Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Jim Neidhart & Brian Pillman vs Steve Austin, Goldust, Legion of Doom & Ken Shamrock
Posted 03 February 2007 - 08:53 AM
This is of course, a molten hot brawl with the crowd going totally wild for the Foundation. It isn't Rock/Hogan level reaction, but it's getting there, and takes a match that would have been merely decent, into something memorable. There's hate, lots of different storylines played out, wall to wall action and Brian fucking Pillman. It's awesome. The problem with this match though, is that it also has a lot of sub-standard workers. The match is great when Owen, Bret, Pillman, Davey, Austin or Shamrock are in together, and Goldust puts on a fair display. Neidhart is pretty useless though, and the Road Warriors are about 10 years past their prime, and they weren't exactly great workers then either. They drag the match down, and there's a little too much repetetive action here, but they get over the fact that anything can happen, and in the end it's a well executed wild brawl for the most part. ***3/4
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Hart kids swarmed the ring (...). I spotted some smiling kid in the ring and asked, "Who are you?" He excitedly said, "I just told them I was a Hart." "Wave at the crowd and enjoy yourself!"
Posted 03 November 2015 - 11:38 PM
This could be on the year-end MOTY list, definitely. Like the very best WWF spectacles such as Warrior-Savage, it's a match that pretty much transcends and defies any attempt at serious analysis. It's not perfect--Hawk and Animal bring this down quite a bit, though they have a few moments of usefulness. Shamrock's lack of experience shows a few times. But for heat and intensity and passion, few other bouts can touch it. It also surprised me quite a few times: never would I have bet that Jim fucking Neidhart would work a decent sequence with Shamrock at this stage, but he did. Never would I have bet that Shamrock would be the #3 guy in the match, but he was--he flashed some cool offense and took a nutty bump over the table. Plus everyone knew when to work 1-on-1 and when to descend into clusterfuckery, and the house-cleaning sequences are all timed well. The mirror storyline of Owen and Austin getting their legs injured gives this a running psychological thread, and nicely sets up a side feud between the two. And the ending with Austin grabbing at Stu and Harts leaping over the guardrail--holy shit, that could have led to something truly chaotic. They follow that with another holy-shit moment with Austin crashing the celebration and being led out in cuffs all while flipping the bird behind his back in an indelible image of the era. All in all just a tremendous blend of decent work, one of the hottest North American crowds in memory, and a dash of total fucking chaos and you have the WWF's #2 match of 1997 to date.
Posted 19 July 2016 - 01:30 PM
HI guys, Travis from the Titans Stampede Territory podcast here.
We kick this match around as a sort of symbolic end of Stampede Wrestling in the second half of our discussion in Titans #63.
I have an obviously profound fondness for the match, but still think it's a 4 1/4* match if you remove the circumstances that take the night in to more legendary territory.
Check out the show if you haven't yet!
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By no means a perfect match; the crowd enthusiasm elevated this well above its obvious shortcomings. A personal favourite.
Posted 16 February 2017 - 12:06 PM
#183 - placetobenation.com/countdown-top-500-matches-of-the-90s-200-151/
The last time I watched this show in it's entirety, I remember really loving it. That was probably a few years ago. A scene like this is what wrestling is all about. I love that this starts with Austin and Bret, and they are firing punches at each other. Bret got the upper had at first, and the crowd was going NUTS for it. There is lot's of great tag experience in this match. You have the Hart Foundation, The Road Warriors, The Hollywood Blondes, Dustin Rhodes (previously a tag specialist in WCW, and one of the very best at that), Davey Boy (British Bulldogs), and Ken Shamrock is really the only person in there without lots of tag experience. The great parts of this match are the crowd, the Steve Austin story, and all the uncontrollable moments and breakout brawls. They put on one hell of a show here, and gave the crowd (and anyone watching at home) exactly what they wanted and more. This is just incredible. It is timeless.
Posted 23 May 2017 - 09:23 AM
This is an incredible viewing experience. One of the most entertaining & satisfying I've ever had watching the WWF. I've seen this before but in context the specialness is huge. Everything from the Canadian National Anthem, to the incredible entrances, to the action packed match, to the atmosphere, & to the heartwarming post-match is wonderful. The Hart Foundation entrance is probably the greatest entrance in WWF history. The crowd is probably a top five crowd in company history. Austin is a riot here jawing with fans, brawling with crazy Bruce Hart, grabbing Stu in a holy shit moment, etc. Owen's shine segment is amazing. The opening exchange between Bret & Austin causes the building to literally shake as Bret comes out on top. There are flaws. There's no true FIP segment which I think the match really needed in order to make it a classic in-ring encounter. Pillman's heeling is entertaining but at times it gets annoying as I think the match would have been better served if Pillman had toned his character down a bit at certain points. Being Loose Cannon Pillman a time or two for a pop is great & fun but multiple times in this environment is aggravating. The match is also full of a lot of random exchanges that don't really go anywhere. Back to the positives, there is a story here with Austin & Owen getting their knees attacked & coming back & finishing the match. The Hart Family's involvement at ringside slowly boils over in the match as well. There is plenty of nitpicking to do on this match, but this match isn't one about details. It's the whole package. The whole experience. I was actually extremely happy for the Canadian fans & the Hart Family. I got goosebumps several times watching this. It's the Hart Family's shining moment in WWF. It's one of the greatest WWF main events & experiences of all time. One of the truly special events in WWE history.
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