On this date in WWF history: What?

Stone Cold Steve Austin gave birth to the "WHAT?!?" chant on this date in history (Aug. 13, 2001) on an episode of "Monday Night Raw" in Chicago.

On this date in WWF history (Aug. 13, 2001), Stone Cold Steve Austin introduced a word that would become synonymous with the pro wrestling business.

What?

I said on on this date in WWF history (Aug. 13, 2001), Stone Cold Steve Austin introduced a word that would become synonymous with the pro wrestling business.

What? (Okay, I'll stop.)

Austin had taken over the reigns as leader of The Alliance, the group that consisted of members of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) in an attempt to overthrow the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in an invasion.

On this particular evening, he gathered everyone around the ring for a talk. His goal was to rally the troops while weeding out the weaklings. Like any good drill sergeant, he got his message across clear and used a firm hand to strike down those who didn't measure up.

Tazz, Raven and Hugh Morrus were the lucky three to draw Stone Cold's ire.

Morrus was the guy who got dressed down first and he's the man lucky enough to be on the end of the very first time Austin uttered a catchphrase that would take over the pro wrestling world and ring throughout arenas more than a decade later.

"Look at ya. You're 275-pounds. Your name is Hugh Morrus. What? Your name is Hugh Morrus. What? Is that funny? Is that humorous? Are you here to make me laugh? What? You're pathetic! Look at me! You're pathetic! Y2J whipped your ass. I'm ashamed of ya. Step back."

He would go on to do the same to Raven and Tazz, both with hilarious results, and the biggest catchphrase in wrestling history was born. It would become the bane of Vince McMahon's existence. Really, it's the bane of every pro wrestler's existence, seeing as fans just refuse to let it die.

Every pause in every promo, no matter the guy delivering it, draws a "WHAT?!?" from the crowd, no matter the location. As Kevin Nash recently stated in an interview, this was the only thing Austin ever got wrong during his time in the business.

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