
    4.2) Standing
    4.3) Ground
    4.4) Corner
    4.5) Rope
    4.6) Diving
    4.7) Dash
    4.8) Tag Team
    4.9) Special

5.0) Statistics

6.0) Game review

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1.0) Introduction

Hi. This is the WWE: Smackdown! vs RAW 2006 FAQ for "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.

1.1) Legal

This document and all of its content is copyright of Woodman (myself). All
information in this document were written by me, and all contributions will
receive their credits as soon I'll enter them in the FAQ.

The only site where this guide is available is
If you would like this FAQ on your site, please Email me requesting permission
to, and I will probably allow you to do so. However, the guide must not be
changed in any way.

This guide was made only for the purpose of helping other people, and I don't
intend to use it for profit, and I would really really appreciate it if no one
else does it too. This guide is as free as everyone of us is.

Copyright 2006 by Woodman

1.2) About me

I am a 30 years old man, and always liked wrestling, I started with WWF for a
lot of years, but after some years "TV Koper" stopped broadcasting it.

I passed a lot of years without wrestling (except for videogames), and now I
can only watch "Smackdown!" and NWE, because the other shows are on satellite
Pay TV, and I can't watch them.

I am Italian, and I live in a small town called Castelfranco Veneto. Right now
I am studying to became a sort of sanitarian operator (called O.S.S.)

My dream? To marry with my girlfriend Eleonor.

1.3) Contact me

If you want to contact me, write me to this address:

NOSPAM!woodman76   @

Simply remove NOSPAM! and assemble my complete address, it's very simple.
Please write me, for suggestion, corrections and other things like this about
this FAQ. I will be happy to answer you.

By the way... sorry if sometimes my English is not perfect... after all, I am
Italian, and English it's not my first language.

You can write me in English or Italian with no problem.

1.4) Autorized publishing

There are the sites autorized to publish my Create a Wrestler FAQ. If you want
this FAQ on your site, please ask me my written permission, I think it will be
given without any problem, if this FAQ will be freely available on your site.

See how to contact me at 1.02 section. Thank you.

1.5) Aknowledgements

Andre the Giant: for being the best legend of all time! (At least for me.)

Eddie Guerrero: for being a myth, and now a legend.

Goldust & Eugene: for being my favourite wrestlers. (Sad they are not on 2007.)

My friend Ariadna: for our long distance friendship (Italy - Mexico).

My girlfriend Eleonor: for loving me, even if she doesn't like Wrestling.

My Pc and Notepad program: for allowing me writing this guide.

Sony: For creating the PSX and PS2 consoles (and for the future PS3).

THQ: the creators of a lot of good wrestling games (some bugs apart).

WWE: for all the wrestling I love.

WWF: for all the wrestling I loved, and I will always love.

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2.0) Version history

1.0 (28th November 2005): first complete writing.

1.1 (30th November 2005): some correcions and additions.

1.2 (19 September 2006): bio added, and updated the FAQ layout. I hope you will
like my work. Remember to vote for my FAQ in, if you can.

1.3 (21 October 2006): now this guide is good for both PS2 and PSP, and I also
added the game review.

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3.0) Bio

Real name: Steve Williams

Ring name: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin

Height: 6 foot and 2 inches (188 cm)

Weight: 252 pounds (115 kg)

Born: 18 December, 1964. Austin, Texas

Finishing Move: Stone Cold Stunner

Career Titles:

- WWE Heavyweight Champion (5 times)
- WWE Intercontinental Champion(2 times)
- WWE Tag Team Champion (3 times)
- WCW US Champion (2 times)
- WCW TV Champion (2 times)
- WCW Tag Team Champion (2 times)
- WWE Royal Rumble Winner (3 times, in 1998, 1999, 2001)
- WWE King of the Ring (in 1996)

Steven James Williams (born December 18, 1964 in Victoria, Texas), better known
by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former
professional wrestler currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment. His
birth name was Steven James Anderson; he took on the name of Williams when he
was adopted by his stepfather, Ken (his biological father had left the family
when Williams was a child).

After debuting in 1989, Williams wrestled for promotions such as World
Championship Wrestling, Extreme Championship Wrestling and the World Wrestling
Federation. His greatest success came perhaps in the late 1990s, when the World
Wrestling Federation, with Austin at its helm as one of the promotion's marquee
stars, went public. Austin was forced to retire from the ring in 2003 due to a
variety of chronic injuries, since which time he has pursued an acting career.

Williams played football at North Texas State University. After holding down
various odd jobs, he began his wrestling career in the late 1980s in Texas,
competing in World Class Championship Wrestling, which at the time was called
the USWA. Austin was trained by "Gentleman" Chris Adams among others (including
Skandor Akbar). At the start of his early career, Austin decided to use his
real name Steve Williams for wrestling. He was then assigned the name Steve
Austin, since another wrestler named Steve Williams (aka Dr. Death) competes.
Austin at first was reluctant because he didn't want the fans to think of
"Steve Austin" of the Six Million Dollar Man, but the real reason was because
he was from Austin, Texas in kayfabe.

Austin debuted in World Championship Wrestling in 1991 as "Stunning" Steve
Austin. Managed by Lady Blossom, Austin defeated Bobby Eaton for the WCW
Television Championship on June 3, 1991 in Birmingham, Alabama. In late 1991,
Austin joined Paul E. Dangerously's Dangerous Alliance. As a member of the
Alliance, Austin regularly teamed with Larry Zbyszko, feuding with Barry
Windham and Sting. Austin lost the WCW Television Championship to Windham in a
two out of three falls match on April 27, 1992. He regained the title from
Windham on May 23, 1992. He enjoyed a second lengthy reign before losing to
Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat on September 2, 1992. The Dangerous Alliance
disbanded shortly thereafter.

Austin went on to form a tag team with Flyin' Brian Pillman known as the
Hollywood Blondes. The Blondes won the WCW World Tag Team Championship on March
3, 1993, defeating Ricky Steamboat and Shane Douglas. The Hollywood Blondes
held the titles for six months. On June 5, 1993 the Blondes lampooned Ric
Flair's talk show, "A Flair For The Gold" with their own version, "A Flare For
the Old". The Blondes went on to face Flair and Arn Anderson in a two out of
three falls tag team title match at Clash of the Champions XXIII on June 17,
1993. Flair and Anderson defeated the Blondes, but were not awarded the titles
as one fall had been determined by a disqualification.

On August 18, 1993 at Clash of the Champions XXIV, Austin and Pillman were
scheduled to defend the titles against Arn Anderson and his new partner, Paul
Roma. However, Pillman was injured, and was replaced by Steven Regal. Austin
and Regal went on to lose to Anderson and Roma. With Pillman still injured,
Austin went on to join Colonel Robert Parker's Stud Stable. After Pillman
returned, Austin betrayed him, and went on to defeat him in a singles bout at
Clash of the Champions XXV on November 10, 1993.

On December 27, 1993 in Charlotte, North Carolina in a two out of three falls
match at StarrCade 1993, Austin defeated "The Natural" Dustin Rhodes in two
straight falls to win the WCW United States Championship. He lost the title to
Ricky Steamboat on August 24, 1994. Austin was scheduled to face Steamboat in
a rematch for the title on September 18, 1994 at Fall Brawl 1994, but Steamboat
was unable to wrestle due to a back injury, and Austin was awarded the title by
forfeit. His second reign ended just minutes later when he lost to Steamboat's
replacement, "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan in a match that went just 29 seconds. Austin
went on to challenge Duggan for the WCW United States Championship at Halloween
Havoc 1994 on October 23, 1994 and at Clash of the Champions XXIX on November
16, 1994. On both occasions, Austin lost to Duggan by disqualification.

While on a wrestling tour of Japan, Austin tore his triceps brachii muscle.
While he was injured, Austin received a phone call from WCW informing him that
he had been released.

In 1995, Steve Austin was fired by World Championship Wrestling Vice President
Eric Bischoff. Bischoff and WCW didn't see Austin as a 'marketable' wrestler.
Eventually, Austin was contacted by Paul Heyman, who had managed him in WCW.
Heyman told Austin that since he had a TV show and Austin had a grievance, it
would be a great opportunity to go on ECW television to air it.

While at ECW, Steve Austin used the platform to develop his future "Stone Cold"
persona. Thus, what came was a series of humorous and biting vignettes which
featured Austin lampooning such WCW luminaries as Hulk Hogan and most notably,
Eric Bischoff. While with ECW, "Superstar" Steve Austin feuded with The Sandman
and Mikey Whipwreck. Whipwreck, who was the ECW World Heavyweight Champion at
the time, scored a win over Austin at the November To Remember, on November 18,
1995. Years later, Paul Heyman stated that he originally wanted to book Austin
to win the World Championship, but Austin disagreed, feeling it would be better
for business if Austin was the "hunter" instead of the "hunted."

On January 8, 1996 Austin joined the World Wrestling Federation. Initially,
Austin used the moniker "The Ringmaster", holder of Ted DiBiase's "Million
Dollar Belt". The Ringmaster defeated Savio Vega at WrestleMania XII. Austin
grew to greatly dislike The Ringmaster character, so he asked WWF writers to
come up with a new name for his character that would suggest a ruthless,
cold-hearted persona. The writers offered him a list of many temperature-based
names, such as 'Ice Dagger' and 'Chilly McFreeze', none of which impressed
Austin. Austin's then-wife Jeannie Clark (the same woman who managed Austin in
the USWA and WCW) then came up with the name "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, after
she advised him to drink his tea before it became "stone cold." To continue the
cold-hearted image, Austin shaved his head bald, a look he has maintained for a
decade now. At an In Your House pay-per-view event subtitled "Beware of Dog",
Austin lost a "Caribbean Strap Match" to Savio Vega. In accordance to the
pre-match stipulations, DiBiase was forced to leave the WWF, giving Austin the
opportunity to forge his own path. He would later tell announcer Dok Hendrix he
purposely lost the match in order to rid himself of his manager.

Austin's genuine rise to super stardom began on June 23, 1996, when he won the
King of the Ring single-elimination tournament. After toppling Marc Mero in the
semi-finals, he defeated Jake "The Snake" Roberts in the final. After the
match, Austin cut a promo during his coronation which viciously mocked Jake's
reformed lifestyle, telling Roberts:

"You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it
didn't get you anywhere! Talk about your Psalms, talk about John 3:16... Austin
3:16 says I just whipped your ass!" 
Austin 3:16 ultimately became one of the most popular catchphrases in wrestling
history and is often regarded as marking the beginning of the Attitude Era.
Austin would later turn face, as spontaneous fan support for him grew larger by
the week, however Austin was not originally intended to win the King of the
Ring. His attitude and his modus operandi (using heel tactics in a face role)
would come to define the tweener role in professional wrestling.

Austin, still a heel, was somewhat underused by the WWF for the next few
months, and was mired in midcard feuds with the likes of Yokozuna and Triple H.
One thing drove Austin on, however: the in-exile and unhappy Bret Hart. Austin
spoke about Hart constantly and taunted him relentlessly on TV (one quote had
Austin saying "If you put the letter 'S' in front of 'Hitman', you have my
exact opinion of Bret Hart"). Hart finally accepted Austin's challenge and
returned to the WWF in October 1996. At the Survivor Series, Hart pinned Austin
in a match which helped create the foundations for the eventual intense
year-long feud between the two. In spite of his loss, Austin's ever-growing
popularity multiplied after his strong showing. The match came hot on the heels
of a highly controversial incident broadcast live on RAW, which saw Austin
"break into" Brian Pillman's house, with Pillman allegedly brandishing a gun.

In January, Austin won the 1997 Royal Rumble match; he was eliminated by Bret
Hart, but the officials did not see it, and he sneaked back into the ring and
eliminated Hart. Due to real-life events largely revolving around Shawn
Michaels, Hart and Austin were booked at the 11th hour for a re-match at
WrestleMania 13 in March 1997. Hart defeated Austin in a Submission match.
The iconic image of the night was Austin's grimacing, bloody face being
massively cheered on by the live Chicago crowd, as the relentless Hart refused
to release his patented Sharpshooter. Despite Austin's passing out that led to
his defeat, he did not tap out and refused to give up, which made Austin the
new fan favorite. This match received a Five Star rating from Dave Meltzer.

He would then replace Bret Hart as the new hero of the WWF. One of the main
distinguishing features about Austin's character was that he was one who broke
the rules and defied authority, and thus was considered to be an "anti-hero,"
or as a fan put it, "He was a hero that didn't try to be one."

Austin would eventually get his revenge on Hart when he injured Hart's leg in a
no disqualification match. After his feud with Bret Hart he had a WWF
Championship shot against The Undertaker, at the May 1997 pay per view "Cold
Day In Hell" Austin had the match won when he had The Undertaker down with the
stunner but due to distraction from Brian Pillman The Undertaker nailed Austin
with a Tombstone Piledriver and got the victory. He also had a brief tag team
runs with both Shawn Michaels and Mick Foley where he would get his first taste
at WWF gold when he won the WWF Tag Team Championship during those runs. Then
Austin challenged Bret Hart's younger brother, Owen Hart. The sight of a
handcuffed Austin being led out of the arena by "policemen" while giving the
finger - the "Stone Cold Salute" - to the fans is one of the resounding images
of his career. Austin wanted to gain revenge on Owen he challenged him for his
Intercontinental Championship at Summerslam 1997 and vowed that if he couldn't
beat him he would kiss his rear end in the middle of the ring.

In that match at SummerSlam 1997, Austin suffered a near-career ending neck
injury as a result of a botched Hart Driver (reverse piledriver) by Owen Hart.
A piledriver is a move in which the receiver is lifted up in the air by the
attacker and dropped vertically onto their head. The attacker holds the
receiver's body so that the receiver's head is just high enough off the ground
to ensure that the move looks realistic, but also poses no danger to the
receiver. Austin's head was seen to be six to eight inches lower than the safe
level for a piledriver, and as a result Austin was driven legitimately into the
ground head first, taking the full force of his 252 lbs. of body weight into
his neck. After being briefly paralyzed, Austin recovered and was able to win
the match and the Intercontinetal title as planned, but the incident would
force him to take time off for surgery in 1997. In fact, during that match of
SummerSlam 1997, after realizing that Austin was hurt, Owen pranced around
the ring claiming that Austin was going to "Kiss his ass" . In reality though,
he was shocked and scared of the possibility that he may have ended Austin's
career. This injury was played up on WWF TV afterwards, to explain why Austin
did not wrestle for several months forcing him to forfeit the Intercontinetal
championship. At the 1997 Survivor Series, Austin got another shot at Owen when
he once again challenged him for the Intercontinetal title. Owen Hart would walk
into the Montreal arena wearing a T-Shirt mocking Austin's "3:16" moniker:
"Owen 3:16" and the back said "I Just Broke Your Neck". Owen would lose the WWF
Intercontinental Championship that night at the Survivor Series again to Stone
Cold. Austin never harbored a grudge against Hart for injuring him, although,
according to Austin, Hart never apologized for the incident.

"Austin 3:16" T-shirts were becoming the hottest item in wrestling and the
"Austin 3:16" interpretation of the classic "#1" foam hand, now flipping a
middle finger to the world, was also a best seller.

With Bret Hart's departure from the company, Austin was clearly the top face in
the company, and after managing to ruffle the feathers of every WWF superstar,
he entered and won the 1998 Royal Rumble. This led to his WWF Championship
match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XIV where he won his first WWF
Championship with help from Mike Tyson. This victory ushered in the Austin Era,
and with it, the Attitude Era.

On April 13, 1998, it appeared the WWF fans would finally get to see Stone
Cold and Mr. McMahon battle out their differences, but the match was declared a
No-Contest when Dude Love made an appearance, coming between the boss and Stone
Cold. This led to a match between Dude Love and Austin at Over The Edge for the
WWF Championship. Austin managed to retain the title. McMahon continued to do
everything he could to ruin The Rattlesnake, and he finally scored a big
victory for his side at the 1998 King of the Ring tournament. There, Stone Cold
lost the WWF Championship to Kane in a First Blood Match. McMahon couldn't
savor the victory for long. Stone Cold further infuriated his nemesis by
winning back the championship the next night on RAW. Stone Cold delivered
another blow to McMahon by taking away the World Tag Team Championship a month
later alongside the Undertaker. It was a combustible combination, leading to a
match between them at SummerSlam. Stone Cold emerged victorious - something Mr.
McMahon couldn't tolerate. So, the boss set up a Triple Threat Match at
Breakdown in September. It proved to be more like a Handicap Match in the end,
as half-brothers Undertaker and Kane pinned Stone Cold simultaneously.

Mr. McMahon decided to vacate the WWF Championship and award it based on a
match between Undertaker and Kane. Since former champion Stone Cold was also
involved in the original match, he was made special referee. In typical Stone
Cold fashion, he screwed both competitors. Feeling he had no other recourse,
Mr. McMahon fired The Rattlesnake for his actions. Stone Cold re-emerged having
inked a brand-new five-year contract. It was revealed that his son, Shane
McMahon, was the McMahon that re-signed The Rattlesnake. With Austin back,
there was a Survivor Series tournament to award the vacant WWF Championship.
In the semifinals against Mankind, Austin lost to him. The Rock would win the
tournament to become WWF Champion. The next night on Raw, Judge Mills Lane
ruled that the Rock had to defend his just won WWF Championship against Austin
that night. The Undertaker interfered and hit Austin with a shovel, earning
Austin a disqualification victory. At In Your House: Rock Bottom, Steve Austin
defeated The Undertaker in a Buried Alive match due to Kane's interference.
With this victory, Steve Austin was now qualified to enter The Royal Rumble

On the January 4, 1999 episode of Raw (taped a week earlier), Austin helped
Mankind win the WWF title when he knocked out the Rock with a chair. He then
put Mankind's arm on top of the Rock and the referee made the three count.

The Rattlesnake's next definitive chance to exact revenge from Mr. McMahon
came during the 1999 Royal Rumble Match. Stone Cold drew entry No. 1, while
McMahon drew No. 2. Despite a vicious attack from McMahon's Corporation, both 
asted until the end. The odds proved insurmountable, however. With the
assistance of the Corporation, Stone Cold was eliminated. On February 14, 1999,
at St. Valentine's Day Massacre, Stone Cold got a one-on-one match against Mr.
McMahon in a steel cage. With a WWF championship opportunity at WrestleMania at
stake, Mr. McMahon devised a large surprise. During the match, Big Show made
his shocking debut, breaking through from the under the ring and attacking
Stone Cold. But Show's attack propelled Stone Cold into the side of the cage
forcing the cage to give way dropping Austin to the floor first, technically
making him the victor. Stone Cold made the most of his chance, defeating the
Corporation's The Rock at WrestleMania XV for his third WWF Championship.

The WWF then took an ominous turn when Undertaker's Ministry of Darkness and
McMahon's Corporation merged in an effort to overpower Stone Cold. Undertaker
won the WWF Championship thanks to McMahon's meddling. Austin would soon win
back the WWF Championship on RAW. Austin would hold on to the Championship
belt until SummerSlam 1999 when he lost it to Mankind in a Triple Threat Match
which also involved Triple H. By Survivor Series in 1999, Triple H was
champion, and Stone Cold was supposed to get his chance to reclaim gold in a
Triple Threat Match which featured Austin, Triple H and The Rock. Instead, he
was run down by a car in the parking lot. What followed was neck surgery and a
nine-month rehabilitation. But Stone Cold Steve Austin would eventually return
for payback.

Five months later, at Backlash, Austin appeared during the main event,
attacking Triple H, Vince McMahon, helping The Rock reclaim the WWF
Championship. He was brought into the picture by Linda McMahon. On September
24, 2000 at Unforgiven, Austin tried to find out who ran him down at the
Survivor Series the previous year. Rikishi finally admitted to being the driver
on the October 9th episode of Raw.

At No Mercy, Stone Cold was back to annihilate Rikishi. But in the process of
beating him down, Stone Cold learned that it was actually Triple H behind the
whole scheme, devised to shield the WWF Championship from Austin and end his
career. Meanwhile, Austin's short feud with Rikishi ended when Austin defeated
him in a Steel Cage Match on the October 30, 2000 episode of RAW. At Survivor
Series 2000, Triple H had plotted to run Austin down again (thus repeating the
events of the previous year's Survivor Series) but his plot failed when Austin
lifted Triple H's automobile with a construction crane, then let it drop 30

Austin won his third Royal Rumble in January 2001, last eliminating Kane. As of
2006, he is the only wrestler to win the Royal Rumble three times. His rivalry
with Triple H ended at No Way Out 2001 in a 3 Stages of Hell match. Austin lost
but his feud with Triple H had come to an epic conclusion. Then, on April 1,
2001 at WrestleMania X-Seven, Austin made one of the most shocking heel turns
ever, hitting The Rock with a steel chair (handed to Austin by his old nemesis
Vince McMahon) fourteen times to win the WWF Championship, then shaking hands
and sharing beer with McMahon. With the victory, Austin became a five time WWF
Champion. Commentator Jim Ross then uttered his infamous line "He's sold his
soul to the devil, to win the WWF Title." The next night on RAW, after teasing
a quick face turn, the heel turn continued as during a cage match with The Rock
in a rematch for the title, Triple H came down to the ring with a sledgehammer.
Many thought he was coming to help The Rock but it transpired that he had
joined the Austin/McMahon partnership by hitting The Rock instead. Austin and
Triple H became a Tag Team and called themselves The Two-Man Power Trip.

The WWF positioned Austin and Triple H as the villains of the company and had
them feud with Undertaker and Kane for April and May of 2001. The Two-Man Power
Trip had many rivalries, most notably being against The Undertaker and Kane,
and against The Hardy Boyz. After Backlash 2001, they held the WWF Tag Team
Titles, the WWF Championship (Austin), and the WWF Intercontinental Title
(Triple H) all at once.

Hastily, Steve Austin was paired with popular rookie wrestler Kurt Angle and
feuded with Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit (who opted to wait until after that
month's PPV to have his surgery). Austin's matches with Jericho and Benoit were
widely praised. Indeed, as soon as July 2001 began, with Benoit out for
surgery, the Austin/Jericho feud was dropped without a mention.

With Triple H out and Rock still away making movies, the WWF desperately rushed
out the plans for the WCW/ECW Invasion.

As the Invasion storyline began and progressed, Vince McMahon had been begging
for Stone Cold to return to his old "Texas Rattlesnake" persona. Austin refused
though, as he was developing into a more comedic character. But the week before
the Invasion Pay-Per-View, the old Stone Cold Steve Austin "returned",
delivering stunners to the Alliance members. This was all part of a swerve at
the event, where Austin betrayed the WWF team and partner Kurt Angle to help
the Alliance win, as Austin assumed leadership of the group.

Austin lost and regained his title in a feud with Kurt Angle in a feud that
many fans enjoyed, partially due to Angle being put over by Austin as a
legitimate threat. Austin lost the title to Kurt Angle at Unforgiven 2001
before regaining it on the October 8, 2001 episode of Raw. As the Invasion
angle dragged on, it was ultimately decided to bring the plotline to an end
with Austin and a group of ECW and WCW wrestlers facing the Rock and a group of
WWF wrestlers at that year's Survivor Series. Austin and his team lost and that
was the end of the Invasion angle. Austin would hold the WWF Championship for
another month before losing it to Chris Jericho at the Vengeance Pay-Per-View
in December 2001. Jericho beat both The Rock and Austin consecutively in that
night winning the World Title and later the WWF Title and combining them to
create the WWF Undisputed Championship.

By 2002, Austin's spot as top face in the WWF was not as secure as it had been
in previous years, as Triple H was set to return from injury. At the time,
Vince McMahon had re-signed Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash for a
storyline that would bring the nWo back. They feuded with Austin and The Rock.
At WrestleMania X8 Austin defeated Scott Hall, but was angered by the fact that
he was becoming an increasingly mid-card wrestler. He then no-showed for the
next two weeks.

Austin returned on the April 1, 2002 episode of RAW, the first of the new
"brand extension" era. The show was centered on which show he would sign with.
Ultimately, he chose RAW. Austin's last appearance was on June 3, 2002, when he
defeated Ric Flair in a match where Flair would become Austin's servant. The
angle wasn't furthered because Austin had decided to walk out again on bad
storylines that were presented to him by the creative team. This time though,
he wouldn't return for almost 9 months.

Bored and run down, Austin began to create problems backstage as the WWE
rehired Eddie Guerrero for Austin to feud with, while prepping Austin for a
feud with Brock Lesnar. However, Austin was vetoing any matches that would
result in him losing and ultimately walked out of the company when the writing
staff wanted Austin to lose to Brock Lesnar. This act was at first viewed as
unprofessional and in a negative light by fans. But viewpoints changed when
Austin later explained that he thought hot-shotting a victory did no favors to
either side, as it made Austin look weak losing to a rookie, and didn't give
Lesnar a proper stage for such a big win over a star of the magnitude that
Austin holds.

Austin later publicly stated that at the time, his anti-social attitude
behind the scenes were the result of him dealing with chronic knee and neck
injuries that had never properly healed. Further fanning the flames amongst
Austin's growing number of detractors was a well-publicized domestic dispute
incident between Austin and his wife Debra, which led to his evasion of the
police. Austin served probation time for the offense, and has not discussed
it publicly since.

In February 2003, he returned to WWE at No Way Out in a short match against
Eric Bischoff. Austin was finally defeated by the Rock at WrestleMania XIX,
which would ultimately become his last official match in the WWE. The night
after on RAW, Bischoff "fired" Austin on medical grounds, however he was
brought back by Linda McMahon as the "Co-General Manager" for RAW. The move to
the role of "Co-General Manager" (and later "Sheriff") was a way to keep Austin
on-camera while limiting Austin's in-ring performance. On the November 16, 2003
edition of RAW, Austin was "fired" from RAW as the result of a stipulation in a
match at WWE's Survivor Series PPV where Austin's hand-picked team of wrestlers
failed to beat Eric Bischoff's team of wrestlers. He sat out TV shows for
several weeks to sell the storyline and make it appear like a real firing, but
quickly returned to WWE television before the end of 2003, when he was part of
a WWE Christmas special taped live in front of U.S. troops in Iraq, posing as
Santa Claus and stunning Mr. McMahon. He finally came back on RAW on December
29, 2003 as its "Sheriff".

Austin appeared on and off as 2004 began, culminating in him being the special
guest referee for the match between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg at WrestleMania
XX. Then on April 17, 2004, WWE put out a press release on their website
claiming that Steve Austin and WWE were unable to settle long-running contract
disputes and had again parted ways, reportedly over a contract dispute about
WWE's control of Austin's non-WWE projects, such as movies and music. Austin
could thus no longer use "Stone Cold" to promote himself, as that name is
trademarked by WWE. Austin had to correct many people in interviews to ensure
they did not refer to him by that moniker. Another issue that may have
influenced WWE in its decision is Austin's recent history of domestic violence
incidents, which WWE saw as tarnishing their popular image.

Steve Austin made his first appearance on WWE TV in a year on April 3, 2005 at
WrestleMania 21 in Los Angeles. Austin was interviewed by "Rowdy" Roddy Piper
in a Piper's Pit segment and then Stone Cold Stunned both Piper and Carlito.

Austin appeared at the WWE-promoted ECW One Night Stand 2005 event, sharing
beer at the end with ECW wrestlers, and encouraging some of them to beat up
Eric Bischoff. The following night on RAW, Austin acted as a special guest
enforcer in an Intercontinental title match and cost Muhammad Hassan a
submission victory against then-Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin. The
appearance did not soothe many critics of Austin, especially when Austin called
Hassan and Daivari "sand people" during a promo that set up the match between
Hassan and Benjamin.

At WWE Homecoming, Austin again returned to RAW, delivering stunners to all
four members of the McMahon family. The following week, Linda and her family
united in the ring and 'fired' announcer Jim Ross, a good friend of Stone Cold.
This angle led to a match in which Austin agreed to face Ross's replacement,
Jonathan Coachman, at Taboo Tuesday, with the stipulation of Ross regaining
his announcing job if Austin were to win, and Austin losing his own job if he
lost the match. However, Austin went against his word, backing out on an
agreement to wrestle the match, and once again walking out on the company
after storyline disagreements. To explain away his failure to appear at Taboo
Tuesday Vince McMahon said on Monday Night RAW that Austin had been involved in
an accident, thus preventing him from competing. A substitution for Austin was
made in the form of Batista, who faced the Coach along with Vader and Goldust,
brought in to generate some last minute interest in the match. To explain away
the stipulation regarding Jim Ross, it was stated that the stipulation was
conditional on Austin competing and that since Batista instead was the one who
wrestled, that the match would have no stipulations attached to it.

Austin revealed in an interview he was apparently considering acting. Austin
would go on to face John Bradshaw Layfield in a beer drinking contest at WWE
Saturday Night's Main Event on March 18, 2006 in which would go to a no-contest
when Austin saw JBL cheating by pouring the beer down his clothes. JBL tried to
run, but was thrown back into the ring by Chris Benoit. JBL ended up receiving
the stunner. Austin then celebrated with the Stone Cold beer salute. Austin
then inducted Bret "The Hitman" Hart into the WWE Hall Of Fame on April 1,

After WrestleMania, Austin went to Australia to film the WWE produced film The
Condemned. He has since returned to the U.S and will continue making sporadic
WWE appearances.

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4.0 Moves

Here is the legend for all the moves:

O:  Circle
X:  Cross
T:  Triangle
[]: Square

H: Head damage
A: Arms damage
B: Body damage
L: Legs damage

Sta: Stamina requirements
Mom: Momentum charge

Blood: Blood move
Dirty: Dirty move
Fav:   Favorite move
KO:    KO move
Pin:   Pin move
Sub:   Submission move

4.1) Standard actions
Ring In Move            Outlaw

Ring Out Move           Roll Down

- Right analog down     Taunt Outlaw 02
- Right analog left     Taunt Outlaw 03
- Right analog up       Taunt Outlaw 01
- Right analog right    Taunt Outlaw 04

Fighting Stance         Outlaw

Walking Motion          Normal

Running Motion          Normal

4.2) Standing

Strike Attack:                
- Down + X             Outlaw Punches 2  - H 4, A 1, L 1, B 4, Sta 6, Mom 6
- Diagonal down + X    Toe Kick 1        - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 2, Sta 4, Mom 4
- Left + X             Snap Jab          - H 2, A 1, L 1, B 2, Sta 4, Mom 4
- Diagonal + up + X    Body Punch        - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 4, Sta 4, Mom 4
- Up + X               Double Axe Handle - H 6, A 1, L 1, B 6, Sta 9, Mom 9
- Right + X            Elbow Smash 1     - H 2, A 1, L 1, B 2, Sta 4, Mom 4

Grapple moves:

- O                Scoop Slam 5      - B 10, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Down + O     Back Chop 6       - H 4, B 6, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Left + O     Snapmare 2        - H 4, B 6, Sta 8, Mom 10
    - Up + O       Headlock Takeover - B 10, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Right + O    Suplex 11         - B 10, Stam 8, Mom 10

- O                Guillotine 1 - H 14, Stam 3, Mom 10, Dirty
    - Down + O     Low Blow 5   - B 16, Sta 16, Mom 18, Dirty
    - Left + O     Low Blow 3   - B 16, Sta 16, Mom 18, Dirty
    - Up + O       Low Blow 4   - B 16, Sta 16, Mom 18, Dirty
    - Right + O    Head Pound   - H 8, Stam 8, Mom 10, Dirty

- Down + O         Submission
    - O            Arm Wrench 1 - A 6, B 2, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Down + O     Armbar 2     - B 10, Stam 3, Mom 10, Sub B
    - Left + O     Headlock 4   - H 8, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Up + O       Armbar 5     - A 8, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Right + O    Arm Wrench 2 - A 6, B 2, Stam 8, Mom 10

- Left + O         Speed category
    - O            Arm Drag 4     - H 4, B 6, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Down + O     Kitchen Sink 2 - B 12, Sta 12, Mom 14
    - Left + O     Jawbreaker 1   - H 10, Stam 8, Mom 10
    - Up + O       Clothesline 21 - H 16, Stam 16, Mom 18
    - Right + O    Flapjack 2     - H 12, B 4, Stam 16, Mom 18, Blood

- Up + O           Brawler category
    - O            Mat Slam         - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 10
    - Down + O     Headlock Punch 1 - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 10, Dirty
    - Left + O     Neckbreacker 16  - H 12, B 2, Sta 12, Mom 14
    - Up + O       Fury Punch 4     - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 10
    - Right + O    Stunner 4        - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 10, KO

- Right + O        Brawler category
    - O            Back Club               - B 8, Sta 8, Mom 10
    - Down + O     Outlaw Stomp 1          - H 4, A 2, B 6, Sta 12, Mom 14
    - Left + O     Outlaw Knee Strike 1    - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 10, Fav
    - Up + O       Elbow To Back Of Head 1 - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 10
    - Right + O    Headlock Punch 2        - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 10, Dirty

- X                Grapple Attack
    - X (1st)      Grapple Body Attack 1  - B 4, Sta 2, Mom 4
    - X (2nd)      Grapple Elbow Strike 1 - H 3, Sta 2, Mom 3
    - X (3rd)      Grapple Elbow Strike 1 - H 3, Sta 2, Mom 3

Grapple from behind:
- 0                Bulldog 6               - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 10, Blood
- Down + O         Russian Leg Sweep 2     - H 7, L 2, B 3, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Left + O         Back Suplex 6           - H 2, B 8, Sta 8, Mom 12, KO
- Up + O           Elbow To Back Of Head 2 - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Right + O        Forearm Smash           - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 12

(With groggy opponent)
- 0                Back Breaker 6   - H 14, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Down + O         Back Side Slam 2 - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Left + O         Back Suplex 4    - H 6, B 6, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Up + O           Cobra Clutch 1   - H 12, Sta 3, Mom 10, Sub B
- Right + O        Bulldog 5        - H 6, B 6, Sta 8, Mom 12

Top of cell attack:
- O                    Downward Trust - H 15, A 15, L 15, B 15, Sta 16, Mom 40
- O + Any direction    Downward Trust - H 15, A 15, L 15, B 15, Sta 16, Mom 40

- O                    Downward Trust - H 15, A 15, L 15, B 15, Sta 16, Mom 40
- O + Any direction    Downward Trust - H 15, A 15, L 15, B 15, Sta 16, Mom 40

4.3) Ground

Strike Attack:
- X                   Angry Stomp         - H 2, A 2, L 2, B 2, Sta 3, Mom 2
- Up / Down + X       Double Axe Handle 4 - H 4, A 4, L 4, B 4, Sta 5, Mom 4
- Left / Right + X    Elbow Drop 2        - H 6, A 6, L 6, B 6, Sta 7, Mom 6

Grapple Moves:
- O            Raise
- Double O     Sit Down
- Down + O     Pin Fall       - H 1, A 1, B 1, Sta 3, Mom 3
- Left + O     Elbow Drop 10  - H 12, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Up + O       Outlaw Stomp 2 - H 3, A 3, B 8, Sta 12, Mom 16, Dirty
- Right + O    Sleeper Hold 7 - A 10, Sta 3, Mom 10, Sub A

- O            Raise
- Double O     Sit Down
- Down + O     Pin Fall       - B 1, Sta 5
- Left + O     Leg Lock 7     - L 10, Sta 3, Mom 10, Sub B
- Up + O       Punch To Gorin - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 12, Dirty
- Right + O    STF 1          - H 4, L 8, B 4, Sta 3, Mom 10, Sub A

4.4) Corner

Strike Attaks:
- X                    Turnbuckle Clothesline 1 - H 7, Sta 7, Mom 7
- X + any direction    Clothesline & Bulldog    - H 9, Sta 10, Mom 10, Blood
- X                    Knee Attack 1            - H 9, Sta 10, Mom 10

Grapple Moves:
- O                    10 Punch              - H 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Down + O             Toss To Turnbuckle    - H 14, Sta 12, Mom 16, Blood
- Left + O             Mudhole Stomping 1    - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Up + O               Superplex 2           - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Right + O            Shoulder Trust 2      - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 12
- O                    Raise the Opponent Up
- O + any direction    Turnbuckle Stomping 2 - B 12, Sta 8, Mom 12

Grapple From Behind:
- O            Turnbuckle Smash    - H 9, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Down + O     Forearm To Back     - B 11, Sta 8, Mom 12
- Left + O     Toss Into Ring Post - A 8, B 6, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Up + O       Super Back Suplex   - H 10, B 6, Sta 12, Mom 16
- Right + O    Tie To Tree of Woe  - L 8, B 2, Sta 8, Mom 12, Dirty

4.5) Rope

Groggy on ropes:
- O + any direction    Outlaw Attack - B 14, Sta 12, Mom 16, Dirty, Fav

Rebound Attack:
(opponent up)
- T + X    Kitchen Sink          - B 6, Sta 7, Mom 7
(opponent down)
- T + X    Elbow Drop 2          - H 6, A 6, L 6, B 6, Sta 7, Mom 6
(opponent outside ring)
- T + X    Vaulting Body Press 2 - H 12, A 6, L 1, B 12, Sta 12, Mom 20

Diving out of the ring attack:
- [] + X   Diving Through Ropes - H 12, A 6, L 1, B 12, Sta 12, Mom 20

4.6) Diving

Vs standing Opponent
- Left + X     Flying Clothesline 2 - H 14, Sta 14, Mom 20
- Right + X    Double Axe Handle 3  - H 7, B 7, Sta 7, Mom 10

Vs downed Opponent
- X            Diving Elbow Drop - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 9, Sta 9, Mom 20
- Left + X     Near Elbow Drop   - H 4, A 1, L 1, B 8, Sta 8, Mom 20
- Right + X    Diving elbow      - H 1, A 1, L 1, B 9, Sta 9, Mom 20

4.7) Dash

Running Strikes:
- X                    Clothesline 9  - H 6, Sta 7, Mom 7
- Any direction + X    Kitchen Sink 9 - B 6, Sta 7, Mom 7

Running Grapples:
- Down + O    Spear 1        - H 6, B 7, Sta 13, Mom 15, Fav
- Up + O      Lou Tesz Press - H 10, B 4, Sta 13, Mom 15

Rear Techniques:
- O             School Boy Pin 2 - H 2, B 2, Sta 6, Mom 8, Pin
- O (groggy)    Bulldog 5        - H 6, B 6, Sta 8, Mom 12

Running Ground Attack:
- [] + X                    Elbow Drop 5 - H 7, A 7, L 7, B 7, Sta 8, Mom 7
- [] + any direction + X    Elbow Drop 2 - H 6, A 6, L 6, B 6, Sta 7, Mom 6

Counter Attack:
- O                   Spinebuster 5    - B 16, Sta 16, Mom 18
- Up / Down + O       Back Body Drop 1 - B 12, Sta 12, Mom 14
- Left / Right + O    Hip toss 1       - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 10

4.8) Tag Team

Standing Tag Team:
- O            Double Punches 1   - H 12, Sta 14, Mom 16
- Down + O     Double Punches 2   - H 11, Sta 10, Mom 13
- Left + O     Double Suplex      - B 14, Sta 14, Mom 16
- Up + O       Double Clothesline - H 12, B 4, Sta 14, Mom 16
- Right + O    Double Beat Head   - H 14, Sta 13, Mom 14

Corner Tag Team:
- O            Double Stomping     - B 12, Sta 16, Mom 18
- Down + O     Spine & Neckbreaker - H 8, B 6, Sta 16, Mom 18
- Left + O     Double Stomping     - B 12, Sta 16, Mom 18
- Up + O       Kick To Gut 1       - B 14, Sta 12, Mom 12
- Right + O    Body Splash & Whip  - B 10, Sta 16, Mom 16

4.9) Special
- L1                    Stunner 1 - H 18, B 1, Sta 20, Mom 24, KO
- Any direction + L1    Stunner 3 - H 18, B 1, Sta 20, Mom 24, KO

Signature Moves:
-       Outlaw Knee Strike 1 - B 10, Sta 8, Mom 10, Fav
-       Spear 1              - H 6, B 7, Sta 13, Mom 15, Fav
-       Outlaw Attack        - B 14, Sta 12, Mom 16, Dirty, Fav

Chair Finisher:
- L1                    DDT 23 - H 20, Sta 18, Mom 30, Blood
- Any direction + L1    DDT 23 - H 20, Sta 18, Mom 30, Blood

Combination Attack:
- X (1st)    Outlaw Punches 1 - H 2, A 1, L 1, B 2, Sta 4, Mom 4
- X (2nd)    Outlaw Punches 1 - H 2, A 1, L 1, B 2, Sta 4, Mom 4
- X (3rd)    Outlaw Punches 3 - H 4, A 1, L 1, B 4, Sta 6, Mom 6

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5.0) Statistics

Strength:    7.5
Submission:  8
Durabillity: 9
Tecnhique:   8
Speed:       7
Charisma:    10
Hardcore:    8
Stamina:     8
Overall:     90
Show:        Legend

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6.0 Game review

This is mi personal review for this game. I hope it can help you to decide if
to buy it or not. You can find this review on, the first free
source of faqs all over the web.

Time to walk the ring one more time!

Here I am, to talk about another game about the WWE universe. But is that a
good game? On a first look this game can be taken as an update of his
predecessor, Smackdown! vs RAW, but it offers more on every aspect, like
gameplay and value that you will like it. Keep reading, if you want to know

Graphics: 9/10

Every game they improve the graphic. Smackdown! vs RAW 2006 is no exception,
they scan the wrestler faces, and you can see the results with your own eyes.
The only thing I don't like, it's a problem I see every WWE game. I am talking
about the "create a wrestler" section.

I know that a Playstation 2 has some power limits, but I hate when I see my
creation almost perfect, and when it goes to ring is graphically downgraded to
spare console power. It's simply frustrating (if you have a lot of created
wrestlers like me.)

But the arenas, detailed, well done... but they looks exactly like the last
year arenas.

Another good addition to the graphic side are the entrances, this year they are
very well detailed, and almost all of them are marvellous reproductions of real
WWE superstars entrances. With some exceptions, of course (Batista and others).

The create an entrance section this year gives you more tools to prepare a
better entrance, allowing you to choose lights, pyros and moves for every
section of the stadium. That is a very good thing, but when I prepared my first
entrance, it took almost one hour to check every single camera position!

Sound: 10/10

This time you will hear a lot of voices from your favourite wrestlers, music
are very good, and entrance music are reproduced very well, in an almost
perfect way. This time is a professional work that won't disappoint you in any

Unfortunately the commentary can't be described as above. It will give you a
bad feeling of repetition, hearing all the times you do a finishing move the
same words and phrases over and over again.

Controls: 9/10

Controls are well distributed on the gamepad, and they work fast. The only
thing I never liked is the targeting system. Almost every time I try to target
a different opponent I target my own partner, or the referee or even the wrong

In a single match it's not a real problem, but on multi-opponent matches, like
the Royal Rumble, it's a real pain.

Gameplay: 8/10

No doubt that Smackdown! vs RAW 2006 is a really great game. So, why I gave
only 8 points on gameplay? It's sad to say that, but... if you play that game
alone, it's not too fun. The core of the entire game, the season, it's made by
only a few episodes. You will play two episodes (not chosen randomly), the
Royal Rumble episode, and then the Wrestlemania Episode (and not for all
wrestlers, some of them won't be available for season play.)

No more, no less. There are no plots like title defence or parties, like Here
Comes the Pain (the best season of all WWE games). When I played the game for
the first time I was really disappointed of that, and I think it will be the
same for you.

The roster is pretty good, a huge selection of WWE superstars and divas like
Trish Stratus, the Undertaker, Batista and John Cena.

There is also a legend selection that includes Andre the Giant, three (yes,
three) almost identical version of the legendary Hulk Hogan, and the usual
"Stone Cold" Steve Austin and the Rock.

I was disappointed to have three different version of the same wrestler, I
think it's a waste of space than can be used for other wrestlers and legends.

Another bad thing it's the idea to put Jake "the Snake" Roberts in the game,
but you have to connect your PS2 with a PSP with him unlocked in that, then
transfer it to your PS2.

Sincerely, I find all this stuff nothing more than a marketing manoeuvre to
promote the PSP. 

Of course, if you have the old PS2 (not the slim version), you can't connect
with a PSP, and it's very difficult you will ever see Jake Roberts on your

If you play this game with at least a friend... this changes a lot. I have
played with a multi-tap, and four friends, and I can assure you that I had the
time of my life! We shouted, insulted each other... we really enjoyed that.

Regarding the multiplayer option, I have the old PS2, and I can't play online,
so I don't know how is this game online, but a lot of people said me that is
slowed down. The online play is hosted on a Gamespy server, and it seems that 
it's not doing a very good job. 

Sometimes after a match the game will freeze up. Another problem is that
sometimes your wins or losses won't even count for some reason or bugs.

I am sorry, but I don't play online, so I don't have more details for you.
The challenges are back in this game again, and add something more to the
length of the game, giving you something more to do in this game. They will
also allow you to unlock special bonus, like furniture for your room, and
increase the durability of the game quite a lot.

There is also a new season type, called General mode. In that season you can
arrange your brand by yourself, creating a roster, deciding all the matches
every week. You decide your marketing strategies, creating feuds and
interfering with the other show.

The only thing I don't like is that you can't decide the match results by
yourself, so, after all you don't have all the control on the brand you will
have as a real General Manager.

This mode has potential, and a lot of it, but it's not really entertaining as
it sound, but, after all, it's the first year that this new game mode is
implemented, I am sure it will be in future WWE games, and will became more and
more fun than now.

Conclusions: 9/10

If you want to play this game alone, I suggest you Here Comes the Pain or
Smackdown! vs RAW. 

But, if you will play this game with some friends, it will give you one of the
most entertaining experience of your life, for you and all your friends. If you
are a fan of the WWE games then you should absolutely try give game, it
absolutely worth the effort.

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