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Bret "Hitman" Hart vs. "The King of Harts" Owen Hart
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WWF Monday Night Raw 03/27/1995

This No Holds Barred contest took place just six days on Raw before WrestleMania XI and it probably should have been on the WrestleMania card instead, quite frankly. It is certainly better than any match that actually took place the evening of "the greatest WrestleMania of all time" as Vince McMahon hypes it at the end of this video.

Bret is visibly more aggressive in this match with his brother Owen which is in stark contrast to how he felt just one year prior in the brothers' first match together at WrestleMania X. So much animosity had been built in that one year time frame; mostly due to Owen's cheating ways, sneak attacks, positioning family members on opposite sides of the dispute, and emotionally tormenting their mother because of the rivalry, and costing Bret the World Wrestling Federation Championship at the Survivor Series. The same championship Owen could never take from Bret.

So this time Bret is not here to merely settle a dispute with his brother in a clean match like the first encounter. Bret's even bringing more aggression here than he had in the Steel Cage Match at SummerSlam. This time there is no cage to contain them, no goal to escape & prove athletic superiority. For only it was always proving he was better than Bret but to me it seems like Bret just wants to put physically and emphatically Owen in his place with every punch in this match!

Owen - the jealous little brother of Bret consistently throughout this match displays his obnoxious attitude with his spiteful strikes, rakes to the back, or finger poke to the eye was often followed by lifting his arms in "victory" because he got ONE more hit over on Bret. Owen had that pettiness aspect of his heel character down perfectly and it's one aspect that made the rivalry to great along with the intriguing dynamics of Bret's character progression and the story arc of the family feud.

I thought they made excellent use of the exposed steel turnbuckle in the last couple of sequences at the end of the match. How they worked it into the finish was brilliant I thought. The crowd surely eats it up as they did with everything Bret did in this match. He was incredibly over. The reaction he received from start to finish appeared to be deafening!

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The commentators pointed out Bret's "new attitude" and it was fitting for this final chapter in great Bret-Owen Hart brothers’ rivalry. This no holds barred match is not talked about as much as their classics on PPV, however, I will say this is a Monday Night Raw classic on TV. But really, you as a wrestling fan you can't go wrong viewing a Bret-Owen match because their chemistry was so strong and the feud ways played so well for over a year, and that made this another quality performance.



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Wow. That match has flown past my head. Didn't even know it existed. I'm aware of the Iron Man from a live event, but not a match which actually took place on TV. I'm watching tonight.


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Yes it's a pretty sweet find. One of those matches many would look over due to their other matches getting usually all of of the attention. Have you seen their match that was taped for WWF Home Video release called "Wham, Bam, Bodyslam!"? It was a Lumberjack match and is most known as the match Owen "won" the WWF Title from Bret.

Link to match - http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1q...t#.UNZDG2_m5i4


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Yeah, I've seen it. Watched it last year iirc. I'm fully down to give it another watch.

When I think about Bret vs Owen matches I always jump to the Action Zone debut match. I have so much fun watching it. It was one of the main reasons I had to own Bret's DVD set. I've watched it so many times, haha. Their chemistry was magic, imo. I don't think they had a match I dislike. Even their match on RAW in late '96 was pretty awesome for only 9 minutes + DQ finish.

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I LOVE THE CAGE MATCH


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I do too. One of the stories of the Bret/Owen cage match was "the Hart family would be kept out" of this decisive encounter between the brothers. So that means no interference from Bulldog, Anvil, Bruce, etc. Just Bret and Owen proving once again who the better wrestler is by not only punishing your brother in the steel cage but also besting him by having the fortitude to endure the match and escape the cage. I felt they sold the struggle they had as competitors and as brothers who despised each other with as they had a tug-of-war at the cage door or fought at the top of the cage before crashing and burning. Sure they had several moments doing this but I feel they did a fantastic performance in what felt like a 30+ minute battle. A SummerSlam classic - **** 1/2


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I have to give it a watch again to slap my snowflakes rating on it. Haven't gotten around to that yet. Maybe I'll cram a bunch in tonight. Been wanting to watch more "old-school" type stuff lately. Bret vs Owen fits the bill.

Watched some 'classic' - using that term loosely - WCW 2000 stuff last night. The final edition of WCW Saturday Night on 4/1/00 & the, what was slated to be, epic Monday Night Nitro 4/10/00.

Saturday Night was awesome on the nostalgic aspect and from the aspect of reminding you that WCW had a lower midcard. They never got exposure, but actually seeing them get a chance on an entire show is too much fun. El Dandy & Silver King were a tag team? HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW THAT? haha. Totally fun to watch. End of an era with that program.

The Nitro was...interesting. It wasn't a night for wrestling. It was a night to make an impact. So much hype surrounded the Russo appearing on TV deal. And the "return" of Eric Bischoff. Lots of 4th wall being broken down type deals. I mean A LOT. Which would go on to be the norm for WCW in its final 11 months. So yeah, they actually tried to be stiff competition for WWF. That's the key. Tried. New Blood had so much potential to rule. Only it got so diluted with what is now commonly referred to as "Russo booking" with the constant swerves/turns/shenanigans. I saw no reason for WCW to not let the DDP vs Jarrett program last longer than it did. They worked well together, imo. It's too bad WCW had to throw in David Arquette to just about kill any credibility within the feud. And company for that matter. "Hey, lets give DDP the world championship for a third time. He'll be champ for 3 days b/c Mr. Arquette will get it to plug our movie." - Great decision! Long story short it was a one night only type deal before things nearly came crashing down. I don't know why WCW couldn't piece together what parts of the New Blood angle should have been done and shouldn't have. The company was so mismanaged that even when they broke it down, attempted a re-tool, nothing could come together long enough without falling to pieces soon after.

I've often said the only smart part about WCW in '00 was the rise of Booker T. Sure they had new stars come in and get some exposure like Mike Awesome & Lance Storm. But, Booker's push to the top was something WCW needed to do YEARS prior. Establish a homegrown worker with the talent and ability to be a top guy. It was too little too late for the company overall. Granted, it's still one of my favorite moments from WCW knowing that one guy got the chance to shine.

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Look at this fucking squad.

Just look at it!

Andre the Giant.
500 pounds.
King Kong Bundy. 440 pounds.
One Man Gang. 450 pounds.
Then you have "Ravishing" Rick Rude as the technician/workhorse & "The Natural" Butch Reed to round things out.

This is the best team I have ever seen!

This is what is missing in wrestling, to me. Just looking at that squad, I think "well, no one can beat this team." When Butch Reed is one of the smallest guys on your team, you got a squad!

Where are all the monsters in wrestling today? I guess we have The Big Show. Maybe Mark Henry when he comes back. Umm..Brodus Clay?

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