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TheDailyBeast: Stars Who Were Fired Over the Phone

'Stone Cold' Steve Austin

An injury ended his football career, setting up “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to become one of the biggest wrestling stars of all time. Austin achieved significant fame in the late 1990s as a hard-drinking troublemaker who feuded with mentors and rivals. But the first stage of his career with World Championship Wrestling came to an end with another injury: a torn triceps suffered on tour in Japan. WCW’s president also believed Austin wasn’t “marketable” and fired him over the phone. Austin went on to win 19 championships and become a global wrestling superstar.

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