Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3 Days Until Wrestlemania 28

We are counting down those days until Wrestlemania 28 and the sands of time are running down for the showcase of the immortals. The annual event put on by World Wrestling Federation Entertainment coming at you from Miami Florida. As you know, this show is headlined by the Rock taking on John Cena. Also the end of an era features the Hell in a Cell Match with the Undertaker taking on Triple H. One on one, we'll find out who the best in the world is, when Chris Jericho takes on CM Punk for the WWE Championship. The 2012 Royal Rumble winner Sheamus takes on the World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, Team Johnny versus Team Teddy for full control of both RAW and Smackdown and so much more.

Only three more highlight matches and they are three prominent ones. Let's take a look at the I Quit Match that set the ball rolling for the Attitude Era, Stone Cold Steve Austin against Bret Hart on March 23rd 1997 at Wrestlemania 13.

Bret Hart Versus Stone Cold Steve Austin in a Submission Match at Wrestlemania 13

Bret Hart had signed the historic 20 year contract(which did not pan out as planned) but his first feud back was Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was rising up the ranks after winning the 1996 King of the Ring. Austin and Bret Hart battled at the 1996 Survivor Series, with Bret Hart countered the Million Dollar Dream with a bridge to win the match. The feud continued, with Austin eliminating Bret Hart from the Royal Rumble and costing Hart the World Wrestling Federation Championship against Sycho Sid.

We set the stage for Wrestlemania 13, with Ultimate Fighting Championship legend Ken Shamrock being the guest referee for the Stone Cold Steve Austin against Bret Hart in a Submission Match. Both men had a brawl, with Austin not being known for his vast technical skills but he held his own. Bret Hart pulled out the ringpost figure four leglock and split Austin open with the ring bell. Austin tried to choke the Hitman out but to no avail.

The iconic image of Stone Cold Steve Austin trapped in the Sharpshooter, while blood flowing down his face, as he tried to push himself out. But Stone Cold Austin blacked out from the blood loss and Bret Hart got the win. However, it turned Bret Hart right into one of the biggest heels of the year and we know that Stone Cold Steve Austin was the single biggest superstar in World Wrestling Federation history, the driving force right through the Attitude Era.

Austin versus Hart with the double turn was a moment for Wrestlemania 13 as the road to Wrestlemania 28 in Miami Florida continues.

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