WWF SummerSlam 1992: Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith

Even though the top-billed main event at SummerSlam 1992 from Wembley Stadium in London, England saw then-WWF Champion “Macho Man” Randy Savage defend the title against The Ultimate Warrior, the other main event (and last match of the show) was the Intercontinental Championship match between then-champion Bret “The Hitman” Hart and “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith — gee, I wonder WHO the fan favorite for this match was….. –.  Hart and Smith were brothers-in-law in real-life, as Smith was married to Diana Hart, Bret’s sister. On WWF television broadcasts leading up to their match at SummerSlam, several interviews with Diana and her mother Helen Hart portrayed an image that the family was being torn apart due to the upcoming match. An example included Bruce Hart publicly supporting Smith, while Owen Hart sided with his older brother, Bret. Diana stated that she did not know who she wanted to win the match or side with because she had close ties to both men, but she would finally state that she hoped neither wrestler would get seriously injured. 

Prior to the match, Smith was hospitalized with a legitimate staph infection (not “kayfabe,” or “written as a storyline”), and despite health concerns, he decided to work the match as planned.  After an excellent back-and-forth match, it ended with Smith countering Hart’s sunset flip pin attempt, ultimately pinning Hart to win the Intercontinental Championship. After the match, Hart initially refused to shake Smith’s hand, but would later change his mind and hugged Smith as well as Diana Hart, who was celebrating with her husband as the show came to a close.  Check out the match in its entirety after the break, and you’ll see just how the talent held the Intercontinental Championship in high-regard and respect at the time — as it was nick-named the “Work Horse” title by Triple H –, just (but not only) by having a match for that title main event a pay-per-view.

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