Connect with us
Bret Hart vs. Ric Flair

Culture

On This Day in Sports: 30 Years Ago, Bret Hart Beat Ric Flair for His First WWF Title Win

On October 12, 1992, one of the most bizarre wrestling title wins in history took place: Bret “The Hitman” Hart won the WWF world championship from Ric Flair, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The win was the first-ever world title win by Hart, who had spent much of his career as a tag team wrestler, and later as a multi-time Intercontinental champion.

What was so unique about the title change was that it did not take place on a pay-per-view event, as most title switches did at the time, but rather on a WWF Superstars taping that was originally meant as part of a Coliseum Video release (it is often described as a “house show,” but that’s not strictly true, as there were cameras present and the match was later released in a way that it could be watched at home.)

And while Flair had been known, especially in his NWA/WCW days, to drop the title and then win it back a short time later, Hart remained champion until Wrestlemania IX, the following spring.

The Saskatoon match was a relatively long one, ending when Flair submitted to the Sharpshooter. It is available to watch in its entirety on YouTube:

Hart’s win was a key moment in the rise of the WWF “New Generation.” That era began when, after Vince McMahon’s steroid indictment, the company turned away from the musclebound likes of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage and embraced comparatively smaller competitors like Hart and Shawn Michaels.

Those two would meet in the main event for the first time — though certainly not the last — at Survivor Series that November. Hart’s win over Flair, in fact, would put him in the championship picture, and he would stay there for five years until the Montreal Screwjob and his departure from the company. And like so many major moments in Hart’s career, it took place in Canada.

Ric Flair said in an interview years later that he had dropped the title because the Ultimate Warrior had “dropped me on my head” the night before, and Flair’s balance was affected. This both required him to drop the championship immediately and sit out for some time afterward, and it’s why Flair claims they didn’t deliver a good match. By the following year — after losing a “loser leaves town” match to his former manager, Mr. Perfect — Flair was back in WCW, first with the “A Flair for the Gold” segment, and later as an in-ring wrestler.

Flair is about eight years older than Hart, and they spent most of their careers not working for the same company at the same time. But they would have other run-ins, both in and outside of the ring, as they ripped one another in their respective autobiographies. Both in WCW seemingly a lifetime later — even though it was only six years — Hart and Flair had another match at 1998’s WCW Souled Out event. That one, though, wasn’t so memorable.

Written By

Stephen Silver is a journalist and film critic based in the Philadelphia area. He is the co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle and a Rotten Tomatoes-listed critic since 2008, and his work has appeared in New York Press, Philly Voice, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Tablet, The Times of Israel, and RogerEbert.com. In 2009, he became the first American journalist to interview both a sitting FCC chairman and a sitting host of "Jeopardy" on the same day.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Facebook

Trending

Kate Bosworth and Justin Long Relationship Timeline: How Long Have They Been Married? 

Celebrity

Willie Mays Cause of Death: How Did the Baseball Legend and Hall of Famer Die?

Celebrity

Marc Summers and Alice Filous 50th Anniversary! Celebrating 50 Decades of Love!

Celebrity

Ian McKellen Hospitalized After Stage Fall: Ian Fell During Performance in London!

Celebrity

Who Is Henry Cavill’s Girlfriend? Discover the Wife of a Famous British Actor!

Celebrity

Celine Dion Cries at N.Y.C Documentary Premiere: Dion Receives Standing Ovation, Thanks Her Children!

Celebrity

Kanye West & Ty Dolla Sign’s “VULTURES 1” Removed From Spotify To The Dismay Of Fans

Celebrity

What Happened To US Olympic Gymnast Nastia Liukin?

Celebrity

Benji Gregory Dead at 46: What Killed The ALF Child Star?

Celebrity

Who is Savannah Chrisley: All About the Famous American TV Personality?

Celebrity

Hong Kong Disneyland Cuts Losses, Repays Loan to Disney

Lifestyle

John Force Fiery Crash: NHRA Legend John Force Moved to Neurological Intensive Care!

Celebrity

Jon Bon Jovi’s Mom’s Cause of Death: How Did the Celebrity’s Mother Die?

Celebrity

Lucky Daye on His New Album ‘Algorithm,’ Working With Bruno Mars and Saving a Woman’s Life With Raye

Celebrity

How 1989’s Batman Made Tim Burton A Box Office Superhero

Film

Who Is Rashida Jones’ Boyfriend: Discover The Love of a Famous American Actor!

Celebrity

Connect