2. Bret Hart vs Vince McMahon – Wrestlemania 26
Bret vs Vince is the damp squib 13 years in the making. The Montreal Screwjob was 13 years ago and had been generally forgotten by all parties and all was forgiven.
But that doesn’t make any money.
Bret Hart is in absolutely no condition to wrestle. Like in the previous match, he could not take any bumps and could really do nothing physical at all. The Sharpshooter and the odd punch is basically his limit, which is really sad considering the amazing athlete the Hitman was in his prime.
Vince McMahon isn’t quite as spritely as he once was, either. He came into this match at 65 years and not having had a match in over 2 years, since he faced ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair in a Extreme Rules match. He was never the best technical wrestler, relying on big spots and chair shots to make his matches entertaining, and always needed a competent wrestler to carry the match. A concussed Bret Hart is not that wrestler.
The match starts on shaky ground already, as Vince McMahon announces he’s paid off the entire Hart Family to surround the ring during the match. I’m not really sure he’s done that or why the Hart’s would take money over supporting their uncle, but apparently Vince is an idiot.
He even pays Bruce Hart, Stu Hart’s son, to be the special guest referee in the match. Bruce takes off his suit to reveal his referee shirt, before Bret Hart reveals his own sneaky sneak.
The Hitman then reveals that he and the Hart Family had talked and agreed that they’d take Vince’s money, cash the checks then turn on him when the match started. He said it was always be the night remembered as the night that “Bret Screwed Vince” (based on the interview after the Montreal Screwjob where Vince McMahon said that “Bret Screwed Bret”).
The match then proceeds with Bret using punches and kicks to knock down Vince. Then the Hart Family beat up Vince on the outside. Then Bret attacks him in the ring with a multitude of weapons, including a pipe, a crowbar and a steel chair. Vince gets no offence in at all, and taps out after Bret locks in the Sharpshooter, the same submission that was the cause of controversy during the Montreal Screwjob.
Verdict: 0.5 out of 5 – This is barely a match. It’s Bret Hart lightly punching an old man, then his whole family attack the old men, then he attacks the old man with weapons. It’s also slow and boring.