Bret Hart Title History

BRET HART TITLE HISTORY

WCW Tag Team Championship (1 Time)

w/Goldberg def. Creative Control, Dec. 9, 1999: Despite their battles for the WCW Championship, Bret Hart and Goldberg actually won the WCW Tag Team Championship together. They held the championship for only a week before losing to the Outsiders.

World Tag Team Championship (2 Times)

Hart Foundation def. British Bulldogs, Jan. 26, 1987: Bret "Hit Man" Hart and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart had been on the tag team scene for a while, and they got their big break on an edition of Superstars. Managed by "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, the Hart Foundation took on the British Bulldogs with the World Tag Team Championship at stake. Danny Davis was officiating the match and allowed some very questionable double-team maneuvers from the Hart Foundation. With the Dynamite Kid lying outside the ring unconscious, the Hart Foundation focused on Davey Boy Smith. The Hart Foundation would go on to hold their belts for 10 months.

Hart Foundation def. Demolition, Philadelphia, Aug. 27, 1990: Almost three years after their last World Tag Team Championship reign, the Hart Foundation got another shot at the titles at SummerSlam against Demolition. This version of Demolition, though, consisted of Ax, Smash and Crush. Demolition could choose any two members of the team to defend the titles, and in this case, Smash and Crush got the call. The match was also a best two-out-of-three-falls match. The champions used their power and took the first fall after hitting the Decapitation, but the Hart Foundation came back in the second fall. After hitting the Hart Attack, Smash earned a disqualification when trying to save his partner. During the third fall, Ax, who had been hiding underneath the ring, switched in and took Smash's place while the referee wasn't looking. The much fresher Ax started annihilating the Hart Foundation. Later on, Smash and Ax swapped once more to keep the fresher man in the ring. Irate at the injustice that was going on, the Legion of Doom came down to ringside and pulled Ax out from under the ring to expose the cheating. Deomlition confronted L.O.D., allowing the Hart Foundation to pin Crush for the win and their second World Tag Team Championship.

United States Championship (5 Times)

def. Diamond Dallas Page, July 20, 1998: Goldberg, the previous United States Champion, gave up the title after winning the WCW Championship. Bret Hart and Diamond Dallas Page, the two top contenders for the U.S. Championship, competed to crown a new champion on Monday Nitro. Hart won, but he only held the title for a few weeks before losing it to Lex Luger.


def. Lex Luger, Aug. 13, 1998: Three days after losing the United States Championship to Lex Luger on Monday Nitro, Bret Hart won the title back. The match, this time, took place on Thunder. Hart went on to hold the championship for a month and a half before losing it to Diamond Dallas Page on an October edition of Monday Nitro.


def. Diamond Dallas Page, Nov. 30, 1998: Bret "Hit Man" Hart's third reign as United States Champion came at the cost of the same man that defeated Hart for the title in October 1998: Diamond Dallas Page. The victory came on Monday Nitro. Two months later, Hart lost the U.S. Championship to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper on Nitro.


def. Goldberg, Oct. 25, 1999: One night after capturing the United States Championship at Halloween Havoc, Goldberg put the title on the line against Bret "Hit Man" Hart on Monday Nitro. During the match, Sid Vicious and The Outsiders attacked Goldberg, making the champ weak enough for Hart to get the win and the United States Championship.

def. The Miz, May 17, 2010: Though not his first time carrying the coveted United States Championship, WWE Hall of Famer Bret "Hit Man" Hart's most memorable reign of this kind was birthed in front of his native Canadian countrymen, live on Monday Night Raw. Capturing the title in a wild bout without disqualifications or count-outs, The Excellence of Execution silenced The Miz with Hart's signature Sharpshooter and commenced his fifth U.S. Title reign -- and first time carrying championship gold in WWE since 1997.

Intercontinental Championship (2 Times)

def. Mr. Perfect, Aug. 26, 1991: After the Hart Foundation lost the World Tag Team Championships to the Nasty Boys at WrestleMania VII, The Excellence of Execution went out on his own and joined the singles ranks. It wasn't long before he earned his first shot at the Intercontinental Championship. He squared off against Mr. Perfect in one of the most technically sound matchups one will ever see. Hart proved that moving over to singles competition was a wise move as he was able to make Mr. Perfect tap out to the Sharpshooter and win his first Intercontinental Championship.


def. "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, April 5, 1992: Bret Hart reclaimed the Intercontinental Championship in a match that pitted old friends against each other. In an interview prior to the match, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper even reminisced about how Bret's mother would make them bologna sandwiches. But when the Intercontinental Championship is on the line, friendships are pushed aside. After some intense action in the ring, the referee was knocked out. Piper brought in the ring bell to use on a bloodied Hart, but after hearing the crowd disapprove of the move, Piper thought better of it and put the bell down. Piper slapped on the Sleeper Hold instead, but Hart countered it into a pin and got the three count and his second Intercontinental Championship.

WCW Championship (2 Times)

def. Chris Benoit, Nov. 21 1999: It looked as if Goldberg had defeated Sting for the WCW Championship at Halloween Havoc. However, it was ruled that the match was not sanctioned, and therefore, the title change did not hold up. The WCW Championship was instead vacated and a 32-man tournament was set up to decide a new champion. Two of the best technical wrestlers in sports-entertainment history wound up in the finals as Bret Hart took on Chris Benoit at Mayhem. Hart won the WCW Championship when he reversed a Crossface attempt into the Sharpshooter.  

def. Goldberg, Dec. 20, 1999: Because of the controversial nature of Bret Hart's title defense victory against Goldberg at Starrcade, the WCW Championship was vacated and a rematch was ordered for Nitro. During the match, the Outsiders came to the ring with bats in hand and let loose on Goldberg. They then handed a bat to Hart who also got in a few shots before securing the victory and the WCW Championship. Roddy Piper came down to try to protect Goldberg, but Jeff Jarrett joined Hart and the Outisders to form the latest version of the nWo.

WWE Championship (5 Times)

def. Ric Flair, Oct. 12, 1992: Bret Hart challenged Ric Flair for the WWE Championship at a non-televised live event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Encouraged by the Canadian crowd, Hart looked unstoppable. The "Excellence of Execution" was running on all cylinders and wrestled a flawless match. He eventually connected on a Superplex and followed it up with the Sharpshooter. Flair put up a valiant effort, but he had to succumb to the punishing submission move.


def. Yokozuna, March 20, 1994: Controversy surrounded the 1994 Royal Rumble. The final two men left in the ring were Bret Hart and Lex Luger and both men hit the floor at the same time. A clear winner could not be determined, so since a WWE Championship shot was on the line, both men were awarded title shots at WrestleMania X at Madison Square Garden. Due to the results of a coin toss, Luger faced Yokozuna earlier on in the evening. Yokozuna retained the championship after Luger was disqualified for putting his hands on the special referee, Mr. Perfect. Yokozuna then had to face Hart in the main event. Bret Hart had faced his brother Owen earlier in the evening, so both Superstars already had one match under their belts. The special guest referee for the main event was "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. It looked as if Yokozuna was going to finish off Hart with his Banzai Drop, but he lost his balance, fell backwards and Hart rolled him up for the pin and his second WWE Championship.


def. Diesel, Nov. 19, 1995: Bret Hart and Diesel met up for the WWE Championship at Survivor Series in a No Disqualification Match. It's become almost common practice nowadays for Superstars to take nasty spills through the Spanish announce table, but Bret Hart got tossed through the table for one of the first times in this main event. Diesel wouldn't let up either, as he dragged Hart back into the ring. Diesel tried to go for his Jackknife Power Bomb, but Hart was so motionless from his spill that Diesel couldn't execute the maneuver. Instead, Hart reversed it into a small package for the shocking, come-from-behind win and his third WWE Championship.


def. Undertaker, Feb. 16, 1997: Bret Hart will forever be remembered as one of WWE's most-successful champions of all time. His fourth reign as WWE Champion, however, notwithstanding. Hart's fourth reign can easily be considered his least significant, as it only lasted 24 hours.

Bret Hart, Stone Cold, Undertaker and Vader all met up in a Fatal Four Way Match at an In Your House event to determine the new WWE Champion. The Championship had been vacated due to injuries to then-champion Shawn Michaels. This match was unique in that it was elimination-style, and a Superstar could be eliminated by being thrown out over the top rope. Hart was able to eliminate Stone Cold, while Undertaker tossed Vader, leaving the Excellence of Execution face to face with the Deadman. But Austin stormed back to the ring causing chaos. Hart chased after him and then Undertaker chased after both of them. In the end, Hart was able to catch Undertaker off guard and dump him for the win and his fourth WWE Championship.


def. Undertaker, Aug. 3, 1997: The two final participants in the Fatal Four Way Match from February's In Your House pay-per-view met up again at SummerSlam in a one-on-one contest, as Undertaker defended his WWE Championship against Bret Hart. Shawn Michaels served as the guest referee. Despite a well-publicized distaste for Hart, Michaels had to call it down the middle. As the action heated up, Michaels got knocked out. Hart took advantage of this and leveled Undertaker with a chair. Michaels recovered and counted to two. Hart argued with HBK about the count and spit on the Showstopper. Michaels picked up the chair and took a mighty swing at Hart, but the Excellence of Execution ducked and Michaels hit Undertaker instead. Michaels had no choice but to count the 1-2-3 for Bret Hart. It was Hart's fifth title reign and he would go on to set up one of the most controversial moments in WWE history when he met Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series.

Royal Rumble winner (1 Time)

co-winner with Lex Luger, Jan. 22, 1994: During the 1994 Royal Rumble Match, Bret Hart and Lex Luger squared off as the final two competitors. Ultimately, both Superstars spilled over the top rope and hit the floor simultaneously. After much discussion, Hart and Luger were declared co-winners.

King of the Ring (2 Times)

def. I.R.S. in the finals, Sept. 7, 1991: Before King of the Ring made its presence felt on pay-per-view, Bret Hart battled through the brackets, last defeating I.R.S.

def. Bam Bam Bigelow in the finals, June 13, 1993: Bret Hart had to take down the likes of Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect and Bam Bam Bigelow to be crowned King of the Ring for a second time.

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