One is from Texas, the other from Canada, one was trained to become a wrestler, the other was brought up in the business from birth. One is Shawn Michaels, the other is Bret Hart and this is a look at their careers, how they grew up, how they succeeded in the business and also how the personal issues would cause a rift between them that lasted for almost 13 years.
-Jim Ross welcomes us as he will be interviewing Shawn & Bret, in between every match or set of clips both men talk about many things both in and outside the ring.
-Both talk about how they debuted in WWE as part of a tag team and how they both wanted to work with each other. From there the story continues to evolve, from tag team wrestling to their singles pushes, their clash at Wrestlemania XII, the bad blood that brewed throughout much of '97, the infamous screwjob. Then how their personal lives were effected since then. The tension stayed between them until early 2010 when they met face to face on an episode of Monday Night Raw.
Other things that are discussed include Bret's feelings towards Shawn changing after Shawn's match with Diesel at Wrestlemania XI, his time in WCW, the reasons he left WWE and plenty of other good topics. Thankfully the interview segments are quite good, at times emotional and at least honest especially on Bret's side.
-11/25/89, The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation: At the most famous arena Madison Square Garden we see these two great teams face off. Both of their styles mix very well, good fast paced wrestling between Bret and Jannetty early on, with each man countering the other on some occasions. Anvil uses his power but its countered by both Rockers who uses their quickness. The Foundation work over Michaels with some nice double teaming and submission moves. The rest of the match is back and forth action between both men. The 20 minute time limit expires, resulting in a draw. Great, great match here. 9/10.
-2/10/90, Wrestling Challenge, Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels: While they were both still part of their respective tag teams, Breat and Shawn faced off in this rarely seen TV match. They trade good wrestling holds and Bret does his best to keep the faster Michaels on the mat, though Shawn does get in a couple of moves too. Both their tag partners get involved and the ref calls for a double dq. 5/10.
-3/30/91, The Rockers vs. The Hart Foundation: From the Tokyo Dome, we have an even rarer tag match, between two of the best tag teams the WWE has ever seen. You get the expected great double team moves from all four, while Neidhart uses his power to throw around the smaller Rockers. The action stays at a good fast, constant pace with both teams trading momentum. Bret ends up reversing a crossbody by Shawn into a cover that leads to a three count. 8/10.
-7/21/92, Intercontinental Championsip Match, Bret Hart (Champion) vs. Shawn Michaels: From a house show in Portland, Maine for the Intercontinental Title. The very first WWF ladder match is a good technical bout, with very few uses of the ladder. Bret goes shoulder first into the ladder, Shawn gets slingshotted into the ladder in the corner. The finish comes when Bret dropkicks Shawn off of the ladder over the top rope and out of the ring, Bret then climbs the ladder and grabs the belt to retain the title in about 14.5 minutes. 7/10.
-4/29/92, Intercontinental Championship Match, Bret Hart (Champion) vs. Shawn Michaels: Good but short wrestling match, Bret works on Shawn's arm with an arm bar, while Shawn uses the speed edge to wear down Bret. Shawn almost has the champ beat on a couple of occasions and does end up winning via countout, but he doesn't win the title. 6/10. Nice post match where Shawn punches out the ref then Bret comes in and beats Michaels out of the ring.
-11/25/92, Survivor Series, WWE Title Match: Bret Hart (Champion) vs. Shawn Michaels (I.C. Champion): These two have never had a bad match and this is no exception as both brought their A-games and Shawn had some good momentum having just won the I.C. title a couple of weeks before. Shawn really stepped up his game and had the Hitman on the ropes on several occasions, but Bret pulled out the victory after catching Michaels jumping from the top rope and trapping him in the Sharpshooter to retain his title in about 25 minutes. 9/10.
-12/1/93, Steel Cage Match, Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels: Yet another rare match between these two, this time in the steel cage structure. Its fairly hard hitting as both make good use of the cage, Bret gets the back of his head rammed into the cage wall a few times and both actually wrestle quite a bit too. At the end both are climbing over the top of the cage, Shawn's foot gets caught in the cage wall and Bret drops to the floor to win the match. 7/10.
-3/31/96-Wrestlemania XII-60 Minute Iron Man Match for the WWE Title, Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (Champion): Not as good, but not as bad as the praisers and detractors say. I liked it, though would hardly call it "the best match ever" though it is on my Top 50 list of them. The man who scores the most falls in the 60 minute time limit wins the match and the belt. There were plenty of wrestling holds put on by both men, though in the beginning Shawn was beating Bret with wrestling moves and holds, but then after the match was back and forth for the most part. Although Bret got Shawn in the Sharpshooter in the last 30 seconds of the match, Shawn didn't give up and the match ended without either man getting a fall. But president Gorilla Monsoon came down and restarted the match, stating that there must be a winner. Michaels hits Sweet Chin Music to win the WWE Title about 2 minutes into the overtime period. 9/10.
-4/1/06, Bret Hart's Hall of Fame Induction Speech: Stone Cold Steve Austin cuts a funny speech before introducing Bret Hart, The Hitman gives a good emotional speech where he talks about his time growing up and his career. Its certainly the highlight of the 2006 Hall of Fame speeches.
-1/4/10, Raw, Bret Hart's WWE Return: Easily one moment I thought I'd never see as Bret made his return to WWE television, he cut a good promo in the ring mainly thanking the fans for their continued support. Shawn Michael's music hit and these two finally meet face to face on live TV. The promo these two cut was pretty good and kinda eerie given all that happened in Montreal years back. It ends with both of them shaking hands and hugging which truly did finally put this issue to rest.
-4/2/11, Shawn Michael's Hall of Fame Induction Speech: There's a nice montage of comments from various superstars talking about Michaels before they show a video package of his best moments in his career. Triple H tells some funny stories but then says he's here to induct his long time friend into the hall of fame before introducing the man himself. Shawn gives a very good heartfelt speech about many things in his life, his career, how he misses the fans and how he gave his all to them. Its a great speech that sees some of his friends from the past celebrate with him, Kevin Nash and Sean Waltman as the show comes to a close.
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-2/3/97, Raw: Live from the Toronto Skydome we get this good promo, where both banter about a couple of topics mainly their dislike for each other. Stone Cold Steve Austin hits the ring and attacks Bret. Sid then hits the ring and back from commercial break Shawn and Bret face off, Bret grabs the title belt and hands it to Shawn then walks off.
-5/12/97, Raw: The Hart Foundation is in the ring with Bret in a wheelchair, but he sends them back to the ring. Bret then cuts a promo and calls out Shawn Michaels, this leads to a good promo where it ends with Shawn superkicking Bret out of his wheelchair. The Foundation hits the ring and battles with Shawn up the ram, Austin comes out and both take it to the Foundation before the refs break it up.
-5/19/97, Raw: Once again the Foundation are in the ring and Bret cuts another promo first bashing the U.S. and then Shawn Michaels, who then appears on the titan tron and cuts his own promo where he says if they have a match that each of the Foundation members must be handcuffed to a ring post. This is also the promo where Shawn says the famed "Sunny Days" line, in reference to Bret possibly being with at the time WWE Diva Sunny.
-11/9/97, Survivor Series, WWE Championship Match, Bret Hart (Champion) vs. Shawn Michaels: This of course is the infamous Montreal Screwjob match and even without knowing that prior to watching it, you can just feel that something is not right. Both men brawl outside the ring for a good while, with Bret beating on Shawn slamming him into the guardrail and steel steps. Once they get in the ring the match officially starts and the canadian crowd is on fire for Bret everytime he has the edge. Once Shawn gets Bret locked in the sharpshooter, the ref Earl Hebner calls for the bell early and thus the screwjob occurs. 8/10 for the match, 12/10 for the aftermath where Bret spits on Vince McMahon, just too bad the rest of it wasn't included.
-The First WWE Ladder Match: Bret and Shawn both talk about having the first WWE ladder match, where Bret talks about how he introduced the idea and how it was more of a demonstration of the ladder match concept. Shawn also says he enjoyed doing the match as well.
-Summerslam 1992: Bret talks about how the British Bulldog wasn't really prepared for their match at Summerslam, he had a bad staph infection (allegedly according to Bret) and wasn't in the best of shape coming into the match. He also says he basically had to carry Bulldog through the match and that Davey wasn't very appreciative at the time of the push he got. Shawn chimes in saying he worked with Rick Martel at that event and that he was finding his way and not at the level he would be at years later.
-Winning the WWE Championship for the First Time: Bret talks about winning his first WWE championship from Ric Flair and how he found out that he would win the title that morning before the event.
-Bret's WCW Regrets: Very choice words by the Hitman for Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and WCW as a whole.
-Cameras Rolling Between Takes: Some funny outtakes from both guys, very good stuff.
While maybe not the most groundbreaking DVD ever, there is some good insight from both guys especially Bret and the stories told are very good and many fans will enjoy this DVD. The matches are also quite good and its nice to see the Montreal Screwjob match included even if its just on the Blu-Ray set.