Hulkamania and Austin 3:16

If you're a long-time Wrestling fan, you've probably had friends who never really understood why you liked Hulk Hogan or the Ultimate Warrior. Bret Hart's perpetually wethair and bright pink Spandex attire never appealed to them, and, whether you like John Cena and Randy Orton or Daniel Bryan and Finn Balor, those same friends aren't interested in talking WWE with you.

But in the late 90's, when those same friends caught you watching "Stone Cold" Steve Austin onWWE Raw, you didn't have to defend yourself.

Austin 3:16 was nothing like Hulkamania or the Excellence of Execution.

In a normally PG-venue, this guy was flipping the bird and talking about opening cans of whoop-ass. Austin hated his boss, so he kicked him in the nuts. When someone tried to tell him how to act, he did the opposite. This man wasn't out to fight for good; he was out to fight for himself. And if he had to cross a few lines that hadn't been crossed before, then so be it.

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin was the first commercially-successful antihero of the WWE. He took an historically geeky genre and gave it a kick-ass new face that everyone could get behind.

And, as the golden era of comic book cinema continues to soar to its peak, Marvel has finally given viewers the "Stone Cold" Steve Austin of comic book superheroes: Deadpool.

The boom in blockbuster superhero franchises over the last decade or so has its similarities to professional wrestling.

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For those who know the difference between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and X-Men Universe, you probably know a lot of adults who completely dismiss the superhero film genre because of the geeky stereotypes.

For someone who isn't a graphic novel aficionado, the do-gooder-y of The Avengers or the X-Men may seem like a boring story. There's a lot of action, but very little blood or gratuitous violence.

The language is kept safe enough that parents will have no problem buying Captain America or Wolverine toys for their children.

"Deadpool," on the other hand, is a relative bloodbath of gore. The character drops the f-bomb as frequently as Vincent Vega and Jules Winnfield.Just as Austin helped lead the WWE into their raunchiest content to date. It'sthe first Marvel film to feature a significant sex scene and the full frontal nudity of a strip club.

Like Stone Cold, Deadpool isn't really a good guy —but he certainly doesn't feel like a bad guy. Austin made a regular practice of drinking beer while on the job. Deadpool heads to a seedy bar at the end of a long day at work.

When a woman such as Chyna confronted Steve Austin, he treated the 9th Wonder of the World like he would have treated any man who pulled the same stunt. Before shooting a female criminal in the head, Deadpool asks the audience if it would actually make him more sexist tonot shoot herbecause she's a woman.

Because Stone Cold was taking on the wrestling world's biggest villain, other "faces" would try to befriend the Texas-bred redneck. His DTA ("Don't Trust Anybody") philosophy generally resulted in those good guys receiving a Stone Cold Stunner. Throughout the film, Colossus continually tries to talk the titular character into joining the X-Men. Deadpool, however, has no interest in becoming a hero. He just wants to destroy his enemy.

Hulk Hogan and Superman both fought for justice, America, and the overall good of humanity— perfect role models for the kids that looked up to them. While ultimately out to destroy evil and bring a sense of justice to their own lives, Stone Cold and Deadpool are not the type ofsuperheroes that parents want their children idolizing.

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