The Excellence of Execution, Bret Hart, has revealed the secrets to what makes for a perfect wrestling match.
The main event of SummerSlam 1992, held at a packed-out Wembley Stadium, saw Bret Hart have one of the greatest matches of his career despite losing the WWE Intercontinental Championship to the British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith.
Speaking to Inside The Ropes’ own Kenny McIntosh at Starrcast V, Hart explained that what helped make the match so great was being able to prevent people from being able to guess who would emerge victorious.
“The beauty to a great wrestling match is when you don’t know who’s gonna win.
“When you see a storyline in wrestling where you’re going ‘I don’t know who’s gonna win, you know Bret Hart or Stone Cold, or Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels or Bulldog vs. Bret Hart in Wembley, who’s gonna win? What’s the finish gonna be?’
“When you think about it, I always said that to Vince, right up until match time.
“I think many people didn’t think that much about the match, but when you stop and think about it, it’s who’s gonna win? Bret Hart or Davey Boy? I think that’s when British fans were like ‘that’s what I wanna see…’
“For a wrestler, that’s when you can piece together a match that’s just a beautiful movie really, and I knew that no one could really say for sure who was gonna win this one.”
During the same interview, Bret Hart revealed that his friends and peers in the locker room missed the match as they left the arena before it went on.
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