A look at HBK's history as a guest referee

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October 28, 2013

Bret Hart vs. The Undertaker, SummerSlam ’97
The Showstopper’s first time in the zebra stripes came as he was entrenched in a three-way rivalry involving The Undertaker and WWE Hall of Famer and then-WWE Champion Bret “Hit Man” Hart. And in the first example of a pattern that would play out over the years, HBK could not help but to get involved in the action.

During the contest’s climatic closing moments, Hart struck The Phenom with a chair while Michaels, who was inadvertently knocked down moments before, had his back turned. Although he missed Hart’s illegal use of the chair, Michaels became suspicious when he saw the object in the corner. He then questioned Hart, who spat at Michaels, prompting HBK to swing the chair with Chris Davis-like gusto. “Hit Man,” however, ducked, and HBK ended up laying out The Phenom.

Despite perhaps having the best of intentions, HBK’s instincts took over once he was provoked. It would not be the last time.

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