Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund at Survivor Series 1994
What did you all think of Bret's Survivor Series 1994 match against Bob Backlund?:
This is not the same one as the Wrestlemania match, which even Bret hated (I think he called it his worst match. He hated the concept, and said he knew the concept would make it the most boring thing ever).
This Survivor Series match that I'm talking about, is the Submission match, which involved Owen, Davey Boy Smith, & Bret's other family on the sidelines.
It's funny, because I just randomly remembered the match, because I remember really being involved in the drama as a kid. I found it riveting.
It's a bit slow for those who don't like a lot of mat wrestling, but I love the psychology, and I loved the maniacal Backlund, and the storyline behind it. Most importantly, Owen was fabulous during this.
Just another one of Bret's little under-appreciated gems.
Loved the whole buildup of the Cross-Face Chicken Wing over several months, and then how it ended up playing itself out in the match.
Vince was great on the mic. "Oh, no. THIS CAN'T BE!!"
I watched this again two nights ago, and it's funny, because I then came across a Bret interview last night, in which he said that this was one of his favorite matches! It's just weird that I totally happened across that comment.
Here's him discussing it, and it shows you what a ring general he is, and how much thought he puts into his matches, and the concepts, and execution and all of that:
fast forward to the 9:38 mark:
Also interesting how he talks about Vince having such a great wrestling mind, and being a genuine, huge, wrestling fan. That answers that thread that was started earlier, about whether Vince just cares about money solely, or does he genuinely love wrestling.
So as for the topic of this thread, I think that Bret was one of the best ring generals ever, if not the very best, and I think that's what separates him from the other elites.
He goes on to state that that's one of the reasons why he's such a big Punk & Cena fan. He said he's been around them, and they're the same way, as far as being very meticulous about directing, and making sure that things are cohesive. I don't think that they have the same great mind & vision that Bret does, but they have some of the same qualities, in terms of level of preparation, and taking it seriously.
Here's him complimenting Punk & Cena for these qualities, and he also compliments Daniel Bryan, saying that Bryan reminds him of his brother Owen. ff to the 5:30 mark:
Would have been a nice thing to post in the Bryan vs. Bret thread, if it weren't locked.
Jim Ross talking about the Backlund/Bret match:
JR, I recently rewatched Bret Hart vs. Bob Backlund's 35 minute "towel match" during the '94 Survivor Series. Wow, what a match! Bret really took a 45-year-old Backlund to the top of his game, and what a great story the match told. You just don't see matches like this anymore. What did you think of this match?
Posted: Wed, 01/20/2010 - 5:05am in Wrestling
It was excellent but I wasn't surprised as both men are great athletes in magnificent condition plus Backlund was a great amateur in college and his pro record speaks for itself. Obviously, you know I am a Hitman fan and his in ring work was always spot on. matches like this are few and far between due to the experience and talent level of both men having the same agenda...to perform in a great, physical wrestling match.
, in large part due to the storyline & psychology, and all of the moving parts.
Looking back, I actually think that Vince based a lot of his Mr. McMahon character on the Mr. Backlund character, as far as mannerisms and everything.