• Bret Hart Recalls Him Thinking WrestleMania 13 Match With Steve Austin Would Be Bad
During a recent appearance on E&C’s Pod Of Awesomeness, WWE Hall of Famers Steve Austin and Bret Hart agreed on thinking that their WrestleMania 13 match would be a dud for being a submission match, turning out to be one of the the easiest matches and more.
Below are the highlights:
On thinking that the match would be a dud for being the submission match:
“I’ll never forget before WrestleMania 13 happened, it was two weeks before the match, I believe. I’m in San Antonio [Texas] watching Monday Night RAW, and, all-of-a-sudden, I see it announced that it’s going to be Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart versus ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin in a submission match and I was livid because I am not a submission-style wrestler. I got dropped on my head and I turned into a brawler. I was starting to become somewhat hot as a [babyface], but prided myself on being a heel. All-of-a-sudden, I’m going into this match with Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart, which I loved that, but the submission part, totally threw me. And I voiced my concerns to Vince McMahon because I truly thought they were putting me in a compromising position because I’m not a submission wrestler. Everybody knows I hold had three or four moves and the rest were racking the eyes, ball shots, and stuff like that, so this match was not going to be catered to me.
I thought we were going to stink the joint out, I truly did. And we did everything but that. We ripped it apart with a five-star performance.”
“I think we have to give Vince [McMahon] credit for the vision of the submission match. I was like Steve. I thought it was really going to be a bad, bad match for us to showcase our talents. If anything it should have just been a rematch period. A submission match limited us or at least I thought. And I felt the same way as Steve, but I also knew going in there that Vince started to want to turn me heel. And I could tell even going into that over the last few months. That’s when the fans started to take to the heels a lot more. I don’t know if it was ECW or what, but I remember the heels started to get over and they started to cheer Steve a lot because he was sort of a cool heel to take a liking to.”
On the match being one of the easiest ones:
“It was one of the easiest matches I ever had in my life. There was just absolutely great work. Everything. And I always tell people, ‘this is the greatest match I had in the sense that no animals were harmed in the making of this movie.’ I mean, really, the only potato I gave myself was when Steve threw me into the hockey board. That hurt like hell.”
“The match was so easy because you’ll see a call here or there, heads are down, you’ll never see any mouths move. When Bret and I talked about this match, there were maybe five to seven things that we knew were going to happen. The rest was called on the fly in the ring and that’s a shoot.”
Austin on the match still holding up:
“With all the flip, flop, and flying going on now, this match, although it was done at WrestleMania 13… all these years later, this match still holds up whether it was back then, right now, or in the future because of the physicality, because of the intensity. There’s nothing crazy that goes on in this match, but because it’s so real, it will hold up to the test of time.”
• Possible WrestleMania 35 Match For Top RAW Star
According to Twitter account Slice Wrestling (which has broken multiple stories in the past), a triple threat match between The Shield members is the current plan for WrestleMania 35.
— SW (@SliceWrestling) April 12, 2018
It’s possible that top Raw Superstar “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns is the Universal Champion heading into this event.
The triple threat match between The Shield members (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose) has happened only once before, at Battleground 2016 PPV where Ambrose retained the WWE Title by pinned Reigns (was returned from a WWE suspension in that match).