Well, I think it's about time that this series returned from its hiatus, which lasted much longer than it was supposed to (a little more than a month to be exact).
I apologize to all the fans that have been waiting oh so patiently for a new one. That being said, I figured I'd mark the return with a bang, with a dream match that is slowly fading into the realms of impossibility—Bret Hart vs Randy Orton.
Bret Hart, one of the greatest technical wrestlers that ever lived, is a man who built his name by killing the Legends of some of the greatest superstars in WWE history, in this epic match of Legend vs Legend Killer, one must ask himself...who would win?
1) Breaking into the business
As most good technical wrestlers do, Bret got his first taste of getting in the ring in high school. However, Bret grew up around professional wrestling, His father Stu Hart, a wrestling legend in his own right, owned a wrestling company. This company was called Stampede wrestling.
He really started to work there as a referee at age 19, but fate would intervene as one night a wrestler was unable to compete. Stu was forced to ask his son to take the wrestler's place.
This marked Bret's first professional wrestling match.
He became a regular contender, eventually winning the tag titles four times with his brother Keith and winning all of the promotions' top titles. He, along with the company and several other wrestlers, were obtained by the WWE in August of 1984.
When the WWE universe was first exposed to Randy Orton, it was in what may quite possibly be one of the greatest factions in wrestling history, Evolution.
However, before joining the WWE, he also worked in Mid-Missouri Wrestling Association-Southern Illinois Conference Wrestling. He was trained by both the promotion and his father, "Cowboy" Bob Orton.
After being signed by WWE, he was sent to OVW where he continued training. He also wrestled a series of singles matches on Smackdown and Raw before being injured and returning in Evolution.
Bret has one of the largest move-sets in Wrestling history.
He has so many moves in his list that he made Kurt Angle's rather expansive move-set look pathetic. In fact, including all the variations of the moves he used, Bret had a little of more than thirty moves at his disposal.
It had a lot of variety that mainly consisted of technical moves, suplexes, legsweeps, bulldogs, backbreakers, neckbreakers, submissions, the works. Bret Hart didn't get a reputation of being one of the greatest technical wrestlers of all time for nothing you know.
Randy has a fairly large move-set as well, but it pales in comparison to Bret's. Randy's move-set is also fairly technical, includes a number of neckbreaker variations, and his own unique style of backbreaker.
He also uses an impressive variation of DDT that he uses rarely, but, then again, it's a very rare occurrence that someone gets hung up in the ropes. Still, it always has a lasting effect, and you know if you see it you are likely watching one of Randy's better matches.
As I said previously, Bret is basically all technical. Normally, over specifying in one area is a bad idea, but Bret was such an incredibly talented technical wrestler that it really didn't matter.
Reversals were a key part in his style and he could basically turn anything into his finishing hold. He also relied heavily on pin variations which could win someone a match if done right.
For the majority of his career, he was a clean wrestler but always had that one dirty move that was always fairly cool to watch—the figure four wrapped around the turnbuckle.
Though it was a very technical style, I never really saw Bret's style as being Greco-Roman because it wasn't boring.
Randy, much like Bret, is a fairly talented technical wrestler. But, the key difference is that Randy has another style to play off of, which in this case is brawling.
Randy brawls, often mixing in the technical style. It's not always pretty to watch, but it definitely works. Randy also has his heel status to work with. Randy is basically a career heel, despite his initial run as a face, so he knows how to play dirty—something that he could easily work to his advantage.
4) Championships and Accomplishments
Bret has had a career full of prestigious titles and accomplishments. He is a seven time heavyweight champion, five WWF title reigns, and two WCW title reigns. He also secured the IC title twice and the US title four times.
He also had the the WWF tag titles twice and the WCW tag titles once. As I mentioned before, Bret also secured every one of the top titles in Stampede Wrestling. He won the the King of the Ring twice and the Royal Rumble once. He also won several slammy awards.
In 2006, Bret took his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame.
Randy has won his fair share of championships in the WWE. He is a five time heavyweight champion, four of those reigns with the WWE title, and one with the World heavyweight title.
He is also currently the 15th longest reigning IC Champion in WWE history. He also held the tag team championship, ironically with the man that ended his IC title reign, albeit was three years later, Edge.
He managed to win the Royal Rumble this year.
Bret had two finishing moves.
One of these moves was the spike piledriver. It was a fairly popular move in the 80s, but Bret definitely had one of the best executed versions. Despite the piledriver, Bret is almost always associated with one submission.
What's really remembered about this submission is Bret's name for it, and I am referring of course to The Sharpshooter.
Bret is so well associated with the move that people almost instantly bring up his name when the hold is used. Bret really did know how to use the Sharpshooter to its max potential.
I've seen him reverse everything from a Figure Four to an Abdominal Stretch into the Sharpshooter. The move has also defeated a star studded list of opponents, including: The Undertaker, Stone Cold, and Shawn Michaels.
The RKO, or jumping cutter if you prefer, is very much associated with Orton not only for the fact that RKO actually stands for his name (Randal Keith Orton), but because Randy has been using it for so long.
Randy has used the RKO for six years, and he, much like Bret does with the Sharpshooter, knows how to use it to its highest potential. The move can come from anywhere at any given time.
Often one can find himself seeing Randy getting the crap kicked out of him, and he'll simply turn it around in less than a second via the RKO. Randy has used the RKO to defeat many opponents, including: Triple H, John Cena, and Edge.
Final Winner: Bret Hart
There is no doubt in my mind that I have just pissed off almost every single Randy Orton Mark on Bleacher Report, but Bret Hart was the best there is, the best there was, and the best there will ever be!
But let's be realistic here.
Randy is definitely one of the best of the current generation, but Bret is considered one of the best in HISTORY!
He is one of the most solid wrestlers ever. His move-set is roughly 3x the size of Randy's, and he has a style built around counters.
You can't beat someone at the only game they know, and trying to fight a technical specialist with technical moves just doesn't work very well.
Plus, take a look at whatever you may consider to be Randy's best match, then watch Bret Hart vs Owen Hart, Bret Hart vs British Bulldog, or Bret Hart vs Mr. Prefect and you let me know how you feel it holds up.
Take a good solid look at Randy's finisher; it's not really that hard to counter it if you time it right, not to mention that if Bret did counter the RKO it would basically put Randy in a good position to lock-in the Sharpshooter.
It would be a long match, grueling to both Wrestlers. But, at the end of the night, Bret would walk away with the win.
Remember all requests are welcome and will be done eventually, but it may take a while as theses articles take some time for me to do.