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Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels - Who Was Better?

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Hey guys Knox here hope all is well. Today I want to blog on the ever popular debate on Bret Hart & Shawn Michaels. Personally I call it the greatest feud in professional wrestling, UFC & boxing of all time. Sure wrestling is scripted but the way they were booked to work with one another night in and night out with their legit bad blood was awesome.

Its a huge debate on who was the better professional wrestler. I'm going to offer my take on the situation as well as a in depth analysis on both these guys.

Qualifications of a great PROFESSIONAL wrestler:
1. In Ring Ability
2. Connection with fans
3. Marketability
4. Big Draw (Putting asses in seats)
5. Mic Skills
6. Charisma
7. Gimmick/Character
8. Ability to play heel & face

***Remember these qualifications because later on I'm going to touch back on these and tell which wrestler was the best at each of the 8 qualifications.***

Bret Hart:
Great talent and one of the most surprising pushes ever. He started off in a tag team much like HBK. He wasn't asked to do much talking on the mic back in the 80s. He was pushed purely on his in ring ability and that's what made him so great.

He was nothing flashy, couldn't talk but was a pure wrestler and fans got behind him big time based on that simple fact. What made his career and what I consider his first major push was his feud with Curt Hennig for the Intercontinental Championship. One of the better feuds this business has seen and I feel that elevated him to that level.

There was a time period around 94' when WWE was looking for someone to take the ball and run with it as Hogan's tenure was coming to an end. Vince though many people could be that guy including Kevin Nash.

Instead, Bret Hart came and took the ball and ran miles with it. He's elevated this business in becoming one of the first smaller guys to capture the WWF Championship. Credit him for opening the door for guys like Rey Mysterio, Cm Punk and ironically Shawn Michaels.

Shawn Michaels:
HBK one of the pure bad asses but nice guys of this business. One of the very few that survived life on the road as a druggie and lived to tell his story. Gave his life to Jesus Christ and broke a very sad habit and I commend him for that.

You can't talk wrestling without bringing up this guy's name. He innovated this business as well in his own rights. I don't have much to say, I just don't think it gets any better than HBK.

Qualifications of a great professional wrestler: Who shines?
Ok so below I'm going to tell you who won for each major categories for these wrestlers. Tell me what you think.

1. In Ring Ability - Shawn Michaels
2. Connection with fans - Bret Hart
3. Marketability - Shawn Michaels
4. Big Draw (Putting asses in seats) - Shawn Michaels
5. Mic Skills - Shawn Michaels
6. Charisma - Shawn Michaels
7. Gimmick/Character - Shawn Michaels
8. Ability to play heel & face - Shawn Michaels

In ring Ability: HBK gets my vote because he shined in more than one category. Bret Hart is the greatest technical wrestler ever. But HBK is the greatest all around wrestler ever. HBK was very technical and knows how to execute just about every move and reversal but not only that. What made HBK special was his abilities as a high flyer and his moonsault is what did it for me. Not only that but his ability to sell.

Connection with the fans: Bret truly had a special bond with the fans that you can't really put into words. He didn't say much but these people gave him rock star like ovations based on the man this person was.

Mic Skills: The biggest advantage HBK had over Bret was mic skills and the ability to talk a crowd into a building and deliver a promo. HBK could make you love him or make you wanna rip his throat out and that's why he succeeded.

Bret wasn't the worst on the mic but he wasn't too good. He had a no bull crap promo style that he couldn't pull off. Arn Anderson is a guy that pulled this off to perfection. Arn Anderson didn't have a big mouth but when he talked on that mic, he got to his point and people listened. Bret wasn't so good at doing this.

***The Big Question***Who's The BEST:
HBK was a horrible guy backstage and outside the ring. A political pansy one might say and stepped on the toes of everyone to get ahead. Not taking that into consideration. The better wrestler and overall WWE superstar was...SHAWN MICHAELS.

Its hard to put into words why this man excelled so much. Perfect gimmick, amazing heel & face. Beautiful promo's and one of the best in ring talents ever. HBK is the greatest of all time because he was the best in almost every category you could possibly categorize a wrestler as.

***But does it really matter whose the best?***
No it doesn't matter who was the best. Bret Hart & Shawn Michaels changed this business together and I think they both are the best and they had eachother to make one another great. HBK or Bret Hart wouldn't be as highly marked if it weren't for each other and that's why I love these two.

They had that first real major legit feud that had the world buzzing. They made national after the "Screwjob" together. They added all these non kayfabe factors into wrestling that was unheard of at that time. They did that.

They gave little guys a chance to succeed. They did this together. Two guys with the most bad blood and hate for eachother accidentally made the most money for this business together without even knowing the impact they would have on the future of this business.

It doesn't matter who was the better man because they both mean as much to wrestling as Michael Jordan & Brett Favre mean to basketball & football.

Conclusion:
Thanks guys for reading and I hope you enjoyed this. I never blogged on a more touchy topic because these two guys really set the foundation of what wrestling is today.

Today we see a variety of different guys. Not just the huge steroid monkey's that dominated the 80s. I love Stone Cold, Cena, Orton, Punk but too many people forget that HBK & Bret opened the door for them. You ask every guy in a WWE, TNA or ROH lockeroom who they idolized growing up and I guarantee Bret or HBK will be the first name out most of their mouths. Thanks guys for reading and be safe. Until then.



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Updated 11-28-2011 at 02:46 PM by knox

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  1. Renevious's Avatar
    DUDE!!! I'm so disappointed in you it hurts, lol. I don't even know how this is debatable. I can't even look at you right. I think I might cry.
  2. LM_StraightEdge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pld459666
    Tyson-Lewis? they had one fight. A past his prime Post jail tyson was a bum. Lewis would have had no chance with Tyson is he was still managed and trained by the guys that got him to the top. Once Don King and those other cronies took over, Buster Douglas happened. I think you meant the Tyson-Common Sense fued that Tyson lost more often than not.
    Nope i definitely meant Tyson v Lewis. The amount of trash talk and hype that went into the fight was what i was talking about. It was a massive event. I believe you will find the highest grossing pay per view event between 2 heavyweights ever. I don't want to change the subject completely away from Knox's blog so will leave it there.
  3. Mikeyboy7777777's Avatar
    the only thing that i would have added was tag team specialist i think bret hart takes the cake at that one eventhough michaels won more titles with different partners simply the whole gimmick and fans still comparing the hart foundation with lod and demolition and brainbusters just says something but then again shawn michaels was in the rockers tag team
  4. pld459666's Avatar
    @ UrbanRedneck, if you are going to knock HBK for being a difficult convince for doing what was right for the company, then you can 100% understand the Montreal Screw Job. Vince wanted to be sure that the title was not on Harts waist after that fateful PPV and Bret Hart refused to "do the right thing" His rational was that he would drop the title the next night on RAW (also his last day in the company) but Vince had to trust that he would not just take the title to WCW with him. If you are in Vince's shoes, and you know already that you are parting with this guy, you make sure your guy leaves with the belt. Hart didn't want to do the job in Montreal, that was not for him to decide. That difficult persona issue goes both ways as Hart was no angel in that regards. I do concede he was easier to deal with, but he was no angel.
  5. AOF666's Avatar
    When you said first legit feud, I think you are wrong. Far as greatest feud, Macho Man and Hulk Hogan! It was in and out of the ring! I would choose Hart over Shawn Michaels. I will admit, Michaels had a better career after the Montreal screw job.
  6. Theicon's Avatar
    So your saying HBK was more trustworthy back in those days what a joke
    [QUOTE=pld459666;bt49691]@ UrbanRedneck, if you are going to knock HBK for being a difficult convince for doing what was right for the company, then you can 100% understand the Montreal Screw Job. Vince wanted to be sure that the title was not on Harts waist after that fateful PPV and Bret Hart refused to "do the right thing" His rational was that he would drop the title the next night on RAW (also his last day in the company) but Vince had to trust that he would not just take the title to WCW with him. If you are in Vince's shoes, and you know already that you are parting with this guy, you make sure your guy leaves with the belt. Hart didn't want to do the job in Montreal, that was not for him to decide. That difficult persona issue goes both ways as Hart was no angel in that regards. I do concede he was easier to deal with, but he was no angel.[/QUOTE]
  7. The Phantom Menace's Avatar
    Totally unfair question. I saw both men's careers start & saw them both end. I didn't think much of the Rockers in the begining they were cross breed hybrid clones of both the Rock N Roll & Midnight Express respectively during their run back in the AWA while the Hart Foundation was WWE born and bred. But both Bret & Shawn worked their asses off to break the glass ceiling and I thank both of them for all the great matches. But as far as who's actually better......I'd say that Bret & Shawn are yin & yang. Meaning that they are equals in every category.
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