Storyline: Hart took an eight month hiatus following WrestleMania XII but returned to a different, edgier WWF. Fans cheered the rebel Austin even though he broke all the rules. Hart, meanwhile, was cast as a whiner and a relic from a different era.
Winner: Hart via Sharpshooter on a passed-out Austin, at 22:05
Why is this the greatest match in WrestleMania history?
1. The storyline. See above.
2. Innovation. Rival promotion ECW had made a mark with its violent bloody brawls but this was one of the first of its kind in the WWF.
3. Psychology. Since this was a submission match, Hart worked Austin's injured left knee throughout the match and even used a figure-four leg lock around the steel post.
4. The finish. With blood running down his face, Austin refused to submit to the Sharpshooter and lost consciousness. Guest referee Ken Shamrock had no choice but to stop the match.
5. The post-match angle. Though declared the winner, Hart continued stomping Austin's leg and left the ring to boos. The crowd then began chanting “Austin.” It's the greatest double-turn in wrestling history.
6. The fall out. Hart went on an incredibly hot run as a heel. Stone Cold became the most popular wrestler of all time. Yes, even more so than Hogan, Cena or The Rock.
1. Steve Austin vs. Bret Hart, WrestleMania XIII