Today is March 16th, or, as it’s more commonly written, 3/16. And Austin 3:16 says I just whipped your ass. At least that’s the phrase that Stone Cold Steve Austin immortalized at the 1996 King of the Ring pay-per-view on June 23rd in Milwaukee, WI. He had just defeated Jake “The Snake” Roberts and won the King of the Ring tournament. Jake had made a return after dealing with alcohol problems and finding religion. After beating him, Stone Cold cut the promo of his career and basically mocked Jake Roberts, his alcoholism, and his beliefs. It was this promo that launched his career into becoming arguably the biggest WWE superstar of all time. The reason I bring this up? Well, a few years ago on March 16th, our good friend Bill sent an email to myself and few of our other friends that would watch wrestling together regularly on Monday nights years ago that simply said, “Today 3:16 says I just whooped your ass”. Of course, I corrected it to the appropriate “whipped”, and we had a good day of random mass emailing and replying. In the years since, it’s a tradition that either Bill or I try to uphold. It’s a decent excuse to touch base with people we haven’t seen in awhile.
Gotta love the announcers…”now that’s not necessary”. And this speech is always transcribed as “Austin 3:16 says I just whooped your ass”, but if you listen to it, I feel like he clearly says “whipped”. Besides, I just think “whipped” sounds more badass.