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That was awesome! (clap clap clapclapclap): Bret Hart outwrestles 'Stone Cold' Steve Austin at Survivor Series 1996

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After Bret Hart lost the WWE Championship to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII, he took some time off to film some cowpoke TV show or something. A remake of Lonesome Dove, I believe is what kept Hart away from the squared circle.

Leading up to his return, the WWE decided that it should be the villainous "Stone Cold" Steve Austin that would end up goading him back into the ring. The quickly becoming popular anti-hero made fun of Hart's "pink and black tights" and swore that if he ever got "The Hitman" to wrestle him, the former Ted DiBiase protege would defeat the Canadian hero.

He got his wish at Survivor Series 1996 in one of the best matches I've ever had the pleasure of watching. Even though the storyline that played out in their WrestleMania 13 match had more impact, I felt the wrestling itself in this match was better.

Take a look at the final minutes of this match and in particular the ending which I am a huge fan of.

I always loved the ending to this match. Bret Hart busted it out on "Rowdy" Roddy Piper at WrestleMania VIII but I didn't watch that event until LONG after I saw this because well, it's WrestleMania VIII and who wants to see that?

This was back when Austin could still utilize his underrated technical skills but Hart proved that no matter how good "Stone Cold" was in the grappling department, the Dungeon graduate is a little better.

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