In week 41 of the countdown to find the number one pro wrestler of the past 25 years, we take a look at No. 10 on the list, Bret Hitman Hart
-Five time WWE Champion
-Two time WCW Champion
-Five time WWE/WCW United States Champion
-Two time WWE Intercontinental Champion
-Two time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Jim the Anvil Neidhart)
-One time WCW Tag Team Champion (with Bill Goldberg)
-1994 Royal Rumble co winner (with Lex Luger)
-1993 King of the Ring winner
-WWE Hall of Fame, class of 2006
Bret Hart is one the most popular and respected pro wrestlers of all time. He worked his way from being a tag team specialist to a world class main even talent during his long, storied career. He was above average in the ring and on the mic (for most of his career) and was the man WWE chose to carry the torch after Hulk Hogan left the company in 1993. The committee feels Bret is more than deserving of this spot on the countdown.
Major title time line
-He and Jim Neidhart defeated the British Bulldogs (Davey Boy Smith and Dynamite Kid) for the WWE Tag Team Titles in April of 1986. The title reign lasted for nine months before the Harts dropped the gold to Strike Force (Rick Martel and Tito Santana)
-Alongside Jim Neidhart, Bret won his second and final WWE Tag Team Championship when they defeated Demolition (Crush and Smash) in a two out of three falls match at Summer Slam 1991. Six months later, they lost the titles to the Nasty Boys (Jerry Sags and Brian Knobbs).
-Defeated Mr. Perfect for the Intercontinental Championship at Summer Slam 1991. He would hold the title for four and a half months before losing the gold to The Mountie.
-Bret would win his final I/C Title at Wrestle Mania 8 when he defeated Rowdy Roddy Piper. Five months later, he lost the strap to Davey Boy Smith at Summer Slam 1992.
-In October of 1992, Bret won his first WWE Championship when he defeated Ric Flair for the WWE Championship. He would lose the title six months later to Yokozuna at Wrestle Mania 9.
-Bret won the 1993 King of Ring tournament, defeating Bam Bam Bigelow in the tourney final.
-Along with Lex Luger, Bret was a co-winner of the 1994 Royal Rumble match.
-Bret won his second WWE Championship after defeating Yokozuna for the title at Wrestle Mania 10. He would hold the title for eight months before losing the title to Bob Backlund in a “throw in the towel” match.
-At Survivor Series 1995, Bret won his third WWE Championship when he defeated Kevin “Diesel” Nash. Four months later, he lost the title to Shawn Michaels in a “one hour iron man match” at Wrestle Mania 12.
-Bret went on to win his fourth WWE Championship in February of 1997 when defeated Steve Austin, The Undertaker and Vader in a four way match for the vacant title. The next night, he lost the gold to Sid.
-At Summer Slam 1997, Bret won his final WWE Championship after defeating The Undertaker. Three months later, he dropped the title to Shawn Michaels in a match known as the infamous “Montreal Screw Job”.
-Bret won his first piece of WCW gold when he defeated Diamond Dallas Page for the vacant United States Championship in July of 1998. A month later, he lost the title to Lex Luger.
-The next night, he regained the U.S. Title from Lex Luger. Two months later, he lost the strap to DDP.
-In November of 1998, Bret defeated DDP to win his third U.S. Championship. Two months later, he lost the title to Roddy Piper.
-Bret defeated Bill Goldberg for his fourth U.S. Title in October of 1999. Two weeks later, he lost the strap to Scott Hall.
-A month later, Bret won his first WCW Championship when he defeated Chris Benoit for the vacant title. A month later, Bret was forced to vacate the title.
-Bret would win his only WCW Tag Team Championship a few weeks later when he and Bill Goldberg defeated Creative Control (Gerald and Patrick). A week later, he and Bret lost the gold to The Outsiders (Scott Hall and Kevin Nash).
-In December of 1999, Bret won his second and final WCW Championship when he defeated Bill Goldberg for the vacant championship. A month later, Bret was forced to vacate the title yet again, this time for a legit injury.
-Over a decade later, Bret won his fifth and final U.S. Championship (this time under the WWE banner) by defeating The Miz in May of 2010. A week later, he vacated the title in order to become the GM of Monday Night Raw.
Committee’s favorite match involving Bret Hart: vs. Stone Cold Steve Austin in a submission match at Wrestle Mania 13.