Here are a few of my favorite Hitman matches.
House match Boston Gardens
Ricky Steamboat vs. Bret Hart
King of the Ring 1993
Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect
Survivor Series 1995
Bret Hart vs. Diesel
Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart
Bret Hart vs. Rowdy Roddy Piper
Bret Hart vs. British Bulldog
In Your House 1995
Bret Hart vs. Hakushi
My favorite Bret Hart match was…
Bret Hart vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin
The story and pace of the match made it my favorite. The action was nonstop from the beginning and the story telling was phenomenal.
These are the matches and storylines relating to Bret that missed the mark.
Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund in an “I quit” match
By the time this match rolled around, the storyline was as good as dead. While Backlund’s gimmick did work for a time, when Wrestlemania rolled around it wasn’t working anymore. To put Bret, who was main event caliber, into a gimmick match was not good use of talent.
Bret Hart vs. Doink, then vs. Jerry the King Lawler
Bret had won the King of the Ring tournament, which should’ve given him a shot at the title at Summerslam. Instead, they failed to capitalize on Bret’s status and started a heated feud with Jerry Lawler.
When Lawler came out injured and had Bret wrestle Doink, it seemed more like something to pass the time, since there was no storyline between the two. When the King and Bret finally clashed, it was intense and made for good television.
But after watching the main event between Lex Luger and Yokozuna that night, it was painfully clear they gave the wrong guy the push.
Fall of 1995 through spring of 1996
During this time, Bret beat Diesel at the Survivor Series, and then had a great match with the British Bulldog at In Your House in December. Most of this was going unnoticed as the WWE was pushing Shawn Michaels as their next great thing.
Instead of pulling the focus to both athletes hyping the contest equally, they chose to focus on Shawn’s “boyhood dream” and largely ignored Bret, who was having some of his best matches at the time.
The Iron Man Match
Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart
While the last half of the match told a good story and the pace was pretty good, the first thirty minutes were very drawn out and I had a hard time paying attention. The match would’ve been much better if they would’ve had just a normal match and allowed them to pace naturally, instead of building for an hour.
Look at the first few minutes of their Wrestlemania match compared to their Survivor Series match and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
So what’s your take? What’s your favorite Bret Hart match? Which storylines missed their mark?