Bret 'The Hitman' Hart Talks His Perfect Loss

Every now and then, wrestling gives us a perfect match - a contest with impeccable psychology, flawless timing, and optimum drama. They're rare gems in the seemingly eternal library of wrestling matches that can be appreciated no matter how much time passed.

Bret Hart vs. The British Bulldog at 1992's SummerSlam in London's Wembley Stadium was one of these hallowed matches.

In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated The Hitman opened up about what made his famed match with his brother-in-law special:

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"I'll always be partial to Wembley. It's one of my greatest matches, and it was special to have an outdoor show at Wembley. Everyone was scared it was going to rain and ruin the show, and it was supposed to rain, but everyone crossed their fingers and it never rained. There were 82,000 people and something that made the match so special was that nobody knew who was going to win. I was able to do that with Bulldog at Wembley; right to the very last pin, no one knew who was going to win.

The WWE Hall of Famer would continue on how he and Bulldog made the match feel real:

"It's hard to explain, but it's a beautiful thing to watch in wrestling when someone loses in the exact perfect way. That's why the pin was so dramatic. There was no escape, there was no shame, but I made a mistake and Davey capitalized. It was a beautiful story, and I believe that was the match that launched me into a world champion."

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For those that have yet to watch this match, it's worth setting time aside for a viewing. Invite over some friends and pick out a nice wine, because it's meant to be an indulgent experience.

Bret Hart, a seven-time world champion, is the longest-reigning WWF Champion of the 1990's. Hart is also the first WCW World Champion born outside of the United States. Paul Heyman once called Hart's body of work "so spectacular that it is beyond comprehension how brilliant a career he enjoyed." He was the second WWE Triple Crown Champion capturing all three of the company's major titles before winning their world title in 1992 against Ric Flair, and the first person to win the WCW and WWE Triple Crown title. Bret also is the only co-winner of the Royal Rumble and the only two-time winner of the King of the Ring.


Hart has been called "the greatest of all time" by several veterans including Michael Hayes, CM Punk, Booker T, and even "Mean" Gene Okerlund have bestowed the Hitman with that title. Hart's most notable opponents The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels have called him their favorite opponent ever, saying that he brought the best out of them and elevated their matches that much more.