Bret Hart vs Mr Perfect for the Intercontinental Championship : Summerslam 1991
In an all out classic this match featured two of my top 5 favorites of all time. Whether heel or babyface, these guys had many ways to captivate the audience with their in-ring work. This match was an instant classic. It proved that Bret the Hitman Hart, a tag team specialist at the time, could be a solid singles competitor if given the chance.
Anyone looking to get into the professional wrestling business should study this match. Mr Perfect, who wrestled this match with a bad back, went out there and proved why he was absolutely prefect. Hart, the excellence of execution, proved just why he is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.
When Mr Perfect delivered the Perfect Plex it seemed that the Hitman would fall short and just maybe he was not ready for prime time. However, as the referee was about to hit the mat for the third time, he kicked out and Madison Square Garden went crazy. When Bret locked in the Sharpshooter, Perfect, with a bad back screaming in agony, had no choice but to tap and Bret the Hitman Hart was the new WWE Intercontinental Champion. Historically the Intercontinental Championship was known to be the workhorse championship. Guys such as Macho Man Randy Savage, Ravishing Rick Rude, and Ricky the Dragon Steamboat held this title and often had the best wrestling matches on the card, while the WWE Champion entertained the crowd. This match truly placed Bret Hart in the elite class of hard workers of the WWE.