Every athletic genre has its own torchbearer that represents all that is great and pure about that sport. Basketball has Michael Jordan, modern baseball has Cal Ripken Jr, Hockey has Wayne Gretskey and Pro Wrestling has Bret the Hit man Hart. When Wrestling hit its golden age in the 80’s or the Hulk Hogan Era the skill and athletic aspect of wrestling was watered down. Ridiculous theatrics, gimmicks, face paint, fancy costumes and the cheesy promos over shadowed the athleticism. Armed with a tremendous work ethic Bret Hart was one exception that stuck to the actual technical and athletic roots of wrestling “My goal was to sell wrestling and nothing else” said Hart.
Bret was one of twelve children in a family that is very much involved in the wrestling business. Bret’s father Stu Hart (WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2010) owned a wrestling promotion in Calgary Canada called “Stampede Wrestling” he also ran a wrestling school nicknamed “The Dungeon.” Stu would train pro or wanna be wrestlers in “The Dungeon" especially in the art of submission holds. “I had a lot of respect for my father growing up. He was one of my idols and I always wanted to make him proud of my accomplishments” said Bret Hart.
In High School and College Bret was an accomplished amateur wrestler. Bret managed to win: The High school City Championships, Montreal Royal Collegiate Championships and was in consideration for the common wealth games. “What I am most proud of in regards to wrestling is when I won the High School championship in Calgary. When I showed my father my medal from the state championship I felt more of a connection with him. I think he saw a little bit of me in him” said Bret. Bret turned pro when he realized that there was no real future in Olympic Wrestling, and he joined his fathers organization. There he pefected and fine tuned his style competing against such legends as The Dynamite Kid, he also learned his famed sharpshooter move from Japanese wrestlers Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada.
After leaving his fathers promotion Bret had much success in the WWE and later the WCW. During his time with WWE and WCW he was a five time WWE Heavy Weight Champion, a two time WWE Intercontinental Champion a two time WWE Tag team Champion (Jim the Anvil Neidhart), WCW World Champion , a four time United States Champion, a one time WCW tag team Champion, and was inducted in the WWE Hall of fame class of 2006. “A lot of my inspiration support during my career came from my father of course and the Funk family” said Bret Hart.
As much as Bret is Well respected in the wrestling industry by wrestlers and fans, he had to pay a tremendous price. The buisness that he loved so much turned its back on him. In a ten year span Bret Hart was forced to deal with the loss of his brother (WWE legend) Owen Hart, Stu Hart (father), Helen Hart (mother), Davey Boy Smith (WWE star and brother in law), Dean Hart (Brother), Miss Elizebeth, Mr. Perfect Curt Henning (WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2007), Mike “Hawk” Hegstand (WWE Tag Team Champion).
When asked how he was able to survive such loss Bret said “I managed to try to find ways to creat the neggative energy and focus it into a possitive.”
During his busy scheadual with writing, performing, and wrestling Bret Hart has made some apperences on WWE. And is passing the torch to the next generation of Hart wrestlers “The Hart Dynasty,” who include Natalya Niedhart, David Hart Smith, and TJ Wilson. “I am very proud of each them they are very hard working and have such a passion for this industry” said Bret.
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