Great Moments In Championship History: United States VI

“‘Reality’ Check

Setup: February 8, 1999 and WCW Nitro was the setting. The defending U.S. Champion, Bret Hart, had been milking a groin injury for months. Then-WCW President Ric Flair wasn’t buying it. He booked a match between Hart and a Hart friend, Roddy Piper. However, a 3rd player would enter this game…

Setup II: Weeks before the Hart-Piper matchup, Bret Hart had appeared on MadTV, in a skit about Gov. Jesse Ventura. Hart “took offense” to how the comedians portrayed wrestlers, so he lost his mind and attacked cast members Debra Wilson and Will Sasso. After the credits, Hart again attacked Sasso, putting him in the Sharpshooter. Sasso would show up 2 weeks later at this title match with a front-row ticket. If you are anyone famous (wrestler or not) and you have a “front row ticket”, you’re almost guaranteed to get involved in the match. Sasso did:

(Part 1)

(Part 2)

Aftermath: Hart would have a Street Fight with Will Sasso a few weeks later, with Hart winning via interference… from Debra Wilson. Wilson took out Sasso with a chair. Piper would lose the U.S. Title to Scott Hall, 2 weeks later, at Superbrawl IX.

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