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WrestleMania 13: Heat! was the thirteenth annual WrestleMania event from the World Wrestling Federation, held on March 23, 1997, at the Rosemont Horizon, outside Chicago, Illinois. No one sang "America The Beautiful."

MatchesEdit

Road to WrestleManiaEdit

  • Although Stone Cold Steve Austin won the 1997 Royal Rumble, which would have otherwise entitled him to a title match against then-WWF Champion Shawn Michaels, it was ruled that Austin had been eliminated before winning the match, so WWF President Gorilla Monsoon rescinded Austin's title shot. Instead, Austin would face Bret Hart, Undertaker, and Vader (the three men Austin eliminated after hitting the floor) in February 1997 to determine the challenger. However, on February 13, 1997, Shawn Michaels vacated the WWF Championship after suffering a knee injury, and the winner of the Final Four match would become champion. Bret Hart won the match, and Undertaker was named as the WrestleMania challenger shortly thereafter. The next night on RAW, Bret Hart defended against Sid (the scheduler challenger on the night that Shawn vacated the title), which Sid won after Austin struck Bret with a steel chair. As a result, Austin and Bret had a grudge match while Undertaker challenged Sid.
  • In December 1996, Hunter Hearst Helmsley started making sexual advances on Marlena, much to the chagrin of Goldust, who revealed he was her real-life husband. A few weeks before their WrestleMania match, a muscular female fan (later named Chyna) began defending HHH periodically. After she violently squeezed Marlena, Chyna started accompanying Helmsley for all his matches.
  • The on-going rivalry between Faarooq Asad and Ahmed Johnson, which started before SummerSlam '96 when Faarooq injured Ahmed -- forcing him to vacate the WWF Intercontinental championship, came to a conclusion at WrestleMania 13 when Faarooq (now leading The Nation of Domination) met Ahmed and the Road Warriors in a Chicago Street Fight. Officially, Faarooq's partners were Crush and Savio Vega, but he brought the entire Nation, including D'Lo Brown and PG-13.
  • More to be added

Additional NotesEdit

  • This WrestleMania was commonly known as "WrestleMania the 13th" in honor of The Undertaker. However, it was never used in hype of the event. Instead the promo for WrestleMania, when the WWF was consistently losing to WCW, said "it's the biggest event of the year, and no one's happy about it." Between the weekly chaos of Bret/Shawn and the new attitude of Stone Cold Steve Austin, it was a highly fitting description.
  • WWF Intercontinental champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley beat Goldust at the 1997 Royal Rumble where Curtis Hughes served as HHH's butler (after Mr. Perfect abruptly left the WWF). HHH was asked to drop the title to a young Rocky Maivia in February, and as a part of the deal, Vince McMahon agreed to permit HHH to start using Chyna as his second. Shawn and Hunter had meet Chyna earlier, and they thought she would add a great deal, but Vince felt it was foolish to show his guys getting beat up by a woman when they were so far behind in the ratings as it was. Vince gave it a try, and Chyna was seen as a new idea, which helped the WWF establish itself as a fresh alternative to WCW amongst fans.
  • Mr. Bob Backlund returned to the WWF and sided with former-nemesis Iron Sheik to introduce The Sultan, as Backlund and Sheik both served as his manager. Outnumbered in the ring after the match, Rocky Maivia was saved by his father Rocky Johnson.
  • Having made a name for himself in Ultimate Fighting Championship, Ken Shamrock served as guest referee for the submission match between Bret Hart and Steve Austin.
  • More to be added

The AftermathEdit

  • During the submission match, which Shamrock had awarded to Bret Hart after Austin lost consciousness, most fans began jeering Bret Hart's actions, and as Austin refused assistance back by delivering a Stone Cold Stunner to an official, most fans started cheering Austin. It was known as a "double-turn," the first in the WWF since Demolition and The Powers of Pain in November 1988.
  • The Undertaker reigned as champion until SummerSlam when he lost the title to Bret Hart, thanks in part to guest referee Shawn Michaels.
  • The night after WrestleMania 13, Bret Hart apologized for his actions to his fans all over the world, except the United States. Also, the tag title match between Owen & Bulldog against the Headbangers ended in a pull-apart between the champions, so the two fought the following week for the WWF European championship, but that title match ended when Bret Hart pulled both men apart and reorganized the Hart Foundation, featuring Bret, Owen, Bulldog, a returning Jim The Anvil Neidhart, and the Dungeon-trained Brian Pillman.
  • More to be added

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