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Bret Hart vs. Davey Boy Smith: The Greatest SummerSlam Match of All-Time August 11, 2010

Posted by skribbel24 in WWE.

By Ross Rutherford

In front of over 80,000 British fans at the fifth anniversary of the SummerSlam event The British Bulldog and Bret Hart went one-on-one for one of the most prestigious titles in the WWE at the time. This was also a year after Bret won his first Intercontinental Championship from Curt Hennig at the previous year’s SummerSlam.

The two men put on one of the greatest matches I have ever seen. I have to admit; I only recently sat down and watched it for the first time. I was truly blown away by how brilliant these two are in the ring together.

I have never seen such a technically brilliant match and I cannot think of a reason as to why I never sat down and watched this contest. This match was a big reason why I wanted to write this Countdown. Bret Hart and Davey Boy Smith wrestled one of the greatest one on one matches I have ever seen here at SummerSlam.

This match was also the longest match on this countdown clocking in at just over the 25 minute mark and all 25 of those minutes are filled with wrestling brilliance. The amount of heart, emotion, and athleticism Bret and Davey poured into this match just shows you how much the wrestling business means to them.

The end of the match came when The British Bulldog reversed Bret Hart’s sunset flip into a pinning maneuver for the three-count to end what was a terrific display of wrestling ability. The Bulldog’s fellow countrymen erupted with excitement as the referee hands Davey Boy the Intercontinental Championship.

After the match, Davey Boy Smith extended his hand to his brother-in-law as a sign a friendship and mutual respect. Initially Hart declined and tried to exit the ring, but he came back and shook the hand of Davey Boy and gave him a hug. This is in my mind was, and still is, one of the greatest moments in televised wrestling history.

The event ended with Bret Hart, Diane Hart (Davey Boy’s wife), and The British Bulldog standing in the ring with their hands raised in front of the 80,000 delighted fans who all know they had just witnessed history.

This was, without a doubt, the greatest match and moment in SummerSlam history and a defining moment in the history of the WWE and professional wrestling.



1. Mike - August 20, 2010

Be sure to check out the excellent match between Owen Hart and the British Bulldog for the European title that can be found on the recent Hart Foundation DVD that just came out. It too is a classic, and a heartbreaker at the same time…knowing how both of these supremely talented men were taken from the wrestling world far too soon.

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