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Bret Hart vs Rey Mysterio

Bret Hart vs Rey Mysterio  

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  1. 1. Who will you rank higher?

    • Bret Hart
      10
    • Rey Mysterio
      9


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This feels more like I'm picking between styles than judging the wrestlers, who were both close to the best at what they did. So I voted for Rey, but I'm sure I would have picked Bret at other points in my fandom. I do think Rey's career is weightier at this point, so you'd have to rate Bret's peak significantly better to go with him. 

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Feels like the biggest differential here is consistency of high end TV work. Both have there high ends, and I could even argue Bret’s best stuff is better and it not feel wrong, but Rey was consistently able to get entertaining stuff with guys I never really think about, and Bret was too hit and miss for me to rank there. So yeah, it’s Rey for me. He was my 1 last time, and while he will surely not be my 1 this time, he’s still a top 20 lock and Bret isn’t.

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I don't want to sound antagonistic, but I'd love to see a case being made for Bret being better. 

 

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8 hours ago, Rah said:

I don't want to sound antagonistic, but I'd love to see a case being made for Bret being better.

Not to get too dark, but I can't recall any Bret Hart matches that resulted in someone dying.

The arguments for Rey's case always seem quantity based. It's great that he's the best WWE TV match worker of all time, but is that such a great thing to be? When I see someone called the best squash match worker of all time or whatever it always sounds like a backhanded compliment. Best WWE TV match worker is a step up from that, but if they were capable of dropping classics then you'd be talking about the classics. Halloween Havoc, classic. After that...maybe I need to rewatch the Psicosis match from AAA? There just aren't that many Rey matches that have entered into legend.

The one that often gets cited as Rey's best TV match is the one with Eddy from 2005. I don't know if that's a level above Bret vs Savage, Bret vs 123 Kid, or Bret vs washed up nobody can get anything out of him anymore Bobby Backlund. If you're making a list of TV matches, Rey's list is going to run away with it, but Bret's could hang in there for a little bit, when it's best vs best.

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By virtue of longevity, style, and position on the card, Rey has way more high quality TV matches than Bret over the years. It's not really particularly fair, because Rey existed in companies and in a position on the card where he could go out and show out every week for 20 years, and where good matches for the sake of good matches to take up TV time was far more prevalent than in Bret's run. There are multiple years where Rey has as many or more TV matches in a single year than Bret had in total of 1993-1996 (and even that is skewed to a number of Euro only shows). 

Not only is this unfair in a style sense, but unfair comparison just based on their positions on the card and roles they played. 

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