4. Bret Hart vs Doink the Clown – Summerslam 1993
The match was set to have Bret facing off with Jerry ‘the King’ Lawler. The pair feuded from 1993 to 1995, with Lawler antagonizing Hart and the whole Hart family for months leading up to the pairs scheduled match at Summerslam 1993.
Before the match however, Lawler is hobbling on crutches as Bret stands in the ring, waiting for the match to start. He then spends way, WAY too long shitting on the crowd and the people of Detroit, and the cars of Detroit, then Bret Hart, then Bret Hart’s family. It is exhausting to watch and the longer it goes on, you don’t want to see Lawler get beaten up. You just want to stop watching.
Eventually, Lawler announces who his replacement is. Doink the Clown. Of all the people in the world, he had to pick Matt Bourne’s clown character. Fine for TV. Not fine for a big surprise guest on one of the biggest Pay Per Views of the year. Bret pushed the security holding him back, trying desperately to stop Lawler talking.
As a result, the match is already off to a bad start because of Lawler’s constant complaining. Immediately I don’t care who this clown is, I just want Bret Hart to fight Lawler. Also, if I had paid $50 for this PPV to watch Bret Hart, I’d be miffed to say the least. The crowd don’t seem too thrilled to see ‘The Court Jester’ Doink the Clown either.
“This is the biggest rip off of all time”Vince McMahon
The match is mainly Doink getting offence in on Bret. It’s a fairly standard, boring match. No real notable spots, fairly plodding match. Some matches are so bad you need to watch them again and again (Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania 34 being one of those) but this one is just…there.
Bret Hart wins by disqualification, after he locks Doink in the Sharpshooter and Lawler hits him in the back with his crutch. He has to fight Lawler after this match, due to WWF President Jack Tunney coming out and making Lawler. Hart wins via the Sharpershooter, but the match with Doink was ultimately pointless, and just plain boring.
VERDICT: 1.5 out of 5 – Dull, boring. Technically better than Hart vs Yokozuna but ultimately pointless.