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August 03, 1997

Undertaker vs. Bret "Hit Man" Hart for the WWE Championship with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee

The bad blood in this matchup promised for some definite fireworks, and the three Superstars involved certainly didn't disappoint. Not only was the WWE Championship on the line, but the match stipulated that if Bret Hart lost, he couldn't ever wrestle in the United States again, and if Shawn Michaels showed bias towards Undertaker, then he wouldn't be able to wrestle in the U.S. either.

Undertaker and Hart began duking it out outside the ring before the match even started. Neither man could get a clear-cut advantage early on, but then Paul Bearer came down to ringside. Undertaker became distracted by his former manager who had betrayed him, and Hart took advantage of this. Hart then locked in the Figure Four Leglock around the ring post. Hart Foundation members Brian Pillman and Owen Hart soon made their way down to ringside, providing support for the Hit Man.

Undertaker endured the punishment and was able to make a comeback, hitting the Chokeslam. He went for the pin, but HBK was busy dealing with Pillman and Owen Hart. Undertaker took out his frustrations by choking Michaels, but this allowed Bret to roll him up for a pin attempt. He only got a two-count, but he was back on the offensive. Undertaker endured a couple of Sharpshooter attempts, as chaos began to ensue. Bret eventually grabbed a chair and waffled Undertaker. Michaels questioned the chair, and Hart responded by spitting in Michaels' face. Unable to take any more, Michaels tried to nail Bret with the chair, but the Hitman ducked, and Undertaker was laid out instead. Reluctantly, Michaels, who was forced to be unbiased, had to count the 1-2-3 for Bret.

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