Ahead of Steve Austin’s appearance on the KO show at WrestleMania 38, Bret Hart gave his views on the upcoming confrontation between the two. Bret and Austin fought each other at WrestleMania 13; their infamous clash is widely regarded as one of the best bouts in history.
Bret is cheering his old rival at the upcoming WrestleMania. “I’m looking forward to it,” Hart told Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated. “I’m proud of him. It takes a lot of courage to come back and do what he’s trying to do. I’ll be there to cheer him on.”
Hart reflected on his WrestleMania 13 match with Austin and talked about the planning that were made before it. In that match, Hart defeated his opponent, while Austin never tapped out but fainted due to the pain and blood loss.
“The funniest thing about that match, and it will probably surprise people, is that we ran out of ideas when we tried to map out the match. It was all submissions, so there was no one-two-kickout. Taking away the pin falls removed a lot of the element of suspense. But we’d always had great chemistry, so we entered the match with confidence. If you look at our match from the Survivor Series in ’96, some people argue that was an even better match.
What we had was a storyline and two characters who were destined to cross paths. At that time, Steve was becoming a huge force and was just about ready to break through to a level that few wrestlers ever reach. I was lucky to be there at the right place and right time with him. The match with Steve, that’s the greatest song I ever sang. When I watch it back, I wouldn’t change a thing. I still love seeing that spot where I’m punching the daylights out of Steve in the corner and he kicks me in the groin. It was a beautiful, violent piece of art. Working with Steve was easy, it was fun, and it was memorable.”
WrestleMania 38 will be streaming live on Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3, at 8 ET/5 PT on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.
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