Number 10: European Championship Tournament Final Match The British Bulldog defeated Owen Hart March 3, 1997
Already brothers-in-law and WWE Tag Team Champion partners in early 1997, “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith and Owen Hart added another commonality on the March 3 edition of Raw: finalists in WWE’s European Championship tournament. Fought in Berlin, Germany, Bulldog versus Owen was an athletic contest with palpable drama.
A showcase of scientific holds and counters, the bout occasionally degenerated into fisticuffs whenever Hart dished out a cheap shot or eye-rake (much to the disapproval of the Berliners). The prevailing question then became not which Superstar would walk away a dual champion, but whether the title-holding tandem would even make it out of Germany intact. With the animosity never rising above a gentle boil, however, Smith and Hart kept the majority of the action clean, even though the pace was unrelenting. Nearly 20 minutes in, Bulldog reversed Hart’s roll-up attempt into a pinfall of his own, capturing the first new championship in WWE in almost two decades. Afterward, a frustrated Hart congratulated Bulldog and raised his hand, proving for all to see that the WWE Tag Team Champions would be just fine