It took us quite a while to get here.
It’s the rematch of an infamous match between Stone Cold Steve Austin and Owen Hart at SummerSlam in 1997. Austin was crazy hot and was scheduled to beat Owen for the Intercontinental championship. Near the end of the match, Hart was a little sloppy with a tombstone piledriver and broke Austin’s neck. Austin eventually was able to roll Hart up like the finish called for and win the match, but anyone watching could tell that something was wrong.
The injury put a halt on Austin’s rise for a short while, but the injury was really the reason why Austin’s stay on top was so short. When he retired in 2003, it was because of complications of the neck injury that was originally caused during their match.
Owen Hart has been the underdog favorite of the tournament. He’s beat Mabel, Harley Race, and Brock Lesnar. Austin, one of the favorites coming in, beat William Regal, Randy Savage, and Bret Hart.
Because of Hart’s passing, this is a true dream match. Though it already happened, you could imagine that they could’ve had a helluva grudge feud at some point. I don’t think we ever got to see the quintessential Owen Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin match.
Stone Cold Steve Austin Vs. Owen Hart
Well, after Owen Hart’s upset over Brock Lesnar in the first semi-final match, could Bret Hart make it an all-Hart final? Continue reading
We’re down to our last quarterfinals match-up before we move onto the semifinals. This might be the most intriguing match-up so far.
Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Macho Man Randy Savage
Alan: Ahhh a rematch from that classic squash match on WCW Saturday Night (or was it The Pro?) in 1995! Continue reading
We’re in our second-to-last quarterfinals match-up. In one corner, you have the best there is, was, and ever will be. And in the other, you have one of the toughest guys in wrestling history. It’s Bret Hart vs. Haku. It’s time to debate what should be a fairly simple decision.
Bret Hart vs. Haku
Don: This would be a great underdog matchup for Bret. Continue reading
It’s not like we haven’t seen this match before.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
Duan: A fresh match.
Big D: Hun Tor does the J-O-B.
Don: I still see Hunter winning by outsmarting Brock.
GG: My guess is that this will be the only Triple H win.
Big D: Hunter in 1997 was quicker (when he won his King Of The Ring) but he really lacked the size and strength to match up with the monster Brock.
Alan: Brock won their rubber match at Extreme Rules, and I think the 2-1 score was probably a better reflection on HHH than it should have been
Big D: Yes! Continue reading
We are finally onto the second round and we have quite the mix of eras here. Harley Race is a historical NWA champion while Owen Hart is a memorable character and good wrestler from the 90s. This one goes down to the wire.
Harley Race vs. Owen Hart
GG: Owen vs. Harley time.
Big D: I am going to go with Owen here. I love Harley but by this time, he’s already coming to the ring hammered and acting unprofessional. As far as finish goes, I say Owen wins with the Sharpshooter clean in the middle.
GG: Harley’s not tapping to that move. Meltzer said someone told Harley their finisher was a drop kick off the top and Harley said he was moving out of the way rather than taking the move. I don’t consider this only to be about their run and push when they had the crown. If need be, Harley could’ve still kicked ass in 86. He was slower. Hurt. Probably didn’t care as much. But that was partly because of the push and his willingness to be in the WWF as he could see where the landscape was going.
I love Owen. But he was no Harley Race. Continue reading