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Wrestling legend: Bret Hart has revealed the personal input he had in getting a certain wrestler hired to the WWE, who would go on to have an everlasting impact on the business.
During the recent episode of WWE’s show: The Bump, Hart was on the show in celebration of his Survivor Series match against “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, twenty five years ago. During the episode, Hart reflected back commenting on how this match against Austin, help cemented Austin’s legacy within the WWE.
Hart commented on the matches reception at the time:
“It’s one of those matches like you said, that’s gone unnoticed. It was a great match. In a lot of ways, it holds up to WrestleMania 13. They’re both really good matches, good stories and structure; very credible.”
Hart would further comment on his mindset at the time of the match:
“I don’t know which match was more physical. Maybe, this one was more physical than WrestleMania 13. They’re two of my favourite matches. I cherish both moments in both of those matches. That was the first time that Steve and I had a really big match. Taking that time off [Hart was out for half a year before their Survivor Series ’96 match], I was under a lot of pressure to deliver. As I went into 1997 and the tail end of ’96, I delivered some of my greatest matches.”
Then Hart would comment on how he spoke to Vince about hiring Austin:
“I thought Steve was someone to be reckoned with before he ever got to WWE,” Hart repeated. “I saw him in WCW, and I think he went to ECW for a time. I remember when he jumped from WCW and ended up in ECW, I actually went into Vince’s office and go ‘Why didn’t they get this guy? Why didn’t someone grab him when he was available? I remember I had this conversation with Vince a lot. I thought it would be really good for me to wrestle him. A week later, he was sitting in the dressing room.”
Finally, Hart would comment on how great Austin was in the ring and how they created moments together:
“Steve was a really great wrestler. He was on the cusp of great things,” Hart noted. “You could see Steve just getting better every week and sort of finding himself and getting more confident. He was reaching his peak of becoming the Superstar that he became. We had great matches and chemistry in the ring. I stand by all the matches I had with Steve.”
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