The Summerslam

Forget all of that "biggest party of the summer" nonsense, *this* is Summerslam's proper means of address.

The Summerslam was unquestionably Bret Hart's PPV. Yes, he has his fair share of WrestleMania and Survivor Series classics, bangers littered around King of the Ring tournaments and In Your House shows where he wasn't expected to carry a feud against Jerry Lawler that would have sunk anybody even a little less talented than him, but look at his singles career:

  • 1991: Bret Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (Intercontinental Championship)
  • 1992: Bret Hart vs. "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith (Intercontinental Championship)
  • 1994: Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart (WWF Championship, Steel Cage)
  • 1997: Bret Hart vs. The Undertaker (WWF Championship, guest referee Shawn Michaels)

I skipped a couple of years, but those four matches are among the most important in the development of what we now know as the WWE style. Bret/Perfect's finish is in wrestling's general bag of tricks. Bret/Bulldog was the first time Wrestling was trusted to headline a WWE pay-per-view. Bret/Owen was, regardless of what some say, a completely different take on cage matches that, if nothing else, expanded a tired format by innovating clever new near-escape spots. Bret/Undertaker is, simply put, the best special guest referee match of all time, and absolutely set the template for that particular Attitude Era staple.

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The Summerslam belongs to Bret Hart, so much so that he didn't refer to it as "Summerslam," which is what WWE actually calls the event. It's The Summerslam to the Hitman, emphasis on The, each letter of the word excellently executed because they belong there. Regular-ass Summerslam is beneath Bret Hart.



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