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[1996-02-18-WWF-In Your House VI] Bret Hart vs Diesel (Cage)


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  • 3 weeks later...

Probably their worst big show match, and considering the booking of Bret's title matches, it's a little weird that he would be surprised that he was just keeping the belt warm for Michaels. The focus is always on building feuds between other top guys, and the Davey Boy match is the only time he got any type of meaningful victory over a challenger.

 

Bret is the champ during this time period, but doesn't really become a key part of the company focus until the build starts for Mania.

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Diesel is slowly dominating most of the action that is shown. Diesel is about to escape cage and win but Undertaker comes through the ring apron and drags Diesel underneath. The finishes in the matches against Undertaker and Diesel have not been good to Bret. Not a way for a face champion to be book going into the next big show. Match has been set for WrestleMania between Bret and Shawn.

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Not good, and hugely disappointing in the face of their other matches. This is Nash in full Big Lazy mode, a few years early. Diesel's also in full heel mode, both in the way he's working and crowd reactions--wait a second, he gets booed the whole match, gets booed for thumbing Bret in the eye...and not two seconds later a "DIE-SEL" chant breaks out. WTF, Louisville? As cheap as the ending is and as weak as it makes Bret look, I do like it as an effective and creative BS finish that played off Undertaker's post-Royal Rumble promise. Kind of notable that Bret completely vanishes from sight as soon as he escapes the cage, though, and that it's Undertaker's music that plays and not Hart's. The full Diesel heel turn is pretty clearly in place by this point.

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This looked really pedestrian from the clips. Why did Taker wait to the finish to pop up?

 

Well, it wouldn't have been much of a main event if he'd dragged Diesel to Hell 30 seconds in...

 

True but in the confines of wrestling logic, situations like these are a pet peeve of mine. Maybe he thought he could lay out the newly crowned champion or something, I dunno. I can get a heel having enough bravado that he doesn't want interference unless a loss is imminent, this just seemed like Taker hanging out and then deciding to rise from the ashes.

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I wasn’t digging this at all. Totally low energy from start to finish. The match was worked fine, as most Hart matches are but this wasn’t very fun or engaging to watch. It wasn’t exactly slow but it felt very off. Not a good match. The finish was a good way to further Diesel vs Taker. **1/4

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