While on WWE’s The Bump last week, WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin poured some light on his infamous Submission Match against Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13.
The match, considered by many the greatest in WrestleMania history, achieved the rare feat of a double turn, with Hart becoming public enemy number one, and Austin transforming into the babyface that would take WWE to new heights.
On the match, Stone Cold said: “I go out there, and I rock the house with Bret, and it’s like anytime you’re doing something, you do it to elicit a response. The way the Rosemont Horizon is constructed is it has a wooden ceiling. The crowd there is so wild that if you have 18,000 people there and they sell out, you’ll get an immediate response because of the acoustics of that building. We knew we had those people hooked from start to finish; they were in on that ride.”
“When I got out there, there was a mixed reaction… You always want your dance partner to be as over as possible. Bret was red hot. He was kind of at that pivotal area because, on one hand, he was that beloved babyface, and on the other hand, he kind of started piss and moaning to a degree, which all set out that play for the double turn. So, [there was] electricity that night in front of that wonderful crowd.”
The climax of the match saw a bloodied Austin passing out while in the Sharpshooter, with Hart unwilling to break the hold after the match had ended. The fallout kickstarted Austin’s run as the top star of WWE, helping usher in the hottest period in wrestling history, alongside the nWo in WCW.
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