Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.
As Raw heads back to Canada aka Hart Country, Canada's biggest hero (Bret) is set to face The Miz in a match for the United States Title. As those of us who saw Bret "wrestle" Vince can attest that The Excellence of Execution is no shape to wrestle, so next Monday will be most likely turn out to be some kind of gimmick match. All of this made me remember the days when Bret was quite simply the best wrestler in the WWE. Consequently, the rest of the week (till Monday), the Inside the Wrestling Vault trips will be dedicated to the Harts and their legacy in the WWE.
I don't care what anyone says, because this is the match that marked the beginning of the Austin Era. The Texas Rattlesnake and the Excellence o0f Execution participated in a very heated rivalry, and this was the culmination of that awesome feud. These two told an absolutely wonderful story in the as the veteran Bret Hart tried everything with his power to hold the younger wrestler down. However, as much as Bret tried, he just couldn't get the determined Austin to submit. In one of the greatest finishes of all time, Stone Cold preferred to pass out (in a pool of his own blood) rather than suffer the humiliation of tapping to his hated rival. Austin's violence, his rebellion, charisma, and sheer will to win forced the crowd to cheer for a man, who was very much a heel. For his efforts, Austin received a standing ovation when he left he left the building and the rest is history. I don't know if the Austin Era wouldn't have taken place without Bret Hart's contributions, but it damn sure would have taken much longer.