Sunday, April 14

Bret Hart WWE Championship Reigns

He calls himself, “the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.” When looking at his title reigns in both WWE and WCW, it is evident that Bret “The Hitman” Hart has the resume to take that title. He won 10 total titles in WWE and added seven more in WCW to make him one of the most decorated wrestlers of his era.



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Hart showed up after WWE purchased Stampede Wrestling and immediately moved into the tag team scene with Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. After the team played out its course, Hart moved on to the Intercontinental title scene before finally taking his place as one of the best world champions of the ’90s. Here is a look at every Bret Hart WWE championship reign, ranked.

UPDATE: 2024/03/13 17:30 EST BY BENJAMIN VIEIRA


Throughout his career, Bret “The Hitman” Hart won a number of professional wrestling championships. He is one of the best to have ever stepped into the squared circle, and he has a resume that speaks for itself. A five-time WWE Champion, Hart put on some of the best matches that a fan will ever get to witness in their life. He was an outstanding technical wrestler and had true passion for what he did. During his WWE career, Hart amassed title reigns with the WWE Title, Intercontinental Title, United States Title, and Tag Team Titles. However, how good were each of these individual reigns? Let’s find out.


10 His 2010 United States Title Reign Lasted A Week

Title Reign: 5/17/2010-5/24/2010


Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

The Miz

Who Defeated Him For The Title

Title Vacated

How Long He Held The Title

7 Days

In 2010, 10 years after a concussion ended his career and eight years after suffering the stroke that almost took his life, WWE brought Bret Hart back and let him win a title. It was during a feud between The Hart Dynasty and the team of Big Show and Miz. Hart got a shot at Miz’s United States title and won it on Monday Night Raw. He vacated it one week later when he took on the role of General Manager.

9 Interference By Steve Austin Led To A One Day WWE Title Reign For Hart

Title Reign: 2/16/1997-2/17/1997


Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

The Undertaker, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Vader

Who Defeated Him For The Title

Sycho Sid

How Long He Held The Title

1 Day

It had been a year and a half since Bret Hart lost his third WWE world title to Shawn Michaels in the Iron Man match. In January 1997, Michaels forfeited his world title due to injury, and a four-way elimination match took place for the title between Hart, The Undertaker, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, and Vader at In Your House 13: Final Four.

The very next night, on Monday Night Raw, Stone Cold Steve Austin interfered in Hart’s first title match, costing The Hitman his title, after just a one-day reign, to Sycho Sid. This loss led to the fantastic WrestleMania 13 match with “Stone Cold” that turned Hart heel.


8 Hart’s Second 1997 WWE Title Ended In Controversy

Title Reign: 8/3/1997-11/9/1997

Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

The Undertaker

Who Defeated Him For The Title

Shawn Michaels

How Long He Held The Title

98 Days

After turning heel in his match with Stone Cold Steve Austin at WrestleMania 13, Bret Hart denounced America and started the red-hot United States vs. Canada feud that saw Hart as a hero in Canada and a heel in the United States. Four months later, Hart won his fifth and final WWE Title from Undertaker at SummerSlam.

The title win was screwy as Shawn Michaels was the special guest referee and tried to hit Harty with a chair but hit Undertaker, which allowed Hart to pin him. This title reign ended in controversy with the Montreal Screwjob.


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7 The Hart Foundation’s Second WWE Tag Team Title Reign Almost Saw Them Lose The Titles To The Rockers

Title Reign: 8/27/1990-3/24/1991

Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart

Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

Demolition

Who Defeated Him For The Title

The Nasty Boys

How Long He Held The Title

209 Days

Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart were one of the top tag teams in WWE in the ’80s. Their second title reign started in 1990 at SummerSlam when they beat Demolition in a 2-out-of-3 falls match.

There was one thing that taints this title reign. The Rockers beat the Hart Foundation for the titles at The Main Event IV in October 1990, but WWE pretended it never happened. The title reign was a nice long one that ended after 209 days with a loss to the Nasty Boys at WrestleMania VII.


6 Hart Wins His First Singles Title In The Intercontinental Championship

Title Reign: 8/26/1991-1/17/1992

Bret Hart Intercontinental Champion SummerSlam 1991 Cropped

Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

Mr. Perfect

Who Defeated Him For The Title

The Mountie

How Long He Held The Title

144 Days

After the Hart Foundation lost their second tag team titles to the Nasty Boys at WrestleMania, WWE split the team up, although they remained friends. Neidhart didn’t do much of anything after that, but Hart won the Intercontinental title at SummerSlam 1991 by beating Mr. Perfect. This title was his first singles title reign in WWE, which ended after 144 days in a loss to The Mountie.


5 “The Hitman” Lost His First WWE Title In Unfortunate Fashion

Title Reign: 10/12/1992-4/4/1993

Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

Ric Flair

Who Defeated Him For The Title

Yokozuna

How Long He Held The Title

174 Days

Bret “The Hitman” Hart won his first-ever WWE world title in 1992. It was notable for two reasons. First, it was his first world title, and he won it in Canada, the perfect place for his first big win. The second thing to note is that the win took place at a house show during a taping for WWE Superstars.


The reign lasted 175 days, but the end is what holds this down somewhat, as he lost the title to Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX only for Hulk Hogan to return and win it from Yokozuna minutes later. Hart was supposed to be the next generation, but WWE was still holding onto the legacy of Hogan.

4 The Hart Foundation Establish Themselves As A Top Name

Title Reign: 1/26/1987-10/27/1987

Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

The British Bulldogs

Who Defeated Him For The Title

Strike Force

How Long He Held The Title

274 Days

In the ’80s, WWE purchased Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling, and with it came several wrestlers, including Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, Davey Boy Smith, and Dynamite Kid. This acquisition led to one of the greatest tag team feuds in WWE history between the British Bulldogs and the Hart Foundation.


The British Bulldogs won the tag team titles in a great moment at WrestleMania 2 and held them for 294 days. Then, the Hart Foundation won the titles on an episode of WWE Superstars when crooked referee Danny Davis cheated for them. The title reign was 274 days, and the Hart Foundation is now in the WWE Hall of Fame.

3 Bret Hart Added More Prestige To The Intercontinental Title During His Second Reign

Title Reign: 4/5/1992-8/29/1992

Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

“Rowdy” Roddy Piper

Who Defeated Him For The Title

“The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith

How Long He Held The Title

146 Days


At WrestleMania VIII, Bret “The Hitman” Hart won his second Intercontinental title in a match against “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. This win was notable for one big reason. Hart was one of the few people to ever pin Roddy Piper for a win and the first person in WWE history to beat Piper by pinfall.

To make this title reign even more important, it ended with one of the best matches in WWE history when “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith at SummerSlam at Wembley Stadium to put over Smith as a massive singles star.

2 Hart’s Third WWE Title Reign Ended With One Of The Greatest WrestleMania Matches Of All Time

Bret Hart Vs Shawn Michaels WrestleMania 12

Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

Diesel

Who Defeated Him For The Title

Shawn Michaels

How Long He Held The Title

133 Days


Bret “The Hitman” Hart won his third WWE Championship at Survivor Series in 1995, ending Diesel’s massively long 358-day title reign. The match was a No DQ match, and it gave Hart a nice 133-day WWE title reign. What made this reign special was how it ended when he lost the belt to Shawn Michaels in their 60-man Iron Man match at WrestleMania XII, HBK’s first-ever world title win.

1 His Second WWE Title Reign Finally Saw Hart Become A Main Event Star

Title Reign: 3/20/1994-11/23/1994

Who Hart Defeated To Win The Title

Yokozuna

Who Defeated Him For The Title

Bob Backlund

How Long He Held The Title

248 Days


The best WWE title reign in Bret “The Hitman” Hart’s career came with his second world title reign. This started in 1994 at WrestleMania X and saw Hart pin Yokozuna for the WWE world title — an excellent way for WWE to make up for the previous year’s Hulk Hogan fiasco.

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This was Hart’s longest world title reign, at 248 days, holding it until he finally lost it to Bob Backlund at Survivor Series 1994. Owen Hart was who cost Bret the title by convincing his mom to throw in the towel, and that helped end Hart’s title reign in a screw job while helping push Owen and Bret’s feud.

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