Bret "Hitman" Hart
Bret Hart biography
Bret "Hitman" Hart is one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. Bret Hart had it all, and was the foundation of the WWF for many years. Bret is a true legend of pro wrestling, and will be remembered as one of the greatest legends ever.
- Bret Hart began his career in Stu Hart's
Calgary Stampede promotion.
- In 1978, Hart and brother Smith captured the WWC (World Wrestling Council) Caribbean Tag Team title from the Castillo brothers.
- From December 1978 to 1980, Hart and brother Keith won four Stampede International Tag Team titles.
- Hart captured two Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight titles; one in 1978, and the other in 1979.
- Between 1980 and 1983, Hart won six Stampede North American titles.
- In 1984, Hart entered the WWF.
- Hart eventually was teamed with his brother-in-law, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart in the Hart Foundation. "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart became their manager.
- On January 26, 1987, Hart captured the WWF World Tag Team title with Neidhart from the British Bulldogs. Heel referee, Danny Davis, allowed both members of the Hart Foundation to remain in the ring and even use Jimmy Hart's megaphone.
- At Wrestlemania IV, Hart and Neidhart ditched "The Mouth of the South" and became babyfaces.
- The Hart Foundation teamed with Hacksaw Jim Duggan to defeat Dino Bravo and The Rougeaus in a best-of-three-falls match at the 1989 Royal Rumble.
- Hart and Neidhart beat Greg Valentine and The Honky Tonk Man at Wrestlemania V in Atlantic, NJ.
- Hart and "The Anvil" made short work of The Bolsheviks at Wrestlemania VI, defeating them in a mere nineteen seconds.
- Later in 1990, the Hart Foundation recaptured the WWF Tag Team belts from Demolition at Summerslam '90 in Philadelphia, PA.
- On October 30, 1990, it appeared the Hart Foundation had dropped the Tag Team title to The Rockers (Marty Jannetty & Shawn Michaels), but since it was not acknowledged on television, the belts remained with the Hart Foundation.
- A short time later, Hart took on a singles career and began using the now infamous "sharpshooter."
- At Summerslam '91, Hart captured the WWF Intercontinental title from Mr. Perfect (Curt Henning) in New York, NY.
- "The Hitman" defeated "Rowdy" Roddy Piper for his second Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania VIII in Indianapolis, IN.
- On October 12, 1992, Hart defeated "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair for the WWF title.
- Hart beat Michaels at the 1992 Survivor Series by submission and defeated Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) with the "sharpshooter" at the 1993 Royal Rumble.
- Hart won the 1993 King of the Ring tournament.
- At the 1993 Survivor Series, Hart teamed with brothers Owen, Keith, and Bruce to defeat Michaels (replacing Jerry Lawler) and the Three Knights.
- At Wrestlemania X, Bret lost to Owen cleanly, but came back later to defeat Yokozuna for the WWF title.
- Hart defeated Owen in a steel cage match at Summerslam '94 in Chicago, IL.
- Hart battled Diesel (Kevin Nash) to a draw at the 1995 Royal Rumble.
- Hart beat Bob Backlund in a submission match at Wrestlemania XI with Backlund's own finisher, the "chickenwing."
- At the 1995 King of the Ring, Hart beat "The King" in a "Kiss-My-Foot" match.
- Hart won the WWF title for a third time by defeating Diesel at the 1995 Survivor Series.
- After a hiatus, Bret returned at the 1996 Survivor Series and beat "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
- Michaels forfeited the title in February 1997, and Hart won the WWF title for a fourth time in the "Final Four" match on February 16, 1997.
- Hart beat a bloody Austin in a submission match at Wrestlemania XIII in Chicago, IL.
- Hart, with Brian Pillman, Neidhart, Owen and Davey Boy Smith to beat Austin, The Legion of Doom, Ken Shamrock and Goldust at the '97 Calgary Stampede.
- Hart regained the WWF title for a fifth time at Summerslam '97 in E. Rutherford, NJ by dethroning The Undertaker, with a little help from Michaels who served as the special guest referee.
- At the 1997 Survivor Series in Montreal, Hart was "screwed" out of the WWF title by Vince McMahon, who pulled off the famed double cross.
- Hart signed a lucrative contract with WCW.
- On July 20, 1998, Hart captured the WCW United States title in Salt Lake City, UT.
- Hart recaptured the U.S. title from Lex Luger on August 13, 1998 in Fargo, SD.
- On November 30, 1998, Hart defeated Diamond Dallas Page to win his third U.S. title.
- Hart faced Chris Benoit on October 4, 1999 at the Kemper Arena is Kansas City, MO. The "Nitro" match was dedicated to the memory of Owen Hart. Bret won with his sharpshooter.
- Hart handed Goldberg only his second defeat on October 25, 1999, and in the process captured his fourth U.S. title.
- Hart defeated Goldberg for the WCW title on November 21, 1999, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
- Hart fought Goldberg to a no contest at the 1999 Starrcade. In the match, Hart suffered a career threatening concussion.
- Hart, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Jeff Jarrett re-formed the nWo the day after Starrcade '99.
- Following a lengthy absence from WCW television, Hart returned on the August 28, 2000 episode of "Nitro," and turned on Goldberg.
- On October 20, 2000, Hart received his termination notice from WCW.
- Hart announced his retirement from professional wrestling on October 26th.
- In October 2001, Hart embarked on a tour of Australia with such superstars as Jarrett, Lawler, and Buff Bagwell. Hart served as the commissioner for the tour.
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In late-breaking news today it has been revealed that Bret Hart suffered a mild stroke following his bicycle accident. As we reported earlier today the wrestling legend landed on his head Monday near his Calgary home when he rode his (mountain) bike into a pothole. Hart, 44, was admitted to Foothills Hospital and is being treated in the hospital's intensive care unit. The stroke was caused by a damaged blood vessel in the back of the neck--a condition caused by what is termed 'rock 'n' roll neck,' the repeated whiplash motion of the head and neck. Hart will now undergo an arduous rehab program. Doctors are hopeful he'll be able to make a full recovery.
- Bret Hart Suffers Stroke
Credit: Canadian Press
Calgary Legendary Calgary wrestler Bret (The Hitman) Hart has suffered a mild stroke and was in stable condition in a Calgary hospital, his personal assistant said Thursday.
"He's making phenomenal progress," Marcy Engelstein told the Calgary Herald.
Wrestling historian and author Dave Meltzer reported on his Website that Mr. Hart's stroke resulted from a bicycle accident Monday.
Mr. Meltzer said Mr. Hart, who turns 45 on Wednesday, was riding on a city bike path when his bicycle hit a pothole. The wrestler flew over the handlebars and landed on the back of his head.
Ms. Engelstein said Mr. Hart called for help on his cellphone and an ambulance picked him up, taking him to an undisclosed Calgary hospital. After a battery of tests, he was told he had suffered a stroke on the right side of his brain.
"We'll never be absolutely sure whether the stroke caused the fall or the fall caused the stroke," Ms. Engelstein said. "Bret has maintained all along, and he remembers it clearly, that the pothole caused the fall."
Ms. Engelstein said doctors anticipate "a 100 per cent recovery," although that "may take a few months" and a lengthy hospital stay.
"Doctors have told the family that because he is in such good condition, it's helping him recover," she said.
Mr. Hart, a former world wrestling champion with both the World Wrestling Federation and Ted Turner's now defunct World Championship Wrestling, was forced to retire in 2000 after he suffered a concussion during a match with the wrestler Goldberg.
Mr. Hart was warned that he could suffer a stroke if he took another blow to the head.
When contacted Thursday evening, Bret's father, Stu Hart said: "He did have an accident while riding his bike and he's in the hospital."
Ms. Engelstein said Mr. Hart has limited control of the left side of his body and will require therapy to walk and to use his left arm.
The Hart family has seen more than its share of tragedy in recent years.
In May, Mr. Hart's brother-in-law, 39-year-old wrestler Davey Boy Smith died of a heart attack at a British Columbia resort, and last November Mr. Hart's 76-year-old mother died after complications with diabetes.
Mr. Hart's brother, Owen, plunged to his death on pay-per-view television while performing for the World Wrestling Federation in Kansas City, Mo. in May, 1999.
Another brother, Dean, died in 1990 of kidney failure. The family also lost a young member of their clan when Matthew Annis died in 1996 of flesh-eating disease.
Bret Hart calls Hulk Hogan a hero! The Warrior, formally known as The Ultimate Warrior, comments on this!
STARDOM HAS NEVER SPOILED GOOD OL' TERRY BOLLEA (June 2002)
He hasn't changed a whole heck of a lot from the way he was the first time I met him back in 1979.
The first time I met Terry Bollea, we were both working for Georgia Championship Wrestling, which eventually evolved into the WCW.
Back then, he was known as Sterling Golden. He was very green. And very impressive. On the day I left Atlanta to come home, I knocked on his door to say goodbye and told him if he ever wanted to learn to wrestle, he was welcome to come up and work for my dad any time.
He thanked me and meant it, saying he'd keep it in mind.
The next time I saw him was in Japan. He'd just shot his cameo for Rocky III and was on the verge of mega-stardom that nobody could have even begun to imagine.
Still, the same guy.
When I started with the WWF, in August of '84, he was on his way to being the biggest name in the history of wrestling.
I can remember, even during the glory days of Hulkamania, how Terry would come into the dressing room and say 'hi' to every single wrestler. Every night he headlined, there was a sellout and, throughout the night, all the wrestlers would come up to him and thank them both for the house, for putting food on their tables and making wrestling something worth respecting.
Hulk Hogan was not only a hero to millions of Hulkamaniacs but to all the wrestlers, too.
If Vince McMahon was Julius Caesar, then Hulk Hogan was Alexander the Great".
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