Bret was my childhood hero.
I found him to be a very genuine character. Everything he said was believable. He had good morals and fought for what was right without being all over the top about it like Hulk.
His ring work speaks for itself. His knack for the subtleties is unparalleled.
His heel work in 97 was just superb. I loved it.
An underrated trait of his matches was that he didn’t necessarily need to use the Sharpshooter to win. It was a formidable finisher that finished most guys but he also was very canny and used his “ring smarts” to beat top opponents (see the wins against Piper at WM8, Austin at Survivor Series 96 and Diesel at Survivor Series 95 as some examples off the top of my head). In many cases you’re waiting for the finisher to be hit, or even 3 or 4 these days for the match to be over.