Who is 'Mr. SummerSlam'?

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August 08, 2014

Bret “Hit Man” Hart

Don’t get it twisted. Bret “Hit Man” Hart was no slouch on The Grandest Stage of Them All. His WrestleMania bouts against “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Owen Hart and Shawn Michaels? Classics, all. But there was something about the hottest day of the summer that that brought out the best in the pride of The Great White North.

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First, there was the technical ecstasy of Hart’s Intercontinental Title victory over Mr. Perfect in 1991. Brilliant enough to be deemed the SummerSlam equivalent of Randy Savage versus Ricky Steamboat from WrestleMania III, the mat masterpiece stole the show and announced the former tag specialist as a singles competitor worth watching. The following year, it was Hart against his brother-in-law, The British Bulldog, in front of more than 80,000 WWE fans in London’s Wembley Stadium. "Hit Man" may have lost his Intercontinental Championship in what was undoubtedly SummerSlam’s greatest main event, but he proved that he could be brilliant in defeat. Bulldog walked out the champion, but The Excellence of Execution’s performance is what we remember.

Check out SummerSlam 1992's emotional showdown on WWE Network

Beyond this pair of classics, there was the gripping cage match versus Owen in ’94, a heated WWE Title victory over The Undertaker in ’97, and a World Tag Team Title triumph against Demolition in ’90. Hart even thrilled against Doink in 1993. “The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be” always seemed like a tremendous boast for a good guy. But after watching "Hit Man" at SummerSlam, it’s hard to deny. — RYAN MURPHY

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