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TWO STREET FIGHTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE
on 19 March 2001
Wrestlemania 13 was significant for many reasons. After almost a year of falling ratings and contractual wranglings, the WWF finally returned to live TV in the UK. The endless parade of celebrity guests and vaudevillesque cabaret, that cluttered previous Wrestlemanias, is discarded in favour of a more adult orientated, action focussed spectacular. Most significantly of all, we witnessed the most groundbreaking match that the industry has seen. Whilst they may not have fully realised it at the time, Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin were heralding the dawning of the 'hardcore' era, an epic battle of amazing intensity, which went from the ring, to the arena floor and on into the crowd, before finally concluding in a crimson tide of rattlesnake blood, with Ken Shamrock (making his WWF debut as guest referee) still screaming 'Steve, do you give up!'. Perhaps the most lasting image will be the one of Bret, the long time hero and role model being roundly booed from the arena, whilst Austin, the industry's personification of the bad guy up until this point, was given a rupturous ovation by the Chicago crowd. The card does also contain other top matches, most notably Owen Hart & The British Bulldog vs. Mankind and Vader for the tag titles. The six man 'street fight', Ahmed Johnson and L.O.D vs. The Nation of Domination and the WWF championship match between Sid and The Undertaker are good matches, but there is just no way anything could have followed the 'Hitman' and 'Stone Cold', well worth the five star rating and the price of the vid on its own.