WrestleMania Flashback: WrestleMania XIII

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So maybe it is fun to blog once or twice almost every two years or so. Who’s keeping track? Thanks to the WWE Network, it’s been a lot of fun rewatching old pay per views, which reminded me that I used to have a blog.

Enough about me, let’s get back on track. Today we talk about Wrestlemania 13. I really didn’t remember much about this event, or even what was going on in the WWE at that point. WCW was in full swing with the nWo. I was probably much more into watching Nitro than Raw at that point.

Rewatching it now–twenty years later–does have one minor thing of note does happen at Wrestlemania 13. Colt Cabana makes his WWE debut as an audience member. What’s even more entertaining is that he actually gets involved in the Legion of Doom/Ahmed Johnson vs. the Nation of Domination match!

“I was a hectic fan. I wanted to be part of the action,” said Cabana. “I knew it wasn’t going to hurt him; Road Warrior Hawk was huge. I was just getting into it. I was part of Chicago, and I wanted to be part of the street fight, and so I just dove right in. I didn’t think a second of it. Now as a performer myself I would hate that kind of fan.”

You can read more of that over here at Slam Sports.

THE GOOD: I would say that the motto for this show would be perfectly acceptable. For me, there really wasn’t anyone featured that I didn’t mind watching. There’s one amazing match that blows everything else out of the water, but we’ll talk about that one later on.

THE BAD: I have a hard time saying that anything was awful at this event. A young Rocky Maivia defeating the Sultan didn’t really light the world on fire, but you would never know that the two respectively grew into their the Rock and Rikishi characters a few years later.

MATCH TO WATCH: Well, to be honest, you can miss most of this event. The submission match with Bret Hart and Steve Austin is stellar on so many levels. The double turn between the two works so well, and this is what really propelled “Stone Cold” into the pantheon of wrestling greats. Plus you get Ken Shamrock’s WWE debut, which at the time was really cool.

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