Bret Hart has recalled the time he went to Vince McMahon and told him that he should bring a certain superstar in to WWE, who would then go on to have a Hall Of Fame career and be one of the most recognisable wrestlers in the industry.
Helping the company through the mid-90s where there was a large transition in both talent and audience, Bret Hart helped to move the company in to a new era. Speaking on WWE’s The Bump, ‘The Hitman’ talked about how he was high on what Steve Austin would be able to bring to the company.
I thought Steve was someone to be reckoned with before he ever got to WWE. I saw him in WCW, and I think he went to ECW for a time. I remember when he jumped from WCW and ended up in ECW, I actually went into Vince’s office and go ‘Why didn’t they get this guy? Why didn’t someone grab him when he was available?’
I remember I had this conversation with Vince a lot. I thought it would be really good for me to wrestle him. A week later, he was sitting in the dressing room.
The career of Steve Austin in the WWE got off to a flying start in 1996, winning the King Of The Ring where ‘Austin 3:16’ was then created, and going on to wrestle Bret Hart at Survivor Series.
The pair followed that up with a further match at WrestleMania 13, where Hart defeated Austin in a Submission Match. ‘The Hitman’ recalls the matches with Austin fondly, and says he could tell where the trajectory of his career was going.
Steve was a really great wrestler. He was on the cusp of great things. You could see Steve just getting better every week and sort of finding himself and getting more confident. He was reaching his peak of becoming the Superstar that he became. We had great matches and chemistry in the ring. I stand by all the matches I had with Steve.
Bret Hart has also been vocal on the voices behind WWE at the moment, going so far as to say that Triple H “never had an original idea for anything”.
With thanks to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.