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The Legends Of Wrestlemania: Bret “The Hitman” Hart

In his prime, Bret “The Hitman” Hart was the WWE’s moral compass, guiding the way with unmatched respect and poise. Hart worked his way to the top with determination, earning the admiration of fans everywhere. While boasting just above a .500 record at Wrestlemania in 14 matches, his influence and legacy at the event remains legendary

Bret Hart’s WrestleMania journey commenced in 1986 with a special NFL-WWF battle royale in Chicago. In this chaotic encounter, Hart showcased his technical prowess amidst a sea of competitors. Despite his valiant efforts, the towering presence of André the Giant proved too much to overcome, ultimately leading to Hart’s elimination. This match served as a pivotal moment in Hart’s early career, demonstrating his potential to compete on the grandest stage of them all.

At WrestleMania 3 in Detroit, the Hart Foundation, comprised of Bret Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, entered the arena as the reigning WWF tag team champions. Rather than defending their titles, they opted for a six-man tag team match alongside former referee Danny Davis. Managed by Jimmy Hart, they faced off against the formidable trio of Tito Santana and the British Bulldogs, Dynamite Kid and Davey Boy Smith. The match was a showcase of tag team excellence, with Hart displaying his technical prowess and resilience. In a hard-fought battle, the Hart Foundation emerged victorious, solidifying their status as dominant champions.

As WrestleMania 4 unfolded at Trump Plaza Hotel in Atlantic City, the Hart Foundation found themselves amidst a crowded field in a pivotal battle royal. Speculation swirled regarding Hart’s potential transition to singles competition, adding an air of anticipation to the match. Despite a strong showing, Hart fell just short of victory after a betrayal by Bad News Brown. His reaction, destroying the trophy in frustration, underscored his competitive spirit and determination to succeed on his own terms.

Transitioning to WrestleMania 5 in Atlantic City, Hart and Neidhart sought vengeance against Rhythm and Blues, managed by their former manager, Jimmy Hart. The match was a testament to the Hart Foundation’s chemistry as a team, as they showcased their ability to overcome adversity and adapt to different opponents. Their victory was a resounding statement of their continued dominance in the tag team division.

WrestleMania 6, hosted in Toronto, Canada, witnessed the Hart Foundation’s swift dispatching of The Bolsheviks. The match highlighted their cohesion as a team and their proficiency in the ring, setting the stage for future championship pursuits. Despite the brevity of the encounter, it served as a showcase of the Hart Foundation’s tag team excellence and solidified their status as formidable contenders in the WWE.

By WrestleMania 7, the Hart Foundation disbanded, marking a significant turning point in Hart’s career as he ventured into singles competition. This transition propelled Hart into a new chapter of his career, as he sought to establish himself as a top contender in the WWE singles division.

These WrestleMania matches were instrumental in shaping Bret Hart’s legacy as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, showcasing his skill, resilience, and determination to succeed on the grandest stage of them all.


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