Tuesday, March 24, 2009

'Mania Match of the Day #13

WrestleMania XIII
Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Submission Match – 9

This is by far one of my favorite matches of all time and it’s one I’ve been wanting to review for a long time. The first time I ever saw this match was on an old tape called “Cause Stone Cold Said So” and I fell in love with it instantly. Ken Shamrock is the referee. Austin spears Bret and we’re off and running. Bret gets crotched on the rail and into the crowd we go were we get some crazy ass brawling with Bret taking a header into the hockey boards and Austin getting backdropped in the bleachers. Back inside the ring area, the action cools down, if you want to call it that, as Bret goes to work on Austin’s bad knee and the Austin hits a stunner from out of nowhere. Bret goes to get a chair and the ring bell and sets Austin’s ankle in the chair. Austin gets up and knocks Bret off the top rope with one shot and then absolutely kills Bret’s back with another. There are no chair shots being pulled here as both of them are beating the living hell out of each other and we’re only eight minutes in or so. Austin does a great job of selling the knee that Bret worked over earlier, probably because it’s legitamitely hurt. Austin works in a couple of submission holds and the action spills to the outside where Bret sends Austin into the rail, busting him open. This, as it is said, is where the plot thickens. Austin is gushing blood moments later when Bret gets him with a knee drop. The end of the match saw a sick superplex, Austin choking Bret with an extension cord, Bret clocking Austin with the ring bell and then applying the Sharpshooter from which Austin passes out. Truly an amazing and remarkable match and one match that I would be proud to show to anybody. Bret definitely was on top of his game and switched up his style from the standard textbook match that he normally has. As for Austin, well, I think we know what this match did for him.

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