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The 30 Best Bret “The Hitman” Hart Matches of All Time

Hey everyone! It’s The Wrestling Classic here with another list for One37PM. This time I’ll be ranking the 30 best matches of the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be, Bret “The Hitman” Hart. I thought it was appropriate to work on an article on Bret Hart due to him being announced as an inductee for the 2021 Canadian Walk of Fame. Outside of that though, the Hitman was my childhood hero and arguably the greatest wrestler in the history of the business. I grew up idolizing Bret Hart and as a kid from Canada, he was representing our country. Many wrestlers of today would say Bret Hart was an influence of theirs and everyone has a favorite Hitman match. He wasn’t dubbed the “Excellence of Execution” for no reason. I could watch Bret Hart matches all day and to be honest I did exactly that for a couple of days preparing for this article. Shoutout to everyone on my Instagram and Twitter who gave me suggestions including All Elite Wrestling’s very own Dax Harwood of FTR.

This will be a catalog of Bret Hart matches that I think are must-watch matches. This list will be focusing on his single matches and not incorporate his classic matches as one half of the Hart Foundation tag team or major multi-man matches like the “In Your House: Canadian Stampede” ten-man tag match which was also a classic. Bret Hart was an extraordinary in-ring competitor so I am sure I might be missing matches you remember fondly so let me know on @thewrestlingclassic after you read this article. Enjoy!

Honorable Mentions

MSG – 03/19/90

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Rick Martel

Saturday Nights Main Event – 04/27/91

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “Million Dollar Man” Ted Dibiase

Wrestlemania 9 – 12/05/93

WWE Championship

Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. Yokozuna w/ Mr. Fuji

Raw – 02/21/94

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Dr. Tom Prichard

Wrestlemania X – 03/20/94

WWE Championship

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Yokozuna (C) w/ Mr. Fuji

King of the Ring – 06/19/94

WWE Championship

Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) w/ Jim Neidhart vs. Diesel w/Shawn Michaels

Royal Rumble – 01/21/96

WWE Championship

Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. Undertaker w/ Paul Bearer

In Your House 6 – 02/18/96

WWE Championship – Steel Cage Match

Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. Diesel

Shotgun Saturday Night – 01/25/97

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Mankind

Raw – 02/17/97

WWE Championship – Steel Cage

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Sycho Sid (C)

Raw – 03/31/97

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Rocky Maivia

In Your House 14 – 04/20/97

Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin

Raw – 08/09/97

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Vader

ECW Wrestlefest – 11/09/97

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Terry Funk

Nitro – 06/22/98

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Chris Benoit

Mayhem – 12/05/99

Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Chris Benoit

30. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Jean Pierre Lafitte
In Your House 3 – 09/24/95

The angle was silly. Lafitte was a pirate and pirates are known to steal so the whole angle was built around Jean Pierre stealing Bret Hart’s leather jacket. I just remember watching this match a bunch of times on a VHS tape I had as a kid. I was a Bret Hart fan of course but also really liked pirates growing up so this worked for me. Many people might know Pierre better as PCO these days as he’s been prominent in the independent scene these last few years. He was better remembered as one half of the Quebecers tag team in the WWE but for me, it was this match. The fans were into it and it just proved Bret could have a good match with anyone. I just have fond childhood memories of this match.

29. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Ric Flair
Superstars – 10/12/92 (WWE Championship)

This may not be one of his best matches but it was definitely one of the most significant. This was the match where Bret Hart won his first-ever WWE Championship title. Bret Hart had been getting popular with the fans as a singles wrestler over the past year and a half. He had won and lost the Intercontinental Championship so it was time for the next step. I don’t think many people expected Bret to win his first World Championship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada. This match against Ric Flair was not televised live but the match aired exclusively on the other syndicated shows and coliseum video releases. It seemed as if WWE was moving into a movement of pushing the younger generation and the Hitman was going to lead that push. Ric Flair gave his notice to leave the company soon after and all of this was unpredictable. The promo Bret Hart gave after this match was memorable too, reminding us that the biggest dreams could still come true.

28. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Slamboree – 05/17/98 (Special Referee – “Rowdy” Roddy Piper)
WWE

Bret Hart isn’t very fond of his time in World Championship Wrestling so a lot of younger fans are quick to write it off. However, the Hitman had a handful of memorable and solid matches that you’ll find on this list. If you never took the time to watch these matches, definitely do so. The first one that makes the list is Randy Savage versus the Hitman at Slamboree with “Rowdy” Roddy Piper as the special referee. It’s crazy how many times and for how long Savage and Hart were in the same company together but yet they have very few matches against each other. Out of that handful of matches, only two of them were televised. At this point of their careers, they were both larger-than-life names, multiple-time World Champions, and even though this match wasn’t as technically sound as their other matches on this list, it showcased just how good they both were at telling stories in the ring. The finish was overbooked in typical WCW fashion with shenanigans but the work between my two all-time favorites and the addition of Hot Rod make this a memorable one.

27. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Hakushi
Raw – 07/24/95
WWE

This is one of those hidden gem matches. Most fans remember Bret Hart versus Hakushi from the very first In Your House event but they had a rematch later in the year on Monday Night Raw. This was a shorter match and different from their first encounter as Bret Hart seemed more confident against Hakushi. These two worked a faster pace here pulling out ahead of their time aerial moves mid-match. Hakushi did a moonsault over the top rope while The Hitman sprung off the middle rope to splash onto his opponent outside the ring. Another big difference between this match and the one at In Your House was that Bret picked up a definitive victory here where he felt like he just snuck away with the victory in their previous match.

26. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Booker T
Nitro – 02/22/99
WWE

This is another one of those classic WCW matches that Bret “The Hitman” Hart had. After years of teaming with his brother Stevie Ray as one half of Harlem Heat, Booker T was focusing on his singles career. The Hitman was embroiled in a short feud with Booker in the Summer of 98 that accumulated at Bash at the Beach. Bret Hart seemingly injured Booker’s knee which would sideline Booker for a handful of months. Therefore when they met again in 1999 to become the number one contender for the United States Championship, Booker T made it clear that his knee was all better and he was ready for the opportunity. This was a really good match and Hart made Booker T look like a star. The finish even saw Booker T pick up the win when he reversed a sunset flip into a quick pinfall victory. Definitely a hidden gem for you younger fans.

25. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Bam Bam Bigelow
King of the Ring – 06/13/93 (Finals)

I always enjoyed it when the Hitman would face off against larger opponents. It reminded me why Bret Hart is one of the greatest storytellers in the ring because he told a different story with every opponent. This was the finals of the King of the Ring tournament and the Hitman was selling the injuries he carried over from his previous two matches from the same night. It really added to the drama. We wanted to see if Bret was going to be able to beat Bam Bam Bigelow who was still relatively fresh since he got a bye in one of his previous matches. Bigelow almost picked up the victory by cheating when Luna came to the ring and hit Bret Hart with a chair. However, the match was restarted by the officials and the Hitman was able to secure the victory becoming the 1993 King of the Ring.

24. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Diamond Dallas Page
Nitro – 10/26/98 (United States Championship)

Diamond Dallas Page really found his stride in 1997. Dallas’ feuds against the New World Order and Randy Savage really elevated his career as a top star in the company. Therefore it wasn’t shocking that Bret Hart and Dallas Page would cross paths. On the last episode that Nitro would beat Raw in the head-to-head war, the Hitman defended his United States Championship against DDP. Diamond Dallas Page was just off an unsuccessful attempt of winning the World Championship from Goldberg and Bret Hart just successfully defended the US Title against Sting 24 hours earlier at Halloween Havoc. They still had a solid match where Bret Hart would put Diamond Dallas Page over.

23. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Razor Ramon
Royal Rumble – 01/24/93 (WWE Championship)

This is one of the best matches that took place at the Royal Rumble that wasn’t the Royal Rumble match itself. Usually the Royal Rumble matches overshadow any other matches that happened on the same show especially in the 90s. This was also Razor Ramon’s only WWE Championship opportunity on PPV. Although Razor was the bad guy in this match, as a kid I was a fan of both men. The story here was that Razor Ramon would be too tall for Hart to be locked in the sharpshooter. Bret still continued to work the legs while Ramon worked his ribs. In the end the Excellence of Execution was able to lock on his finisher while they were both laying on the mat which I had never seen before this match. It was excellent.

22. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “Nature Boy” Ric Flair
Sould Out – 01/24/98

This was Bret Hart’s first match in World Championship Wrestling and it was against none other than the person he won his first World Championship against, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Ric Flair and Bret Hart had not crossed paths since 1992. Since then the “Dirtiest Player in the Game” was not fond of Bret Hart’s phrase about being “the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be.” In Flair’s mind, the Hitman had to beat him to live up to that moniker because to be the man you have to beat the man right? Flair and Hart would have an old-school back and forth match at Souled Out with the Hitman picking up the victory. This was a masterclass in psychology between two seasoned veterans.

21. Bret “Hitman” Hart vs. “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels
Coliseum Video Exclusive – 07/21/92 (Intercontinental Championship / Ladder Match)
WWE

This was the real first-ever ladder match in the WWE. The company likes the narrative that the first one took place at WrestleMania X between Razor Ramon and Shawn Michaels because it sounds better that it took place on the bigger stage under a larger spotlight. Also, this ladder match wasn’t aired live on television but became a Coliseum Video Exclusive. In this ladder match, Bret Hart defended his Intercontinental Championship against Shawn Michaels which actually took place two years before WrestleMania X. They were really testing out the concept here and it led to a pretty good match. Sensational Sherri was in HBK’s corner which also added to the match. The Hitman who wrestled in a ladder match back during his days in Stampede Wrestling won the first-ever ladder match in the WWE. The match would become a staple in the company to this day. Check it out if you’ve never seen it.

20. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Hakushi
In Your House 1 – 05/14/95

The first encounter between Bret Hart and Hakushi took place at the very first In Your House event. Hakushi aka Jinsei Shinzaki had already made a name for himself in Japan for Michinoku Pro Wrestling. When he worked on the card for the WWE tour in Japan, he was offered a contract to the company. Hakushi introduced a newer, more aerial style to the WWE fanbase. Hakushi along with his manager Shinja would soon get into a feud with Bret Hart which led to this match at In Your House. They had a competitive battle with some spots from Hakushi that were truly ahead of its time such as the moonsault off the middle rope to the outside. The story here was Bret trying to find a way to compete against this unique offence but eventually found a way to capture the victory.

19. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels
Survivor Series – 12/05/92 (WWE Championship)

There was this instant chemistry between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart. They both excelled in the tag team division and began focusing on their singles careers around the period. By Survivor Series 1992 they were both champions and succeeding as singles stars. Bret Hart was a former Intercontinental Champion and now WWE Champion while Shawn Michaels was the current Intercontinental Champion. This match was only contested over the WWE Championship though. Shawn Michaels worked at a much faster pace, could sell better than most others and wanted to prove he belonged since this was his first major main event at a PPV. Bret Hart was an already proven technician in the squared circle and was able to elevate Michaels strengths in this match while still picking up the victory. If only they had the same level of respect for each other five years later at the same event.

18. Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
In Your House 5 – 12/17/95 (WWE Championship)
WWE

The SummerSlam 1992 main event between British Bulldog and Bret Hart for the Intercontinental Championship is the more memorable match between the two but this encounter from In Your House 5 was awesome as well. It really gets forgotten or overshadowed due to the significance of their SummerSlam match and it took place in a year that was really weird for the business overall. If I did a list of the top ten In Your House matches, this match would definitely make the list. Davey Boy Smith was a bad guy here with Jim Cornette in his corner so he was more aggressive and violent towards his brother-in-law. Bret’s sister and Smith’s wife Diana was in the crowd for this as they would show her reactions to things throughout the match. The Hitman got busted open here and was bleeding quite a bit which really added to the story that he had a lot to overcome here. Bret ended up retaining but it came off as if he barely did.

17. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Diesel (C)
Survivor Series – 11/19/95 (WWE Championship)

Diesel and Bret Hart had wrestled before at King of the Ring 1994 and Royal Rumble 1995 which were both good matches in their own right. This match was different for a few different reasons. They both came in as good guys, there was no disqualification and there were no count-outs. Diesel had been the champion for over a year but it wasn’t till this match that we started seeing him get frustrated with an opponent. Diesel began working a more heel like style to get the fans more behind The Hitman throughout the match. Big Daddy Cool even sent Bret Hart through the Spanish announce table which was a big spot at the time for the WWE because we rarely saw table spots back then. In the end, Diesel’s over confidence would cost him the match as Hart who took a beating for majority of the match played possum to catch Diesel with small package to win the WWE Championship. Diesel would attack The Hitman after the match officially turning heel.

16. Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. Undertaker
One Night Only – 09/18/97 (WWE Championship)
WWE

This is another one of those matches younger fans might not know about and other fans might have forgotten about but I had always enjoyed it. Bret Hart and Undertaker are two of my all-time favorites so I was always conflicted when they wrestled each other growing up. This was the rematch from their Summerslam encounter where Bret Hart had won the championship from the Phenom. The time around Bret Hart wasn’t trying to defeat the Undertaker but rather survive him to keep his title. It took place in the UK so the fans were actually split down the middle even though The Hitman was a heel at this point. It was a simple story of where Hart targeted Undertaker’s knee to keep the advantage. Bret would go back to attack it every time Undertaker got the upper hand. Undertaker would not stop his attack to the point that the match ended in DQ which was an underwhelming finish to a solid match.

15. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Ricky Steamboat
Boston Garden – 03/08/86

I remember when I read Bret Hart’s autobiography, he talked very highly about this match and it made me go find it on the internet. This was early Hitman while he was still one-half of the Hart Foundation tag team. Ricky Steamboat was one of the best in-ring performers and he reportedly really pushed for working with Bret Hart on the Wrestlemania 2 card but it never happened. Instead they ended up having the match in the Boston Garden and it was phenomenal. Every move had a purpose and it really showcased the potential Bret Hart would one day have as a singles star if they ever decided to go that route one day in the future. There was nothing at stake here but it felt like both guys were fighting for pride and to be able to call themselves the better wrestler. It was a technical masterpiece in an era where there were very few in the WWE.

14. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
Saturday Nights Main Event Main Event – 11/28/87

As I mentioned earlier, it blows my mind how these two didn’t have more matches against each other while being in the same company at the same time so much of their careers. Both Randy Savage and Bret Hart were great storytellers in the ring and second-generation superstars who had a different level of respect for this business. The “Macho Man” Randy Savage was on his first babyface run in the WWE and Bret Hart was aligned with Savage’s rival at the time, the Honky Tonk Man. The Hitman had his Hart Foundation tag team partner Jim Neidhart and his manager Jimmy Hart in his corner which stacked the odds against the Macho Man who just had his valet, Miss Elizabeth, with him. Savage began to sell a leg injury after a bump to the outside which allowed him to work as the underdog against a talented technician like Bret Hart. Savage would overcome the odds by sneaking away with the victory from a quick roll up but these two told a great story through ring psychology and drama. I wish we got more from these two against each other.

13. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Mr. Perfect
King of the Ring – 06/13/93 (Semi-Finals)

In another match between second-generation superstars, we got a classic between Mr. Perfect and Bret Hart. It was the King of the Ring semi-finals and unlike their last popular encounter, they both were babyface’s here. This meant it became more of a competition of pride rather than anything personal or over a championship. The promo between the two before the match really set the tone and Perfect made it clear that he would do anything to win. These two were familiar with each other, there were tremendous counters, they kept a great pace and it felt even all the way through. Perfect resorted to some heel tactics like faking a knee injury only for The Hitman to show that he couldn’t be outsmarted still picking up the victory in the end. Lastly, factoring in that you had Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and Jim Ross on commentary for this match just added to it even more.

12. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. The Undertaker (C)
SummerSlam – 08/03/97 (WWE Championship)
WWE

This match was surrounded by drama due to the people involved and stipulations in place which really added suspense to every minute of it. The Undertaker was defending his WWE Championship against Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Bret Hart said he would never wrestle on American soil again if he didn’t win the championship. Shawn Michaels somehow weaseled himself into being the special referee. Bret Hart got paranoid about Shawn screwing him over so the bosses made a rule that if he intentionally cost Bret Hart the match that he also would no longer be allowed to wrestle on American soil. If all of that doesn’t already make you want to see how this match plays out, how about the fact that it was actually a really good match itself. Bret kept finding ways to gain the upper hand even if it was borderline cheating. Shawn Michaels was conflicted the entire match, holding himself back from slipping and The Undertaker wouldn’t stay down even breaking out of the sharpshooter at one point which nobody has done before. The finish was controversial but the results of this match planted the seeds for everything that would happen for the next seven months till WrestleMania 14.

11. Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. “King of Harts” Owen Hart
SummerSlam – 08/29/94 (WWE Championship / Steel Cage Match)

This was the final match of the brother versus brother feud in 1994 between Bret Hart and his younger brother Owen Hart. The feud really kicked off in January and by the Summer it had come to its climax. In that time, Owen had successfully defeated his brother at WrestleMania but the Hitman would still win the WWE Championship by the end of the night. This never sat well with Owen as he felt like his older brother had to outshined his victory from earlier in the night and was still in the spotlight when it should have been him. They settled this feud inside of a steel cage where the WWE Championship would be on the line and the only way to win would be escaping the cage. The entire Hart Family were at ringside for this match too. This match was technical, filled with drama and they had some big spots like the suplex off the top of the cage which was a bigger deal back then. In the end, Owen got hung up on the cage and the Hitman was able to escape. If you have never seen this match, definitely go check it out.

10. Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. “Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels
WrestleMania – 03/31/96 (WWE Championship / 60 Minute Iron Man)

The night the boyhood dream came true for Shawn Michaels but it took him 60 minutes to make it happen against Bret “The Hitman” Hart. By 1996, Bret Hart was an established top guy with multiple WWE title runs whereas Shawn Michaels was finally catching his break to win his first WWE Championship. It only made sense that Michaels would have to beat someone at Bret Hart’s caliber for it to feel legitimate. Considering the ability and talent of both men, the company went ahead to make it a 60-minute Iron Man Match. This meant the match would go 60 minutes no matter what and the competitor with the most falls at the end of the due time would be victorious. The Hitman and the Heartbreak Kid went the entire time with no falls forcing them to go into over-time only for Bret Hart to drop the title HBK after a Sweet Chin Music out of nowhere. If you have the time, definitely check this match out.

9. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Chris Benoit
Monday Nitro – 10/04/99

On May 23, 1999 the world unfortunately lost Owen Hart when he passed away in tragic accident while performing a stunt for his entrance on a WWE pay-per-view. Later that year on Monday Nitro, Bret “The Hitman” Hart would wrestle Chris Benoit in a tribute match to his later brother. It was a technically sound match really focusing on the essence of wrestling. These two were trying to out wrestle each other. Each counter and block made complete sense. There was no movement in this match that felt illogical. The way wrestling has evolved, I know this match might not be for everyone but if you enjoy some good old classic wrestling and can still stomach watching Chris Benoit matches, definitely check this match out.

8. Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. 1-2-3 Kid
Raw – 07/11/94 (WWE Championship)

As the years go by this match gets more and more praised and rightfully so. Bret Hart was the WWE Championship and 123 Kid was this new kid on the block who picked up some surprising victories in his time with the company. I don’t think anybody thought Kid was going to beat The Hitman but he surely gave him a run for his money. Early on The Hitman realized he might be taking Kid too lightly and from that point forward it was a great encounter. Bret Hart knew how to let Kid shine without making himself look weak at all. Bret was super gracious allowing Kid to work on top for a good bit of the match. There were times where it seemed as if Kid almost had Hart but in the end the Hitman won with the sharpshooter. This is a match that every fan should watch at least once…I could say that for every match on this list though but trust me.

7. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
Survivor Series – 11/17/96

The Hitman took a hiatus following WrestleMania 12 when he lost the WWE Championship to Shawn Michaels. When he returned the first person he wanted to work with was “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Austin entered the WWE as the Ringmaster the year before and only recently started portraying the more brash Stone Cold character. This was also five months after the legendary Austin 3:16 promo that Austin cut after winning the King of the Ring. The winner of this match would get a shot at the WWE Championship at the December PPV. This was Hart’s first match back since Wrestlemania and he was met with two middle fingers from Stone Cold. The match started off slow but picked up slowly as it continued. These two had a really good technical match here that would break out into a brawl before getting back to wrestling holds. Austin only lost because he would not release the Million Dollar Dream hold allowing Hart to get Stone Cold’s shoulders on the mat for the three count. The Hitman proved he didn’t have any ring rust and that he didn’t lose a step. Austin proved that he could hang with the Hitman only losing by making one single error.

6. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Dynamite Kid
Capitol Wrestling – 09/14/85

I was reminded of this match from Dax Harwood and Kid Chocolate on my Instagram page. I had definitely watched it before but haven’t watched it in years with the perspective I have towards wrestling today. This was a wrestling clinic between two of the best technicians of the time. Both men were firmly in the tag division at the time and not singles wrestlers at the time. Bret Hart was one-half of the Hart Foundation at the time and Dynamite Kid was one-half of the British Bulldogs at the time. In a time where larger-than-life characters, showmanship, and quick squash matches were the norms in the WWE, these two had a technical wrestling match. It ran fluid, crisp, and clean between two highly skilled wrestlers. The counters and sequences between the two told a great story in only 12 minutes. They aired this match on Prime Time Wrestling in 1987 even though the match took place two years earlier so it is on the WWE Network if you still have access.

5. Bret “The Hitman” Hart (C) vs. “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith
SummerSlam – 08/29/92 (Intercontinental Championship)

This is the Davey Boy Smith versus Bret Hart match that is held in such high regard and talked about more regularly. It took place in the United Kingdom at Wembley Stadium. Due to it taking place in the British Bulldog’s home country this match was able to main event the 1992 SummerSlam event. It was the only time the Intercontinental Championship match was the main event of one of the big four PPVs outside of the main event of Wrestlemania 6 where the World Title was on the line too. Davey Boy is Bret Hart’s real-life brother-in-law since Davey married his sister Diana Hart. Diana played a role at ringside being conflicted over her husband and brother fighting each other. These two gave us a classic where it seemed it could go either way. In the end though, Davey Boy caught the Hitman with a three count after countering a sunset flip attempt. The two would embrace after the match to the delight of the fans in England.

4. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Mr. Perfect (C)
SummerSlam – 08/26/91 (Intercontinental Championship)

Bret “The Hitman” Hart was kicking off his singles run after Wrestlemania 7 when the Hart Foundation disbanded. By SummerSlam time he became the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship. Mr. Perfect, who was managed by The Coach, was the champion at the time. Low-key, Perfect was already injured but still decided to go through with the match. This match was action-packed for the entire 18 minutes. They had mat wrestling, high-impact moves, great counters, and the great commentary team of Heenan and Monsoon. The Hitman kicked out of a Perfect Plex which was a big deal since finishers weren’t kicked out of that often. While on his back, Bret caught the leg, got back up, and slapped on the Sharpshooter for one of the best counters I’ve ever seen. Although it launched Bret Hart’s career to another level, it was only possible because Perfect had been such a dominant champion. Madison Square Garden exploded when Hart won. It was a memorable match for both men.

3. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (C)
Wrestlemania 8 – 04/05/92 (Intercontinental Championship)

This match isn’t talked about enough in my mind. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper won the Intercontinental Championship at the Royal Rumble from The Mountie. This was Roddy’s first and only singles title run in the WWE. Bret Hart set his focus on getting the championship back and this led to the Piper and Hart rivalry. During the build-up, Roddy spoke about his close relationship with the Hart family and how he knew Bret since he was a little Hitman. This would play a part in the match as Piper would have an internal conflict due to his respect for Bret in a pivotal moment of the match. This match overall was fantastic and might be Piper’s best match in his WWE career. It started off slow but picked up along the way and it looked as if either man could win. The blood on Bret really added to the intensity of the match. When Piper had the opportunity to cheat when the referee was down, he ultimately chose not to, which showed the growth in Piper’s character because years prior he wouldn’t have thought twice. In the end, Hart picked up the victory the same way he beat Austin at Survivor Series 1996. Roddy Piper rarely got pinned clean so this was a big win for Bret Hart early in his singles run on the biggest stage of the year.

2. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “The Rocket” Owen Hart
WrestleMania X – 03/10/94
WWE

I still think this match stands as the greatest opening match for WrestleMania. Owen Hart started off 1994 by being sick of being in his brother’s shadow after some controversy between the two in the end half of 1993. Finally, The Rocket got his brother to agree to face him in a match at the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania. It was a battle between older brother versus younger brother. Bret was going to wrestle two matches this night since he was the co-winner of the Royal Rumble so it made sense that his matches would be kept apart. Also as the top babyface, it made sense that he would both open and close the show. Nobody expected that Bret Hart would lose with a big WWE Championship match later in the night. The match was perfect from the jump. Owen Hart was celebrating every little successful move he did while Bret Hart was being more reserved and smart about the bout. The spots in the match, the pacing, the purpose behind every move, and just the work they put in were perfection. These two told a great story and used the canvas to portray their art. Owen ended up having one last lucky counter that earned him the victory. As a younger brother myself, it was awesome to see the younger brother outsmart the older brother with a slick victory. This is one of the greatest matches of all time. Don’t @ me.

1. Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin
WrestleMania 13 – 03/23/97

This match. This is my personal favorite match of all time. I can’t tell you how many times I have watched Bret “The Hitman ” Hart versus “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at Wrestlemania 13. This match literally saved WrestleMania from being one of the most lackluster additions of the annual event. It wasn’t even supposed to happen either. The plans were to have Bret Hart face Shawn Michaels in a WrestleMania 12 rematch but HBK lost his smile which changed everything. Instead, they continued the feud between Steve Austin and Bret Hart which linked back to Survivor Series 1996. Austin continued to be a thorn in Hart’s side ever since that event by stealing the Royal Rumble win from him, costing him his WWE Championship against Sid, and constantly screwing Bret Hart from his opportunities. I really have no idea where Austin would have been penciled in if Shawn didn’t get hurt because it really seemed as if Bret was his target the entire time. I always say Austin’s rivalry with Bret Hart is what really solidified Steve as a top guy and really made him into the star he would become. The seeds were planted so well heading into the match with Bret growing more frustrated with getting screwed and Austin gaining more popularity for his brash yet badass attitude. Society was changing and this match was symbolic of that change. This was the match where “Stone Cold ” Steve Austin truly got over.

The match was booked to be a submission match which was seemingly more favorable to Bret Hart since he had more submission moves in his arsenal. Stone Cold had become more of a brawler at this time even though he was still an excellent in-ring technician. Ken Shamrock was booked as the special referee to make sure things were called down the middle and was dubbed the “World’s Most Dangerous Man” after success in the MMA world. Things had gotten so personal between these two it was a fight right off the bat. This match had a little bit of everything. It’s my go-to match when I need a solid wrestling fix. It was the perfect mixture of technical wrestling, brawling, and the hardcore style of wrestling blend with brilliant storytelling filled with drama. The match ended with Austin in a pool of his own blood fading away while locked in the sharpshooter. It’s one of the most iconic images in professional wrestling.

The finish of this match confirmed the double turn where Austin became the fan favorite and the Hitman officially became heel again after 6-7 years as one of the top babyfaces in the company. Austin never surrendered but the match ended because he passed out in the hold. This earned him the fans’ respect for his toughness and heart. Bret Hart was victorious but still wanted to continue to injure an unconscious Steve Austin but was stopped by Shamrock who he backed down from thus losing the respect of the fans. Austin refused to not walk out of the arena on his own even though he was a bloody mess and just knocked out. This proved that you didn’t necessarily have to win the match to get over if you’re able to tell a great story and work with a genius in the ring like Bret “The Hitman” Hart. If you have never seen this match, please go watch it RIGHT NOW. The best match…period.

I hope you all enjoyed this list of the legendary Bret “The Hitman” Hart matches. Let me know if I missed any matches you think should have made this list but didn’t.

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The Past Week in Crypto News (October 13th to 20th): BTC All Time High and More

Welcome to the latest edition of “The Past Week in Crypto News,” a weekly recap of companies, institutions, organizations and individuals who are beginning to adopt crypto as a payment/work platform. With the crypto industry becoming more and more dynamic, this weekly report is meant to help you stay in the loop. The last few days saw crypto becoming more mainstream, implemented by some of the world’s most prominent organizations across different industries.

1. Bitcoin reaches all-time high on the back of first US-based BTC ETF

Bitcoin has reached a new all-time high, shooting past $66,000. The yearly gains now stand at 130% for the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. This comes days after the first US-based Bitcoin ETF, ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, was approved and launched. 

The ETF represents a new major step for cryptocurrencies due to the fact that the United States Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC) approval signifies stability for a larger number of investors. This is being seen as the first sign of a bullish Q4.

2. Facebook is slowly rolling out its Crypto-wallet ‘Novi’ for Guatemala-USA transactions, which will use Ethereum-based USDP and Coinbase

Facebook has officially launched its ‘Novi” wallet. The coin used will be USDP, a stable coin based on Ethereum-20 tokens. Users will be able to buy USDP through Coinbase and send it through the Novi wallet. This can all be done without fees for both the person who sends the money and the one who receives it. The first pilot market for Novi is Guatemala and most of the US. This product marks another move from Facebook into crypto and decentralized finance. 

3. Coinbase reaches sponsorship deals with NBA, WNBA, G-League, NBA 2K League and USA Basketball

One of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, Coinbase, has reached deals to be the sponsor of the National Basketball Association. The NBA is the world’s premier basketball league, watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world. The deal was announced on social media. This league-wide encompassing deal is a new level of exposure for any crypto company and sets a new standard in terms of what is possible for cryptocurrency to achieve in terms of mainstream adoption and exposure. 

4. Facebook reportedly planning to change its name as part of a re-brand focusing on the metaverse

After announcing plans to to hire more than 10,000 people to realize the brand’s metaverse ambitions, Facebook is reportedly planning to change its company name. As reported by The Verge, the company is planning to announce this at its annual conference on October 28th. The reason for this name change is the planned pivot towards becoming a metaverse company. Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly stated his plans for Facebook to evolve into a company more focused on the metaverse. There are still very few details available around the name change and future plans, but we’re sure to learn more next week.

5. Scientific laboratories are increasingly planning to release NFTs as a form of funding

Months after UC Berkeley released the forms of Nobel-winning inventions as NFTs, it seems that more research labs are planning to do so. If you are not familiar with the UC Berkeley release, back in May 2021 UC Berkeley released a collection of NFTs.

Specifically, these were internal forms and correspondence that documented the initial research findings that led to two of the most important biomedical breakthroughs of the 21st century: CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, for which UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna shared the 2020 Nobel in Chemistry; and cancer immunotherapy, for which James Allison shared the 2018 Nobel in Physiology or Medicine. Now there is buzz on social media that more labs are planning to replicate this plan. This could potentially be very disruptive and create new revenue streams for laboratories that work on new inventions. 

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Sitting Down with a Custom Sneaker Designer: A Conversation with Sierato

You’ve seen his kicks on the court as RJ Barrett goes in for that dunk against the Atlanta Hawks or as Ja Morant tears up the hardwood for the Grizzlies. Although you might not know much about who stands behind the shoe, you best believe that his one-of-a-kind custom shoes caught your eye at one point during the game. 

Introducing the talent behind it all: Cory Bailey, known as Sierato by fans and his nearly 300k following on IG. I had the chance to speak with Bailey about how he began his journey into the sneaker world, how he continues to spark his creativity, and what he has on deck.

The Starting Point:

Bailey tells me that he’s “always been into art,” adding, “I’ve always drawn and done all that kind of stuff, so I have always wanted to find a way to have my job be something art-related.” He could never quite figure out how to take that starving artist mentality and morph it into a full-time career. As he continued on his path, he started studying with a plan of obtaining his art degree. Mid-degree, he had a light bulb moment: school is simply an unnecessary step, because art needs time in the game, not a degree. 

Bailey joined forces with the tattoo industry. From the moment he set up shop, his custom work took off as he spent his free time designing “flash designs on the walls,” which were mostly designed in a new-school style. “Colors and fantastical animals have always been something I’ve been into.” At the time, his love for art was sourced through ink, which soon was combined with his love for shoes. 

Sierato started investing in white canvas Converses and Nikes. When he’d finish a pair, he put them on display at his tattoo chair, sparking the “Tattoos 4 Shoes” brand. By word of mouth, his shoes circulated tons of interest in the area. “I never painted before, I was always a sketchbook kind of person.” Funny enough, “the apprenticeship had me paint and airbrush,” unwillingly. Little did Sierato know this experience would soon be an essential aspect of his next project.

Bailey & The Kiosk: A Transition

Still living in his hometown, Baltimore, Maryland, a friend approached Bailey to join him in his new venture: a clothing brand sold at a kiosk at the mall. Bailey was in. 

As the stop started to pick up traction, Bailey and his business partner had rules to be met. The mall required that no shelves were left empty. Cory instantly “went home, grabbed his few pairs of custom shoes and put them on display.” These former placeholders turned into the talk of the town. Local business owners, managers, and mall patrons wanted in. 

As he got his first couple of orders, he’d “paint them at the stand and it would cause tons of commotion.” In no time, he was designing cleats for third-stringer athletes in the NFL, working events for Nordstrom, and gaining tons of fans.  

“One of the guys had a connection where he knew someone who was the first stringer, and then I ended up doing a pair of cleats for him and those got put on NFL’s top cleats of the week.” Bailey’s hesitance to join the art scene vanished shortly after, allowing him to jump full force into designing custom sneakers for a living. 

At this point, Bailey tells me he was setting up shop “in my bedroom, then I moved to the porch and then the shed out back,” biding time until a studio was a manageable investment. While the orders flooded in, he joined Youtube and got involved with Overtime. Youtube “really blew up everything. In just two days, my second video hit 1 million views.” And from that moment on, the Sierato name flourished.

The Creative Process:

Creating shoes for all his favorite celebrities, pro-athletes and even hip-hop stars has its pros and cons. From an artist’s standpoint, creativity is key. As someone who focuses heavily on his art form, it’s important to understand the creative process. “There are three categories that every project falls into it,” Bailey tells me in regard to what kind of direction he’s given from a client. 

No External Creative Direction

  • This is likely to happen when given more corporate projects. The sky is not the limit in these scenarios, and it’s almost impossible to get it exactly how they want it in that it is very to the point. 

The Client Picks the Topic

  • The majority of people tend to go this route when getting sneakers made. “They will pick something sort of specific,” whether it’s gaming-related, Rick and Morty themed, you name it, and then “I’ll run with it.”

The Artist is Given Full Creative Freedom

  • This is the way any artist prefers it. There are very few instances when Sierato is given full creative freedom with a piece. In this category, even if the client doesn’t know exactly what they want, they still tend to usually give some preferences—especially based on his past shoes. This is the most symbiotic approach and gives the artist the most wiggle room.
Pushing the Creative Boundaries:

The way to put your imagination to the ultimate test is by seeing how far you can push your creative boundaries. “More often than not, that is the battle. I am always trying to change up styles, backgrounds, poses, anything that can add a little difference to my work.” Space Jam, Dragon Ball Z, they all want what they have seen. When Sierato is given a task to do his signature blue and lightning style, that is when he is faced with the challenge to combine it with something else. 

What’s To Come

Behind the scenes, Sierato and his team have been working on a few new activations. These will be focused solely on seeing a “more personal and in front of the camera” Sierato. One such plan takes the form of a forthcoming podcast “Made To Order,” which will be all about what the audience “wants us to talk about, what they want us to share, made to order from the listeners.” 

To increase Youtube engagement, there will be new series launched shortly. Sierato will be sharing live interviews, unboxing rare sneakers, giving sneaker tutorials and more. Currently, viewers take Sierato’s videos as tutorials, so to build on that element, he’ll start producing step-by-step tutorials filled with tips and tricks to his art.

Are you still participating in events?

Events are a large part of Sierato’s sneaker journey: “It allows me to take a break from staring at the studio walls all day.” He frequents events like Vegas Summer League, Puma, and Footlocker events to name a few.

Sierato currently works in partnership with St. Jude’s Children Hospital. He tells me, “It is easy to go out of our way and work with them,” especially seeing the facilities and immaculate care they provide their patients. “I like to ride or die for the guys that ride for me. If you gave me that shot, I’m going to pull through for you guys.” 


Since the partnership, team Sierato and St. Jude have even launched a unique 1-of-1 NFT in collaboration with James Wiseman.

A Couple Fun Questions to Close it Out:

If you only had three work items to bring to your studio, what would they be? 

A paintbrush, more specifically, “probably a thinner type paintbrush.” Also some paint, and then if we aren’t counting the shoe itself, a heat gun “that way the paint can dry quicker.” 

What is your favorite pair of kicks for the season?

“Definitely a tie between two of them.” The Ja Morant Grizzly Nike Adapts and the Harden Nipsy shoes, for a tribute anniversary. Morant got some playoff action in them and Nipsy for the dunk. “I believe, if you look good, you play good,” so the ones that always see the light of day creep to the top of the list. 

Do you rep your shoes?

“I rep my shoes, but I never have time to make them for myself.” Thankfully, with a solid collection of kicks, Sierato has a few pairs on deck. “I wear my basketball shoes when I take to the court; it’s important to show people that you can wear them and they won’t fall apart.” A lot of clients believe that it’s better to keep them wrapped up on display, but in reality, that is why Sierato spent years of trial and error, to get to where he is today.

Check out Sierato’s IG to stay up to date on his newest content, custom kicks, and latest projects as they come to life. 

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Style What To Buy

The Most Underrated Winter Boot: Exploring the Bunny Boot

Within the realm of winter boots, there are natural heavyweights like the Timberland boot or duck boots, but one of the more interesting footwear options for extreme cold has flown largely under the radar of the menswear scene. Enter the Extreme Cold Vapor Barrier Boots. Known colloquially as either “Bunny Boots” or “Mickey Mouse Boots” due to their massive, bulbous shape, these boots are commonly found in extremely cold climates—such as Alaska—and have slowly made their way into the world of men’s fashion. 

The History of the Bunny Boot

The first iteration of the ECVB Boot was conceived during the Korean War to combat the severe consequences of frostbite sustained by the American Military during the harsh winter months. This generation of the boot is known as the Type I, and is characterized by its black color, leading to the comparison to Mickey Mouse. These boots are rated to −20 °F (−28.9 °C), and are made of two air tight layers of rubber with several layers of felt and wool sandwiched between them. 

After the Battle of Chosin Reservoir in 1950, during which several soldiers sustained severe injuries due to the cold (even with Type I Mickey Mouse Boots), the US military developed the Type II at the Navy Clothing and Textile Research Center in Natick, Massachusetts. The Type IIs are white in color (hence the reference to bunnies) and are rated to −65 °F (−54 °C). Bunny Boots are intended to protect the wearer from the absolute worst case scenario in terms of cold, and are immensely heavy due to the thick rubber and insulation—with each boot clocking in at around 52 oz (1.47kg). 

The boots feature several interesting details, such as rubber wedges on the toe and heel, allowing them to clip into ski bindings, or a small vent which can be screwed open to release the air pressure between the two layers of rubber in the event of a large pressure change (e.g. an airborne mission). The boots are littered with eye-catching text, providing the user with instructions on how to properly use the boot such as “Fold Gusset This Side Only” and “Keep Double Laced To Hold Firmly”. The combination of these details—along with the boot’s striking appearance at a glance—have made it an inspiration for some of the most iconic designers in the contemporary fashion industry.

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The Bunny Boot in the Current Era

Arguably one of the most important designers of the last two decades, Raf Simons has been a longtime fan of Bunny Boots, going so far as to feature the boot unmolested in his Fall 2014 menswear show. Alongside the original boot, Simons collaborated with Adidas in the same collection to create the “Bunny Bounce” Boot, which boasts many similarities to the OG Bunny Boot.

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While Raf Simons may have been one of the early adopters of the Bunny Boot within mainstream fashion, recent years have seen designers take core elements of the boots and turn them into footwear that is much more approachable to the average consumer. In 2019, Yoon Ambush released her first collaboration with Converse, which featured a Converse Chuck 70 that had been fattened up and rubberized to mimic the Bunny Boot.

Dior also recently released their Diorcamp boot, which makes use of the text details on the Bunny Boot as a branding opportunity.

Dior
https://www.dior.com/en_us/products/couture-KCI481RUB_S900-diorcamp-ankle-boot-black-rubber-and-neoprene

While up to this point Bunny Boots have largely been used by civilians for practical reasons in circumstances such as ice fishing, one can only imagine that it is a matter of time until this boot becomes an icon of the menswear canon. 

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How to Wear Our Editors’ Must-Have Hoodie with Everything You Own

The formerly strict lines between casual and formal wear have been perpetually blurring over the past few years. As menswear silhouettes evolve, the concept of certain clothing fitting into a tight box of either “casual” or “dressy” is now a thing of the past. The humble hoodie is a great case study of this phenomenon.

What began as a staple of sportswear, relegated to the bottom of the formality totem pole, has become a staple of numerous styles of dress. And when you talk hoodies, Champion is an icon. The logo is a mainstay of streetwear, and the brand’s storied past in sportswear makes the Champion hoodie one of the most recognizable and beloved sweatshirts in the game to this day.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of our favorite hoodie and the most stylish ways to incorporate it into your wardrobe.

The Classic Option
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This is the most obvious choice for a vibrant hoodie, but definitely not the only one. Pair a beautiful chlorophyll green version with a pair of pale blue jeans to let the hoodie pop, giving you more freedom when it comes to sneakers. You could either match the hoodie with a similar turquoise pair of kicks or opt for a basic white sneaker to give the hoodie primary billing.

If you want to go with a more streetwear look, combine the green hoodie with red shorts and an equally vibrant pair of sneakers, giving the entire outfit a bombastic, flashy style. Streetwear is completely malleable, so whether you’re leaning towards the eye-catching or low-key look, a green Champion hoodie is the way to go.

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The Cozy Option
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Aside from the aesthetics, Champion’s hoodies are also notably comfortable and cozy. The Reverse Weave hoodie’s durability coupled with its baggier fit makes it a great option for lounging around the house.

Opt for a darker color, like black or navy, which will wear in beautifully with numerous washes. Pair one of these hoodies with Champion’s Reverse Weave sweatpants, and you’ve got yourself a cozy ‘fit that doesn’t sacrifice an ounce of style.

History time! The Champion Reverse Weave technology can actually be traced back to 1938, when it was engineered as the first athletic sweatshirt developed to meet the needs of athletes. Originally conceived (and patented) in 1938, the version we’ve come to know and love today was finalized in 1952. In response to complaints by coaches about the cotton sweatshirts, Champion introduced the novel idea of turning the fabric 90 degrees to eliminate vertical shrinkage and address other issues with fit, durability, and cost.

The brand’s succeeding partnerships with numerous sports organizations throughout the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s firmly cemented them as the premier sportswear option for athletes. Fast-forward to today, and you can see the hoodie donned by a slew of big names in pop culture, from Kendrick Lamar to Odell Beckham Jr.

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The Dressier Option
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Although each style in this article is based around the same hoodie, color can totally change a look. By opting for a white hoodie, you can create a basic foundation to build a more formal outfit on top of. Listen, this won’t be an outfit to wear to a wedding, but for a night out in the winter, it’ll look slightly dressier, but still cool.

Pair the white hoodie with a blazer or patterned overshirt and some dress pants. White hoodie, plus a herringbone blazer, plus black flared dress pants? Forget about it. Tie the whole thing together with some leather loafers or clogs and you’re in business.

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Art NFT

October 13th’s NF3 Recap: Visa’s NFT Program, EvolvingForest and MekaVerse

The biggest news in NFTs today is arguably the Visa announcement that they would be launching a program to support digital artists, doubling down on their commitment to the world of nun-fungible tokens. Additionally, projects that include a staking component have been on the rise, so we’d like to examine an example of that kind of collection in Evolving Forest. And finally, the MekaVerse reveal took place today after much anticipation, sending the secondary market soaring.

If you’re just tuning in, make sure to check out the last edition of NF3.

This article does not constitute formal financial advice. Always do your own research before investing. Additionally, Logan Larkin, co-author of this article, is an EvolingForest NFT holder.

1. Visa launching an NFT program to support digital artists

Hot off the news that Coinbase would be launching their own NFT platform, Visa announced today that they would be initiating a program intended to support digital artists as they begin their entry into the NFT space. The program, which is a partnership between Visa and former Major League Baseball player turned NFT artist Micah Johnson, will require creators to apply, and then Visa will arm the selected artists with the resources needed to grow in the world of Web3.0. Check out Visa’s Head of Crypto, Cuy Sheffield’s thread on the proposal below:

If you recall, Visa first officially entered the NFT space with their purchase of a CryptoPunk back in August. The finance giant seems to be keen on increasing their involvement in the burgeoning space.

2. The Evolving Forest and Staking

In light of Treeverse and a growing trend in NFTs, tree NFTs w play to earn mechanics are getting increasingly hot. The Evolving Forest is building on this kind of hype, and incorporates staking into their plan. If you’re not familiar, staking is essentially putting your asset in a liquidity pool in order to earn passive income. In this case, the holder earns tokens made by the collection for each NFT you have in the pool.

The mint for Evolving Forest took place this morning, and the reveal should be in the next few days. The artwork is visually very interesting and the staking mechanic gives it that extra oomph, so this is definitely a good one to keep on your radar.

3. MekaVerse Reveal

The MekaVerse reveal finally went down today, sending the secondary market soaring and seeing some of the kinds of offers/sales we had anticipated in the lead up to the project’s launch. The floor dropped to 3 ETH (down from a peak of 6-7 ETH) following the reveal, which is natural for most projects like this. There have been numerous sales in the 30-50 ETH range already, with one whopping offer for 200 ETH.

It will be interesting to see if the residual hype from the project’s lengthy run up can lead to a sustained high-volume marketplace, but for now at least, it seems as though MekaVerse is here to stay.

Other cool stuff:

The text-based project, NFT affirmations, is minting tomorrow. It’s a quirky project aesthetically, and considering the impact of other text-based collections, it’s definitely something to watch.

Check their website for more info.

The artist behind Singularity, one of the most popular Art Blocks Curated drops, has started teasing a new collection.

It’s unclear right now if this project will be included in an Art Blocks Curated, but considering Hideki’s success so far, it’s worth watching.

Finally, Parallel has started teasing out some new info regarding their next drop. If you’re a fan of the game or looking to get involved, now is probably a solid time.

That’s all for today folks. If you find anything cool, hit ONE37pm up on our NFT-dedicated twitter at NFT137.

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The Past Week In Crypto News: October 6th to October 13th

Welcome to the latest edition of “The Past Week in Crypto News,” a weekly recap of companies, institutions, organizations and individuals who are beginning to adopt crypto as a payment/work platform. With the crypto industry becoming increasingly dynamic, this weekly report is meant to help you stay in the loop. The last few days saw cryptocurrency becoming more mainstream, implemented by some of the world’s most prominent organizations across different industries.

1. Brazil set to regulate Bitcoin as a payment method

After El Salvador’s adoption, another country has introduced a bill to regulate Bitcoin, albeit not as legal tender. Brazil, a country with a population of 211 million people, is planning to regulate and adopt BTC. This was announced by Federal Deputy Aureo Ribeiro. This law could make it possible for residents to use the cryptocurrency to “buy houses in the market or a burger from McDonald’s,” stated Ribeiro. The law was approved by the lower-level House and has been sent for approval to the upper-level House.

2. Coinbase announces plan for NFT platform

With the constant crashes and bugs that tend to plague OpenSea, many NFT aficionados have been hungry for an option that will allow them to be less reliant on a single platform for NFT exchange. Earlier this week, Coinbase announced their intent to build a platform for minting and exchanging non-fungible tokens, much to the delight of many in the web3.0 community. Learn more about the plan here.

3. United Soccer League player Alex Crognale will be paid in Bitcoin, the first in the league’s history

Birmingham Legion’s defender Alex Crognale has announced that he will be paid in Bitcoin from now on. He stated that—by doing so—he will “protect his purchasing power and preserve his wealth.” Crognale is the first in the United Soccer League’s history to receive this form of payment and joins a growing list of athletes who are choosing to be paid by their teams in Bitcoin or some form of cryptocurrency.  He will be accepting Bitcoin by using Bitwage. This is one more case in which Bitcoin’s theoretical use case is implemented in practice. 

4. Stripe, the most valuable startup in the US and third most valuable in the world, will build crypto products

Stripe, the online payment startup valued at $95 billion, has announced plans to build crypto-based products. While all of the details are not yet known, the company co-founder and CEO, Patrick Collison, recently announced the move on social media. The move was also announced by Stripe’s head of engineering Guillaume Poncin. Multiple job openings for the Staff Engineer position are posted on the company’s website. This is a significant event for the crypto space, as Stripe is the world’s third most valuable startup, and about 19% of the online transactions are processed through Stripe.

5. Online music distributor United Masters partners with Coinbase to allow artists to receive royalties in Bitcoin

UnitedMasters, the digital music distribution startup backed by Apple and founded by music executive Steve Stoute, has announced its partnership with Coinbase. This was announced by the company on social media. UnitedMasters said that this partnership “will empower independent artists by giving them transparency, equity, and control over their earnings.” Artists will be able to choose any coin available in Coinbase. This move aligns with the company’s ethos, which is to allow independent music artists to have ownership over their music and royalties. 

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Culture Movies/TV

A Guide to Avatar the Last Airbender Graphic Novels

With the live action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender right around the corner and an approaching expiration date on the classic show’s time on Netflix, it’s a good time to get back into what may be the greatest American animated series.

If you get to the end of the show, however, and are still hungry for more… well, there’s always Legend of Korra. After that (or if you’re looking for a more direct follow up to Avatar), there are two decades of Avatar the Last Airbender graphic novels and comics to keep you occupied with the adventures of the Gaang.

But where to start? These are listed by the publication date of the collections (The Lost Adventures technically collects individual comics that were the first published) but luckily it’s a list that starts out strong.

Before we start, though, if you like Avatar and you’re looking for more like it, here are some other options to get you started.

What to Read Before Avatar the Last Airbender Graphic Novels:
Isola
Image Comics
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Like Avatar, it’s a compelling adventure through a beautiful fantasy world with a very small cast. The book is beautiful with some fantastic characters.

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Through the Moon
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If you like Avatar, hopefully you’ve also checked out Dragon Prince. While the animation style takes some getting used to, it’s a similarly epic adventure with much of the same creative team. Like Avatar, it also has a graphic novel to help tide you through to the next season.

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Runaways
Marvel Comics

While not high fantasy like Isola, Dragon Prince or Avatar, Runaways does feature the same endearing group of outcasts dealing with the problems of terrible parents.

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But anyway, you came here for Avatar comics. Below is a good reading order for all of the Avatar the Last Airbender graphic novels released to date:

1. The Promise
(January-September 2012)
Dark Horse Books

Though it isn’t the earliest book by publication date, a fan who just finished Avatar: the Last Airbender and is hungry for more should start with The Promise. The book picks up just moments after the series finale, but more broadly helps flesh out the first year after Ozai’s defeat.

Aside from Aang and Katara constantly calling each other “sweetie” in a move so saccharine it even makes Sokka and Toph gag, The Promise not only does a remarkable job of keeping the characters’ voices true to the show, but presents them with a conflict where right and wrong isn’t as clear as it was throughout much of Avatar.

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2. The Search
(March-October 2013)
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Following The Promise, the next few sets of Avatar books flow sequentially and tell a few overarching narratives. One of the big ones—Zuko’s search for his mother—is a loose thread from the show that becomes a major plot point in the comics that starts here. There’s some Aang and the spirit world action too, but it’s the continuation of Zuko and Azula’s story that’s rightfully center-stage here.

After all the build up, revelations about Zuko’s family past aren’t as compelling or impactful as readers might have hoped, but following up on Azula after the show’s end makes The Search worthwhile.

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3. The Rift
(March-November 2014)
Dark Horse Books

The Rift shifts the focus back to Aang and Toph, kicking off a turn for the series to focus more on one or two characters rather than the broader cast. There are some instances where that weakens the story, but it works in The Rift by—like The Promise—both emphasizing the cultural evolution from Avatar to Legend of Korra and some of the moral complexities.

In The Rift, new refinery is bringing together various types of benders as part of technology advancing. Beyond just depicting a technological evolution, something that’s been a strength of Avatar’s worldbuilding since the start, it’s a representation of some of the wounds of the Fire Nation’s war starting to heal.

The refinery is causing ruin to the nearby land and the spirits. Aang is put into an uncomfortable situation where his role as a bridge between the spirit world and the human world is tested in a conflict where no solution will satisfy both parties.

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4. Smoke and Shadow
(October 2015-April 2016)
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Aang returns for this comic, but make no mistake: this is the Team Fire Nation’s story. Smoke and Shadow is very much a follow up to The Search. Your enjoyment of Smoke and Shadow will hinge on two things: your tolerance for the Avatar comics dipping back into the conflict with parents for the fourth time in a row and your enjoyment of the Fire Nation internal conflicts set up in The Promise and The Search.

Overall, Zuko’s continuing arc in the Avatar comics helps keep Smoke and Shadow an enjoyable and worthwhile addition to the Avatar canon for those who aren’t too bothered by some of that story getting a little repetitive.

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5. North and South
(September 2016-April 2017)
Dark Horse Books

North and South finishes out Gene Yang and Studio Gurihiru’s run on the Avatar comics, but it doesn’t quite live up to the heights of the earlier stories. Once again, the Gaang—here represented primarily with Katara and Sokka—is in the middle of a divide between respecting tradition and embracing technological progress. But the divide feels less personal and less nuanced than in The Rift.

Katara and Sokka return to the South Pole only to find some of the locals concerned that the Northern Water Tribe is starting to erase the Southern Water Tribe’s culture and drill for oil. The Southern nationalist isn’t as sympathetic an antagonist as earlier iterations of that same idea, and the Northern Water Tribe acquiescing to most of his demands almost halfway through the series sort of takes the wind out of the conflict’s sail.

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6. Imbalance
(December 2018-October 2019)
Dark Horse Books

Imbalance opens with a new writing and artistic team, with Faith Erin Hicks on the script and Peter Wartman, Ryan Hill and Adele Matera on the art. The shift is noticeable, but isn’t a downgrade. Studio Gurihiru’s art was a very literal transition from the show to the comics, with panels that look like they might have been still frames from the show.

Peter Wartman’s art in particular feels refreshingly like an interpretation of the show’s style rather than a direct copy. Another strong suit of the artwork is that Team Avatar is also visibly growing up, though it’s a little disorienting at first seeing a tall Aang. The detailed images of a swelling cityscape are a particular standout that help make Imbalance’s urban setting stand out.

The comic follows up on some of what started in The Rift, much like Smoke and Shadow felt like a follow up to The Search. But here, Imbalance benefits both from the set up in previous conflicts and from some foresight with how its story foreshadows the main conflict between benders and non-benders in the first season of Legend of Korra. The haves and have-nots conflict felt a little underdeveloped in that season, and Imbalance is a worthwhile read to see that explored more.

Both thematically and visually, the very good earlier run of Avatar comics started to lose some steam towards the end, and Imbalance goes a long way to breathing fresh life into the comics. Unfortunately, what seems like a fresh start and a new chapter for the comics ends (for now) with this story.

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7. Katara and the Pirate’s Silver
(October 2020)
Dark Horse Books

Katara and the Pirate’s Silver isn’t bad. If you really love Katara as a character and want more of her specifically, you’re in luck. Earlier Avatar comics focused on specific characters, but never to the degree that this book does. It’s also set during Book 2 of the show. Those are two bold departures from the previous comics, but it also confines the story and stunts any potential character growth in ways that make it feel more skippable and less independent than earlier entries.

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8. The Lost Adventures
(November 2020)
Dark Horse Books

Chronologically the first Avatar comics written, these vignettes are mainly collected from the Nickelodeon magazine and the DVD collections. The quality of the art and the various stories are fine, but most of them are no longer than three or four pages and don’t have room to tell much of a worthwhile story. There are a handful of longer comics in the mix, but even those don’t really manage to add much. Ultimately, The Lost Adventures is a boon for hardcore collectors or folks starving for Avatar content after reading everything else, but they’re hard to recommend beyond that.

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9. Team Avatar Tales
(November 2020)
Dark Horse Books

Probably the most comic-y of the Avatar comics, Team Avatar Tales is an anthology collecting several free comic book day issues. For the first time in the list, the art styles are dramatically different from the show. Some look different, but work really well; others less so, but it’s at least a change that helps the comics stand out. Like The Lost Adventures, these stories are on the shorter side, but have just enough room to tell interesting stories and generally have more compelling premises. This is still not a “must read” but definitely a step up from The Lost Adventures.

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10. Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy
(February 2021)
Dark Horse Books

Toph is one of the standout characters from Avatar and a fan favorite, and her endearing grumpiness and impatience help boost the really thin plot. Toph getting into trouble because she’s bored is a great characterization, along with her revulsion at being an authority figure. It’s a good Toph story with appropriately small stakes, but that does leave the comic a little lacking in comparison to some of the more epic earlier arcs that felt like they could have been seasons of a show.

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11. Suki, Alone
(July 2021)
Dark Horse Books

With its name, Suki, Alone ties itself to the tradition of Zuko Alone and Korra Alone, two of the best episodes in Avatar and Legend of Korra, respectively. Does Suki, Alone live up to that pedigree? Not really, but it’s still a good story, and despite having the same problems as Katara and the Pirate’s Silver with being set between episodes of the show, Suki, Alone is more compelling by putting the spotlight on the eponymous secondary character from Avatar. Katara was at the center of three seasons of Avatar and many of the earlier comics, and spending more time with Suki during her stay at Boiling Rock feels more worthwhile and interesting.

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If you’ve finished those and are looking for more, there’s also a pair of Legend of Korra comics as well.

Legend of Korra Comics:
12. Turf Wars
(July 2017)
Dark Horse Books

Like The Promise, Turf Wars kicks off within a few minutes of the show’s end. Here, there’s a touching expansion on the relationship alluded to in the Legend of Korra ending and the writing here is as tender and compassionate as that deserves, working even better since its paired with some of the wild visuals of the spirit world. But back in Republic City, the comic focuses more on the aftermath of the crisis at the end of the show. Irene Koh’s excellent artwork is also some of the best in the Avatar/Korra comics, both matching the feeling of the show while still looking unique.

Like Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy, the scale is a bit smaller than some of the other comics, at least at first, but if you’re willing to overlook that, the strength of the comic is in exploring its central romantic relationship and leaning into a discussion of queer relationships and oppression in a way the show could only skirt around. More broadly, there are themes of non-violent protest and some complications around internal politics that might be a little dull, even heavy-handed in some places, but still help Turf Wars feel like a fitting epilogue—if not its own epic standalone story.

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13. Ruins of the Empire
(September 2020)
Dark Horse Books

While Turf Wars could get away with feeling more like an epilogue than its own standalone story, that starts to wear a little thin in Ruins of the Empire. It’s very much a Kuvira story, and your mileage here will vary by how invested you were in Kuvira. The Kuvira ending was a little rushed at the end of Season 4 of Legend of Korra, so the turn for her character feels worth exploring, but the pacing of the comic seems to drag that out for a little longer than it merits. While the trilogy structure has worked well for some other Avatar comics, here maybe two might have been better. Also Asami gets kidnapped again, which is 2-for-2 in the Korra comics and feels not only a little repetitive but sort of a cheap use of her relationship with Korra.

Still, Ruins of the Empire is a capable, but not extraordinary, addition to Legend of Korra.

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The Best Fire Type Pokémon

This year Pokémon celebrates its 25th franchise anniversary. What started as a GameBoy game 25 years ago has become the 4th best-selling video game franchise of all time, with over 380 million games sold.

It has gone on to become the most valuable media franchise of all time, worth $100 billion.  Pokémon’s shows and movies have grossed over $1.8 billion, while its trading cards have sold over 3.4 billion times, and have helped spark the trading cards trend, becoming the number one most traded card on sites like eBay.

All of this success is due to its characters. Whether it’s the rare Legendary Pokémon or the beloved Starter Pokémon, Pokémon have connected with audiences in a way that no other characters in anime/shows have. With 893 Pokémon in the Pokémon Universe, many characters have each made their mark. Pokémon are separated into different categories such as Generation, Region, Starter, Legendary, etc. No category though is more famous and obvious than their type. Pokémon are separated into 18 different types—such as Normal, Fire, Water, Grass, Psychic, Electric, Steel, Ghost, etc. Out of all these, the Fire-type represents some of the most well-known and strong Pokémon in the universe. On the 25th anniversary, we are going to take a look at the best 25 Fire-type Pokémon.

What is a fire-type Pokémon?

First, Fire-type Pokémon are 1/3rd of the three basic starter elemental types of Pokémon: Fire, Water and Grass. As such they are one of the first types of Pokémon that players/viewers see and therefore have a special place in the Pokémon Universe.

There are 83 Fire-type Pokemon when evolutions are included. These Pokémon are listed below:

Every Fire-Type Pokémon:

Charmander iconCharmander

#004 / Fire

Charmeleon iconCharmeleon

#005 / Fire

Charizard iconCharizard

#006 / Fire · Flying

Mega Charizard X iconCharizard (Mega Charizard X)

#006 / Fire · Dragon

Mega Charizard Y iconCharizard (Mega Charizard Y)

#006 / Fire · Flying

Vulpix iconVulpix

#037 / Fire

Ninetales iconNinetales

#038 / Fire

Growlithe iconGrowlithe (Hisuian Growlithe)

#058 / Fire · Rock

Arcanine iconArcanine

#059 / Fire

Ponyta iconPonyta

#077 / Fire

Rapidash iconRapidash

#078 / Fire

Alolan Marowak iconMarowak (Alolan Marowak)

#105 / Fire · Ghost

Magmar iconMagmar

#126 / Fire

Flareon iconFlareon

#136 / Fire

Moltres iconMoltres

#146 / Fire · Flying

Cyndaquil iconCyndaquil

#155 / Fire

Quilava iconQuilava

#156 / Fire

Typhlosion iconTyphlosion

#157 / Fire

Slugma iconSlugma

#218 / Fire

Magcargo iconMagcargo

#219 / Fire · Rock

Houndour iconHoundour

#228 / Dark · Fire

Houndoom iconHoundoom

#229 / Dark · Fire

Mega Houndoom iconHoundoom (Mega Houndoom)

#229 / Dark · Fire

Magby iconMagby

#240 / Fire

Entei iconEntei

#244 / Fire

Ho-oh iconHo-oh

#250 / Fire · Flying

Torchic iconTorchic

#255 / Fire

Combusken iconCombusken

#256 / Fire · Fighting

Blaziken iconBlaziken

#257 / Fire · Fighting

Mega Blaziken iconBlaziken (Mega Blaziken)

#257 / Fire · Fighting

Numel iconNumel

#322 / Fire · Ground

Camerupt iconCamerupt

#323 / Fire · Ground

Mega Camerupt iconCamerupt (Mega Camerupt)

#323 / Fire · Ground

Torkoal iconTorkoal

#324 / Fire

Castform (Sunny Form) iconCastform (Sunny Form)

#351 / Fire

Primal Groudon iconGroudon (Primal Groudon)

#383 / Ground · Fire

Chimchar iconChimchar

#390 / Fire

Monferno iconMonferno

#391 / Fire · Fighting

Infernape iconInfernape

#392 / Fire · Fighting

Magmortar iconMagmortar

#467 / Fire

Rotom (Heat Rotom) iconRotom (Heat Rotom)

#479 / Electric · Fire

Heatran iconHeatran

#485 / Fire · Steel

Victini iconVictini

#494 / Psychic · Fire

Tepig iconTepig

#498 / Fire

Pignite iconPignite

#499 / Fire · Fighting

Emboar iconEmboar

#500 / Fire · Fighting

Pansear iconPansear

#513 / Fire

Simisear iconSimisear

#514 / Fire

Darumaka iconDarumaka

#554 / Fire

Darmanitan (Standard Mode) iconDarmanitan (Standard Mode)

#555 / Fire

Darmanitan (Zen Mode) iconDarmanitan (Zen Mode)

#555 / Fire · Psychic

Darmanitan (Galarian Zen Mode) iconDarmanitan (Galarian Zen Mode)

#555 / Ice · Fire

Litwick iconLitwick

#607 / Ghost · Fire

Lampent iconLampent

#608 / Ghost · Fire

Chandelure iconChandelure

#609 / Ghost · Fire

Heatmor iconHeatmor

#631 / Fire

Larvesta iconLarvesta

#636 / Bug · Fire

Volcarona iconVolcarona

#637 / Bug · Fire

Reshiram iconReshiram

#643 / Dragon · Fire

Fennekin iconFennekin

#653 / Fire

Braixen iconBraixen

#654 / Fire

Delphox iconDelphox

#655 / Fire · Psychic

Fletchinder iconFletchinder

#662 / Fire · Flying

Talonflame iconTalonflame

#663 / Fire · Flying

Litleo iconLitleo

#667 / Fire · Normal

Pyroar iconPyroar

#668 / Fire · Normal

Volcanion iconVolcanion

#721 / Fire · Water

Litten iconLitten

#725 / Fire

Torracat iconTorracat

#726 / Fire

Incineroar iconIncineroar

#727 / Fire · Dark

Oricorio (Baile Style) iconOricorio (Baile Style)

#741 / Fire · Flying

Salandit iconSalandit

#757 / Poison · Fire

Salazzle iconSalazzle

#758 / Poison · Fire

Turtonator iconTurtonator

#776 / Fire · Dragon

Blacephalon iconBlacephalon

#806 / Fire · Ghost

Scorbunny iconScorbunny

#813 / Fire

Raboot iconRaboot

#814 / Fire

Cinderace iconCinderace

#815 / Fire

Carkol iconCarkol

#838 / Rock · Fire

Coalossal iconCoalossal

#839 / Rock · Fire

Sizzlipede iconSizzlipede

#850 / Fire · Bug

Centiskorch iconCentiskorch

#851 / Fire · Bug

Fire-type Pokémon are separated within their category into three sub-categories: 

  • Pure-Fire type Pokémon
  • Primary-type Pokémon 
  • Secondary-type Pokémon

Like all other types, Fire-type Pokémon have their strengths and weaknesses. 

They perform well against the following types: 

  • Grass
  • Ice
  • Bug 
  • Steel

They struggle against the following types:

  • Fire
  • Water
  • Rock 
  • Dragon

Their average stats can be seen below:

pokémondb.net
https://pokemondb.net/type/fire

Fire-types represent some of the strongest Pokémon that can be seen in the series, and we are going to list the 25 best Fire-type Pokémon below. “Best” is obviously subjective, but these are some of the top fire-type Pokémon, based on their strength and notoriety in the entire universe. 

The 25 Best Fire-Type Pokémon:
25. Chandelure
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Chandelure_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Chandelure is a Ghost/Fire-type. Its first evolved form is Lampent, while its final form is Litwick. This Pokémon launches flames that burn a Pokémon’s soul rather than its body, as those flames then absorb its spirit. With a 271 ATK and 182 DEF, this Pokémon is diverse enough with its ability to cause trouble. 

24. Houndoom
Generation II
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Houndoom_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Houndoom is a Dark/Fire-type Pokémon. It evolves from Houndour, while its Mega evolution is Mega Houndoom. Its attack prowess is what makes it stand apart from the rest. Its fire attacks are combined with toxins, which allow this Pokémon to inflict damage that cannot be healed. While its weaker defensive stats make it vulnerable, it is still a powerful choice in battle. 

23. Camerupt
Generation III
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Camerupt_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Camerupt is a Fire/Ground-type Pokémon. While its first and second evolution forms, Numel and Camerupt, respectively, are solid, what makes it stand out is its Mega-evolution form Mega Camerupt. This evolved form can erupt lava as hot as 18,000 °F (10,000 °C). Its special attack ATK stat reaches 145, making it very dangerous. This Pokémon lives in volcano craters and has a very short temper. 

22. Emboar
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Emboar_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Emboar is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. It is the final evolved form of  Tepig and Pignite. While it is something of a one-dimensional Pokémon, its great offensive strength makes up for the other aspects. Due to its power, it can cause a lot of damage to the opponent by launching strong moves with speed. It launches fire through the fire reserves on its neck and shoulders.

21. Salazzle
Generation VII
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Salazzle_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Salazzle is a Poison/Fire-type Pokémon. Salazzle evolves from Salandit in its female form, while the male form does not. Also known as the “Toxic Lizard”, this powerful Pokémon has a base speed stat of 117 and 111 base attack stat. Through its numerous special moves such as Oblivion, it can poison any enemy. As such, it is a powerful Pokémon to have.

20. Torkoal
Generation III
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Torkoal_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Torkoal is a Fire-type Pokémon. Torkoals live by burning coal, and as such are constantly on the lookout for it. They cannot survive without natural resources. Even though they do not evolve, what makes them a great Pokémon to have among Fire-types is their ability to increase the sunlight’s intensity, which is also known as the “Drought ability”. This can be very powerful in an individual or team scenario with multiple Fire-type Pokémon because the sun increases their power and also decreases the abilities of water-type Pokémon. 

19. Incineroar
Generation VII
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Incineroar_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Incineroar is a Fire/Dark-type Pokémon. It is the third evolution form of Torracat and Litten. Incineroar is a highly aggressive Pokémon, releasing fire from its waist as long as it is motivated. This Pokémon is known for increasing its potency if it enjoys support from crowds, even though it disregards orders, even that of its trainer at times. With its signature move “Malicious Moonssault” it can cause huge damage to the opponent. With strength and aggressiveness that is difficult to match, this Pokémon is a strong one to have in your arsenal. 

18. Simisear
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Simisear_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Simisear is a Fire-type Pokémon that evolves from Pansear to Simisear. Simisear fuels the fire within its body with sweet foods. With an attack that reaches up to 180, Simisear has great offensive power and has the ability to cause damage to the opponent in short time spans. Simisear becomes even stronger in the sun naturally, as it is a fire-type. While its energy bursts can become a weakness if the battle is extended, with the right plan and support, this Pokémon can be very helpful.

17. Volcarona
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Volcarona_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Volcarona is a bug-fire/type. This Pokémon is the second evolution form of Larvesta. Volcarona releases fire from its wings, and it’s able to surround the entire battlefield with flames. Its ability to cover places with flames made it a very feared Pokémon by ancient people. According to legend, Volcarona is responsible for replacing the sun’s temperature and helping people and Pokémon to not go extinct when volcanic ash covered the sun. With a Special ATK of 135 and speed of 100, Volcarona has balanced skills that match well against Pokémon that fire-types usually have trouble against. 

16. Talonflame
Generation VI
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Talonflame_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Talonflame is a Fire/Flying Pokémon. It is the third evolution of Fletchling and Fletchlinder. With its falcon-like stature, it preys on other Pokémon bird-types, which are its main food source. After chasing its prey with a top speed of 500 km, it kicks and then grabs its victim with its claws. Its wings are fireproof and have been used for firefighter outfits in the past. With an overall base stat of 500 balanced across attack and defense, a 500km speed and fireproof wings, Talonflame is a very powerful Pokémon to have by your side. 

15. Delphox
Generation VI
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Delphox_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Delphox is a Fire/Psychic type Pokémon. It is the final evolution form of Fennekin and Braixen. By using its wand, Delphox is able to put its enemies in a vortex of fire that can reach 5,400 degrees Fahrenheit (3,000 degrees Celsius). With a max special attack that reaches 230 and with resistance to Fairy, Fighting, Fire, Grass, Ice, Psychic and Steel types, Delphox is a well-balanced Pokémon that can be extremely valuable in battle. 

14. Darmanitan
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Darmanitan_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Darmanitan is a Fire-type Pokémon that evolves from Darumaka. This Pokémon is extremely powerful, and it can change forms during battle. Its strength is increased substantially when it transforms into its Zen mode. Darmanitan transforms into a dual Ice/Fire-type when it enters Zen mode, instantly becoming much more dangerous. While its defensive skills are not on the same level, the fact that this Pokémon can transform itself during battle into effectively two Pokémon is the best proof of just how powerful it is. 

13. Arcanine
Generation I
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Arcanine_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Arcanine is a Fire-type Legendary Pokémon. Arcanine sets itself apart by its speed. It is capable of running 6,200 miles (10,000 kilometers) in 24 hours. With a 110 base attack, tremendous speed, and its Legendary status, Arcanine is a highly dangerous Pokémon to match up against. Arcanine is also known as a fiercely loyal Pokémon, making it a must-have in a battle. 

12. Entei
Generation II
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Entei_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Entei is a Fire-type legendary Pokémon. It represents one of the three Legendary beasts resurrected by Ho-Oh, along with Raikou and Suicune. Enteis are born whenever a volcano erupts, and their flames are said to be hotter than the magma from a volcano. The fact that Entei has the highest attack out of the legendary beasts is enough to tell you just how powerful it is. It also has the highest HP out of all the fire types.

11. Moltres
Generation I
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Moltres_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Moltres is a Fire/Flying-type Legendary Pokémon. It attacks by spreading energy through its wings, which attack the minds of its enemies. This powerful energy consumes its enemies to the point where they cannot function the same as before. If something happens to Moltres, this Pokémon heals itself by diving into the volcano. Its signature move is the Fiery Wrath.

10. Victini
Generation V
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Victini_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Victini is a Fire/Psychic-type Pokémon. Otherwise known as the “Victory Pokemon,” it is said that whoever fights alongside Victini will win any battle. This Pokémon has an infinite amount of energy. Its base stats are in total 600 and are perfectly distributed between attack and defense. An endless energy supply combined with one of the most balanced skillsets in the Pokémon universe are what make Victini an infinitely strong and feared Pokémon 

9. Heatran
Generation IV
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Heatran_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Heatran is a Fire/Steel-type Pokémon. Its body is so hot that certain parts of it melt and are de-formed. Heatran has the power to cause the volcanic crater to erupt. While its overall base stats are 600, its special attack that reaches 130 is what stands out. It is the only Pokémon that can perform the Magma Storm, thus making it a very powerful damage-dealing Pokémon.

8. Volcanion
Generation VI
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Volcanion_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Volcanion is a Fire/Mythical Pokémon. It also has the ability to turn into a Water-type Pokémon, thus making it extremely difficult to beat. Volcanion is immune to water attacks and therefore is a valuable asset among the Fire-type Pokémon. Its strong arms expel pressure that can destroy mountains. This combination of attack and defense skills means Volcanion is a must-have on the battlefield. 

7. Infernape
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Infernape_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Infernape is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. It is the third evolution of Chimchar and Monferno. Infernape has an HP that reaches 262, and an attack that reaches almost 200. This means that if you are looking for a Pokémon that is durable and highly damaging, Infernape is the right choice. Infernape practices a special form of martial arts that puts to use all of its limbs in order to make its attacks unpredictable. 

6. Charizard
Generation I
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Charizard_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Charizard is a Fire/Flying type-Pokémon. It is the third evolution form of Charmeleon and Charmander. Undoubtedly one of the most iconic Pokémon ever, it is also one of the strongest. With flame hotter than 3000 degrees, the ability to fly over enemies as well as swim underwater, Charizard is as strong as it is iconic. With a Pok´mon like it by your side, battles are certainly easier to win. 

5. Blaziken
Generation III
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Blaziken_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Blaziken is a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. It is the third form of Torchic and Combusken. Blaziken can release fire from its body and utilizes a martial art style that allows him to perform damaging kicks. Its power directly corresponds with its body temperature and they go in parallel. With many attacks such as Fire Spin and Blaze Kick and a 240 ATK, it is an extremely powerful Pokémon.

4. Cinderace
Generation VIII
Bulbapedia
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Cinderace_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Cinderace is the third form of Scorbunny and Raboot. It can change its type to its next planned move. This fact alone should let you know that this Pokémon is unique. Cinderace can create extremely damaging attacks with relative ease. Its ability to use Libero, using its enemy’s moves against them is one more advantageous factor that makes Cinderace a very strong Pokémon. Famous for its use of Pyro ball, a flame ball which chases its enemies, Cinderace is a scary opponent for any Pokémon. 

3. Reshiram
Generation V
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Reshiram_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Reshiram is a Dragon/Fire Pokémon. With its jet-engine-like tail, its ability to cause chaos with fire and the power to change the weather, it is difficult to consider this Pokémon anything less than extremely powerful. Reshiram is part of the Tao Trio and The Legend states that, unlike Zekrom which sided with the younger brother, Reshiram sided with the Older brother who sought the truth. Therefore, Reshiram burns castles with people who ignore the truth and are guided by greed. Its special move is Fusion Blade.

2. Ho-Oh
Generation II
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Ho-Oh_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Ho-Oh is the master/creator of the trio of Legendary Birds Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres. Ho-Oh created each one as a representation of his journey. A Fire/Flying-type Pokémon, Ho-Oh has a 239 attack CP. It is well very well balanced in defense and stamina. It can regenerate, which makes it an almost unbeatable Pokémon. Furthermore, it can summon the Legendary Birds and summon Pokémon from the dead. Its powerful special attack, as well as its legendary status, make Ho-Oh a mesmerizing figure in the Pokémon universe and a very powerful Pokémon to have in your arsenal.

1. Groudon
Generation III
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https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Groudon_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Primal Groudon undergoes a transformation and becomes a dual Ground/Fire-type. Primal Groudon is an evolution of Groudon. Together with Rayquan and Kyogre, it is a part of the super-ancient Pokémon. With his powers, he can create and move entire continents, while his battles with Kyogre are some of the scariest Pokémon legends ever told. His ability to become a fire Pokémon when in control of the orbit makes Groudon unparalleled and the true ruler of the ground. Its combined stats of 770 are enough to show that Groudon can take on any Pokémon in history and cause trouble. It can evaporate water, cause volcanoes to erupt and can cause cataclysmic damages, making it, subjectively, our choice for the best fire-type Pokémon of all time.

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A Guide to NFTs, and How They Are About to Revolutionize Pretty Much Everything

When first explaining NFTs, one usually starts with the following sentence:

NFTs stand for “non-fungible tokens”. 

A perfectly natural place to start, no?

But trying to understand an NFT through the expansion of its abbreviation is like answering the question “what is an mp3?” with “it’s a MPEG Audio Layer-3.” 

Well, yeah… but that answer doesn’t quite get to the meat of the thing.

A better answer? An mp3 is a file type that completely revolutionized entire industries by changing the way we share and consume audio. 

Yes, NFTs are “non-fungible tokens”. And sure, understanding what fungibility means is helpful (and we’ll get to that shortly). But it doesn’t quite get to the meat of the thing.

A better answer?

NFTs are a type of token that are going to completely revolutionize entire industries by changing the way we share and consume pretty much everything.

OK fine. Let’s get technical for a second.

A “fungible” asset refers to something that is interchangeable with another unit of that same asset. A good example of a fungible asset is the US dollar. If I exchange my $1 bill for your $1 bill, nothing really changes. While they are two different pieces of fancy paper, both bills represent the same exact value. That’s fungibility. 

Conversely, a non-fungible asset refers to something of a distinct value. There are no two exactly the same. A good example of a non-fungible asset is a house or a car. 

A non-fungible token is where things get really interesting.

Bring on the blockchain

Blockchain technologies allow us to implement a lot of radically new ideas that weren’t before possible. The first and so far most popular of these implementations is the creation and distribution of tokens. Perhaps you’ve heard of one called Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a good example of a fungible token. One bitcoin is one bitcoin is one bitcoin. 

On the other hand, a non-fungible token allows us to create a digital certificate that represents a unique asset. We can attach these tokens to pretty much anything, including digital files—say, a photo, a video, an audio recording, or even this article. 

This allows us to create proofs of authenticity for digital content that can be owned, bought, sold and traded. Because these tokens are stored on an open and distributed blockchain (such as Ethereum), their embedded metadata and transaction history are completely verifiable by anyone in the world with an Internet connection. That means we can all know what digital wallets own what tokens at any given point in time. 

The implications of this are truly infinite, and we’ve just begun to scratch the surface of possibilities. So far, non-fungible tokens are being used to create industries around digital art, collectibles, gaming skins, digital land, and many many more.

Wait, digital art?

Yes. 

A great place to begin our journey into NFTs is in the now-exploding world of NFT art. As we now know, we can create a non-fungible token that acts as proof of authenticity for any digital file. So let’s say I jumped into Photoshop and made a really cool picture of a happy face. In fact, I’ve done exactly that…

https://zora.co/chaim/659
Matthew Chaim

Pretty dope, no?

Now, this happy face exists as a JPG file that I created in Photoshop, saved onto my computer, and uploaded onto this article’s web page. You, the reader, can easily drag this file onto your own desktop. Boom, there are now two copies of the “happy.jpg” on two different computers. This can be done a million times over by a million more people. Up until the advent of NFTs, this rendered the value of digital files near zero. If everyone owns it, no one owns it.

Enter NFTs, and everything changes

This time, after creating my happy face image, I mint it on the blockchain — a fancy way of saying that I turn it into an NFT. In fact, I’ve done exactly that.

Matthew Chaim

Now there is a 1 of 1 proof of authenticity certificate for “happy.jpg” that exists on the Ethereum blockchain, securely housed in my digital wallet. Anyone can verify this to be true on websites like Etherscan, which pull in the transaction history of everything done on the Ethereum blockchain. I can choose to put this 1 of 1 NFT of “happy.jpg” up for sale, and anyone can bid on it or buy it right away at its listed price. 

“But wait! I can still copy and drag the file onto my own computer a million times over. Why would anyone want to buy it?”

This is the initial reaction most people have when they’re first introduced to NFT art. Why would anyone want to own digital art if it can be infinitely copied and consumed by everyone?


Well, as the current owner of the “happy.jpg” NFT, I would like to say: please copy it! In fact, put it all over the Internet! Share it with all your friends! Turn it into a meme I beg of you!

Capturing the value of the Internet
Trevor (@whatdotcd)

The blockchain is the Louvre

NFTs allow us to completely transcend the supposed conflict between scarcity and abundance. We can now truly have our cake and eat it too. Content now gets to be both scarce and abundant. 

By creating a rare 1 of 1 NFT that represents a potentially famous and ubiquitously consumed file, we open the doors to capturing the value of viral content. Not by necessarily monetizing each instance that content is consumed, but by the value of that original NFT going up with the cultural significance of its associated art. 

It is like owning a Lebron James rookie card. You don’t own Lebron James. Everyone everywhere gets to watch him play basketball. But as Lebron’s stock in basketball and culture goes up, so does the value of the rare rookie card you own. 

The same is now true for memes! How glorious.

Another analogy that lands for some — and helped me understand all this as I first entered the world of NFTs — is that of the Mona Lisa.

So you might say, “I can just screenshot the happy.jpg image!” Yes, you can. You can also take a photo of the Mona Lisa with your phone. But you wouldn’t claim provenance over the Mona Lisa. In fact, the more people share their iPhone pics of the Mona Lisa, the more the painting’s cultural relevance continues to grow, and the more value the original painting has. 

We just all instinctively trust that the Louvre holds the real Mona Lisa. As @whatdotcd said in a recent Clubhouse room, “the blockchain is the Louvre.” Meaning, the open and distributed nature of a blockchain allows us to verify and trust the history and ownership of digital content, the same way we trust that the Louvre holds the real Mona Lisa.

Taking the mental jump into a whole new world

This is all very new to us, especially since we’ve all grown up in the first iteration of the Internet — an age in which we’ve learned to see digital content a certain way. There is, therefore a mental jump that we all have to take to understand these new concepts and to begin to truly taste their implications for ourselves. 

But rest assured, our grandchildren will not have to make this same mental jump. They will grow up in a world where digital content feels as distinct and tactile as physical objects do to us. 

What happens then? I for one can’t wait to find out.

A lay of the land

We will do a subsequent post on the emerging platforms in the NFT art world. If you’re itching to get exploring right away, here are some of the most popular NFT art marketplaces to get you going: 

SuperRare — Highly-curated 1-of-1 edition NFTs. The “gold standard” in the current NFT space. 

NiftyGateway — Fast-growing NFT market leading the pack in sales volume. Highly-sought after daily NFT drops, with popular visual artists and now celebrities getting involved. One of the few NFT platforms that accepts USD / credit card as payment.

Zora — Feed-style NFT platform in which the market of each piece is baked into the NFT itself and not run by the platform. Zora therefore doesn’t take a transaction fee on each sale like the other platforms. Creating NFTs is open for everyone. The Zora protocol is also open for anyone to build on.

Foundation — Beautifully designed and curated NFT marketplace with reserved bidding that, once met, unlocks 24-hour auctions. Creating NFTs is currently invite-only. 


Rarible — The most open and permissionless NFT marketplace. Anyone can create an NFT right away without needing an invite, and a roadmap is in place to make the platform community-run.

Makersplace — An invite-only creator NFT platform that accepts both Ethereum and fiat currency. Recently partnered with Christie’s auction house to sell the first fully digital piece at Christie’s, by artist Beeple. 


KnownOrigin — Quality NFT art platform with multiple weekly drops. Offers accepted in ETH.