July 23, 2009
Matt Peddycord
The Powerdriver Review

WWF World Champion Bret Hart vs. Owen Hart – (WWF Action Zone, 10/23/94)
Vince and Pettingell are together on commentary. Scary stuff, I know. This was billed as Owen’s last chance at beating Bret for the WWF title. Owen snatches away the WWF title and throws his shades at Bret. Bret catches the shades bouncing off his chest and goes over to put them on a little fan at ringside. Owen slaps Bret and ducks in the ropes to get him all riled up. Bret works the arm a bit and Owen bails. Cue Jim Neidhart! He calms Owen down some. Back in, more arm work from Bret until Anvil trips him up. Owen stomps Bret while he’s down as the British Bulldog makes his way down to cheer for Bret. After a commercial, Bret fights out a camel clutch, but a yank of the greasy hair puts him back down in a chinlock. Bret tries shoving off a headlock, but Owen has a good hold of the hair and continues on. More hair-pulling shenanigans from Owen keeps Bret down on the mat. Is that an “Owen stinks” chant? Boy how times have changed. Belly to belly suplex from Owen gets two. Bret fires back and gets a sunset flip for two. He lays in a series of forearms, but gets whipped in for his signature chest-first bump. Owen missile dropkicks Bret and then jaws with Bulldog while Anvil posts Bret’s knee. Owen tears at Bret’s knee in the corner and takes him over with a dragon screw leg whip into the Indian deathlock. Bret manages to headbutt Owen to escape! Owen starts snapping on the hamstring and delivers another dragon screw leg whip. Just awesome systematic leg work from Owen. Figure-four! Bret turns it over as we go to commercial again. AND WE’RE BACK! Bret mounts his comeback with his famous FIVE MOVES OF DOOM! After the second rope elbow drop, Anvil helps Owen out and puts his foot on the bottom rope. When Bret goes to yell at him, Owen rolls him up for 1-2-NO! Owen goes to the eyes to avoid the SHARPSHOOTER and connects with a Spinning Heel Kick for 1-2-NO! Bret blocks a suplex and places Owen up top, but Owen shoves him down. While the ref checks on Bret, Davey Boy Smith runs over and shoves Owen off onto the top rope! Ouch. Bret covers for 1-2-3. (14:50) They managed to piece together a lot of their earlier work which made for a great free TV match. The short-lived Action Zone series would peak with the Kliq match the following week and revert to another Superstars-type show from then on. ***¼

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