Bret Hart's Greatest Accomplishment
By John Brecko
This actually is not my personal opinion. It is the opinion of Bret “Hit Man” Hart himself. Bret Hart accomplished a lot during his time in the then WWF (now World Wrestling Entertainment).
He held the WWF Championship five times, tying Hulk Hogan’s record at the time, he appeared in twelve straight Wrestlemanias from Wrestlemania 2 in 1986 all the way up Wrestlemania 13 in 1997, which was also a record at the time.
He also had many classic matches with Shawn Michaels, Razor Ramon, “Big Daddy Cool” Disel, the Undertaker, his brother, Owen Hart, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and many others. However, Bret considers none of these accomplishments his greatest. His greatest accomplishment also does not involve a match with any of these individuals.
His “greatest accomplishment” happened at SummerSlam 1992 in the Wembley Arena in London. His “greatest accomplishment” was a match that night that involved himself and Davey Boy Smith, a.k.a., the British Bulldog.
The reason why Hart considers this his greatest accomplishment is because the British Bulldog had developed a drug problem during that time and showed up to SummerSlam without getting any sleep for the past 48 hours and seemingly in no condition to wrestle.
On top of that, the match was planned out beforehand and Davey Boy had forgotten all of the spots that were supposed to take place.
Bret Hart had to call the entire match as it was happening inside the squared circle, reminding the British Bulldog of every spot that was going to take place. Thanks to his herculean effort to make sure the match went smoothly, we saw a technical masterpiece between two gifted wrestlers.
The fans both at home and at Wembley Stadium got exactly what they had expected out of this match and then some more from it.
Considering how this could have gone, the performance and execution of the match is as to close to a miracle as fans will ever see inside a wrestling ring.
During his day, Bret Hart was not called “The Excellence of Execution” for nothing. He was not called “the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be” for no reason either.
Almost every match that Bret Hart put on seemed to be the match of the night, regardless of who he was up against in the ring.
He even pulled of a classic match against Headshrinker Fatu (a samoan savage), who would later be known as Rikishi (a man who put grown men in the corner and put his gigantic butt in their faces) on Monday night Raw in 1993.
Although not every Bret Hart match would go on to be great (his match against Yokozuna at Wrestlemania 9 and Bob Backlund at Wrestlemania 11), he still has many classics that have both survived the test of time and have been forgotten due to time passing.
Whether Bret Hart was injured, coming up with a plan for a 60 minute iron match along with his opponent at Wrestlemania 12 in Shawn Michaels, wrestling in the King of the Ring tournament, defending the WWF Championship against The Patriot at Ground Zero pay-per-view (another forgotten classic), or in seemingly any other scenario, Bret Hart was the best performer on the card.
That goes to show how difficult it was for the Hit Man to perform under these circumstances at Wembley Stadium in SummerSlam 1992. His words have merit, which is why his opinion about this match should be taken to heart in my opinion.