When times were tough and days were dark for WWE, there was one man who could be absolutely counted on to deliver inside the ring: Bret "The Hitman" Hart. With his placid demeanor, alternative rocker hair, and pink and black color scheme, Hart's presence on WWE programming throughout the eighties and nineties was a welcome one, especially with the continuing passage of time. As heroes faded, Hart assumed their mantles, shouldering the workload with inspiring performances night in and night out.
Though Hart sometimes gets written off today as bitter and cynical for some of his frank observations, one could say he's only guilty of being brutally honest. As a man who held high standards for his own performances, he seems to expect the same out of today's top wrestlers, and when he feels underwhelmed, he'll say so. This isn't some bingo hall never-was giving his take, either - this is one of the all time greats.
As such, boiling Bret Hart's best matches down to a simple list of ten was in itself far from simple. There will be some obvious picks, some somewhat-forgotten classics that will bring back memories, and of course, omissions that will draw a bit of protest. It's Bret Hart, man - doing a top 126 would take forever.
Here are, in one man's opinion, the ten greatest matches featuring Bret "The Hitman" Hart.
Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.