Bret Hart Picks a Huge WWE Legend Over Shawn Michaels as His Greatest Rival

Published 12/19/2021, 11:41 AM EST


WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart has shared the ring with countless wrestling legends from all around the globe. However, his most fierce rivalries happened while he wrestled in WWE. His most controversial one was with Shawn Michaels and the other one was with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.

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Hart wrestled both these wrestlers several times throughout his career. Now, The Hitman recently revealed who he had a better rivalry with Shawn Michaels or Steve Austin.

Bret Hart claimed Austin wins the battle by a “hair”. Hart faced ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin at the WrestleMania 13 PPV in a Submission match; that means a winner can only be decided when an opponent taps out from a submission.

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The former nWo member appeared for an interview with ‘Q on CBC‘, where he answered the question of who was his better rival – Shawn Michaels or Steve Austin.

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Eventually, The Hitman had a tough decision to make, but he chose The Texas Rattlesnake and admitted that it was a tie with Shawn Michaels because the performers bring a lot to the table.

The night when everything changed for Bret Hart and ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin

The date was March 23, 1997, when Bret Hart and Steve Austin captured the hearts of everyone in attendance at WrestleMania 13. After this match, it happened for the first time that the wrestlers who went in as heel and babyface switched their roles after the match had concluded.

With Ken Shamrock as the referee, Bret Hart went into this match as baby-face and Stone Cold went as a heel. However, when the match stopped, the WWE Universe cheered for Austin and booed Hart.

The match had a stipulation that only a submission victory would be counted as a victory, so both men put on their best work inside the squared circle as the capacity crowd witnessed the carnage.

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The match is famous for its ending minutes as after busting open Steve Austin earlier in the match; The Hitman put the Texan into a sharpshooter. For a moment it looked like Hart will win, but Steve Austin refused to give up, and did not tap even though he was drenched in blood.

 

Instead, Steve Austin passed out but refused to tap. Hence, an anti-hero was born, and the crowd cheered for the supposed heel Austin, turning him into a babyface.

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The match became one of the best PPV matches to ever happen and certainly raised the stocks for the two wrestlers in the pro-wrestling industry. No wonder why Hart chose Steve Austin over Shawn Michaels.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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