Stone Cold Steve Austin has recalled his favourite match from a legendary career that saw him battle icons of the business on a regular basis.
Talking to Chris Jericho on his Talk Is Jericho podcast, Austin relived some of the stand-out matches from his WWE Hall Of Fame career. Jericho asked Austin if one stood out above all others and the Texas Rattlesnake was quick to name one.
“You know, that match with Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13 is a real special match to me because not often is it required or is it asked of two talents to go in there and execute a double turn. There’s a lot of guys in the wrestling business don’t even know what a double turn is.”
Bret Hart entered their submission match at WrestleMania in 1997 as a crowd favourite; Austin the villain of the pair. As the match wore on and Hart ramped up the violence, the sympathies of the crowd began to swing in Austin’s favour. This was solidified after the match when Hart continued to attack Austin. Hart was booed heavily by the Chicago crowd before he was wrestled to the mat by special referee Ken Shamrock.
“There’s gotta be work on the back end to solidify the story but it starts with the in-ring match. To go out there and do it. It was the first time I ever attempted to do it, that one time and it was with Bret. To execute that at the highest level, to end up in that Sharpshooter with that iconic image which will always be remembered. To leave that lasting memory was very special to me.”
Stone Cold Steve Austin then offered a runner-up selection for his favourite match. Austin mentioned another WrestleMania classic:
“That match at [WrestleMania] 17 was special to me. To work with The Rock and rock the house, no pun intended, like we did in damn near my hometown against a guy that I really loved being in the ring with so much.”
Stone Cold Steve Austin recently discussed inventing his notorious ‘What?’ chant. Chris Jericho while as a guest on Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions described how adopting a more serious demeanour helped bat away those chants later in his career.