Bret “the Hitman” Hart has been called the Excellence of Execution. He is the self-proclaimed best there is, best there was, and the best there ever will be. In 2006, Bret Hart was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. This year he becomes a 2-time WWE Hall of Famer when he enters the WWE Hall of Fame as a member of the tag team, the Hart Foundation. Since it’s Wrestlemania season, I decided to rank the Wrestlemania matches of one of the best to ever step inside a WWE Ring, Bret “the Hitman” Hart.
- I Quit Match vs. Bob Backlund at Wrestlemania XI – In 2007, Bret Hart’s autobiography came out. In the book, this is what he had to say about this match “This was, without a doubt, my worst pay-per-view match ever.” Even Bret, himself doesn’t like this match. It is a boring match. If you’ve never seen this match, don’t bother checking it out.
- No Holds Barred match vs. Vince McMahon at Wrestlemania XXVI – This match, if you want to call it a match, happened after Bret Hart’s book came out. So, he might say that this is his worst pay-per-view match ever. But I’m putting it above the Wrestlemania XI match. Watching Vince McMahon getting beat up by the Hart Family has some redeeming value.
- Wrestlemania IV Battle Royal – It’s a battle royal, not much to say about it. Bret Hart would be the last one eliminated by the winner, Bad News Brown. After the match, Bret Hart destroys the statue that Bad News Brown won. This match would turn Bret Hart face.
- Wrestlemania 2 Battle Royal – Another battle royal, in which he was the last one eliminated by the winner, Andre the Giant. This match had NFL players in it. According to Bret Hart’s book, he was originally going to face Ricky Steamboat. If that match were to happen, his Wrestlemania 2 match would be higher than the 11th spot.
- Hart Foundation vs. Bolsheviks at Wrestlemania VI – The Hart Foundation would squash the Bolsheviks in 19 seconds. I put this match higher than the other four because it took place in Canada. The crowd was hot for the Hart Foundation that night.
- Hart Foundation vs. Honky Tonk Man & Greg Valentine at Wrestlemania V – Jimmy Hart was the manager of the tag team of Honky Tonk Man and Greg Valentine. Two years earlier, Jimmy Hart was managing the Hart Foundation. Not much else to say about this match.
- As WWF Champion vs. Yokozuna at Wrestlemania IX – This should have been the match that cemented Bret Hart as the face of the WWE. He should have defeated the monster heel, Yokozuna in the main event of Wrestlemania IX. But that didn’t happen. Bret Hart would lose the title to Yokozuna, who would lose the title right after to Hulk Hogan in a 21-second match. It made Yokozuna look weak and Bret Hart look weak.
- Hart Foundation and Danny Davis vs. British Bulldogs and Tito Santana at Wrestlemania III – This would be Bret Hart’s first win at Wrestlemania. The Hart Foundation were the WWF Tag Team Champions at the time. Dynamite Kid would suffer a serious injury in December of 86, which was why Danny Davis and Tito Santana were added to this match. Otherwise, it probably would have been for the Tag Team Championship.
- WWF Championship match vs. WWF Champion Yokozuna at Wrestlemania X – The result of this match should have happened a year earlier. But Bret Hart finally got the win in the main event at Wrestlemania. We will return to Wrestlemania X, a little later.
- WWF Tag Team Champions the Hart Foundation vs. Nast Boys at Wrestlemania VII – A Nasty Boy match in Bret Hart’s top 5 Wrestlemania match might seem like a surprise. But this is the Hart Foundation’s best tag team match at Wrestlemania. The Nasty Boys would win the Tag Team titles. If you haven’t seen this match, you should check it out. Hart Foundation would disband shortly after this match.
- Iron Match as WWF Champion vs. Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XII – I think this match is overrated. Overrated does not mean bad though. I still think it’s a good match. I think it’s slightly below a great match. But you must give both Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels credit for wrestling for 61 minutes and 25 seconds.
- Intercontinental Champion match vs. Intercontinental Champion Roddy Piper at Wrestlemania VIII – I think this match is slightly underrated. This was Bret Hart’s first singles match at Wrestlemania. I would rank it third on the list of the Intercontinental title matches at Wrestlemania (behind III and X). It’s what a face vs. face match should be.
- Wrestlemania X vs. Owen Hart – This is hands down the best opening match in Wrestlemania history. No wait, it’s the best opening match for any WWE pay-per-view. When you see lists of best wrestlers never to win the WWE Championship, Owen Hart is usually on it. This match is the reason why. It made him a star in the WWF. For most wrestlers, this match is probably their number 1 match, but for Bret Hart it gets the runner-up spot.
- Submission Match vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 13 – This is the greatest match Wrestlemania match in Bret Hart’s career. It might be the best match in the history of Wrestlemania. I will go one further and say it might be the best match in WWE history. It’s the best double turn in wrestling history, Bret Hart turning heel and Austin turning face. It began Austin rise to the stratosphere. If you haven’t seen this match, why not?
So there are my rankings of Bret Hart’s Wrestlemania matches. Do you agree or disagree? If you disagree, what would your ranking be?
- David Jr.