Bret Hart vs Steve Austin
Posted 18 July 2013 - 05:19 PM
Talk about it here.
This match was excellent from start to finish. Both men played their roles perfectly in flipping but roles as face and heel. What also made the turn even greater is the fact that they did it purely on ring work.
Posted 19 July 2013 - 05:59 PM
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:38 AM
My favorite match of all time. Worked so smartly and the double turn was flawless. It felt like a blow off match but it actually kicked the feud into the next gear making for an awesome Canada/US dynamic. My favorite feud of all time as well
Your avatar sums that period up so well to me also!
The match was incredible and still holds up today. The addition of Shamrock added to the realism I felt, also.
Posted 31 July 2013 - 09:36 PM
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Posted 02 August 2013 - 08:18 AM
I think what worked here is that no matter how much of a shitkicking he took, Steve Austin was still Steve Austin -- still had the same attitude and still went after Bret with the same intensity. It's an interesting contrast to the frustration changing Bret's attitude.
This is a great point. Austin at the end of the day never changed, and because he was a guy who, even if his character didn't always have the most ideal "good" traits (for lack of a better term), would never back down from a fight and at the end of the day, that's one of the strongest qualities of a wrestler. He was a guy who wouldn't make excuses of a fight either. Bret became the opposite of that last sentence and changed not for the better in the fans' eyes.
Also, even though it doesn't get talked about that much as Austin's and Hart's performances (deservingly so, of course), I thought Shamrock was perfect in his role. Not overshadowing, but also being audible when he needed to be at the end, to really get over Austin's passing out. Hart's change of character benefitted Shamrock too, as one takedown of Hart was all that was needed. All three were better off than before the match happened, although this was probably Shamrock's peak as far as reaction and presence go.
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Posted 18 January 2015 - 08:48 PM
Watched this match for the very first time today because of the current "Greatest WWE/WWF Match Ever Thread". So from my own personal Word doc that I will probably do something with at some point...
A truly special match that has earned being called one of the greatest matches ever. The opening brawling sets a tone for the entire rest of the match. Both guys despise each other and want to beat the tar out of the other. Loved how Austin clotheslines Hart off the guardrail into the laps of Captain Lou and Tony Atlas. I yelped. Everything else that followed was gritty from beginning to end. Submissions weren’t pretty looking but elements like the Figure-Four on the ring post, which I’ll be honest doesn’t make much sense as far as rules go, looked SO painful. When the chair gets involved they just take it up another notch. The commentary adds to the match in a way I don’t see often. It allowed me to greater understand the importance of the chair for Hart. Once Austin gets bloodied, the match gets another level higher. The way they got Austin’s cut in? So great! Austin comes flying into the bell keeper’s area with reckless abandon, taking out staff on his way into the guardrail. The camera angle was so abrupt it added to it. Hart punching Austin right in the cut looked nasty. The way he goes with high impact moves to the head is grand. And the chair jabs to the leg? Awesome. The final moments are obviously the most memorable and for good reason. Austin passing out after coming so close to getting out of the submission is perfect. The match is one of the greatest I have seen. The match works so well on so many levels.
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