Bret Hart
Bret Hart
Bret Hart is a Canadian writer, actor and retired professional wrestler currently signed with WWE under a Legends contract. Like others in the Hart wrestling family, Hart has an amateur wrestling background, including wrestling at Ernest Manning High School and Mount Royal College.
Biography
Bret Hart's personal information overview.
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Teacher Reportedly Told Kids Donald Trump Will Deport Their Parents
Huffington Post - 3 months
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Rated-R Superstar Adam Copeland Gets G-Rated with "Bookaboo"
Huffington Post - 4 months
This wreaks of awesomeness. Amazon just launched a new "Original Kids" series last week called Bookaboo, and all signs point to it becoming the new Reading Rainbow. The series focuses on a rock-star puppy named Bookaboo. The drummer tours the world with his band, but can't play without a story a day read by a different celeb each time out. Paula Abdul, Emily Van Camp, and wrestler-turned-actor Adam Copeland (formerly Edge in the WWE) are among the talents who appear on respective episodes. We caught up with Copeland recently, and asked him to weigh in on the show, his acting career, and the state of professional wrestling. Read on! (Get it?) What was the initial attraction to Bookaboo? For me, this was a no brainer. It involves children, a rock n' roll drumming dog who needs a book read to him, and promotes parental reading and quality time with your children. Sold. It's been compared to Reading Rainbow. What were your go-to shows as a kid? I grew up in Southern ...
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Bret Hart On Owen Hart's Hall Of Fame Omission, Blasts Freebirds, Talks Lack Of Black WWE Champions
Forbes - 5 months
Bret Hart talks Owen Hart's omission from the WWE Hall of Fame, disses Michael Hayes and The Freebirds, discusses the lack of black WWE World Heavyweight Champions, and much more in Part 3 of House Money Studios' exclusive interview with The Hitman.
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The Wrestling World Gave A Massive Outpouring Of Support To Bret Hart Via Social Media
Yahoo News - about 1 year
The wrestling world reacted with an overwhelming show of love and support for Bret Hart after announcing he has cancer.
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United's Acting CEO Has Tough Task Ahead
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
Brett Hart is a high-achieving lawyer who has impressed top executives at two major companies but lacks operational experience that may be important for steering the company to better performance.
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WWE News: Owen Hart DVD And Blu-ray On The Horizon
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
For years, wrestling fans have been calling for WWE to induct the legendary Owen Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame. However, year after year has gone by without an Owen induction. There are many reasons for this, notably what has been a rocky relationship between WWE and Owen’s widow, Martha. However, it appears one of the first hurdles to an eventual Owen Hart WWE Hall of Fame induction has been cleared. According to a Thursday report from Wrestling DVD News, WWE is currently in the production phase of a DVD and Blu-ray set, which includes a full-length documentary, focused on the late Owen Hart. The most surprising news coming out of the report is that Martha Hart is giving full cooperation on the project, as is the rest of Owen’s family. The news comes on the day (May 5) that would have been Owen Hart’s 50th birthday. Owen tragically passed away on May 23, 1999, at the age of 34 after a stunt gone wrong during the WWE Over The Edge PPV event in Kansas City, Missouri. On that night ...
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WWE News: Random And Fun Facts Throughout ‘WrestleMania’ History
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
WrestleMania 31 is tomorrow, and there are going to be a lot of superstars looking to up their numbers and possibly make a huge name for themselves. They want to go down in the record books and be someone who everyone always remembers. With that, let’s take a look at some random and fun facts that have come about through the history of WrestleMania. A lot of research has been done to figure out these WrestleManiafun facts, but WWE has been gracious enough to provide some of their own as well. Looking at the numbers, it may be hard to believe some of the things that have happened at the huge event over the past 31 years. Most WrestleMania Appearances — 22: This title belongs to The Undertaker, and that means he also owns the record for most matches with 22 as well. What some people don’t know is that while his undefeated streak is over, WrestleMania 31 will mark his 14th consecutive appearance, which adds on to the record he already owns. Bret “Hit Man” Hart had the old record f ...
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WWE: Final predictions ahead of Wrestlemania 31
isports web - almost 2 years
Wrestlemania is finally upon us. Three nights from now the superstars of the WWE will step into the ring on the grandest stage of ‘em all inside Levi’s Stadium. Rivalries have been building for months, but the time for talk is over. Its either put up or shut up. Im going to take a look at each contest and predict who will walk out of Santa Clara victorious. Pre Show: Fatal Four Way Tag Team Championship Match: Tyson Kidd & Cesaro (C) vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos This matchup has been brewing for a couple of weeks now. Each team has been paired off at one point or another in recent weeks, and tensions have been building. A fatal four way match is the best way to get at these teams in the ring without having to book separate matches. I like what Cesaro and Kidd have done during their run with the belts and would like to see them develop and grow as champions, but their reign is going to be halted by the Samoan twins. Winners and new Champions The Usos Interc ...
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Rumor Roundup (Jan. 31, 2014): Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 30, Developmental plans, more
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Today's rumors: Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 could have been a title match, fans don't forget CM Punk at NXT taping, developmental news regarding KENTA, Big Cass, and more! Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact; so remember to take it all with a grain of salt. Rumors for the Day: Here's an interesting "what could have been" scenario: Apparently, late last year before plans were set with Batista's return and the unification of the WWE and World Heavyweight titles, there was talk of putting one of the titles on Brock Lesnar at Royal Rumble and having him keep it up to his match against the ...
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Royal Rumble Rankings: 11-7
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
There have been 26 Royal Rumble matches in WWE history. Let's rank each one, shall we? Up next: Numbers 11-7. Professional wrestling is all about gimmicks and no gimmick has been as successful, at least as a match type, as the annual Royal Rumble. It takes place in January of every year and features 30 (one time 40) wrestlers competing in an over-the-top-rope battle royal. Initially, it was just a fun match WWE would put on that featured the best of the best. Eventually, it became a showcase match that would see the winner rewarded with a shot at the WWE championship at that year'sWrestleMania event. In anticipation of the 27th Royal Rumble match taking place this Sunday night (Jan. 26, 2014) at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, we're going to rank each of the first 26 from worst to first. Today we tackle numbers 11-7. _________________________________ 11. Royal Rumble 1997 Why it was good: This one benefits greatly from hindsight. Stone Cold St ...
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CSSGMT Final Four Match: (1) Hell in a Cell Fall vs. (5) Double Turn
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
The Final Four round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament kicks off today with a match-up pitting number one seed Hell in a Cell Fall against number five seed Double Turn. Come vote now! The Final Four round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number one seed Hell in a Cell Fall, featuring Mick Foley taking a crazy bump off a cage, against number five seed Double Turn, featuring Bret Hart and Stone Cold Steve Austin switching roles in one match. Remember, voting closes at midnight CT. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To vote Hell in a Cell Fall simply write: Vote - Fall To vote Double Turn simply write: Vote - Turn Here are the two moments to choose from: Hell in a Cell Fall: When Mick Foley was told he would be working a Hell in a Cell match against Undertaker, he desperately wanted to outdo Undertaker's previous H ...
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All Wrestling, All the Time: WWE Network First Impressions
The Street - about 3 years
LAS VEGAS (TheStreet)-- If there's one thing that World Wrestling Entertainment knows how to do, it's build excitement around its brand. Last night was no different, as the entertainment company announced its WWE Network, a 24/7 streaming service, akin to Netflix . With the new network, the company aims to not only build excitement, but generate some serious revenue growth as well.Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, who else!, kicked off the event, telling the crowd at the Consumer Electronics Show that the company will begin to make use of its massive library of content (some 100,000+ hours worth) by affording fans a place to relive the "sport's" glory days by watching pay-per-views (including WrestleMania) all in one place. WWE launches it's network. Note new logo #ces2014 #wwe pic.twitter.com/F2awOlssVr Chris Ciaccia (@Chris_Ciaccia) January 9, 2014 The new network, which starts Feb. 24 in the U.S. right after Raw, the WWE's flagship program, will cost $9.99 per month with a 6-mo ...
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CSSGMT First Round Match: (3) Montreal Screwjob vs. (14) Cane Dewey
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
The first round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number three seed Montreal Screwjob against number 14 seed Cane Dewey. Come vote now! The first round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Moment Tournament continues today with a match-up pitting number three seed Montreal Screwjob, featuring arguably the most infamous moment in pro wrestling history, against number 14 seed Cane Dewey, featuring a memorable promo from Mankind about ECW fans wanting to harm his son. Remember, voting closes at midnight CT. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To vote Montreal Screwjob simply write: Vote - Screwjob To vote Cane Dewey simply write: Vote - Dewey Here are the two moments to choose from: Montreal Screwjob: One of the most infamous events in pro wrestling history. Bret Hart was leaving the WWF to go to WCW but refused to drop the championship ...
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Smarks, WWE creative, and the Internet Wrestling Community
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
Earlier this week, Hulk Holland penned an interesting piece looking at the relationship between the creative brain trust within WWE and the smark fan base that so longs for cohesive storytelling featuring darling wrestlers said fan base has initiated into its ranks. In short, the two sides simply don't trust each other. Vince McMahon thinks he knows what's best for you, the smark, and you, the smark, think you know what's best for Vince McMahon and his wildly successful promotion. Then there's the issue of the Internet Wrestling Community as a collective and how it does -- or doesn't -- shape the landscape as a whole. To that point, Cageside commentator GuyinNY left this incredibly well thought out comment that I didn't catch until recently and wanted to expose to a much larger audience. Here it is, completely unedited: To be clear, I In determining WWE's booking relationship to the IWC, the salient issue is determining the character of the IWC. Despite some ...
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Rumor Roundup for Wednesday, April 17
Cageside Seats - almost 4 years
Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we will be taking a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact; so remember to take it all with a grain of salt. Rumors for the Day: A favorite subject of ours here at the Rumor Roundup is the potential returns of past Superstars. Another name to add to the ever-growing list is John Morrison. Since leaving WWE in late 2011, the multi-time Intercontinental and Tag Team champion has been working on the independent scene. Back in December, Morrison claimed that the door was open for his WWE return at any time and he expected to return in 6 months time. With WWE in major need of some veteran mid-card faces, Morrison is a name to watch. Triple H underwent an ...
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CSSGTTT Final Four Match: (1) Road Warriors vs. (1) Hart Foundation
Cageside Seats - almost 4 years
The Final Four round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Tag Team Tournament kicks off today with a match-up pitting number one seed the Road Warriors (Hawk and Animal) against number one seed the Hart Foundation (Bret Hart and Jim Neidhart). Remember, voting closes at midnight CT. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To vote Road Warriors simply write: Vote - Warriors To vote Hart Foundation simply write: Vote - Foundation Updated bracket: (click image to enlarge)
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How Can Teachers Overcome Depression and Strife?
Education Week - about 4 years
A message sent via Twitter tells the tale. "My fellow teacher residents and I are going through deep strife and depression right now and I'm holding a healing session tomorrow evening. Any meditative or healing resources you can share? Anything will do!" The pressures we are subjecting teachers to are taking a toll. When our leaders hold schools responsible for overcoming poverty, teachers sometimes feel as if their work is never enough. And in addition to meeting all the needs of their students, teachers are also expected to constantly monitor data, communicate with parents, and even act as security guards when violence invades the school. Many teachers have families of their own, and find themselves in a losing race to meet the competing demands for their time and energy. But it's not just the every day pressures that are getting to our teachers. Teaching is a highly interpersonal profession and constantly engaging in relationships means that teachers are always at t ...
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Cageside Seats Yearly RECs for 2012: WINNERS
Cageside Seats - about 4 years
2012 was an amazing year for Cageside Seats, and a huge part of that was because of you, Cagesiders. With your hard work and dedication to the site, Cageside is known for some of the best pro wrestling writing on the Interwebs and for THEE Best Community, bar none. So we created the REC's to honor all of your great efforts and contributions. Now, with 2012 over, we have decided to pick the best COMMENT and FanPosts from the past year. Well, technically the best FanPost and comment just since we started the REC's in September. The best part is, since this is all about you, Cagesiders, the final choice was up to you! Below are the winners for best COMMENT and best FanPost of 2012. Congratulations to the winners, to the nominees, and to all of you Cagesiders who make this such a great community. Without further ado, the POLL RESULTS are (drum roll): ... ... ... ... ... What was the best COMMENT of 2012? And the winner is... 1 ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bret Hart
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 58
    Jim Ross claimed on March 2, 2016 that Hart had beaten the disease following successful surgery and that it appeared not to have spread to other areas of his body.
    More Details Hide Details Hart responded to Jim Ross' comments through Facebook saying that although the surgery was a success he and his doctors were optimistic and would be monitored every three months until he can actually be cancer free. In October 1993, Bret Hart gave a radio interview in which he said Ric Flair "sucks", and described his workplace, WCW, as "minor league". In his autobiography, Flair criticized Hart for exploiting the death of his brother, Owen Hart, and the controversy surrounding the Montreal Screwjob. Flair also claimed in his autobiography that, despite Hart's popularity in Canada, he was not a formidable money-making draw in the United States, a claim which Hart dismissed as "plain ridiculous" in a column written for the Calgary Sun. Hart claimed that he drew greater revenue than Flair, citing his headlining performances on consistently sold-out tours throughout his WWF career, while Flair wrestled to allegedly near-empty arenas. He also criticized Flair on what he perceived as insults to fellow wrestlers Mick Foley and Randy Savage. Hart did acknowledge a decline in the WWF's popularity during the mid-1990s, but he, and others, felt that this was largely attributed to the WWF's well-publicised sex and steroid scandals, as well as WCW's acquisition of former top WWE stars.
    On February 1, 2016, Hart announced through a Facebook post that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
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    In 2016, Hart starred in the documentary film Nine Legends.
    More Details Hide Details Early that year, Hart launched a podcast named The Sharpshooter Show. Hart lent his nickname to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League; he was a founder and part-owner.
  • 2011
    Age 53
    A DVD entitled Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart: WWE's Greatest Rivalries was released in November 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The subject of the DVD was their on-screen rivalry and real-life conflicts, with a particular focus on the Montreal Screwjob.
  • 2010
    Age 52
    He married Stephanie Washington in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Through his daughters Jade and Alexandra, Hart has a granddaughter, Kyra Beans (born June 2010) and a grandson, Grayson Knight Cassidy (born June 20, 2015). His seven brothers were either wrestlers or involved backstage with the wrestling business; his four sisters all married professional wrestlers. Two of his brothers-in-law, Davey Boy Smith, and Jim Neidhart had successful careers in the business. His youngest brother Owen Hart had become a decorated wrestler in his own right before his death in 1999, caused in an accident at the WWF pay-per-view Over the Edge. Hart's niece Natalya is a WWE Superstar. Fellow pro wrestler Roddy Piper claimed in his autobiography to be a cousin of Hart. Hart has also stated that Piper was the only wrestler to visit him in the hospital after his stroke. On June 24, 2002, Bret Hart suffered a stroke after hitting his head in a bicycle accident. The Calgary Herald reported that Hart hit a pothole, flew over the handlebars of the bike, and landed on the back of his head. Hart suffered total paralysis on his left side, which required months of physical therapy. Hart has since recovered much of his mobility and is in good health, although he suffers from an emotional imbalance and other lasting effects common to stroke survivors. Hart wrote in detail about his stroke in his autobiography, Hitman: My Real Life In The Cartoon World of Wrestling.
    In November 2010, Hart's WWE contract had expired.
    More Details Hide Details At Over the Limit, Hart came to the support of his long-running 1990s rival, Jerry Lawler, forcing Michael Cole to kiss Lawler's foot. The following night on Raw, Hart refereed the main event, which saw John Cena and Rey Mysterio defeat R-Truth and CM Punk with Hart's assistance. On the August 23, 2011 tapings of SmackDown (aired August 26), Hart served as guest general manager. On September 12, Hart teamed with John Cena in a match against Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez, which he won after putting Rodriguez into a sharpshooter. This was Hart's final match. Hart has made infrequent appearances in minor roles, appearing on the April 25, 2011 edition of Tough Enough. At Raw 1000 and on the May 4, 2015 episode of Raw he served as guest ring announcer; he interviewed John Cena on September 10, 2012, during which CM Punk interrupted and got into a confrontation with Hart. He participated in backstage segments at the 2013 Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 31. He has also served as an expert on panels, including the March 25, 2013 episode of Raw and at the NXT Arrival pre-show. Hart was in the corner of his niece Natalya on the March 27, 2014 episode of NXT, at the NXT TakeOver event and at Payback 2016.
    On April 6, 2010, WWE released Hart & Soul: The Hart Family Anthology, which is a 3 DVD set featuring a documentary on the Hart wrestling family as well as 12 matches.
    More Details Hide Details It is unique in that it also features previously unseen home movies from the Harts as well as interviews from family members.
    In 2010, The Fight Network produced a documentary titled Bret Hart – Survival of the Hitman produced by John Pollock, Jorge Barbosa and Wai Ting chronicling the rise of Hart, his split with WWE in 1997 and his road back to the company in January 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The documentary features interviews with Hart, members of the family, Carl DeMarco, former sports agent Gord Kirke, and producer of 'Wrestling with Shadows' Paul Jay.
    On March 1, 2010, it was confirmed that Hart and McMahon would have their match at WrestleMania XXVI.
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    Despite Hart's claims around the time of WrestleMania 22, the idea of a match between Hart and McMahon was revived in 2010 following Bret's guest appearance on the January 4 edition of Raw.
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    Hart, along with his family, inducted his father Stu Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame, a controversial decision that aggravated Hart and McMahon's rivalry in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details At WrestleMania, McMahon attempted to buy Hart's family into turning against him; however, they turned against McMahon instead and helped Hart defeat McMahon. Hart stood with The Hart Dynasty (David Hart Smith and Tyson Kidd), a stable stemmed from the Hart family, throughout their feud with ShoMiz (Big Show and The Miz); they ultimately won the WWE Tag Team Championship on April 26. When The Miz lost a match that guaranteed a WWE United States Championship match to a Hart family member, he chose Bret; with the help of the Dynasty, Hart defeated The Miz to win his fifth United States Championship on May 17 in Toronto, Canada. On the May 24 edition of Raw, Hart was named the new general manager of Raw. His first orders included vacating his United States Championship, which R-Truth won, and setting up qualifying matches for Fatal 4-Way, which the injured Batista took exception to and quit. The next week, Hart declared a Viewer's Choice episode of Raw. He was attacked by NXT rookies after firing Wade Barrett and declining to offer them contracts on the June 14 episode of Raw. A week later, McMahon fired Hart as general manager for failing to control the rookies.
    He returned to sporadic in-ring competition from 2010–2011 with WWE, where he won his final championship, headlined the 2010 SummerSlam event, and served as the general manager of Raw.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout his career, Hart headlined WrestleManias IX, X, and XII, and participated in the main event of the 1997 and 1999 editions of WCW Starrcade – as a special enforcer in the former. Hart has held championships in five decades from the 1970s to the 2010s, with a total of 32 held throughout his career, and 17 held between the WWF/WWE and WCW. He is a seven-time world champion, having held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship five times and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice. He spent more time as WWF World Heavyweight Champion than any other wrestler during the 1990s, with a total of 654 days as champion, and was the first WCW World Heavyweight Champion born outside the United States. He is also a five-time WCW/WWE United States Champion, a two-time WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion, and a three time world tag team champion (two-time WWF Tag Team Champion and one-time WCW World Tag Team Champion), thus making him the second WWF Triple Crown Champion and fifth (with Goldberg) WCW Triple Crown Champion. He was the first man to win both the WWF and WCW Triple Crown Championships.
  • 2009
    Age 51
    Hart re-signed with WWE in late 2009.
    More Details Hide Details On December 28, after weeks of speculation surrounding Hart and his presence in World Wrestling Entertainment, Chairman Vince McMahon announced that Hart would be special guest host on the January 4 Raw. Hart thanked the fans for their continued support, jokingly teased announcer Jerry Lawler about their long-running 1990s feud, and confronted Shawn Michaels and McMahon regarding the Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series in 1997. Hart and Michaels were able to agree on a truce, shaking hands and hugging. While many cast doubts on the sincerity of their reconciliation, both men have confirmed that it was indeed genuine and not part of storyline. It also appeared that he had buried the hatchet with McMahon later in the night, until McMahon subsequently kicked Bret in the crotch (this was in fact part of a storyline, as Hart and McMahon had been on speaking terms since 2005).
    On September 27, 2009, Hart appeared in New York City's Manhattan Center to sign autographs during a Ring of Honor event.
    More Details Hide Details He spoke to the crowd, reminiscing about some of his more memorable matches in New York. In mid-2005, Hart worked with the renamed World Wrestling Entertainment for the first time since 1997, contributing hours of interview footage and selecting matches for his WWE Home Video release, Bret "Hit Man" Hart: The Best There Is, the Best There Was, the Best There Ever Will Be. On April 1, 2006, Hart was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame by Stone Cold Steve Austin. He neglected to appear alongside his fellow inductees at WrestleMania 22 the following night. On June 11, 2007, Hart made his first appearance on Raw since October 27, 1997 when he appeared in a pre-taped interview voicing his opinions on Vince McMahon as part of "Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night."
    On the weekend of July 11, 2009, he made an appearance at One Pro Wrestling in Doncaster, England, where he held a Q&A, and then entered the ring to address the fans at the show.
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  • 2008
    Age 50
    During the months of October and November 2008, Hart went on tour with American Wrestling Rampage promotions, touring many places throughout the UK and Ireland, posing for photographs and signing autographs before the show.
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    In June 2008, Hart returned to the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall of Fame ceremony, this time to induct his father Stu Hart.
    More Details Hide Details Hart wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun from June 1991 until October 2004. On October 16, 2007, Hart's autobiography titled Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, was released in Canada by Random House Canada, and released in fall 2008 in the United States by Grand Central Publishing, with a U.S. book signing tour. Hart began writing the book in July 1999 with Marcy Engelstein, his longtime close friend and business associate. They did not complete the book until eight years later in September 2007 due to Hart suffering his stroke in 2002, among numerous other tragedies that occurred during the writing. Hart's chronicle is based on an audio diary that he kept for all of his years on the road in professional wrestling. Hart also provided the forewords to Roddy Piper's autobiography, In The Pit With Piper, Harley Race's autobiography King of the Ring and Dave Meltzer's book Tributes II: Remembering More of the Worlds Greatest Wrestlers.
  • FORTIES
  • 2007
    Age 49
    In 2007, Hart signed autographs at "The Legends of Wrestling" show at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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  • 2004
    Age 46
    Hart married an Italian woman named Cinzia Rota in 2004, but they divorced in 2007 after failing to agree on where they should live.
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  • 2003
    Age 45
    In his first major appearance since recovering, Hart traveled to Australia to appear at another WWA event in May 2003.
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  • 2001
    Age 43
    In 2001, Hart became the on-screen commissioner of World Wrestling All-Stars (WWA), a role that ended prematurely due to a 2002 stroke, which temporarily rendered him a wheelchair user.
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  • 2000
    Age 42
    WCW terminated Hart's contract via FedEx letter on October 20, 2000, due to his ongoing incapacity, and he announced his retirement from professional wrestling soon afterward.
    More Details Hide Details Hart and several critics considered his storylines during his tenure to be lacklustre. Former WCW wrestler Chris Jericho attributed this to backstage politics and creative mayhem. Hart cited his "steel plate" segment with Goldberg and his tribute match to Owen, against Chris Benoit, as his two worthwhile moments with the company. He said he was "proud" to have been WCW World Heavyweight Champion for a short time prior to his injury.
    His final WCW appearance occurred on the September 6, 2000 edition of Thunder, in a promo where he confronted Bill Goldberg on the injury he sustained nine months prior.
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    Hart vacated the title in late January 2000 when he was forced to withdraw from the main event of WCW's Souled Out due to his injuries.
    More Details Hide Details Hart continued to make appearances on WCW television, generally cutting promos.
  • 1999
    Age 41
    Hart later appeared again on MADtv in 1999 and 2000 in an angle with actor Will Sasso in which the two feuded on the set of MADtv and in World Championship Wrestling; this culminated in a grudge match on WCW Monday Nitro, where Hart decisively defeated Sasso.
    More Details Hide Details Hart donned his "Hit Man" singlet, along with additional costume, and executed wrestling maneuvers on villain characters, as part of his performance as the Genie in a 2004 stage production of Aladdin. He reprised the role in 2006. Hart was the subject of 1998 documentary, Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows, which chronicles the events leading up to his transition from WWF to WCW. A clip of Hart applying the sharpshooter to Benoit at WCW Mayhem in 1999 is featured in the opening credits of Malcolm in the Middle. In mid-2005, WWE announced the release of a three-disc DVD originally named Screwed: The Bret Hart Story, with the title a reference to the Montreal Screwjob. Hart filmed over seven hours of interview footage for the DVD, which was renamed Bret "Hit Man" Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be. The collection was released on November 15, 2005.
    Hart returned to wrestling on the September 13, 1999 edition of Nitro in a tag team match with Hulk Hogan against Sting and Lex Luger.
    More Details Hide Details Hart challenged for Sting's WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the October 18 edition of Nitro, but lost the match when he was attacked by Luger. Due to controversy over a series of WCW World Heavyweight Championship matches between Sting, Hogan, and Goldberg at Halloween Havoc, the title was declared vacant. A tournament then took place over several episodes of Nitro. Hart's first round match came against Goldberg the night after Halloween Havoc, with the bout being a tournament match for a berth in the next round, as well as being a match for the United States Heavyweight Championship that Goldberg had won the night before. Thanks to outside interference, Hart defeated Goldberg and won the United States Heavyweight Championship for the fourth time. On the November 8 edition of Nitro, Hart lost the United States Heavyweight Championship to Scott Hall in a ladder match which also involved Sid Vicious and Goldberg. Hart won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship tournament by defeating Perry Saturn, Billy Kidman, Sting, and Chris Benoit at Mayhem.
    On May 23, 1999, the night before Hart was scheduled to make an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to hype his imminent WCW return, his brother Owen Hart died in an accident during a WWF pay-per-view.
    More Details Hide Details Hart took a further four months off from WCW to be with his family.
    On the February 8, 1999 edition of Nitro, Hart lost the United States Heavyweight Championship to family friend Roddy Piper.
    More Details Hide Details On the March 29 edition of Nitro held at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, Hart appeared in street clothes and derided WCW World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair, as well as Hogan, for avoiding a match with him. Finally, he called out "franchise player" Bill Goldberg, claiming he could beat him in five minutes and verbally coercing Goldberg into tackling him. Hart was wearing a metal breastplate under his Toronto Maple Leafs sweater, which resulted in Goldberg being knocked out. Hart then counted his own pinfall over Goldberg's unconscious body and announced over the mic: "Hey Bischoff, and the WCW, I quit!" In reality, he had suffered a groin injury at the hands of Dean Malenko in November and needed time off for surgery.
  • 1998
    Age 40
    Bret and Julie separated in May 1998 and divorced on June 24, 2002 just hours before Hart suffered his stroke.
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    In April 1998, Hart interfered in a Nitro main event between Hollywood Hogan and Randy Savage, helping Hogan recapture the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details He became an associate of the nWo, but did not officially join the group. four times from 1998–1999 (a record within WCW). At Bash at the Beach, Hart competed in his first championship match in WCW when he faced Booker T for Booker's WCW World Television Championship. He was disqualified after hitting Booker with a steel chair. He headlined his first Nitro card on July 20, defeating Diamond Dallas Page for the vacant WCW United States Heavyweight Championship, with assistance from nWo member, The Giant. On the August 10 edition of Nitro, Hart lost his title to Lex Luger. He regained it from Luger the next night on Thunder. In the main event of Fall Brawl, Hart was defeated in a WarGames match for the No. 1 contender spot to the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Hart subsequently asked the fans for forgiveness, turning his back on Hogan and the nWo. A match between Hart and Hogan was booked for the September 28 edition of Nitro. During the match, Hart sustained a knee injury, with the bout ending in a no-contest; Sting came to Hart's aid and initiated a match with Hogan. Hart turned on Sting, delivering a DDT, and this bout was also ruled a no-contest. Sting, a member of the rival nWo Wolfpac, was assaulted after the match; this betrayal began an intense feud between Hart and Sting.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1997
    Age 39
    Hart also guest starred on the sketch comedy series MADtv in 1997 where he acted as enforcer at a fan's house, appearing with his WWF Championship belt.
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    Hart made his debut on Nitro on December 15, 1997.
    More Details Hide Details He was also heavily involved in that month's Starrcade pay-per-view. Due to a 60-day no-compete clause from the WWF, he served as the special guest referee for the match between Bischoff and Larry Zbyszko; during the Sting versus Hollywood Hogan main event for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, he stepped in toward the conclusion of the match as impromptu referee, declaring Sting the winner and new champion by submission. In January, his no-compete clause expired, and his first feud in WCW was against Ric Flair, as both wrestlers considered themselves the greatest professional wrestler of all time. Hart defeated Flair at Souled Out in his first WCW match. After this, Hart elected to defend the honor of WCW against the nWo, defeating members Brian Adams in his debut Nitro match on March 2, and Curt Hennig (formerly known as "Mr. Perfect") at Uncensored.
    Hart signed a three-year contract with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in November 1997, the perks of which included a salary of $2.5 million per year (a $1 million annual increase from his WWF contract), as well as a light schedule and a measure of creative control over his television character.
    More Details Hide Details A day after the WWF's Survivor Series pay-per-view, Eric Bischoff, while with the New World Order (nWo), announced that Hart was going to be coming to WCW and joining the nWo.
    He left for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) following the controversial "Montreal Screwjob" in November 1997, where he remained until October 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Having been inactive from in-ring competition since January 2000, owing to a December 1999 concussion, he officially retired in October 2000, shortly after his departure from the company.
  • 1996
    Age 38
    Although Hart was signed to a 20-year contract back in 1996, the WWF was in a rough financial position by late 1997 and could not afford the contract.
    More Details Hide Details Although Hart was arguably the biggest wrestler in the world during the mid-1990s, McMahon also felt that the value of his character was beginning to wane, and he strongly encouraged Hart to approach the World Championship Wrestling (WCW) about a contract, hopefully one similar to their original offer. This was despite Hart's reluctance to leave the WWF and willingness to re-negotiate. Hart subsequently signed a three-year contract with WCW. His final match with the WWF would be a title match against his real life rival Shawn Michaels at Survivor Series in Montreal. Hart did not want to end his WWF career with a loss to Michaels in his home country particularly with the context of their nationality-fueled feud; and offered to lose, forfeit or otherwise give over the belt to Michaels in any other way that McMahon wanted. McMahon agreed to Hart's idea of forfeiting the championship the next night on Raw Is War or losing it a few weeks later.
    Over the summer, Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was fresh from winning the 1996 King of the Ring, continually taunted Hart and challenged him to come back and have a match.
    More Details Hide Details After an eight-month hiatus from television, Hart returned and defeated Austin at Survivor Series in a match for the number one contender spot to the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Hart challenged champion Sycho Sid at the following month's In Your House 12: It's Time; Shawn Michaels, who was serving as a guest commentator at ringside, accidentally cost Hart the victory when he attempted to become involved in the match after being assaulted by Sid. The building tension between Hart and Michaels climaxed after the match, when Hart assaulted Michaels. Hart's feud with Austin escalated at the Royal Rumble, when Hart tossed Austin out of the ring, only for Austin (unbeknownst to the referees) to climb back into the ring and win the Rumble. Hart quit the WWF the next night on Raw in protest. In order to deal with this controversy, a Fatal Four-Way between Austin and the participants he eliminated after re-entering the ring (Vader, The Undertaker, and Hart) was set up for In Your House 13: Final Four, with the winner becoming the number one contender. After then-champion Shawn Michaels relinquished the belt, though, the match officially became for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Hart defeated Austin, Vader, and The Undertaker in the Fatal Four-Way. However, Austin made sure Hart's fourth reign was short-lived, costing him a title match against Sid the next night on Raw. Hart challenged for Sid's WWF World Heavyweight Championship in a steel cage match shortly before WrestleMania 13, which saw Austin actually attempt to help Hart win, in order to make their scheduled match at WrestleMania 13 a title match.
    On October 21, Hart elected to re-sign with the World Wrestling Federation He was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame Class of 1996.
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    Finishing up his original WWF deal, Hart returned to action on a tour of South Africa on September 8, 1996, defeating Davey Boy Smith in Durban.
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    He lost to The Undertaker by disqualification at the 1996 Royal Rumble when Diesel interfered, ultimately retaining the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and defeated The Undertaker by disqualification in a rematch on the February 5 edition of Raw, again due to Diesel's interference.
    More Details Hide Details Hart retained his title once again against Diesel in a steel cage match at In Your House 6, and defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley, who was undefeated on Raw, on the March 4 edition of the show. WWF Commissioner Rowdy Roddy Piper ruled that Hart would face Shawn Michaels, who had earned a WWF World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XII by winning the Royal Rumble, in a 60-minute Iron Man match at the event. The wrestler with the most decisions during the 60 minutes would win the match and the WWF Championship. At WrestleMania, with less than a minute left on the clock and the score still 0–0, Michaels jumped from the middle rope; his legs were caught by Hart, and Hart locked in his Sharpshooter. However, Michaels did not submit in the last 30 seconds so the match ended in a tie. WWF President Gorilla Monsoon ruled that the match would continue in sudden death overtime. Michaels hit a superkick to win the championship. Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers voted it the "Match of the Year"; in 2004, WWE fans voted the match as the greatest in the history of WrestleMania. After WrestleMania, Hart went on a European tour over the next two weeks, coming out victorious against Stone Cold Steve Austin and Hunter Hearst Helmsley. The tour ended on April 22, and after this took his hiatus from television. His final televised appearance was an interview taped while on the European tour where he described his passion for wrestling was diminished, and although there were offers from competing companies he might be finished with wrestling.
  • 1995
    Age 37
    Hart beat Lawler in a "Kiss My Foot" match at King of the Ring, and defeated Lawler's kayfabe dentist, Isaac Yankem, by disqualification at SummerSlam 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Their King of the Ring match ended with Hart shoving his foot into Lawler's mouth, then forcing Lawler to kiss his own foot. Although Hart was victorious in their in-ring feud, Lawler remained strongly opposed to Hart as a commentator, and would routinely encourage Hart's opponents during matches; it would not be until Over the Limit, sixteen years later, that both men would finally bury the hatchet. After disposing of Lawler, Hart shifted his focus back to the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Diesel in a no disqualification match at Survivor Series to commence his third reign. In a rematch from their SummerSlam 1992 encounter, Hart successfully defended his title against the now heel Davey Boy Smith at In Your House 5: Seasons Beatings.
    Hart challenged for Diesel's WWF World Heavyweight Championship at the 1995 Royal Rumble, in a match that was continually marred by outside interference and ruled a draw.
    More Details Hide Details Both men embraced in a display of sportsmanship after the match. In a rematch from Survivor Series, Hart defeated Bob Backlund in an "I Quit" match at WrestleMania XI. Hart would be the focal point of the first event in the In Your House pay-per-view series, competing in two matches at In Your House 1. He defeated Hakushi in the very first match of the in Your House series. Hart's acclaimed feud with Jerry Lawler was reignited at the event when Lawler defeated Hart due to Hakushi's (now Lawler's protégé) interference.
    Three days after Hart's title loss, Diesel defeated Backland in eight seconds with a jackknife powerbomb to become the new WWF World Heavyweight Champion. By 1995, Hart was focusing on projects outwith the business, such as acting, and shifted to the number two face in the company, behind Diesel.
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  • 1994
    Age 36
    In 1994, Hart played a prison inmate in Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers; however, the scene he appeared in was deleted.
    More Details Hide Details From 1994 to 1995 Hart appeared in the Lonesome Dove television series playing "Luther Root". He has made numerous televised appearances since, including a guest spot on The Simpsons in 1997 (as himself, in "The Old Man and the Lisa") and episodes of the Honey I Shrunk The Kids TV series (along with his brother Owen), The Adventures of Sinbad, Big Sound, and The Immortal. Hart provides the voice of pro wrestler character "The Hooded Fang" in Jacob Two-Two.
    He was voted the greatest wrestler of 1994 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers, winning the vote for the second straight year.
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    Later on, Hart managed to participate and win the 1994 Royal Rumble match amid controversy.
    More Details Hide Details Hart and Lex Luger were the final two participants and the two were eliminated over the top rope at the same time. Therefore, both men were named co-winners of the 1994 Royal Rumble match and received title shots at WrestleMania X. Luger won the chance to face Yokozuna first, with Hart having to wrestle his brother Owen, before receiving his title shot. Hart lost his match against Owen but went on to defeat Yokozuna for his second WWF World Heavyweight Championship. Hart continued to feud with his brother Owen while he also started feuding with Diesel. Hart's friend and former tag team partner Jim Neidhart returned to the WWF and reunited with Hart. At King of the Ring, Hart defended the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Diesel. When Hart was winning the match, Shawn Michaels interfered on Diesel's behalf; Diesel appeared close to victory after he delivered a Jackknife Powerbomb yet before he could pin Hart, Neidhart interfered, therefore Diesel won by disqualification, but Hart retained his title. Neidhart left when Diesel and Michaels attacked Hart following the match. Neidhart's motivation was made clear when he helped Owen win the tournament that night, so that he could receive a title shot against his brother. At SummerSlam, Hart successfully retained the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Owen in a steel cage match. This match received a five-star rating from Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, and the brothers' feud was voted "Feud of the Year" by readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
  • 1993
    Age 35
    Hart and his younger brother, Owen Hart, would also feud with Lawler during 1993 in the United States Wrestling Association (USWA), with Lawler notably defeating Owen for Owen's USWA Unified World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Hart's feud with Lawler was named "Feud of the Year" by Wrestling Observer Newsletter, and voted "Feud of the Year" by readers of Pro Wrestling Illustrated. After months of dealing with Lawler, Hart received a WrestleMania IX rematch with WWF World Heavyweight Champion Yokozuna on the November 20 edition of WWF Superstars. When Bret appeared to have the match won, with Yokozuna locked in the sharpshooter, Owen came to ringside to congratulate his brother. The referee began questioning Owen's motives, which allowed Fuji to assault Bret. Owen then involved himself in the match, resulting in a victory for Yokozuna via disqualification. On the non-televised but now-canon November 22 edition of Monday Night Raw, Hart again challenged Yokozuna for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, and again failed to regain the championship due to similar involvement from Owen. The brothers' disagreements set the wheels in motion for a family feud that would span the entirety of 1994. At Survivor Series, the Harts (Bret, Owen, Bruce, and Keith) took on Shawn Michaels (a substitution for Lawler, who was facing legal troubles) and his knights. The Harts won the match, with all of the brothers surviving except for Owen, the only Hart family member eliminated when he was rolled up by Michaels after inadvertently knocking Bret off the apron. Bitter about his elimination, Owen blamed Bret for this and in the weeks ahead, blamed Bret for holding him back.
  • 1992
    Age 34
    Hart's rise to singles success was seen to revolutionize the business; IGN wrote: "After Bret beat Ric Flair for the WWE Championship in 1992, it changed the entire industry, re-setting the WWF back to the days of technical wizardry and reshaping all our notions of what a great wrestling match should actually look and feel like".
    More Details Hide Details According to prominent industry historian Dave Meltzer, Hart was "a major draw in the United States and probably more so in Europe". On the February 16, 2006 episode of Raw, it was announced that Hart would be a 2006 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. Hart had also been approached by Vince McMahon for a potential match between the two at WrestleMania 22 but declined the offer. On April 1, 2006, Hart was inducted by "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. He thanked every wrestler he worked with (even thanking Vince McMahon) and said he's "in a good place in life."
    He would headline his first pay-per-view as champion with a successful title defense against Shawn Michaels at the 1992 Survivor Series, and defeated Razor Ramon at the 1993 Royal Rumble.
    More Details Hide Details He would also defend the title against contenders such as Papa Shango and former champion Ric Flair before losing the title to Yokozuna in his first WrestleMania main event at WrestleMania IX, after interference from Mr. Fuji. Fuji then challenged Hulk Hogan, who had come out to help Hart, to compete for the title; Hogan then won his fifth WWF Title from Yokozuna. In June, Hart won the first pay-per-view King of the Ring tournament, defeating Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect, and Bam Bam Bigelow, thus becoming the only two-time King of the Ring. According to Hart, he was scheduled to regain the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Hulk Hogan at SummerSlam, but Hogan chose to drop the title to Yokozuna instead at King of the Ring. Hart instead entered a feud with Jerry "The King" Lawler, who interrupted Hart's coronation, claimed he was the only king, attacked Hart and began a barrage against Hart and his family. The two met at SummerSlam in 1993, to determine the "Undisputed King of the World Wrestling Federation". Hart originally won the match by submission, via the Sharpshooter, but as he would not let go of the hold, the decision was reversed to a Lawler victory by disqualification.
    Hart dropped the Intercontinental Championship to his brother-in-law, Davey Boy Smith, in Hart's first WWF pay-per-view main event at SummerSlam in August 1992, held before over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers voted it the "Match of the Year", and WWE named the match as the greatest in the history of SummerSlam. Upon induction into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, Hart cited the contest as his favorite match of his career. Hart won the WWF World Heavyweight Championship from Ric Flair at a Superstars taping at Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 12 of that year, in a match not originally broadcast on WWF television – the match was instead made available on a series of Coliseum/WWE Home Video releases. Hart dislocated one of the fingers on his left hand during the match and popped it back in himself so it would not affect the rest of the match.
    At a Wrestling Challenge taping on July 21, 1992, Hart defeated Shawn Michaels, with the Intercontinental Championship belt suspended above the ring, in the WWF's first ever ladder match.
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    Following the loss, Roddy Piper defeated Mountie with a sleeper hold two days later at the 1992 Royal Rumble, and Bret later pinned Piper for his second Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship (renamed simply WWF Intercontinental Championship) at WrestleMania VIII later that year, making him the first, and one of few wrestlers to ever pin Piper's shoulders to the mat.
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    On January 17, 1992, Hart dropped the Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship to The Mountie.
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    In January 1992, Hart was placed in a feud with The Mountie.
    More Details Hide Details This feud came about when the Mountie's manager, Jimmy Hart, threw water on Hart, and The Mountie proceeded to shock Hart with a cattle prod.
  • 1991
    Age 33
    Hart won his first WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship by defeating Mr. Perfect with the Sharpshooter at SummerSlam in 1991, and subsequently won the 1991 King of the Ring tournament on September 7, 1991 at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
    More Details Hide Details Hart's first pay-per-view title defense occurred at This Tuesday in Texas, where he beat the undefeated Skinner.
  • 1990
    Age 32
    In their first ever singles meeting, Shawn Michaels and Hart wrestled to a double countout on the February 11, 1990 edition of the Wrestling Challenge.
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    At SummerSlam in 1990, The Hart Foundation began their second, and final, WWF Tag Team Championship reign by defeating Demolition members Crush and Smash in a two out of three falls match with some help from Legion of Doom.
    More Details Hide Details On October 30, the Hart Foundation lost the title to The Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels), but a few days later, President Jack Tunney reversed the decision and the win was never acknowledged on television. The Hart Foundation's reign lasted until WrestleMania VII, where they lost to The Nasty Boys, after which the team split.
    After participating at the Royal Rumble in January 1990, The Hart Foundation defeated The Bolsheviks in 19 seconds at WrestleMania VI and began feuding with Demolition, who had just won the WWF Tag Team Championship against The Colossal Connection at WrestleMania VI.
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  • 1989
    Age 31
    In the first televised contest of a rivalry that would span Hart's WWF and WCW careers, he lost to Mr. Perfect on the November 6, 1989 edition of Prime Time Wrestling, when Perfect pulled Hart's tights during a roll-up.
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    At SummerSlam in August 1989, The Hart Foundation lost a non-title match against then WWF Tag Team Champions The Brain Busters.
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    At an event in Milan on April 8, 1989, broadcast live on Tele+2, André the Giant requested to work a singles match with Hart, who lost the match, which was later released on his 2013 DVD set, The Dungeon Collection, but considered André's praise and encouragement after the match to be of key importance in his singles career.
    More Details Hide Details He wrestled his first pay-per-view singles match on October 10, losing to Dino Bravo in the first British WWF pay-per-view, which was held at the London Arena and broadcast on Sky Television (Hart was in fact booked to win the match, but incurred a broken sternum, causing an unplanned countout loss).
    At the Royal Rumble in January 1989, The Hart Foundation teamed with Jim Duggan to defeat The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers and Dino Bravo.
    More Details Hide Details They also defeated Greg Valentine and The Honky Tonk Man, who were also managed by Jimmy Hart, at WrestleMania V.
  • 1988
    Age 30
    He began 1988 with a decisive victory over Paul Roma of The Young Stallions (who had scored an upset victory over The Hart Foundation the previous year) on the January 11 edition of Prime Time Wrestling, and, at the Royal Rumble in January 1988, was the first man to enter the Royal Rumble match.
    More Details Hide Details He lasted 25 minutes and 42 seconds before being eliminated by Don Muraco. In his first singles championship opportunity, he challenged The Honky Tonk Man for the WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight Championship in the main event of the July 18 edition of Prime Time Wrestling, with the match ending in a double countout.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1987
    Age 29
    Hart subsequently competed in his most high-profile singles contest to date on the November 28, 1987 edition of Saturday Night's Main Event, when he faced "Macho Man" Randy Savage in a losing effort.
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    The Hart Foundation won their first of two WWF Tag Team Championship on the February 7, 1987 edition of Superstars when they defeated The British Bulldogs.
    More Details Hide Details They then teamed with Danny Davis to face The British Bulldogs and Tito Santana at WrestleMania III. They won the match when Davis pinned Davey Boy Smith after hitting him with Jimmy Hart's megaphone. The Hart Foundation adopted the nickname, "The Pink and Black Attack", which Hart continued to use after the tag team's disbandment. This was in reference to the team's ring attire, as well as Hart's signature mirrored sunglasses, which he would routinely give away to a young audience member before matches, following his face turn in 1988. As Hart's WWF career progressed, he increasingly described himself as "The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be" (derived from the 1984 film The Natural), which he would later justify through three claims: he never injured an opponent through any fault of his own; through the entire course of his career, he missed only one show (as a result of flight difficulties); and that he only once refused to lose a match – his final WWF match with long-time adversary Shawn Michaels at the Survivor Series event in 1997, which culminated in the Montreal Screwjob.
  • 1986
    Age 28
    Hart headlined his first televised WWF card when he beat Ray Rougeau, of The Fabulous Rougeaus, in the main event of the November 3, 1986 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
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    He lost to Steamboat again on the July 28, 1986 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.
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    In 1986, Hart began his first singles program with Ricky Steamboat, and in a singles match originally planned for WrestleMania 2, he lost to Steamboat at the Boston Garden on March 8, 1986, which would be included on Hart's 2005 DVD as one of his all-time favorite matches.
    More Details Hide Details At WrestleMania 2, Hart instead participated in a 20-man battle royal which was eventually won by André the Giant.
  • 1985
    Age 27
    By 1985, he was billed as Bret "Hit Man" Hart and began to increasingly team with Neidhart in order to build the promotion's tag team division.
    More Details Hide Details The "Hart Foundation" name then became exclusive to Hart, Neidhart and manager Jimmy Hart, due to the similar family names of both team members and their manager. Hart's agile, technical style – which earned him the moniker "The Excellence of Execution" (coined by Gorilla Monsoon) – created an intriguing contrast with his partner Neidhart's strength and brawling skills. During this time, Hart began wearing his signature mirrored sunglasses, initially to conceal his nervousness during promos. Hart considers his microphone work throughout his career to have been a weakness in his repertoire: he instead relied on his in-ring performances to win over the fans.
  • 1984
    Age 26
    He made his televised WWF debut on August 29, 1984, in a tag team match where he teamed with the Dynamite Kid.
    More Details Hide Details On September 11, in Poughkeepsie, New York, Hart defeated Aldo Marino in his televised debut singles match, which aired on the September 29 edition of Superstars.
    He remained one of Stampede's most successful performers until the promotion, along with several wrestlers, was acquired by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in August 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Hart was asked to start out in the WWF as a singles wrestler with a cowboy gimmick but refused, citing that where he comes from "if you called yourself a cowboy, you'd better be one." He instead requested to join Jimmy Hart's heel stable, The Hart Foundation, which included brother-in-law Jim Neidhart.
  • 1982
    Age 24
    Hart married Julie Smadu (born March 25, 1960) on July 8, 1982.
    More Details Hide Details They have four children: Jade Michelle Hart (born March 31, 1983); Dallas Jeffery Hart (born August 11, 1984); Alexandra Sabina Hart (born May 17, 1988), nicknamed "Beans"; and Blade Colton Hart (born June 5, 1990). The four hearts located on the right thigh of his tights symbolize his children, as do the four dots following his signature.
  • 1980
    Age 22
    He scored a victory over competitor Bob Eklund – who would go on to become a Canadian Interuniversity Sport national champion, winning "Outstanding Wrestler of the Year 1980–1981" – en route to the championship.
    More Details Hide Details Hart describes the moment where he displayed the medal to his father, Stu, as a "powerful moment", and that the relationship with his father "took a different direction from that point on."
  • 1978
    Age 20
    At a 1978 event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a wrestler was unable to perform his match, forcing Stu to ask his son to stand in as a replacement.
    More Details Hide Details Before long, he became a regular contender, eventually partnering with brother Keith to win the Stampede Internation Tag Team Championship four times. Hart gained some of his most prominent experience with Japanese combatants and real-life trainers Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada. Hart also had high-impact matches against the Dynamite Kid. In the midst of wrestling alongside his family, Hart made a point not to ride on the shoulders of his elders. Hart faithfully jobbed as requested of him, taking pride in the believability of his performances. As he said himself, "No one could take a shit kicking like Bret Hart". Although he dreaded partaking in interviews and speaking in front of a crowd, Hart went on to win the promotion's top titles, including two British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championships, five International Tag Team Championships, and six North American Heavyweight Championships. Hart also wrestled Tiger Mask in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), a promotion for whom he often wrestled during the early to mid-1980s.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1977
    Age 19
    By 1977, Hart was collegiate champion at Mount Royal College, where he was studying filmmaking; his coaches and other people around him felt that he had shown sufficient promise to compete at the following year's Commonwealth Games and encouraged him to begin training for the event.
    More Details Hide Details Hart, however, was beginning to find amateur wrestling unrewarding amid injuries and fluctuating weight. Stu still believed that his son capable of making it to the Olympic or Commonwealth Games if he put forth the effort. Hart felt that the only way to give up amateur wrestling without disappointing his father was to become a professional wrestler. His college grades became poorer as his interest in filmmaking waned; he dedicated himself to professional wrestling and began training with his father's Stampede Wrestling promotion. Hart has spoken of how helpful his amateur background was in his professional wrestling career, and also of what a positive effect amateur wrestling has on junior high school and high school-aged boys in terms of building self-confidence.
  • 1976
    Age 18
    In 1976, Hart began working for his father's Stampede Wrestling promotion in Calgary.
    More Details Hide Details Hart first began helping the promotion by refereeing matches.
    Hart joined his father Stu Hart's promotion Stampede Wrestling in 1976, and made his in-ring debut in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details He gained championship success throughout the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), where he helmed The Hart Foundation faction.
  • 1974
    Age 16
    He won significant championships in tournaments throughout Alberta, including the 1974 city championships in Calgary.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on July 2, 1957.
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