Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart has excellently executed his feelings on how it felt to lose the WWF Championship, stating that people don’t understand that there’s an emotional attachment that comes with being champion.
Throughout his career, ‘The Pink and Black Attack’ reigned five times as WWF Champion and twice as WCW World Heavyweight Champion with the former strap being the one he coveted the most.
Hart’s first championship win came on a WWF live event on October 12, 1992, when he shocked the world and defeated Ric Flair to elevate himself into the main event position. After the prize had transferred to Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX and then subsequently to Hulk Hogan twenty two seconds later, Hart overcame the colossus at WrestleMania X to begin his second reign.
Number three would begin at the 1995 Survivor Series on November 19 when ‘The Excellence of Execution’ overcame Diesel, with the fourth as a result of surviving a Fatal 4-Way Match at In Your House 13: Final Four after Shawn Michaels had vacated the title when he was expected to return the favour and do the job for Bret Hart at WrestleMania 13.
Finally, Hart’s fifth and final WWF Championship reign began at the 1997 SummerSlam when ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ – who served as the special guest referee – accidentally cost The Undertaker the bout with a steel chair shot setting up a bout with Hart in Montreal at Survivor Series. The rest as they say is history.
Now, Bret Hart has spoken out about his time as WWF Champion and how it was personal every time he was requested to drop the gold to someone, be they friend or foe on WWE Icons: Yokozuna:
“There’s always a heartbreak that comes with losing the title. It hurts a little bit, I think, and if it doesn’t, there’s something wrong with you. You’re not taking the business seriously enough. I don’t care what anyone says, I know anytime I ever lost a world title, it hurt. Like, it was always more real than people think.”
Despite being a five-time WWF Champion, tallied up, Bret Hart’s reigns only come to a combined 406 days. However, despite the overall brief period of time, he will always be remembered as arguably the greatest technical wrestler and WWF Champion in history.
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h/t for the transcription: Fightful