The 25 most personal grudges in history

25. The British Bulldog vs. Bret Hart

Any time in-laws get dragged into an in-ring rivalry, you know things have gotten personal. Such was the case in 1992, when “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith’s pursuit of brother-in-law Bret Hart’s Intercontinental Championship tore at the fabric of the tight-knit Hart family. Bret and Bulldog had their fair share of scrapes prior to ’92; as respective members of The Hart Foundation and The British Bulldogs, Bret and Davey Boy tussled through much of the 1980s, be it in WWE or the Hart family’s home promotion, Calgary-based Stampede Wrestling. (WATCH) But by the time both Superstars had established themselves as popular singles competitors, Bret and Davey Boy rarely found themselves on opposite sides of the ring.

Once Davey Boy set his sights on capturing the Intercontinental Title, however, the normally amiable “Hit Man” began treating Bulldog more coolly. Hart siblings picked sides, with some members believing Bulldog was acting disrespectful, while others empathized with their brother-in-law and saw his title challenge as perfectly legitimate. Caught in the middle was Bret’s kid sister and Bulldog’s wife, Diana Hart-Smith, whose only hope was that both men would come out of their SummerSlam 1992 classic unscathed. (They did, though Bret walked away sans title.) (WATCH)

The rivalry would be rekindled in late 1995, when Bulldog again sought to dethrone Hart, who by then was on his third WWE Championship reign. Unlike three years earlier, though, Diana’s allegiance was firmly with her husband. Also unlike in 1992, “Hit Man” escaped the reprisal with his title intact. Hart would make amends with Bulldog just in time to form the Hart Foundation stable in 1997.