Greatest Wrestler Ever: Shawn Michaels Vs Bret Hart

Adrian StaehleSenior Analyst IJuly 5, 2009

The end of the tournament I started months ago comes to an end, as the Finals are upon us; and it was voted by you that two familiar foes will duke it out one last time for the B/R Wrestling Community title of "Greatest Wrestler Ever."

The Semi-Finals were very successful. We had 107 people who voted, and here are the final standings:

HBK-Hart—33.6 percent

HBK-Undertaker—30.8 percent

Flair-Hart—18.7 percent

Undertaker-Flair—16.8 percent

At the end of the voting, it was close, but some more than others agreed with me that HBK-Hart would match-up once again.

I will make a case for each one and you will decide who is truly the "Greatest Wrestler Ever."


Shawn Michaels

Shawn Michaels is the "Heart Break Kid," the "Show-stopper," the "Headliner," the "Main Event," the "Icon," and, most importantly, "Mr. WrestleMania" himself. He is arguably the greatest wrestler in history.

Shawn has made a career out of how he says, "Kicking your teeth right down your throat."

Michaels is arguably the greatest wrestler, entertainer, and to me "Commissioner." You can say he has the best finisher, is one of the best talkers, and greatest WWE Superstar.

He carried the load of a company which it could have felt like the world when WCW was beating WWE back in 1995-97. He did something not any other wrestler could do, Shawn stuck with the company when his friends were leaving and carried that company on his back and to me made it better than WCW was.

Shawn making his return after leaving after WrestleMania 14 and returning in 2002 at SummerSlam was a highlight in my life because it marked a great return of Shawn Michaels and the moments he has left after risking injury again to come back and done what he has done is amazing.

Shawn Michaels career will be 25 years in the making on Oct. 16, 2009.

Shawn is a four time Tag Team Champion with Marty Jannetty with the AWA and NWA Tag titles, he has one the Texas Tag and World title, and in the WWE he has one four Tag Team titles, three Intercontinental titles, one European title, three WWE Championship titles, and one World Heavyweight title.

He also is a two-time Royal Rumble winner, in '95 and '96, the fourth Triple Crown Winner, the first Grand Slam winner, and he holds the record for most Slammy Award wins in 1996 with six wins. He also won two in '97 and Match of the Year in 2008 with Ric Flair.

If you thought I was finished then you might want to take a break and come back what else he has done.

Shawn, on top of all that, has  had, from Pro Wrestling Illustrated, nine Match of the Year  awards: 1993-1996 and 2004-2008; and it might be 10 after his match with the Undertaker at WrestleMania 25. PWI has also had him in Feud of the Year in 2008 with Chris Jericho, Most Popular Wrestler back-to-back in 1995 and 96, ranked No. 1 in 1996, No. 10 in PWI Years in 2003, and is No. 33 with Marty Jannetty in Top 100 Tag Teams of the PWI Years in 2003.

Shawn, for Wrestler Observer Newsletter, has be named Top Babyface in 1996. He was given Feud of the Year twice, once in 2004 with Triple H and Chris Benoit and again in 2008 with Chris Jericho. He has won Match of the Year for his two Ladder matches in 1994 and 2008 against Razor Ramon and Chris Jericho respectively. He has a Tag Team of the Year award with Marty Jannetty in 1989.

He was voted into the Wrestler Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 2003.

Shawn has done so much in the ring, but out of the ring is where he has really won the battle to me. This is because of his past he lived and then becoming a born-again Christian. What he has done for his church and the younger kids he talks to also improves his case.

Shawn is my favorite wrestler, and it shows because he is an inspiration to me in so many ways; and he is to thousands of other people. When he comes back he will be stronger than ever, like he is every time he comes back.

If I could choose, he would win this hands-down, but it's up to you.


Bret Hart

Bret Hart, on the other hand, has had a great career and it has been noted. Bret Hart has been in wrestling for 24 years and he has been at the top of his game since the day he started until the day it ended.

Bret Hart has won many championships by ending the match with a Sharpshooter that many say he made famous.

Hart is called the "The Hitman," "The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be,"  and "The Excellence of Execution" for a reason, and every time he got in the ring he showed you why he was.

Bret has won the Stampede Mid-Heavyweight, Tag, and World Championship, along with being inducted into the Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame.

In the WWE, where he landed next, he would win the Tag Team titles twice, Intercontinental title twice, and become a five-time WWE Champion.

He won King of the Ring in 1991 and 1993, Royal Rumble winner in 1994, the Second Triple Crown Champion, and won three Slammy Awards in 1996—second to six by HBK. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

Bret Hart has been awarded many thing from Pro Wrestling Illustrated, like Comeback of the Year in 1997, Feud of the Year in 1993-94 with Jerry Lawler and Owen Hart respectively, Match of the Year in 1992, 1996, and 1997. Bret also won Most Hated Wrestler in 1997, Most Inspirational in 1994, and the PWI Stanley Weston Award in 2003.

Bret was ranked No. 1 in 1993 and 1994, No. 4 of the Top 500 Singles Wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003, and No. 37 of the Top 500 Tag Teams of the PWI Years with Jim Neidhart in 2003.

Bret, from Wrestling Observer Newsletter, has won Five-Star Match in 1994 against Owen Hart and 1997 against Stone Cold. In 2006 he won Best DVD. In 2007 he won Best Pro Wrestling Book. Bret won Feud of the Year in 1993 with Lawler and 1997 with Austin. He was put into their Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bret Hart, at a time in wrestling history, was golden, but at the end some would seem it was about the money but those are how other people feel. I think he was a golden man in the wrestling business and showed it night in and night out.

These two in high-profile wrestlers have had their epic engagements. These matches came with Shawn getting the better end of it and he has won the big ones when they need to be won.

Shawn beat Bret at WrestleMania 12 in the Ironman Match that was won in Sudden Death Rules, and the most important match in history to me because of the backlash of it was in 1997 at Survivor Series where real life came into play.

These two have put it on the line night in and night out and had to fight in and out of the ring and came out on top with a new lease on life. These two deserve to be in this discussion.

The question now is simply: Hart or Michaels?

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