BRET "HIT MAN" HART
Bret "Hitman" Hart
"I'm the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be"
and thats the truth. Bret "Hitman" Hart, the world's greatest technical wrestler, officially retired from professional wrestling after 23 years on October 20, 2000.
Born, raised and residing in Calgary, Alberta,
Bret Hart comes from a family that excelled at the
sport of wrestling and has been recognized both nationally
and internationally for their exceptional ability.
Being in and around the ring his whole life, Bret trained with vigor,
honed his innate skill and began to make a name for himself at an early age.
During his teens, Bret dominated the Canadian amateur circuit and at 21,
with an outstanding array of amateur titles under his belt and the confidence
of a champion, he laced up his boots and set off to make his mark internationally
in and amongst the ranks of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF).
It was early in his tenure with the WWF that Hart earned his handles
"The Hitman" and "The Excellence of Execution". Through sheer grit, dedication
and determination, Hart perfected his moves and vanquished opponents with his
unparalleled technical expertise and signature finishing move "The Sharpshooter".
In over 200 matches per year, over the course of 14 years, "The Hitman" body-slammed
his way to the top of the WWF and into the hearts of fans the world over,
earning 5 World Heavyweight Championships, 2 Intercontinental titles and 2 World Tag Team titles.
Everywhere he's been, Bret "The Hitman" Hart has won over
the affection and admiration of wrestling fans. He was voted most
Popular Athlete in Europe in both 1993 and 1994, Most Popular Wrestler
in Japan in 1994 and Most Popular Wrestler in the United States in 1993
and 1994 and Superstar of the Year twice in a row, among other acclamation.
In his home country of Canada, Bret Hart is considered a national hero
and is very likely Canada's most internationally celebrated athlete. In fact,
in Bret's hometown of Calgary, a hockey team was named after him - The Calgary Hitmen.
Any which way you look at it, "Bret "The Hitman" Hart is an international super-star!
Eager for new challenges, yet bound by loyalty, "The Hitman" remained with the WWF
until he became irrevocably disillusioned with the increasingly lewd direction the WWF
was taking away from family friendly entertainment towards story lines condoning racism
and homophobia in an effort to bolster ratings. In 1997, after an explosive encounter
with the WWF's president, Hart left the WWF for the newly formed World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
Though the highly publicized feud was the biggest pro-wrestling story ever,
Bret was heartbroken at having to leave his WWF legacy behind.
"The Hitman" appeared on the WCW's Nitro and Thunder wrestling shows for three years while
earning seven WCW World Titles until January 2000 when he suffered his final concussion that
has prevented him from ever returning to the ring.
As much of a star outside the ring as he was in it, Bret has appeared as himself on
episodes of the popular FOX program "Mad TV" and is the only wrestler worthy enough to
have ever been featured on "The Simpson's". Bret's ease in front of the camera while
outside the ring did not go unnoticed, and in 1996 he made his acting debut on
"Lonesome Dove: The Series" for CTV. He starred in an episode of "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids",
playing himself, and is starring as "Randell", a hitman for the devil on the new series,
"The Immortal", with Lorenzo Lamas.
Bret has appeared on popular entertainment, sports, and talk shows like "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno",
"Off The Record with Michael Lansberg", The Last Word with Jim Rome", "Donny & Marie",
"The Howard Stern Show", "Life Styles of the Rich and Famous", "Regis & Kathy Lee" and
"Dini Petty", among countless other international appearances. Bret shot "Stampede!" in July 1999,
a CBC/TNN TV special with fellow Calgarian and co-host, country singer Paul Brandt .
Bret also shot a television commercial for Esso featuring hockey great Wayne Gretzky as well as making
his recording debut with Canadian rap sensation Rascalz. Hart also makes a guest appearance in their music
video "Sharpshooter" (named after Hart's patent wrestling move). Perhaps his most enigmatic foray outside
the world of wrestling is the weekly column that he writes for The Calgary Sun, often accompanied by his
creative cartoon drawings. It's no wonder that Bret "The Hitman" Hart is revered by fans from North America,
Europe and as far a way as India and New Zealand.
Bret Hart's commitment to his fans is unequaled. "The Hitman" donates his time to numerous
charitable causes. He has always been an avid supporter of the Special Olympics and the Alberta
Children's Hospital Foundation. Bret was recently honored with "The Best of the Best" award from
the American Heart Association, as the best wrestler in his sport.
In between reading scripts, making personal appearances, wrestling, writing and drawing,
"The Hitman" found the time to shoot a documentary about his life titled "Hitman Hart, Wrestling With Shadows" (1998).
Produced by High Road Productions, the film chronicles Hart's youth and his rise and fall with the WWF and along the way
takes a deep look into the multi-dimensional character of Bret "The Hitman" Hart. "Wrestling With Shadows" made its
international debut in October 1998 at the Sheffield Film Festival in Sheffield, England, selling out four screenings.
The film was accepted to the Amsterdam Film Festival, and the SLAMDANCE film festival in Park City Utah.
In November 1999 the film won the prestigious Canadian GEMINI award for the best history/biography.
Hart was involved in putting together a collection of music tracks to accompany the documentary - the CD is
entitled Hitman Hart - Wrestling With Shadows - Music Inspired By the Motion Picture. Bretâ€™s fan book:
"Bret Hitman Hart - The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be" made the Best Sellerâ€™s
List in Canada and is currently available in books stores across North America.
Presently, Bret is working on an introspective autobiography and is busy acting.
He recently completed a guest appearance for a ShowTime movie titled "Annus Horribilus".
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