Originally Posted by KidCharlamagne
Yea man Stone Cold and Bret had some outstanding matches. They had a really good pair of matches, starting with Survivor Series 96. Haven't seen it in a minute, but it stood out to me as the more technical masterpiece. This is exactly what I love about Austin and his ability to work in two very different eras, and do it perfectly. Wasn't this match wrestled mostly between the ropes? Love the ending. You should probably check it out if you haven't.
Austin-Hart, Survivor Series, ****3/4
And, of course, you have the juggernaut that is WrestleMania 13 (only decent match on the card if I remember?). This is definitely the brawl of the two. (TANGENT: Funny to think about the contrast here in relation to other feuds. Angle/Lesnar. HBK/Bret even (The Screw Job was a hell of a brawl too!) A lot of great feuds have a lot of contrast between matches). But this match is just timeless for me, because everytime I watch it and Bret Hart has Stone Cold in the Sharpshooter, and the blood running down Austins face? That, to me, as nauseatingly cliche as I will be, is the definition of professional wrestling. The double-cross. The fact that Stone Cold was shot into the stratosphere pretty much because of this match. I have no problem giving this *****.
Austin's crimson mask defines Stone Cold's career and I mentioned that in my review. I agree with your assessment of their two classics.
Ratings for the Austin/Hart rivalry:
Kuwait 5/9/1996 - *** 1/4
South Africa 9/14/1996 - *** 3/4
Survivor Series 1996 - **** 3/4
WrestleMania 13 - *****
Revenge of the Taker 1997 - ****
Street Fight Raw 4/21/1997 - N/R, but fantastic segment
Canadian Stampede 1997 - **** 1/4
And just to throw it in there: Hart/Austin/Undertaker/Vader Final Four 1997 - **** 1/4