Tale Of The Tape: Who Is The Real Mr. SummerSlam?

Bret Hart

SummerSlam PPVs competed in: 11

Event win-loss record: 7-4

Bret Hart competed at the very first SummerSlam in 1988, where he teamed up with the late, great Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart to take on Demolition in a tag team title match. They would lose the bout, but get their revenge two years later at SummerSlam 1990 in a 2-out-of-3 falls all-time classic.

Hart’s first 3 SummerSlam PPVs was with Neidhart, but from 1991 onwards, things had changed. He was a singles star and was competing for the midcard titles. His first SummerSlam as a singles star saw him take on Mr. Perfect in an absolute technical classic. He was not only elevated to the main event the next year in 1992, but it was as the Intercontinental Champion defending against The British Bulldog in front of over 80,000 fans.

He did lose to the hometown hero Davey Boy Smith, but it was an unforgettable moment. The years 1993 and 1995 were rather forgettable for him at SummerSlam, as he took on opponents who weren’t at his level. He did have a classic at 1994 against his brother Owen Hart inside a steel cage, where he defended the WWE Championship in a grudge match. As it turned out, it was one of the greatest SummerSlam matches of all time, but sadly was neglected as the main event, with the company being in favor of the Undertaker vs Undertaker match.

He missed SummerSlam 1996 but had a great final match at 1997 against The Undertaker, where he won the WWE title for the very last time. Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee in that match and it was 3 months prior to the Montreal Screwjob. His SummerSlam opponents and legacy speaks for itself.