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Bret Hart Names His Favourite Opponent Of All Time

Bret Hart

Bret Hart has discussed his favourite opponent of all time saying if he could only ever have faced one opponent it would be the man who could give him the perfect match.

Bret Hart has shared the ring with the great and good of the squared circle in a career that spanned three decades. From his WrestleMania tag team affairs with The British Bulldogs to singles classics with Roddy Piper and his brother Owen to heated rivalries with Stone Cold Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels, Hart has done it all.

Now in conversation on an episode of Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker, Hart has revealed who is the one opponent he considers his favourite from a laundry list of WWE Hall Of Famers he has shared the ring with.

Hart explained his choice of Mr Perfect Curt Hennig:

“I’ll always say this about Curt, if I could’ve wrestled one guy again, it would’ve been Curt,” shared Bret. “He was my favourite opponent ever. My brother Owen is a close second. But, [Curt and I] had such a bond and chemistry together whenever we went out there, no matter the circumstances, no matter how [much] we travelled that day, whether you got stuck in an airport for 8 hours and you were completely wiped when we got the dressing room. I can remember a lot of times with Curt we’re getting ready to go out there and it’s like, ‘I’ve got nothing in the tank. I’m completely burned out, I’m exhausted.’”

“And you go out there, and the crowd starts to cheer, and then in about five minutes, you’re giving them a five-star match. You’re laying out all the stops, you give them everything that you have. And I was like that with Curt. And I think there was a growing respect we started having for each other. Curt really loved working with me, and I loved working with Curt.”

The Hitman then recalled his memorable SummerSlam 1991 match with Perfect. In the hallowed Madison Square Garden, Bret Hart defeated Mr Perfect for his first singles title in the WWF, the Intercontinental Championship.

Hart continued:

“If you really look at my rise to the top, it all starts with Curt Hennig. He was the guy that, even though he was injured too with his back, he was never going to miss SummerSlam [1991] because he wanted to do that for me. He wanted to help elevate me to the next level. I had such a respect for Curt and we had such a great friendship. He’s one of those guys I never forget [about] that first match. Trusting me, being there for me, and sacrificing so much with his back injury. He could’ve said, ‘You know what, I can’t make it that day and I’m going to take a few months off.’ But he came back specifically, and came back hurt, to deliver that match with me.”

Bret Hart recently recalled how he and his former Hart Foundation tag team partner Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart created their iconic finishing move, The Hart Attack.

Credit: Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker

h/t Wrestling Inc. for the transcription