Legend Profile: Bret “The Hitman” Hart – Wrestling’s Excellence of Execution

Greg Mitchell December 15, 2023 Comments Off on Legend Profile: Bret “The Hitman” Hart – Wrestling’s Excellence of Execution

In the symphony of suplexes, the artistry of submissions, and the ballet of body slams, one name stands as the personification of technical mastery — Bret “The Hitman” Hart. As we conclude the series on the Top 10 best wrestlers of all time, it’s only fitting to turn the spotlight on the man often hailed as the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.

The Excellence of Execution

Bret Hart’s journey in professional wrestling began as part of the legendary Hart wrestling family. Trained in the gritty, no-nonsense style of the infamous Dungeon, Bret emerged with a technical prowess that would set him apart in an industry known for its larger-than-life characters.

Tag Team Success with The Hart Foundation

Before his solo success, Bret found tag team success alongside brother-in-law Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart as The Hart Foundation. Their rugged, hard-hitting style earned them two WWE Tag Team Championships and solidified Bret’s reputation as a skilled technician.

Intercontinental Championship and The Hart Foundation Reunion

Bret’s solo ascent reached new heights when he captured the WWE Intercontinental Championship. His classic battles for the title, including a memorable feud with Mr. Perfect, showcased his ability to deliver technically sound and emotionally charged performances. The reunion of The Hart Foundation in the 1990s added another layer to Bret’s legacy.

WWE Championship Reigns

Bret Hart’s quest for excellence reached its pinnacle with multiple WWE Championship reigns. His matches against the likes of Ric Flair, Shawn Michaels, and Yokozuna elevated the prestige of the championship and solidified Bret as a top-tier talent.

Iconic Feuds

The cornerstone of Bret Hart’s legacy lies in his iconic feuds. His rivalry with brother Owen Hart, culminating in a classic match at WrestleMania X, remains one of the most emotionally charged storylines in WWE history. The heated battles with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and the controversial Montreal Screwjob with Shawn Michaels added layers of complexity to Bret’s character.

Technical Masterpieces and Iron Man Matches

Bret Hart’s in-ring style was a marvel of technical proficiency. His ability to tell a story within the ropes, combined with a diverse move set, made each of his matches a clinic in professional wrestling. The 60-minute Iron Man match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XII is hailed as one of the greatest displays of technical wrestling prowess.

Canadian Hero and Global Superstar

Bret Hart’s impact extended beyond the ring, especially in his native Canada. He became a symbol of national pride, earning the adoration of fans worldwide. His international appeal, coupled with a dignified persona, transcended typical wrestling tropes.

Injury and Comeback

A devastating injury in 1999 temporarily halted Bret’s in-ring career. However, his resilience was showcased in a triumphant comeback, demonstrating that even time away couldn’t diminish the Hitman’s skills.

Hall of Fame Induction and Legacy

Bret Hart’s illustrious career was rightfully recognized with his induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. His legacy extends beyond championships and accolades; it’s a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship he brought to the squared circle.

The Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be

In the grand tapestry of professional wrestling, Bret “The Hitman” Hart remains a singular figure. His commitment to excellence, technical mastery, and ability to connect with fans on a personal level make him the best there is, was, and ever will be. As we bid adieu to this exploration of wrestling’s greatest, let’s raise a glass to the Hitman — a true virtuoso in the world of piledrivers and powerbombs. The echoes of his excellence will forever reverberate in the hallowed halls of sports entertainment.