Finishing Move(s): The Sharpshooter
Notable Titles Held: Seven-time World Champion, WWE Tag-Team Champion, Intercontinental Champion, five-time United States Champion, 1991 & 1993 King of the Ring, 1994 Co-Royal Rumble winner
Notable Matches: WrestleMania XII vs. Shawn Michaels “Iron Man Match”, WrestleMania 13 vs. Steve Austin, SummerSlam ’91 vs. Mr. Perfect, SummerSlam‘92 vs. British Bulldog, WrestleMania VIII vs. Roddy Piper
Bret Hart might be the best technical wrestler there ever was. Hart is one of the greatest to ever lace up a pair of boots. He was able to brilliantly mix amateur wrestling with the theatrics that makes for compelling sports entertainment.
Hart’s career has spanned over three decades and he’s collected 32 titles in that time.
He won five WWE World titles and held the championship longer than any other wrestler in the '90s. He won two WCW World titles and was the first champion to be born outside the United States.
Hart can also lay claim to a record five United States championships and his two “King of the Ring” crowns is also a record.
Hart’s early WWE career was spent as a tag team wrestler with his brother-in-law James Neidhart. The pair combined to make one of the best tag teams of the ‘80s: the Hart Foundation.
It was in the '90s that the “Hitman” saw his greatest success as a single’s competitor.
Hart’s pink and black tights along with his mirrored sunglasses made him not only one of the most popular stars of the decade, but also one of the coolest.
Hart enjoyed several great matches as a member of the WWE.
He won his first Intercontinental Championship in a classic match with “Mr. Perfect” Curt Henning at SummerSlam ’91 and he would follow that up with another great match against his former brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith at the following year’s event.
Hart would win his first World title in 1992 against Ric Flair.
Hart was the company’s top superstar until he unceremoniously left in 1997 following the “Montreal Screwjob.”
Hart would find moderate success as a member of WCW from 1997-2000 but would never reach the some level of popularity that enjoyed as a member of the WWE in the '90s.
Hart would suffer a career ending and nearly debilitating injury at the hands of Bill Goldberg in December 1999. During the match Hart was kicked in the head and received a severe concussion.
Hart retired from the ring in 2000.
In 2009, Bret Hart returned to the WWE. It was the first time he’d been in a WWE ring since the “Montreal Screwjob” some 12 years earlier.
Since 2009, Hart continues to make guest appearances in the WWE. Some forty years after he debuted in a wrestling ring, Bret Hart is still “the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.”