Game of Thrones: The Top 10 Kings of the Ring

#5 Bret "Hit Man" Hart – 1991 & 1993

Following tremendous success in the tag team division, the "Hit Man" broke out on his own in 1991, winning the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam (WATCH), and backing up his first singles title win by becoming 1991's King of the Ring less than two weeks later. These two accolades proved to be significant stepping stones in Bret's WWE Hall of Fame career, and he won the WWE Championship just over one year later. Although Bret lost the title at WrestleMania IX, The Excellence of Execution set out to demonstrate why his reign was no fluke.

The Calgary great did what no other Superstar has done, winning the King of the Ring Tournament for a second time in 1993 – the tournament's pay-per-view debut. The unprecedented victory led to a coronation interrupted by Jerry "The King" Lawler taking exception to the "Hit Man's" place atop the throne. Lawler had never won the tournament, but still insisted himself to be sports-entertainment's only true royal ruler. Their rivalry defined WWE for two years, and ended with Bret defeating Lawler in a humiliating Kiss My Foot Match at 1995's King of the Ring event, where he asserted himself as WWE's symbolic King.

Watch the rivalry between the "Hit Man" and "The King" culminate in a Kiss My Foot Match | Visit Bret's WWE Hall of Fame profile

Before leaving WWE mired in sports-entertainment's greatest controversy, Hart won the WWE Championship on four more occasions en route to becoming one of the most beloved Superstars of all time. With two crowns on the WWE Hall of Famer's mantelpiece, it's easy to see why. – ZACH LINDER