Date: 23rd March, 1997
Venue: Rosemont Horizon
City: Rosemont, IL
Commentators: Vince McMahon, Jim Ross
& Jerry “The King” Lawler
Theme Song: “WrestleMania (Instrumental)” by WWF Superstars
The main feud heading into WrestleMania 13 was between The Undertaker and Sycho Sid, with the two battling over the WWF Championship. At In Your House 13, Bret Hart last eliminated The Undertaker in a Four Corners Elimination match to win the vacant WWF Championship. Hart’s reign, however, lasted only one day as he lost the title the next night on Monday Night Raw to Sycho Sid after interference by Steve Austin. Due to being the runner-up to the title at Final Four, Undertaker was made the number one contender and was booked to challenge Sycho Sid for the title at WrestleMania. However, on the March 17 edition of Raw Is War, Sid defended the title against Hart in a steel cage match, with the winner defending his title at WrestleMania. During the match, both Undertaker and Austin interfered. Undertaker came out to help Sid because he wanted to wrestle Sid for the title while Austin helped Hart because he wanted to make his scheduled no disqualification submission match with Hart a title match. Sid won the match and retained his title and as a result, Sid vs. Undertaker remained the main event of WrestleMania.
The other main match on the card was Bret Hart versus Steve Austin in a No Disqualification Submission match. Hart and Austin’s rivalry began after Austin won the 1996 King of the Ring tournament and began taunting Hart, who was inactive at the time. Austin insulted Hart in his speeches so Hart would accept his challenge to a match. Hart returned in October and accepted Austin’s challenge, with the two facing each other at Survivor Series 1996 where Hart defeated Austin. Their rivalry continued as Hart and Austin were the final two participants in the 1997 Royal Rumble match. Hart had originally eliminated Austin from the match but Austin’s elimination was considered unofficial as the officials didn’t see it because they were busy in a brawl between eliminated wrestlers Mankind and Terry Funk. They were participants in a Four Corners Elimination match for the vacant WWF Championship at Final Four, which Hart won. The next night onMonday Night Raw, Austin cost Hart the WWF Championship against Sycho Sid when Hart had applied the Sharpshooter on Sid, Austin nailed Hart with a steel chair followed by Sid powerbombing Hart for the win. Hart and Austin were booked to wrestle in a no disqualification submission match at WrestleMania, but Hart got a shot at the WWF Championship in a steel cage match on March 17 edition of Raw Is War, with the winner defending the title against The Undertaker at WrestleMania 13. Hart almost had the match won, until Undertaker interfered and helped Sid in getting the victory.
One of the main undercard matches was a Chicago Street Fight featuring Ahmed Johnson and Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) against Nation of Domination (Faarooq, Crush and Savio Vega). Johnson was attacked by a newcomer Faarooq Asad, a Roman gladiator on July 22, 1996 edition of Monday Night Raw during a match for the WWF Tag Team Championship. Ahmed was scheduled to defend his Intercontinental Championshipagainst Faarooq at SummerSlam 1996 but Ahmed had legitimate kidney problems which forced him to vacate the Intercontinental Championship. In the storyline, Faarooq had caused Ahmed’s kidney problem. He returned from his injury in early 1997 and continued with Faarooq, who had formed the Nation of Domination during Ahmed’s injury. Ahmed joined forces with the “gang fighters” Legion of Doom and LOD were scheduled to wrestle NOD in a Chicago Street Fight at WrestleMania 13.
Fatal Four Way Elimination Match
The Headbangers defeated The New Blackjacks, The Godwinns (with Hillbilly Jim), and Doug Furnas and Phil LaFon (10:39)
Rocky Maivia (c) defeated The Sultan (with Bob Backlund and The Iron Sheik) (09:45)
Hunter Hearst Helmsley (with Chyna) defeated Goldust (with Marlena) (14:28)
Tag Team Championship
Owen Hart and The British Bulldog (c) fought Mankind and Vader (with Paul Bearer) to a double countout (16:08)
Special Guest Referee – Ken Shamrock
Bret Hart defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin (22:05)
Chicago Street Fight
The Legion of Doom and Ahmed Johnson defeated The Nation of Domination (with Wolfie D, J.C. Ice, D’Lo Brown, and Clarence Mason) (10:45)
No Disqualification Match
The Undertaker defeated Sycho Sid (c) (21:19)
(c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
Steve Austin and Bret Hart continued their rivalry after WrestleMania, but Austin was now a babyface while Hart was a heel. Hart recruited British Bulldog, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman and former tag team partner Jim Neidhart to reform The Hart Foundation. At Revenge of the ‘Taker, Hart and Austin had a match which Austin won by disqualification. Their feud continued until Canadian Stampede, where Canadian Hart Foundation defeated American team of Austin, Ken Shamrock, Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal) and Goldust.
The Undertaker got a push after he won his second WWF Championship at WrestleMania 13. He spent a reign of 133 days which included battles with Mankind, Steve Austin, Faarooq and Vader. At SummerSlam 1997, Undertaker’s long reign finally ended when he lost the title to Bret Hart when special guest referee Shawn Michaels accidentally struck Undertaker with a steel chair, which was intended for Hart.