WWF October 21st, 1994 – WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Jim Neidhart vs. Bret Hart (c)

I thought I’d review this match since it fits along with my timeline. It took place at the 10/21 show at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec (The Jacques Rougeau Retirement Show) and featured on the “WWE Unreleased Never Before Seen Matches 1986-1995” DVD. These matches do not contain any commentary.

 

WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart vs. Bret “The Hitman” Hart (c)

Bret is attacked as he is entering the ring. Neidhart hammers away as Bret is still wearing his jacket. Bret then fights back and puts Neidhart in a Sharpshooter but Jeff Jarrett runs out to attack Bret. Jarrett stomps away as the ref is clueless on how to stop this so a few other officials plus the goofball brothers of Tony Garea & Rene Goulet run out and pry Jarrett off of Bret. They get him off then let Jarrett attack Bret once more. Bret is on his knees and finally removes his jacket and now the bell rings for the match. Neidhart charges but Bret fires away. Bret takes Neidhart down with an elbow smash then grabs him by the goatee and hammers away. Jarrett is shown sitting in a chair at ringside watching the match. Bret gets a two count with a crossbody then both men slug it out on the outside. Neidhart accidentally hits the ring post with a forearm smash then Bret kicks Jarrett off of his chair. Back inside, Bret uses a sunset flip for a two count. Neidhart reverses an Irish whip that sends Bret into the corner then he taunts the crowd. Neidhart now uses a modified Cobra Clutch then takes Bret down with a shoulder block for two. Neidhart attacks the back as Jarrett is applauding from his chair. Neidhart now uses a bearhug then takes Bret down and covers for two. The crowd chants for Bret as Neidhart methodically attacks him. Running powerslam gets two then Neidhart takes Bret outside and rams him into the post. Neidhart once again taunts the crowd but gets on the apron and Bret fires away. Bret slingshots Neidhart back into the ring and hammers away in the corner. Running bulldog gets two then Bret lands more punches. Bret gets a few more nearfalls but tries a flying elbow drop and ends up eating boot. Neidhart places Bret on the top rope then slams him off even after Bret raked the eyes. Neidhart now heads up top but Bret rolls away from his attack. Bret then drags Neidhart into the middle of the ring for a Sharpshooter but Jarrett gets up on the apron. Neidhart charges to attack Bret from behind and misses, knocking Jarrett off of the apron, then Bret rolls up Neidhart for the win (8:26) **1/4.

Thoughts: The match had a hot start but both guys settled into a slower pace to the detriment of the match. Neidhart’s offense looked awful and Bret’s stuff did not look crisp. However, it should be noted that Bret cracked his pelvis in a dark match at the 9/27/94 “Superstars” tapings in Poughkeepsie, NY. And Bret/Neidhart wrestled as part o the Hart Attack tour and did not do well at the box office.  Jarrett was here supporting Neidhart instead of Owen, who was wrestling the British Bulldog at a house show this same day in Ontario. Jarrett wrestled Razor Ramon for the Intercontinental Title earlier in the show. The crowd was lively and the building sold out but this was not the reason for the sellout. This show sold out due to it being Jacques Rougeau’s retirement match where he beat Pierre, who according to thehistoryofwwe.com did have Johnny Polo in his corner. I might recap the Meadowlands Show from October which has them wrestle again so stay tuned for an update about that.