My Favorite Matches #5: British Bulldog vs. Owen Hart

The Hart family always produced classic matches when wrestling each other. February 26, 1997, in Berlin, Germany was no exception when brothers-in-law the British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart squared off in the finals of the tournament to crown the inaugural WWF European Champion.

They were also the tag team champions amidst dissension and the increasing animosity between the two suggested that Owen would be the architect of the team’s demise. Despite both men being heels at the time, no one was going to jeer the Bulldog in Europe.

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To Buy, Or Not To Buy: The Owen Hart DVD

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Wrestling fans from all walks of life are well aware of the tragedy that took the life of Owen Hart over 16 years ago. On December 8th, WWE is scheduled to release a DVD looking back on his life and career titled Owen – Hart of Gold. 

This is a compilation that fans have wanted for a long time, however, years of messy (and that’s putting it nicely) legal proceedings between WWE and Owen’s widow, Martha Hart, stalled movement on the project.

It irks me when people say that fans only care about Owen Hart because of how he died. While it definitely raised his notoriety, Owen’s mid-card status on the roster was hardly a true barometer of his talents. Continue reading

10 Greatest Intercontinental Title Matches Held at Summer Slam

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Another Summer Slam is in the books and overall, I thought it was a good show. One of the matches featured Ryback defeating The Miz and Big Show to retain the Intercontinental title. However, it was a far cry from the classics of yesteryear.

Just like WrestleMania is known for its world title matches, a hallmark of Summer Slam was once the stellar Intercontinental title encounters. They weren’t just great in-ring spectacles, but they often served as a defining moment for a wrestler’s career.

Bret Hart’s impressive back-to-back performances for the coveted title played a large role in ascension to the main event scene while the power of the Warrior nearly blew the roof off of Madison Garden in his rapid pursuit of the gold.

I long for the days when biggest party of the summer produced some of the great I.C. title matches of all time. So, let’s look at ten best held at Summer Slam.
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Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart: A Look Inside The Pink & Black Attack

 

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Bret “Hitman” Hart is one of the best technical wrestlers of all time. I don’t even know how anyone could make a list of Bret Hart matches because he really never had a bad match. Everyone has their opinion on what matches make a list like this. My list is based on match caliber was compared to career importance. Lets take a look at the five greatest matches of the excellence of execution.

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