It was 25 years ago today that Bret Hart defeated Ric Flair for the WWF championship. The WWF was in a transitional period and they needed a new face of the company going forward. Bret was tasked with following Hulk Hogan, which is nearly impossible. How does someone following the man that put wrestling on the map and the biggest star in the history of the business? More than that, it was still a big man's business and there isn't anyone that is going to consider Bret a big man. What did Bret do? He went out nearly every night defending the belt and putting on damn good matches with everyone he got in the ring with. Anyone that wants to stay Bret's first reign wasn't great needs to look back at the aftermath of his first reign. People crapped all over Hulk Hogan and rejected Lex Luger. Lex was pushed like crazy! It got him nowhere. Does anyone remember the Lex Express? People wanted Bret to be the guy. He was crazy over everywhere he went. He finally got his big moment at Wrestlemania X and he absolutely deserved it. Bret represented all that was good about wrestling. He was everything that a role model should be. He did everything right and there isn't anything that he did that someone could reasonably criticize him for. There isn't anyone else that Vince could have put into that spot that could have succeeded the way Bret did. As time went on, it became uncool to be a role model and be a good person in this country. Everyone wants to be a badass and they were able to live through Stonecold Steve Austin. Bret was HUGE in every other country he visited. It doesn't matter which side you agree with, the way Bret's WWF career ended is wrong. I am a huge Bret Hart fan. I have been watching wrestling for 29 years and Bret is my favorite of all time. He is on the short list of the greatest of all time. On the 25th anniversary of his first WWF championship win, he deserves to be honored.