Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Into the Wrestling Vault: Bret Hart vs Curt Hennig (Intercontinental Championship/Summerslam 91)

This post was originally posted on May, 14, 2010. However, on the August 2nd edition of Monday Night Raw, the WWE actually acknowledged their history, and treated audiences to clips of one of the greatest Intercontinental Championship matches of all time. If you are reading this right now, I would say it's a safe assumption that you wanted to watch the match in it's entirety. First, I want to commend you on your decision. Second, to reward your choice, I decided to go digging in the Vintage Blogs archives and pull up this classic match.

Both Johnny C and I have made our hatred and dismay over the Linda McMahon induced PG-Era and overall state of wrestling well known. We firmly believe that wrestling was far better in the 90's and early 2000's. In fact, even the mid 2000's are much better than the horseshit that is shoved down our throats these days. Consequently, it's no surprise that both John and I have burned countless number of hours looking up old matches, and promos on Youtube, Daily Motion, and the dozens of other websites which host wrestling videos. Now that we have turned ourselves into fancy men (with our own blog) we figured to turn all those wasted hours into blog posts. So join us as we delve into the Wrestling Vault to relive our favorite videos.

As Raw heads back to Canada aka Hart Country, Canada's biggest hero (Bret) is set to face The Miz in a match for the United States Title. As those of us who saw Bret "wrestle" Vince can attest that The Excellence of Execution is no shape to wrestle, so next Monday will be most likely turn out to be some kind of gimmick match. All of this made me remember the days when Bret was quite simply the best wrestler in the WWE. Consequently, the rest of the week (till Monday), the Inside the Wrestling Vault trips will be dedicated to the Harts and their legacy in the WWE.

You wanna know why I bitch about the lack of credibility and misuse of the Intercontinental Champion? Just watch this match, and you will find out why. This match took place back when the Intercontinental title actually meant something, and they were going to use it to elevate Bret Hart. This was The Excellence of Execution's coming out party as he ventured away from Tag Team wrestling and competed in his first singles match, for a title, on PPV. For Hennig, this match was significant for completely different reasons. He had a lot of back problems and this would be his last match for the next year and a half. Nevertheless, he worked his ass off to elevate Bret Hart into stardom. This was simply a perfect (the pun was intended) match and it featured an excellent finish.

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