Five-Star Match of the Week: The Hart Foundation vs. The British Bulldogs - Madison Square Garden, July 13, 1985
Every Wednesday, WWE Classics and Greatest Matches team up with your favorite Superstars to bring you the Five-Star Match of the Week. We ask a Superstar in the WWE locker room to select one of the greatest wrestling matches of all time, and WWE.com brings you that full-length match, uncut.
When members of the WWE Universe think of Brodus Clay, chances are classic tag team grappling isn’t what comes to mind. But that’s exactly what we got an earful of when WWE Classics asked The Funkasaurus to select a Five-Star Match of the Week.
“British Bulldogs versus The Hart Foundation,” Brodus chose. “Madison Square Garden, July 13, 1985.”
One of several stellar battles between four gifted athletes, the two teams knew each other well from crossing paths in Calgary, Alberta’s Stampede Wrestling. But the pairs truly blossomed once arriving in WWE.
“Why I like this match so much?” Brodus pondered. “Well, three of the guys in there, they trained in the same place. They’re from the Dungeon.”
Clay, of course, was referring to WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart’s mythical training center in the basement of his Calgary home. The British Bulldogs’ Davey Boy Smith and both members of The Hart Foundation — Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart & future WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hit Man” Hart — all trained with Stu. The Bulldogs’ other member, Dynamite Kid, also spent some time in the fabled weight room. ( MORE STU | MORE “HIT MAN”)
“And at that time, probably two of the most technically sound tag teams were The Hart Foundation and The British Bulldogs,” The Funkasaurus explained. “It was a great rivalry, and one match really doesn’t tell the whole story.”
Less than a year later at WrestleMania 2, The Bulldogs, flanked by Captain Lou Albano and Ozzy Osbourne, won the World Tag Team Championships. ( WATCH) They’d lose the titles to, you guessed it, The Hart Foundation. ( WATCH)
For years, it seemed as though The Bulldogs and Harts rose up the WWE ranks in parallel. At SummerSlam 1992, Bret and Davey Boy met for another accolade, the Intercontinental Championship. ( WATCH) But each of the four competitors’ athleticism could not be denied. “They always had the ability to go back and forth and just really go 110 percent at each other,” the Planet Funk powerhouse said. ( MORE DAVEY BOY)
“If you ever want to learn about tag team wrestling, that would be a match to watch,” Brodus concluded. The two teams transcended good guys and bad guys. They were just great wrestlers. “Booed, cheered, it didn’t matter. It was just a tremendous match.” ( MORE BRODUS)
PREVIOUS FIVE-STAR MATCHES:
Oct. 3, 2012: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania XII
Oct. 10, 2012: Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero, Halloween Havoc 1997
Oct. 17, 2012: Ric Flair vs. Terry Funk, Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout
Oct. 24, 2012: CM Punk vs. John Cena, Money in the Bank 2011
Oct. 31, 2012: Randy Savage vs. Ted DiBiase, WrestleMania IV
Nov. 7, 2012: Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog, SummerSlam 1992
Nov. 14, 2012: Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania X