(SummerSlam Week) WWF SummerSlam 1997 – The Undertaker vs Bret Hart – WWF World Heavyweight Championship Match

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Background

On the July 7 episode of Raw is War at Edmonton, Alberta, Hart was announced as the number one contender for the WWF World Heavyweight Title. In an interview with Vince McMahon, Hart said that if he did not win the title at SummerSlam, he would not wrestle on American soil again. The next week, Shawn Michaels, Hart’s nemesis, requested Vince McMahon to be a part of SummerSlam. On the July 21 episode of Raw Is War, Hart, his brother Owen, and his brother-in-law The British Bulldog (The Hart Foundation), challenged three American wrestlers into a flag match. Shawn Michaels was announced as a special referee for the main event at SummerSlam, and in response to the announcement, Hart attacked Michaels and McMahon.

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