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• Bret Hart Comments On Steve Austin Revealing His Heel Turn Plan At WrestleMania 13 At The Very Last Minute

During a recent appearance on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, WWE Hall Of Famers Steve Austin and Bret Hart discussed some interesting facts about their WrestleMania 13 match – Austin breaking the news to Bret about his heel turn the last minute, how their roles as babyface, heel switched by the end and Bret handpicking Austin as his opponent, and Austin getting upset over Brian Pillman calling him babyface when he was trying to be a heel.

Below are the highlights:

Bret On Austin breaking the news to him about his heel turn the last minute:

“I don’t think Steve knew anything they had in mind for me until the last minute, until that day. Steve was the first guy to come up to me and say, oh, Vince [McMahon] talked to him about me turning heel. Nobody up until that point, including everyone else in the dressing room, knew anything about it as far as I know.”

Bret on how their roles as babyface and heel switched by the end:

“What I loved about the match, right from the start, are the entrances. If you watch Steve and I both go to the ring, he was the heel. He was the bad guy. I walk out and I’m kind of cheered. I’m the cool babyface and I’m coming in for revenge. It’s kind of funny how we were completely switched over by the end of it and we never changed our styles or do anything other than wrestle the same way we did all the time. And I think it was a bit of amazing psychology.”

Austin on Bret handpicking him as opponent:

“You pretty much handpicked me, Bret because you were making a comeback from having your knee cleaned up. And that was a big honor for me because we had worked at a couple of house shows and I think I was working with Shawn [Michaels] over there in Houston, Texas and I just worked with Shawn and you said to me in the dressing room, ‘hey man, that was a great match.’ You said, ‘I’ll work with you anytime’ and that was a big complement to me because I was a huge Bret Hart fan before I had come to the Federation. And Bret got in the business [of pro wrestling] a little bit before me and obviously got started way earlier over in Calgary [Canada], so I’d seen his entire body of work. And Bret is such a high-level guy with such multiple layers of psychology and all the technical aspects and mechanical aspects that he brings. He brought a reality-based product to the ring. We always knew the business was a work, but Bret was total reality to me, which is why I had so much respect for his work.”

Austin on getting upset over Brian Pillman calling him babyface when he was trying to be a heel:

“I’ll never forget one house show, Brian Pillman comes in. And, of course, me and Brian were good friends since WCW and our Hollywood Blond days. We kind of separated. He went through the things he had gone through and I had gone my direction. We were singles [performers] now. And I remember coming back from the ring one time, and Brian had watched the match and I got a louder pop than my babyface opponent. And Brian said to me, ‘Goddamnit, kid! You’re a babyface!’ And I said, ‘f- you’ because you take the stuff [seriously]. When you’re trying to be a heel or baby, and I’m trying to be a heel and he’s calling me a baby, that’s damn near and insult. And I said, ‘f- you, dude. I’m a heel.'”

• Batista Was Considered For A Major WrestleMania 34 Role

According to the Wrestling Observer, former WWE Champion Batista noted at a convention that WWE officials talked to him about teaming up with Ronda Rousey to face the team of Triple H & Stephanie McMahon at WrestleMania 34, but a deal couldn’t be reached.

Batista’s last WrestleMania match was back in 2014 (exactly 4 years ago today) where he lost in the main event.

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