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Stone Cold Steve Austin: Bret Hart Means The World To Me

Stone Cold Steve Austin believes he owes a huge part of his career to Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin was a recent guest on The Wrestling Classic to discuss a wide variety of subjects. When asked about his legendary rivalry with Bret Hart, Austin admits that The Hitman means the world to him.

“Bret Hart means the world to me, and it almost got me emotional. Bret and I are very close; he saw me coming up when I was in WCW,” Steve Austin said. “He knew that I was the guy that he could work with, and we could make money together, and tell great stories, and he was correct. When he came back from getting his knee cleaned up in 1996, he picked me to work with in Madison Square Garden.

“We had an old-school classic match that was off the charts, and then we went into [WrestleMania 13]. And then we went into a room, and we knew what we needed to do, and we went out to the ring, and Bret said ‘Hey,’ and he gave me the idea for something that happened in that match. So I owe a huge part of my career to Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

“When you think of realism in the business of professional wrestling and sports entertainment, it don’t get any better than Bret “The Hitman” Hart. I like a lot of the guys, and a lot of different styles, but if you want realism, determination, grit, and an athletic presentation, it doesn’t get any better than him. I love the guy, I respect him, we wrestled all over the world, and we have a mutual respect for each other.

“Bret Hart helped make Stone Cold, in the largest degree possible, I owe a lot of my career to the WWE, who put me in a position, I made the most of an opportunity, and Bret “The Hitman” Hart putting me on the map, big time.”

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