Number 1 on my top 25 is the submission match with Bret the hitman Hart vs Stone Cold Steve Austin.
This feud began in the previous year at the Survivor Series, where Bret returned from a sabbatical after losing his WWF title to Shawn Michaels, went up against the foul mouthed, bird flipping Austin.
Both men wrestled a great technical wrestling match. Bret Hart would eventually win the match but was pushed to the limit by Austin.
The feud would continue on into the Royal Rumble where Bret Hart and Austin were the last remaining superstars. Bret eliminated Austin to win the rumble but the referees did not see it as they were distracted.
Austin snuck back in and eliminates Bret hart, winning the Royal Rumble. Bret eager to get revenge went after Austin for the following weeks.
Both men would exchange promos before setting up this Submission Match where you can only win by making your opponent submit.
Sure Bret had the advantage because he had the superior submission background. But to make Austin submit or say i quit is dare i say "impossible".
Going into this match, Austin was the heel and Bret was the face. Austin's cussing in his promo's started to gain popularity amongst the fans.
His "Don't give a rat's a** "approach to the ring, made him controversial. Bret Hart meanwhile, stuck to his heroic type, role model (think John Cena) type figure.
But as the clocks turned for 1997, he slowly turned into a complainer and the fans were starting to grow out of it. However, the majority of the fans still cheered him.
Both men opened up the match by brawling into the crowd, which was unheard of at the time in th WWF. Both brawled all the way up to the stands where Bret gave Austin a back body drop.
When both men finally made it back to the ring, the match would get even more physical. At one point, Bret worked on Austin's knees, wrapping them around the steel ring posts and putting on a figure four.
Austin also showed he had some submission moves of his own, after executing a perfect russian leg sweep, he chain's it to some sort of modified cradle, working on the neck of Bret.
Steve even put Bret in a Boston Crab. Both men would go back and forth in a brutal contest. Because this is my favorite match, i wont want to spoil it for anyone who has not seen it.
All I can say is, by the time the match ended, The crowd's reaction would turn. Bret was booed, and Austin was cheered. This match would catapult Austin's career to the next level.
The submission match between these two, is regarded by many as the greatest match of professional wrestling history.
Highlight: Austin fights the Sharpshooter
Bret Hart locked Austin in the Sharpshooter. Austin who was busted open by then, was in immense pain and withstood the Sharpshooter for what seemed like an eternity.
As Bret Hart continued to apply pressure to Austin's Back and legs in the Sharpshooter, blood poured from Austin’s face.
The image of Austin screaming in pain as blood rained down his forehead has become one of the company’s most iconic images.
Perhaps the most memorable image in Austin's illustrious career. If you have yet to see this match, please do so now!!!