WWE to Hold Bret Hart Appreciation Night: Bret Hart's Greatest Hits
WWE.com announced that Raw will host a Bret Hart appreciation night when Raw emanates from his hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada on May 27.
Hart had previously been reportedly unhappy with his middling roles while making guest appearances for WWE. So WWE had to have something big planned for the self-aggrandizing legend for their return to Canada. In all honesty, this whole thing was probably Bret Hart's idea.
In any event, Hart will be celebrated in his hometown with a night of nostalgia and endearment. His footprints basically trample the '90s in the WWE, with great matches and moments changing the company forever.
Hart's greatest hits are graded on historical impact and how they contributed to defining his incomparable career.
Honorable Mention: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart, WrestleMania X
Bret Hart came out on the losing end of some of his greatest matches. But this is a testament to his abilities as a great worker since the match itself stood the test of time more than the outcome.
Bret Hart's match against brother Owen at WrestleMania X is still widely considered the greatest opening match in WrestleMania history. Almost two decades later, no opening match at WrestleMania has come close to competing with it.
Honorable Mention: Bret Hart Defeats Mr. Perfect for Intercontinental Title
Bret Hart's win against Mr. Perfect at SummerSlam '91 established him as a future world champion. Hart was put on the map as an elite worker, and it was only a matter of time before he reached the top of the company.
5. Bret Hart Beats Yokozuna for WWE Championship at WrestleMania X
The match may not have been very memorable, but the moment certainly was. Bret Hart was at his best at WrestleMania X. Already having worked a demanding and athletic match with his brother Owen, Hart bookended the show with an improbable victory over Yokozuna.
The show closed with Bret Hart hoisted in the air by his peers. In the first WrestleMania not to feature Hulk Hogan, it was obvious whose basket the WWE had invested its eggs in.
4. Bret Hart Goes an Hour-Plus with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII
In the most famous Iron Man match in WWE history, Bret Hart passed the torch (somewhat) to Shawn Michaels in the main event of WrestleMania XII.
After being deadlocked at zero past the hour time limit, the two legends went to a dramatic sudden death. Minutes into the sudden death, Michaels scored the first and only pinfall of the match after hitting his Sweet Chin Music finisher twice.
Their ensuing rematch would go on to become one of the most talked-about matches in wrestling history.
3. Bret Hart and Steve Austin Perform the 'Double Turn' at WrestleMania 13
The course of wrestling changed following WrestleMania 13. The WWE finally decided to give in to the fans and turn Austin into a babyface, with help from Bret Hart.
Hart defeated Austin in a submission match, and after a few extra-curricular stomps, the heel turn had been completed.
Hart's career would dramatically change as he became an anti-American heel. The storyline set the stage for his controversial WWE conclusion in Montreal several months later.
2. The Montreal Screwjob
Bret Hart may not consider the events of the Montreal Screwjob one of his greatest hits, but one cannot tell the story of Bret Hart without mentioning this game-changing moment.
Hart was hosed in his last WWE match of his prime, and his career would never be the same. Vince McMahon infamously called for the bell despite Hart not tapping out to his own maneuver. Hart's archrival Shawn Michaels sprinted out of the Molson Centre with the WWF Championship.
1. Bret Hart and the British Bulldog Tear Down Wembley Stadium
Bret Hart and The British Bulldog main-evented what was the largest non-WrestleMania pay-per-view in WWE history (assuming the widely-disputed WrestleMania III figure is accurate).
Hart led Davey Boy Smith to the greatest match of Smith's career in his home country of England. The two went back and forth and told a wonderful story of competitiveness back when the Intercontinental Championship meant something. Bret's conflicted sister-in-law—and Davey's wife—Diana Smith was shown cringing brilliantly multiple times.
Both men were elevated as stars by match end as they celebrated a great match in front of a crowd of over 80,000.