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Published on August 29th, 2015 | by Pro Wrestling Stories


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The True Story Behind the Greatest SummerSlam Match of All Time


Bret Hart faces British Bulldog in the main event of SummerSlam ’92 in front of 80,355 fans (Wembley Arena, London, England).

It’s hard not to reminisce back to some of the greatest matches held at “The Biggest Event of the Summer”. Tremendous battles such as Bret Hart vs Mr. Perfect in ’91, Undertaker vs Undertaker in ’94, Bret Hart vs Owen Hart in a brother vs brother steel cage match in ’94, Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon in a ladder rematch in ’95 and, of course, Shawn Michaels’ return to the ring after five years of retirement to face former DX partner Triple H in a street fight in ’02 all hold nostalgic value and significance on the history of the pay-per-view, though none arguably as great as the match featured in today’s story.

The setting for SummerSlam 1992 was assembled in outdoor Wembley Stadium just outside London, England. To date, this is the only major pay-per-view to take place outside of North America and it held the fourth largest live crowd ever at a WWF/E event. The 80,355 in attendance were buzzing throughout the night, most in part to cheer on their hometown hero, British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith. He was set to take on his real-life brother-in-law Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship in the main event of the evening. To add more intrigue, both competitors were incredibly over with the fans at the time.

The setup was perfect, but all was not what it seemed. In a match he would later consider the greatest of his career, Bret Hart would have to carry his brother-in-law through the entire match as Bulldog forgot everything he was supposed to do. This was a result of many unfortunate choices made before the match…

Read on to find out the true story behind what many consider the greatest SummerSlam match of all time. This feature comes directly from Bret Hart’s autobiography, Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling – a must-read for any wrestling fan!


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  • BB7212

    Mcmahon sucked as a commentator. “What a Maneuver!” He must say that 100 times a match.
    Still love the way Howard Finkel would say “AND NEEEW!!

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