Top 10 In-Ring Workers of All Time — No. 1 Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart
We have finally reached the end of our countdown of the greatest in-ring workers of all time. Our top choice is the “Best there is, best there was, and the best there ever will be” Bret “The Hitman” Hart. The “Excellence of Execution” always told a great story no matter who he was facing off against.
Anytime Hart was on a wrestling card, fans knew they were in for a great match—almost always, Hart’s match would steal the show. As a seven-time world champion (5 with World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment, 2 with World Championship Wrestling), Hart would consistently show fans what a true champion looked like. No matter his opponent, Hart always told a great story in his matches. When faced off with other great technicians in the profession, fans would witness an instant classic.
So great at his profession was Hart that his greatness matches—and some of his personal favorites—were matches that he lost. Hart himself lists his Summer Slam loss to his brother-in-law, Davey Boy Smith, for the Intercontinental title as his greatest match ever. The Hitman was always a true scientist and technician whenever he entered the squared circle.
Unfortunately, Hart’s career was cut a little short due a concussion caused by a missed super kick by Goldberg during a match. Hart was forced to retire due to complications caused by the concussion. Hart would also suffer a stroke, ensuring that he wouldn’t be able to make a comeback to the ring.
In 2006, less than nine years after the “Montreal Screwjob,” Hart was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame—after privately burying the hatchet between himself and Vince McMahon. Along with his seven world titles, Hart would also win the Intercontinental, United States, and Tag Team championships. He is the WWF/E’s second Triple Crown champion and WCW’s fifth Triple Crown champ. Hart is also the two-time winner of the King of the Ring tournament and won the 1994 Royal Rumble match.