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Bret Hart on Winning the First King of the Ring Tournament on PPV, Getting a Night Off After It

December 12, 2020 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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– During a recent edition of his Confessions of the Hitman show, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart discussed King of the Ring 1993. Hart won the one-night tournament for the event’s pay-per-view debut that year after beating Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect, and Bam Bam Bigelow all in one night. Below are some highlights (via WrestlingInc.com).

Bret Hart on King of the Ring: “I loved the concept of The King Of The Ring. I always thought it was a really good concept for a pay-per-view. And I’ve always been very proud of the fact that I won the very first one that they did. I will say that when I had The King Of The Ring, I had three very good opponents: Razor Ramon was my first opponent, and then I had Curt Hennig, and then I had Bam Bam [Bigelow].”

On his approach to the one-night tournament: “Wrestling three guys back to back, three quality wrestlers, it takes three different guys with three different kinds of stories. Everyone has their own style, and what I loved about that time period was that [King Of The Ring] was an example, or it was a situation, for me to prove maybe even to myself, but to any skeptics I had, like, how to have three great matches with three different guys back to back. Like, one after another. That’s over a full hour of wrestling. I’m sure I did over an hour, an hour-and-a-half of wrestling that night, which is pretty tough to do. I mean, an hour-long match is already as grueling as it is.”

On his matches with Razor Ramon and Mr. Perfect: “So I beat Razor and went in against Mr. Perfect, which was so much fun to work with Perfect again because we always had such great chemistry and great matches. And I think that is arguably one of our greatest matches we ever had at The King Of The Ring. And, again, it was guys who had a lot of respect for me going out of their way to help me get over because I just think they were guys in my camp that were behind me, and so, Curt went out of his way to give me a great match.”

Bret Hart on the finals with Bam Bam Bigelow: “[Bigelow] was such a great wrestler for his size. He was. I always thought Bam Bam Bigelow was the best big man in wrestling. Like, he could do everything. He could do cartwheels. He could jump off the top rope and drop an elbow on you and never hurt you. He was always safe and such a pro, such a born wrestler. I’m sure when Bam Bam Bigelow was three or four years old, he could wrestle then. He was just born to be a wrestler, and I loved working with him. I loved the match he gave me.”

On getting a day off after the tournament: “After that match [versus Bigelow], I remember after I won that match, they gave me the day off the next day. I remember I could hardly get out of bed. That was the only time, to my memory, that they said, ‘You worked so hard last night you can take today off.’ And I accepted that. I was like, ‘Thank you. I will take the day off and I’ll enjoy every bit of it!'”