8. Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Kane at the WWE Royal Rumble, 2001
A landmark moment in the career of landmark wrestler Steve Austin, this iconic bout secured the Texas Rattlesnake’s spot in the WWE Hall of Fame as he walked home with a record-breaking three Royal Rumble wins.
5. Undertaker vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin at SummerSlam, 1998
Jaws dropped at the merciless onslaught offered up by these former tag-team partners, but it was Taker’s brutalizing legdrop through the announcers’ table that had onlookers talking about this match for years after the fact.
3. Triple H vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin at No Way Out, 2001
The earth trembled when the WWE’s premiere titans faced off at this groundbreaking slugfest, and with the ruthless victory of love-to-hate-him heel Triple H in the match’s final moments, it felt like a bold exclamation mark on one of the circuit’s most vicious rivalries.
2. The Undertaker vs. Mankind at King of the Ring, 1998
It’s pretty much impossible to sit through this ferocious Hell in a Cell match without cringing, or at least admiring the inhuman resilience of Mick “Mankind” Foley as he’s dropped, repeatedly, from the circuit’s iconic cage. The real-life Foley stumbled away from this loss with a bevy of injuries, but secured his spot as one of the WWE’s top performers.
1. The Rock vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 17, 2001
If the world were a fair, just place, this monumental match between the WWE’s two top stars would be taught in schools and seminars across the country. Housing one of the circuit’s most devastating plot twists as the Bionic Redneck took a harrowing heel turn, this brutal bout capped off the Attitude Era in a suitably epic fashion.