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Five-Star Match of the Week: Bret 'Hit Man' Hart vs. The British Bulldog - Intercontinental Championship Match, SummerSlam 1992
Every Wednesday, WWE Classics and Greatest Matches team up with your favorite Superstars to bring you the Five-Star Match of the Week, presented by Wrangler. We ask a Superstar in the WWE locker room to select one of the greatest wrestling matches of all time, and WWE.com brings you that full-length match, uncut.
With Bret Hart Appreciation Night rapidly approaching, WWEClassics.com asked Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett to select one of the "Hit Man's" best for this edition Five-Star Match of the Week, presented by Wrangler. For the former bare-knuckle fighter, there was no hesitation.
"I've gone with SummerSlam 1992. Bret 'Hit Man' Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith," Barrett said. "That was the main event of SummerSlam that year. The main event for the Intercontinental Championship, which I think was the first and only time that's happened on a pay-per-view."
The amazing hometown turnout for The British Bulldog in London's Wembley Stadium gave the event a WrestleMania-like atmosphere. The Biggest Party of the Summer boasted an attendance of more than 80,000 fans, surpassing the attendances of the last three WrestleManias, which each had crowds filled with more than 70,000 members of the WWE Universe.
"Obviously, as a kid, I was a huge fan of The British Bulldog, being a British lad," Barrett said. Davey Boy challenged his own brother-in-law, Bret Hart, for the Intercontinental Championship in a technical classic that was fueled by family and international allegiances. "Hit Man" and The Bulldog were no strangers to locking up with one another in the ring, and faced off many times during the 1980s as members of The Hart Foundation and The British Bulldogs, respectively. But this one-on-one encounter had a monumental feel to it.
"[The Bulldog] was from just down the road from me, near Wigan," Barrett explained. "I'm from Preston, very close. He was my idol as a kid, so this was a great moment and great to have a pay-per-view like SummerSlam in the U.K. I hope we get that again one day."