The Stunner Heard ’Round the World

Sept. 22, 1997

In his first attempt to put the rebellious “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in line, Mr. McMahon pleads with the angry Texan to “play by the rules.” Instead, The Rattlesnake breaks the cardinal rule of “never attack your boss” by booting the head honcho in the stomach and blasting him with a Stunner. As the WWE Universe erupts, one of sports-entertainment’s classic rivalries begins to take shape.

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