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Bret Hart
Bret Hart in July 2005.
Bret Hart in July 2005.
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Ring name(s) Bret "The Hitman" Hart
Brett Hart
Buddy "The Heartthrob" Hart
"Cowboy" Brett Hart
Billed height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Billed weight 106.3 kg (234 lb/16.74 st)
Born July 2, 1957 (1957-07-02) (age 50)
Calgary, Alberta
Resides Calgary, Alberta
Trained by Stu Hart
Katsuji Adachi
Kazuo Sakurada
Harley Race
Debut 1976[1]
Retired October 26, 2000

Bret Sergeant Hart (born July 2, 1957) is a retired Canadian professional wrestler and actor, and is a member of the Hart wrestling family. In the course of his career, he is best known by his ring name Bret "The Hitman" Hart. He also used the monikers "The Excellence of Execution" (originally dubbed as such by Gorilla Monsoon), "The Hart Foundation" (primarily while teamed with Jim Neidhart) and perhaps the most resounding, "The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be" (derived from the 1984 film The Natural, which starred Robert Redford). Hart justifies the last moniker through three claims: He never injured an opponent through any fault of his own; through the entire course of his career he only missed two shows (both as a result of traffic and flight difficulties); and he rarely refused to job (lose a scripted match).[2] Hart was widely regarded as one of the most popular and gifted technical professional wrestlers ever.[3] Image File history File links BretHartJuly242005. ... Ongoing events • 2005 Atlantic and Pacific hurricanes • 2005 Maharashtra floods • 2005 Gujarat Flood • Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan • Fuel prices • Gomery Comm. ... Kg redirects here. ... Look up pound in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The stone is a unit of mass in the Imperial system of weights and measures used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and most Commonwealth countries. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Calgary is a city in the province of Alberta, Canada. ... Stewart Edward Stu Hart, CM (May 3, 1915 – October 16, 2003) was a Canadian amateur wrestler, professional wrestler, promoter and trainer. ... Katsuji Adachi, better known as Mr. ... Kazuo Sakurada, better known as Mr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... is the 183rd day of the year (184th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Otto Marella (June 4, 1937 - October 6, 1999), better known by his stage name of Gorilla Monsoon, was an American professional wrestler, play-by-play announcer, and booker. ... James Henry Jim Neidhart (born August 2, 1956)[1] is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim The Anvil Neidhart. ... // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... For the book upon which this film is based, see The Natural. ... Robert Redford (born Charles Robert Redford, Jr. ... A job is professional wrestling slang referring to a performer who loses a match. ...


Throughout his career in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW), Hart competed in the tag team, mid-card and heavyweight divisions, achieving success in all three divisions. He was a 5 time WWF Champion,[4][5] 2 time Intercontinental Champion[6][5] and 2 time Tag Team Champion with Jim Neidhart[7][5] in WWF as well as the 1991 and 1993 King of the Ring,[5] and the 1994 Royal Rumble co-winner with Lex Luger.[5] In WCW, he was a 2 time World Heavyweight Champion,[8][5] a 4 time United States Heavyweight Champion[9][5] and a 1 time World Tag Team Champion with Goldberg.[10][5] Hart was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 by Stone Cold Steve Austin.[11] World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... A professional wrestling tag-team consists of two or occasionally three wrestlers who are working together as a team. ... Randy Orton is currently in his second reign as WWE Champion. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The WWE Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling title. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The World Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling tag team title. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand of WWE. For SmackDown!s tag team championship, see WWE Tag Team Championship. ... James Henry Jim Neidhart (born August 2, 1956)[1] is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim The Anvil Neidhart. ... King of the Ring is an annual World Wrestling Entertainment tournament held from 1985 to 2002. ... King of the Ring is an annual World Wrestling Entertainment tournament held from 1985 to 2002. ... King of the Ring is an annual World Wrestling Entertainment tournament held from 1985 to 2002. ... Promotional poster of Royal Rumble 1994 Royal Rumble 1994 was the seventh annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... This article is about the professional wrestling pay-per-view event. ... Lawrence Larry Wendell Pfohl (born June 2, 1958),[1][2] best known by his ring name Lex Luger, is an American former bodybuilder, professional wrestler and football player. ... The following is the title history of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world championship in World Championship Wrestling. ... John Cena in 2005, with his customized WWE United States Championship belt. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... This is a list of WCW World Tag Team Champions, originally known as the World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version). ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Championship Wrestling from 1991 to 2001. ... For other persons named Bill Goldberg, see Bill Goldberg (disambiguation). ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ...

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Career

Early life

Bret Hart was born in Calgary, Alberta, the eighth child of wrestling patriarch and promoter Stu Hart. His seven brothers were either wrestlers or involved backstage with the wrestling business; his four sisters all married professional wrestlers. Three of his brothers-in-law, the Dynamite Kid, Davey Boy Smith, and Jim Neidhart, had very successful careers in the business. His youngest brother, Owen Hart, became a decorated wrestler in his own right before his death in 1999. This article is about the Canadian city. ... Stewart Edward Stu Hart, CM (May 3, 1915 – October 16, 2003) was a Canadian amateur wrestler, professional wrestler, promoter and trainer. ... Thomas Billington (born December 5, 1958 in Golborne, Lancashire) is a retired English professional wrestler who competed in the World Wrestling Federation, Stampede Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid- to late-1980s. ... David Boy (Davey Boy) Smith (November 28, 1962 – May 18, 2002) was an English professional wrestler. ... James Henry Jim Neidhart (born August 2, 1956)[1] is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim The Anvil Neidhart. ... Owen James Hart (May 7, 1965 – May 23, 1999)[1] was a Canadian professional wrestler who was most known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


In terms of in-ring ability, Hart is known for his fluid technical skills and agility. Once labeled "the greatest storyteller in the history of the business" by Vince McMahon, he was adept at creating tense and entertaining matches. Mean Gene Okerlund has also placed him in the top five best technical wrestlers of all time. Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ... Eugene Mean Gene Okerlund (born November 29, 1938 in Robbinsdale, Minnesota), is a former American professional wrestling interviewer and announcer. ...


Hart's introduction to professional wrestling came at an incredibly early age. As a child, he witnessed his father training with future wrestling stars like Billy Graham in the Dungeon, his household basement which served as possibly the most notorious training room in the world of wrestling. Before school, Hart's father, also a wrestling promoter, would have him hand out flyers to local wrestling shows. At Ernest Manning High School, Hart would gain experience in the amateur wrestling division. Despite being "skin and bones," as Hart refers to his teenage physique, he won significant championships. This would later offer credibility to his career in professional wrestling as being legit. However, rather than directly following his father's foot steps, Hart pursued a college degree. For other persons named Bill Graham, see Bill Graham (disambiguation). ... The Hart House is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canadas Patterson Heights. ... This article is about scholastic wrestling. ...


Stampede Wrestling (1976-1984)

Hart enrolled in Mount Royal College with aspirations of becoming a director. At the age of 19, however, Hart began working for his father's Stampede Wrestling promotion in Calgary, with his father serving as his manager for a time. Hart first began helping the promotion by refereeing matches, but at one fateful event, a wrestler was unable to perform his match. This forced Stu to request his son stand in as a replacement, paving the way for Hart's very first match in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Before long, he became a regular contender, eventually partnering with brother Keith to win the Tag Team Championship four times. Earlier on, however, he was still unsure he wanted to make a career of professional wrestling and continually contemplated the idea. One of the entry signs for Mount Royal College Mount Royal College is an undergraduate college located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ... Stampede Wrestling is a Canadian professional wrestling promotion based in Calgary, Alberta and was once one of the main promotions in western Canada and the Canadian Prairies for almost a half century. ... For other uses of Saskatoon, see Saskatoon (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Saskatchewan (disambiguation). ... Keith William Hart (born 1952) is a Canadian retired firefighter and professional wrestler. ...


Hart would gain some of his most prominent experience with Japanese combatants Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada, later praising them as his most significant trainers. And before long, Hart was amazing crowds with his high-impact matches against the Dynamite Kid. In the midst of wrestling alongside his brothers and even his aging father, Hart made a point not to ride on the shoulders of his elder as other sons of promoters have. 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." Katsuji Adachi, better known as Mr. ... Kazuo Sakurada, better known as Mr. ... Thomas Billington (born December 5, 1958 in Golborne, Lancashire) is a retired English professional wrestler who competed in the World Wrestling Federation, Stampede Wrestling, All Japan Pro Wrestling and New Japan Pro Wrestling in the mid- to late-1980s. ... A job is professional wrestling slang referring to a performer who loses a match. ...


Although he dreaded doing 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 the famous Mitsuharu Misawa (as Tiger Mask II) in New Japan Pro Wrestling and remained one of Stampede's most successful performers until the promotion, along with several wrestlers, was acquired by the World Wrestling Federation in August 1984. Mitsuharu Misawa ) is a Japanese professional wrestler. ... New Japan Pro Wrestling (新日本プロレス, shin nihon puroresu) is a major professional wrestling federation in Japan, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972. ...


World Wrestling Federation (1984-1997)

WWF Debut (1984)

Bret Hart started out in the WWF with a cowboy gimmick but soon requested that it be dropped. He made his first televised WWF debut in August 1984, in a tag team match where he teamed with his friend the Dynamite Kid.[12] For other uses, see Cowboy (disambiguation). ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ...


Hart Foundation (1985-1991)

Main article: The Hart Foundation

In 1985, he was eventually partnered up with Jim Neidhart to build the promotion's tag team division. The duo were originally a heel team managed by "The Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart. The team was known as The Hart Foundation due to the similar last names of both team members and their manager.[13] Bret and Jim made their WrestleMania debut at WrestleMania 2 where they participated in a 20-man battle royal which was won by André the Giant.[14] Bret's agile, technical style created an intriguing contrast with his partner Neidhart's strength and brawling skills. This article is about the Hart Foundation in professional wrestling. ... James Henry Jim Neidhart (born August 2, 1956)[1] is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim The Anvil Neidhart. ... The Mouth of the South Jimmy Hart (also known as The Colonel) (born January 1, 1943 in Memphis, Tennessee) is a professional wrestling manager, executive, composer and musician. ... This article is about the Hart Foundation in professional wrestling. ... Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment since 1985. ... WrestleMania 2 was the second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation (although the first WrestleMania was only on pay-per-view in select areas). ... André René Roussimoff (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993), best known as André the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor. ...


Hart rose to fame in the WWF in the mid 1980s, and the Hart Foundation won the WWF Tag Team Championship twice. Eventually, they turned face and adopted the nickname "The Pink and Black Attack." Their most notable feuds were with the British Bulldogs, The Fabulous Rougeaus, Strike Force, The Rockers, and Demolition. Their first reign started on the January 26, 1987 edition of Superstars when they defeated the British Bulldogs to win the titles.[15][16] They went on to lose the titles to Strike Force on the October 27 edition of Superstars.[15] This article is about the Hart Foundation in professional wrestling. ... This article is about the tag team championship that is currently defended on the RAW brand of WWE. For SmackDown!s tag team championship, see WWE Tag Team Championship. ... The British Bulldogs Dynamite Kid & Davey Boy Smith British Bulldogs were the team of Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid in Stampede Wrestling & WWE (then WWF). ... The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers was the tag team name of real-life brothers, Jacques Rougeau & Raymond Rougeau, best known from their run in the WWF, from 1985 - 1990. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Demolition was a professional wrestling tag team in the late 80s / early 90s World Wrestling Federation made up of Ax (Bill Eadie), Smash (Barry Darsow), and later Crush (Brian Adams). ... WWF Superstars of Wrestling was a professional wrestling program that debuted on September 6, 1986, replacing WWF Championship Wrestling. ...


At SummerSlam 1990, the Hart Foundation began their second reign by defeating Demolition members Crush and Smash in a two out of three falls match with some help from the Legion of Doom.[17][18] On October 30, the Hart Foundation lost the titles to The Rockers (Marty Jannetty and Shawn Michaels) in a very controversial match. A few days later, President Jack Tunney returned the titles to the Hart Foundation because the decision had been reversed due to a rope coming off of the turnbuckle during the match and the win was never acknowledged on television. The Hart Foundation's reign lasted from August 27, 1990 to March 24, 1991.[7] SummerSlam 1990 was the third annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In professional wrestling, a two out of three falls match, or a best of three falls match, is a series of matches (often between two wrestlers or two teams of wrestlers), in which wrestlers attempt to win the majority of matches. ... This article is about the professional wrestling team, for otheruses see Road warrior The Road Warriors were a professional wrestling tag team famously comprised of Michael Hawk Hegstrand and Joseph Animal Laurinaitis, though other members were added later. ... is the 303rd day of the year (304th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Marty Jannetty (born on February 3, 1962 in Columbus, Georgia) is an American professional wrestler. ... Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ... Jack Tunney (b. ... is the 239th day of the year (240th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 83rd day of the year (84th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian Calendar. ...


Mid-Card Success (1991-1992)

Following a loss to The Nasty Boys at WrestleMania VII,[19] the Foundation split and Hart went on to pursue a singles career which would become very successful. He won his first WWF Intercontinental Championship by defeating Mr. Perfect with the Sharpshooter at SummerSlam 1991.[20][21] Hart was then placed in a feud with the Mountie. This feud came about when the Mountie's manager, Jimmy Hart, threw water on Hart. Then the Mountie proceeded to shock Hart with a cattle prod. The Nasty Boys were a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Brian Knobbs and Jerry Sags, active in the mid to late 1980s and throughout the 1990s. ... WrestleMania VII was the seventh annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Intercontinental Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Curtis Michael Hennig (March 28, 1959 – February 10, 2003), also known by his ring name Mr. ... Bret Hart applying the Sharpshooter on Shawn Michaels. ... SummerSlam 1991 was the fourth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Jacques Rougeau (born June 13, 1960) is a French-Canadian professional wrestler from Saint-Sulpice, Quebec, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s with the World Wrestling Federation under his own name, and as The Mountie. ... // A cattle prod, also called a stock prod, is a handheld device commonly used to make cattle or other livestock move by striking or poking them, or (in the case of a hotshot) through a (relatively) high voltage, low current electric shock. ...


When Hart lost the WWF Intercontinental Championship to The Mountie, he was supposedly suffering from a fever; however, this was a work to protect his character when he lost the title. In reality, Hart was booked to lose the title because his current contract was expiring. Following the loss, Roddy Piper defeated Mountie with a sleeper hold at the 1992 Royal Rumble,[22] and Bret would later pin "The Rowdy One" for his second Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania VIII later that same year.[23][24] An analogue medical thermometer showing the temperature of 38. ... In professional wrestling, a work is slang for a staged event (that is, one that enforces kayfabe). ... Roderick George Toombs (born April 17, 1954) better known by his ring name Rowdy Roddy Piper, is a Canadian professional wrestler, and film actor. ... Royal Rumble 1992 was the fifth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... WrestleMania VIII was the eighth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


In July 1992, Hart defeated Shawn Michaels in what was the first ever ladder match in the World Wrestling Federation. While many remember Michaels as the main innovator of the ladder match due to his later success in those matches, it was actually Hart who won the first match of this type. Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ...


Elevating to Heavyweight Division (1992-1993)

After dropping the Intercontinental Championship to his brother-in-law, Davey Boy Smith, in a match at SummerSlam 1992 held before over 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium, Hart was elevated to main-event status.[25] He won the WWF Championship from Ric Flair at Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 12 of that year at a television taping, in a match never broadcast on WWF TV.[26] The match was only available on a Coliseum Video release. Many believe that not airing this match hurt Hart's early status with the fans, because up until this win, he was not seen as a main event wrestler. Hart dislocated one of the fingers on his right hand during the match and popped it back in himself so it would not affect the rest of the match. Hart became the sixteenth man to win the WWF Championship, the first Canadian, and the second WWE Triple Crown winner (the first being Pedro Morales). David Boy (Davey Boy) Smith (November 28, 1962 – May 18, 2002) was an English professional wrestler. ... SummerSlam 1992 was the fifth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... For the new stadium, see Wembley Stadium. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Richard Morgan Fliehr[2] (born on February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota[2]) better known by his ring name Ric Flair , is a legendary American professional wrestler of iconic staus signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) on its SmackDown! brand. ... Credit Union Centre, formerly known as Saskatchewan Place or SaskPlace, is an arena located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. ... For other uses of Saskatoon, see Saskatoon (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Saskatchewan (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Hart went on to defend the title against contenders such as Papa Shango,[27] Shawn Michaels,[28] and Razor Ramon[29] before losing the title to Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX after interference from Mr. Fuji. Mr. Fuji then challenged Hulk Hogan, who had come out to help Bret Hart, to compete for the title; Hogan then won his fifth WWF Championship from Yokozuna.[30] Shortly after, however, Hart won the first Pay-Per-View King of the Ring tournament in 1993, defeating Razor Ramon, Mr. Perfect, and Bam Bam Bigelow[31] (prior King of the Ring tournaments were just house show events). After being crowned as the King of the Ring, Hart was attacked by announcer Jerry "The King" Lawler. Lawler claimed he was the rightful King and began a barrage against Hart and his family. The feud culminated in a match between the two at SummerSlam 1993, where Hart originally won the match by submission, via the Sharpshooter. Hart, however, would not let go of the hold and the decision was reversed to a Lawler victory by disqualification.[32] Charles Wright[1] (born May 16, 1961) is an American businessman and retired professional wrestler. ... Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... Rodney Anoai (October 2, 1966 – October 23, 2000) was a Samoan-American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Yokozuna. ... WrestleMania IX was the ninth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... Pay-per-view is the name given to a system by which television viewers can call and order events to be seen on TV and pay for the private telecast of that event to their homes later. ... King of the Ring is an annual World Wrestling Entertainment tournament held from 1985 to 2002. ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... Curtis Michael Hennig (March 28, 1959 – February 10, 2003), also known by his ring name Mr. ... Scott Charles Bigelow (September 1, 1961 – January 19, 2007) was an American professional wrestler, best known by the stage name Bam Bam Bigelow. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... SummerSlam 1993 was the sixth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


As noted by Hart himself, the original plan for SummerSlam was to pit WWF Champion Hulk Hogan against Hart in a colossal passing of the torch. Promotional photos were even taken of the two playing tug of war with the belt, but later on, anyone Hart mentioned the plans to acted as though they did not recall it.[33] Instead, Hogan lost to Yokozuna before leaving the WWF, with Hart reclaiming the title much later. Tug of war Tug of war, also known as rope pulling, is a sport that directly pits two teams against each other in a test of strength. ...


Family Problems (1993-1994)

It was at this point that Bret Hart entered into a feud with his younger brother, Owen Hart. For the family-friendly WWF of the early 1990s, a brother-versus-brother feud was edgy and the fans responded well to it. The storyline involved Owen becoming jealous of Bret. It began at Survivor Series 1993, when the Harts (Bret, Owen, Bruce, and Keith) took on Shawn Michaels (a last-minute substitution for Lawler) and his knights. All of the brothers survived the match except for Owen, the only Hart family member eliminated.[34] Owen blamed Bret for his elimination and in the weeks ahead, blamed Bret for holding him back. Owen demanded a one-on-one match with Bret, which Bret refused to do. In the storyline, Bret, along with his parents, worked over the Christmas holidays to reunite the family and to settle their rivalry.[35] Owen James Hart (May 7, 1965 – May 23, 1999)[1] was a Canadian professional wrestler who was most known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Survivor Series 1993 was the seventh annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event for the World Wrestling Federation. ... Bruce Ambrose Edwardious Hart (born January 13, 1950) is a Canadian retired professional wrestler. ... Keith William Hart (born 1952) is a Canadian retired firefighter and professional wrestler. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ...


At Royal Rumble 1994, Bret and Owen took on The Quebecers for the WWF Tag Team Championship. The referee Tim White stopped the match after he considered Bret unable to continue after he sustained a kayfabe knee injury during the match. After the match, Owen berated his brother for costing him a title opportunity and attacked the injured knee, setting the feud between the two.[36] Later on, Hart managed to participate and win the 1994 Royal Rumble match but with controversy. 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 a title shot at WrestleMania X.[37][35] Promotional poster of Royal Rumble 1994 Royal Rumble 1994 was the seventh annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... The Quebecers were a tag team in the WWE (then WWF) from late 1993 to mid-1994. ... A professional wrestling referee is the official figure that makes sure that wrestling matches move smoothly in an attempt to maintain kayfabe. ... Tim White at The Friendly Tap bar Tim White (born March 25, 1954 in Cumberland, Rhode Island) is a former professional wrestling referee. ... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is, the portrayal of professional wrestling as unstaged or not worked. ... Lawrence Larry Wendell Pfohl (born June 2, 1958),[1][2] best known by his ring name Lex Luger, is an American former bodybuilder, professional wrestler and football player. ... WrestleMania X was the tenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation. ...


Meanwhile, Bret had to also focus in his feud with Owen Hart. Owen demanded a match against Bret which Bret repeatedly refused.[35] This situation was complicated because of Bret co-winning the Royal Rumble. Jack Tunney decided that both Hart and Luger would get title shots at WrestleMania X, but were faced with the possibility of wrestling two matches at the event.[35] Luger won a coin toss televised on an edition of RAW and won the chance to face Yokozuna first.[35] If he had lost the toss, he would have wrestled Crush before facing Yokozuna. Under the rules set forth by Tunney, Bret was required to wrestle Owen in the opening match at WrestleMania.[35] Owen won the match.[38] Luger would go on to face Bret if he had become the champion, but he lost by disqualification,[38] and Yokozuna went on to fight Hart for the WWF Championship in the main event. He defeated Yokozuna for his second WWF Championship.[39][40] WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ...


Bret continued to feud with his brother Owen while he also started feuding with Diesel. Bret's friend and former tag team partner Jim Neidhart returned to WWF and reunited with Bret. At King of the Ring 1994, Bret defended the WWF Championship against Diesel. When Bret 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 Bret, Neidhart interfered. Diesel won by disqualification but Hart retained his title. Neidhart turned on Hart after leaving when Diesel and Michaels attacked Hart following the match.[41] At SummerSlam 1994, Bret defended the WWF Championship against Owen in a steel cage match. Bret successfully retained the title.[42] Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959[2] in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... King of the Ring 1994 was the second annual King of the Ring professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... A Powerbomb is a professional wrestling move in which an opponent is lifted up (usually so that they are sitting on the wrestlers shoulders) and then slammed back-first down to the mat. ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... SummerSlam 1994 was the seventh annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ...


Hart eventually lost his WWF Championship at Survivor Series 1994 in a submission match against Bob Backlund where the manager of either competitor (Davey Boy Smith for Bret, Owen Hart for Backlund) would have to 'throw in the towel' for the wrestler they were representing. When Bret was in Backlund's Crossface Chickenwing and Davey Boy was (kayfabe) knocked out, Owen persuaded his mother Helen to throw in the towel for Bret, therefore giving Backlund the championship victory.[43] Bret's feud with Backlund would continue at WrestleMania XI where he would defeat Backlund in another submission match when special guest referee "Rowdy" Roddy Piper would misconstrue Backlund's grunting while Bret locked him in his own Crossface Chickenwing as a submission victory for Hart.[44] Survivor Series 1994 was the eighth annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Robert Louis Backlund (b. ... lion tamer used by chris jericho you do tjis by going into a high angle boston crab and place your knee in their back applying pressure high angle boston crab used by chris jericho do this by applying a regular boston crab but scooting backwards until standing then pull their... In professional wrestling, kayfabe (pronounced KAY-fayb) refers to the portrayal of events within the industry as real, that is, the portrayal of professional wrestling as unstaged or not worked. ... WrestleMania XI, was the eleventh annual WrestleMania pay-per-view event held by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in Hartford, Connecticut on April 2, 1995. ... An I Quit Match is a type of professional wrestling match format in which the only way to win is to make the opponent say the words I quit (usually into a microphone). ...


Historic Rivalries (1995-1997)

Bret would then go after Diesel's WWF Championship in 1995. After their match at the Royal Rumble was continually marred by outside interference, Bret won his third WWF Championship at Survivor Series in a No DQ match against Diesel.[45][46] After Hart's real-life rival Shawn Michaels won the 1996 Royal Rumble,[47] a 60 minute Iron Man match was set up between the two at WrestleMania XII. The wrestler with the most decisions during the 60 minutes would win the match and the WWF Championship. 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. President Gorilla Monsoon ruled that the match would continue in sudden death overtime. Michaels hit two superkicks to achieve his boyhood dream and win the gold.[48] Royal Rumble 1995 was the eighth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... Survivor Series 1995 was the ninth annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ... Royal Rumble 1996 was the ninth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... An Ironman match is a professional wrestling match that is forced to go a set time limit. ... WrestleMania XII was the twelfth WrestleMania event promoted by the World Wrestling Federation. ... Robert Otto Marella (June 4, 1937 - October 6, 1999), better known by his stage name of Gorilla Monsoon, was an American professional wrestler, play-by-play announcer, and booker. ...


Hart would take a break from wrestling during 1996. Over the summer, Stone Cold Steve Austin, who was fresh from winning the 1996 King of the Ring,[49] would continually taunt Bret and challenge him to come back and have a match. After an eight month absence, Bret would face Austin at Survivor Series 1996. Hart would reverse Austin's Million Dollar Dream submission into a roll-up for a victory.[50] This would be the first match between the two in a feud between the old-school 'baby face' (Hart) and the new school anti-hero (Austin). Steven James Williams (born Steven Anderson on December 18, 1964)[2] better known by his ring name Stone Cold Steve Austin, is an American actor and former professional wrestler. ... King of the Ring is an annual World Wrestling Entertainment tournament held from 1985 to 2002. ... Survivor Series 1996 was the tenth annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event for the World Wrestling Federation. ... This article is about the pinfall (or pin) as it is defined in professional wrestling. ...


The feud continued 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 go on to win the Rumble.[51] In order to deal with this controversy, a Fatal Four-Way between Austin and the participants he eliminated after re-entering the ring was set up for the February In Your House PPV, with the winner becoming the number one contender. After current champion Shawn Michaels relinquished the belt, though, the match officially became for the WWF Championship. Promotional poster of Royal Rumble 1997, featuring Shawn Michaels Royal Rumble 1997 was the tenth annual Royal Rumble professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... For the song In Your House by The Cure, see Seventeen Seconds In Your House Logo In Your House was a pay-per-view series created by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


Hart defeated Austin, Vader, and the Undertaker in the Fatal Four-Way to become a 4-time WWF champion at In Your House: Final Four.[52][53] However, Austin made sure Hart's reign was short-lived, costing him a match against Sycho Sid the next night on Raw.[54] The two would have a steel cage match shortly before WrestleMania 13 (Hart's twelfth consecutive and final WrestleMania), which saw Austin actually attempt to help Hart win, in order to make their match at WrestleMania 13 a title match. Concurrently, The Undertaker, who had a scheduled match with Sid at WrestleMania, attempted to help Sid win. Sid ultimately retained, leading to a pure grudge match for Hart and Austin.[55] For the football player of the same name see Leon White (football player). ... For the Combichrist song, see Everybody Hates You Mark Calaway (born March 24, 1965[2][3]) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name The Undertaker. ... For the song In Your House by The Cure, see Seventeen Seconds In Your House Logo In Your House was a pay-per-view series created by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... For the bassist of the Sex Pistols, see Sid Vicious. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... WrestleMania 13 was the thirteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ...


At WrestleMania 13, Hart and Austin had their rematch, in what some consider the greatest match in WrestleMania history (alongside Randy Savage vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleMania III). This match, which was a Submission match, featured incredible brawling and mat wrestling from two extremely skilled technical wrestlers. In the end, Hart locked the Sharpshooter on a bloody Austin, who refused to give up. In fact, Austin never quit, but passed out from the blood loss/pain. Ken Shamrock, the special guest referee, awarded Hart the match, after which he continued to assault Austin.[56] This turned Austin face, and Hart became a heel. This was Hart's favorite match with Austin and to date is Hart's last WrestleMania appearance. According to Austin himself, this match helped Austin become a main event star and a legend in his own right. The original plan for WrestleMania 13 was a Hart vs. Michaels championship rematch in which Michaels was slated to drop the belt to Hart, a return for Bret having lost to Michaels the year prior. However, Michaels injured his knee two weeks after the 1997 Royal Rumble. The injury resulted in Shawn dropping the title with the infamous "Lost My Smile" speech. Rumors immediately began flying that Shawn did not want to drop the belt to Bret. Hart actually came out during the main event at WrestleMania 13 and challenged Michaels to step in the ring and stated (in a shoot promo) that Michaels had a "pussy foot injury." McMahon, commentating at ringside alongside Michaels, immediately got up from his seat and tried to keep Michaels calm. Randall Mario Poffo (born November 15, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio) better known by his ring name Macho Man Randy Savage, is a former American professional wrestler. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... WrestleMania III was the third annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... Bret Hart applying the Sharpshooter on Shawn Michaels. ... Ken Shamrock (born Kenneth Wayne Kilpatrick on February 11, 1964 in Macon, Georgia) is an American mixed martial arts fighter. ... In professional wrestling, a heel is a villain character. ... Official WrestleMania logo WrestleMania is an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment since 1985. ... In professional wrestling, a promo is short for promotional interview, a dialogue or monologue used to advance a storyline. ...


Despite their on-camera differences, Hart and Austin always got along, and continue to have respect for one another, a fact illustrated when Austin inducted Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame the evening prior to WrestleMania 22. WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... WrestleMania 22 was the twenty-second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


Reunion of Hart Foundation & Montreal Screwjob (1997)

Main article: Montreal Screwjob

In the ensuing weeks, Hart denounced American fans, because of their negative reaction to him in the recent weeks in contrast to his continued popularity through the rest of the world, and reunited with brother Owen and brothers-in-law Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart. The family members formed a new Hart Foundation with Brian Pillman; this incarnation was an anti-American stable which was popular within Canada and Europe. Hart captured his fifth WWF Championship at SummerSlam 1997 after spitting in guest referee Shawn Michaels' face; Michaels swung a steel chair in retaliation, which accidentally struck the Undertaker and allowed Hart to get the pin.[57][58] The screwjob - Earl Hebner calls for the bell as Shawn Michaels holds Bret Hart in the Sharpshooter. ... James Henry Jim Neidhart (born August 2, 1956)[1] is an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances in the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation as Jim The Anvil Neidhart. ... This article is about the Hart Foundation in professional wrestling. ... Brian William Pillman (May 22, 1962 – October 5, 1997) was an American football player and professional wrestler best known for his appearances in the World Wrestling Federation, Extreme Championship Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling. ... Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... SummerSlam 1997 was the tenth annual SummerSlam professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ... A professional wrestling referee is the official figure that makes sure that wrestling matches move smoothly in an attempt to maintain kayfabe. ...


Around this time, Hart's on-air rivalry with "announcer" Vince McMahon also escalated. A heated ringside altercation between the two led many fans to dislike McMahon, who at the time was being exposed as owner of the WWF more and more frequently on-air. Vincent Kennedy McMahon (born August 25, 1945) is an American wrestling promoter, occasional professional wrestler, on-screen personality, former play-by-play announcer, and film producer. ...

The "screwjob" - Earl Hebner calls for the bell as Shawn Michaels holds Bret Hart in the Sharpshooter.
The "screwjob" - Earl Hebner calls for the bell as Shawn Michaels holds Bret Hart in the Sharpshooter.

Although Hart had signed a 20 year contract, Vince McMahon had asked him to talk to WCW about possibly taking a second look at their original offer to him, as the WWF was in a rough financial position at the time and could not afford the contract. Hart's final match with the WWF would come in Montreal at Survivor Series 1997. Hart did not want to end his career with a loss to Shawn Michaels in his home country; Vince agreed to Bret's idea of forfeiting the championship the next night on RAW or losing it a few weeks later. Although Hart stated to Vince McMahon he would not take the WWF Championship with him to WCW TV (and despite insistence from then-WCW President Eric Bischoff (according to Hart's DVD biography)[59] that Hart would join WCW with a "clean slate"), McMahon was still concerned; this led to him breaking his word in what eventually came to be known as the Montreal Screwjob, one of the most controversial moments in recent wrestling history. Even though he did not submit to the Sharpshooter, referee Earl Hebner called for the bell as if he had, on orders of Vince McMahon. This resulted in Hart "losing" the WWF Championship to Shawn Michaels.[60] The night ended with Hart spitting in Vince's face, destroying television equipment, and punching Vince in the eye backstage in front of Jack Brisco, Pat Patterson and Vince's own son Shane. Also backstage Bret confronted Shawn Michaels about his involment. Michaels lied to Bret and said he knew nothing of the incident; however, years later Michaels admitted that he did know of the incident at least twenty-four hours in advance. Image File history File links Seriesscrewjob. ... Image File history File links Seriesscrewjob. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ... Bret Hart applying the Sharpshooter on Shawn Michaels. ... Survivor Series 1997 was the eleventh annual Survivor Series pay-per-view professional wrestling event for the World Wrestling Federation. ... Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ... The screwjob - Earl Hebner calls for the bell as Shawn Michaels holds Bret Hart in the Sharpshooter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Freddie Joe Brisco most to known as Jack Brisco (born September 21, 1941 in Blackwell, Oklahoma) was a popular and successful professional wrestler during 1970s, and into the 1980s. ... For the Florida politician, see Pat Patterson (politician). ... Michael Shawn Hickenbottom (born July 22, 1965) is an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Shawn Michaels. ...


Bret also stated on a recent shoot interview that after the Montreal incident, Vince Russo called Bret Hart about Bret trying to get Owen out of his contract with WWF and come join Bret in WCW. Bret listened to Russo and explained that he was still going to try to get Owen out of his contract to come to WCW with him; a few minutes afterwards, Vince McMahon called Bret and told him he would sue him if he tried to get Owen out and continued to talk to Owen about his contract. Hart believed McMahon was on the phone the whole time with Russo/Bret and Bret says Vince Russo denies that claim to this day, and that it was just a coincidence that McMahon called a couple minutes after. Vincent Michael Russo (born January 24, 1961) is an American writer, known for working for American professional wrestling companies, most notably the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. ...


World Championship Wrestling (1997-2000)

Early WCW Run (1997-1998)

A day after the Survivor Series pay-per-view, Eric Bischoff, while in the nWo announced that Hart was going to be coming to WCW, and joining the nWo. Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ... The New World Order was a stable of wrestlers, originally in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ...


About a month after Survivor Series, Hart joined World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the WWF's main competitor. He made his debut on WCW Monday Nitro on December 15, 1997 when it was announced by WCW Chairman of the Board J.J. Dillon that Bret would be the special guest referee for the match between Eric Bischoff and Larry Zbyszko at Starrcade 1997.[61] Bret was involved in the Sting versus Hulk Hogan match at Starrcade 1997, stepping in toward its conclusion as impromptu referee. He attacked referee Nick Patrick, accusing him of making a fast count and shouting he would not let "it happen again" (a reference to the Montreal Screwjob).[62] During Eric Bischoff's period in control of the company, the goodwill towards Hart generated by the Montreal Screwjob resulted in him being pushed as a face, defeating Ric Flair in his first WCW match at Souled Out 1998.[63] For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... WCW Monday Nitro was a weekly professional wrestling program produced by World Championship Wrestling. ... is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... James J. Dillon (born Jim Morrison on June 26, 1942 in Trenton, New Jersey) is a former professional wrestler and manager. ... Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ... Lawrence (Larry) Whistler (born December 5, 1953) is a professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Larry Zbyszko. ... For other uses, see Sting (disambiguation). ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... Nick Patrick Nicholas Patrick Hamilton also known as Nick Patrick (born November 9, 1959, in Lakeland, Florida) is a professional wrestling referee currently working for World Wrestling Entertainment as the SmackDown! brand as a Senior Referee. ... Eric Aaron Bischoff (born May 27, 1955[1]), is a former professional wrestling booker and on-screen personality, most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainments RAW brand. ... Souled Out was a WCW PPV in the month of January from 1997 through 2000. ...


Heel turn & Mid-Card Status (1998-1999)

However, this was short-lived, and in early 1998, Hart turned heel in a Nitro main event involving Randy Savage and Hogan, and Bret unofficially joined the nWo. At Uncensored, Hart defeated Curt Hennig in a match.[64] Bret defeated Randy Savage in singles action at Slamboree[65] and then in a tag team match with Hogan at The Great American Bash in which Savage was partnered with Roddy Piper.[66] As part of the faction, Hart was no longer pushed as a main event superstar, instead becoming a mid-carder. At Bash at the Beach, Hart faced Booker T in a match for Booker's WCW World Television Championship in which Hart got disqualified after hitting Booker with a steel chair.[67] The New World Order was a stable of wrestlers, originally in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Uncensored was an annual PPV in World Championship Wrestling held in the month of March from 1995 through 2000. ... Slamboree was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event from World Championship Wrestling held from 1993 through 2000 that was held in the month of May. ... The Great American Bash is an annual summer professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... Bash at the Beach was a yearly professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced World Championship Wrestling (WCW). ... Robert Booker Tio Huffman[2] (born March 1, 1965)[2], better known by his wrestling personas Booker T and King Booker, is an American professional wrestler. ... WCW World Television Championship. ...


On the July 20 edition of Nitro, Hart defeated Diamond Dallas Page for the vacant WCW United States Heavyweight Championship.[68][69] A few days later, Hart lost the United States Heavyweight Championship to fellow WWF alumni Lex Luger.[70] Hart regained the title from Luger, the next night on Thunder.[71][72] At Fall Brawl, Hart and several other wrestlers lost to Diamond Dallas Page in a WarGames match.[73] On the October 26 edition of Nitro, Hart lost the United States Heavyweight Championship to Diamond Dallas Page.[74] The two had a rematch at World War 3 for the title which Hart lost.[75] Hart regained the title from Page on the November 30 edition of Nitro in a No Disqualification match with help from nWo member The Giant.[76][77] is the 201st day of the year (202nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Page Joseph Falkinburg, Jr. ... The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) United States Championship is a professional wrestling championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... WCW Thunder was a professional wrestling show produced by World Championship Wrestling which aired on TBS from January 8from play by play man Tony Crist 1998 until March 21, 2001. ... Fall Brawl was an annual pay per view in World Championship Wrestling (WCW) held in the month of September from 1993 through 2000. ... The WarGames match was a gimmick match used originally in the old National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and later held annually in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), usually at their Fall Brawl Pay-per-view event in September. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The World War 3 match was World Championship Wrestlings answer to the World Wrestling Federations Royal Rumble. ... is the 334th day of the year (335th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A bloodied Kane inside a current style WWE cage. ... Paul Randall Wight, Jr. ...


On the February 8 edition of Nitro, Hart lost the United States Heavyweight Championship to family friend Roddy Piper.[78] He remained in the upper mid-card bracket until an incident on Nitro in March 1999 when Bret lamented about "what WCW had not done" to him. Hart, in street clothes, then called out superstar Bill Goldberg and verbally coerced 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, although there was no match taking place, and left. The incident caused Hart to leave WCW for a short time. When Bret was about ready to return to WCW, his brother Owen Hart died in an accident during a WWF PPV. Bret was scheduled to wrestle Kevin Nash on The Tonight Show on May 24, 1999, and was on the plane to Los Angeles when Owen was killed. Bret was told the news of his brother's death by Eric Bischoff after he got off the plane and immediately flew home to Calgary to be with his family. His Tonight Show appearance was immediately canceled. is the 39th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other persons named Bill Goldberg, see Bill Goldberg (disambiguation). ... This can also refer to a piece of riding equipment, see Breastplate (tack). ... For other uses, see Toronto Maple Leafs (disambiguation). ... This article is about the pinfall (or pin) as it is defined in professional wrestling. ... Owen James Hart (May 7, 1965 – May 23, 1999)[1] was a Canadian professional wrestler who was most known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). ... Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959[2] in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... May 26, 2006 opening monologue of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award-winning American late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jay Leno on NBC. It premiered on May 25, 1992, succeeding The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ...


Main Eventer In WCW (1999-2000)

Bret Hart returned to wrestling on the September 13, 1999 edition of Nitro in a match with Hulk Hogan against Sting and Lex Luger. On the October 4, 1999 edition of Nitro he wrestled in a tribute match for Owen against Chris Benoit -- this match took place in the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, where Owen had died months earlier.[79] Around this same time, the WWF's top writer Vince Russo "jumped ship" to join WCW. Russo instigated an angle which involved a controversy over a series of World Heavyweight Championship matches between Sting, Hogan, and Goldberg at Halloween Havoc, ultimately leading to the title being declared vacant. A tournament then took place over several episodes of Nitro. The first round took place on the October 25 edition in which Bret Hart defeated Goldberg to advance to the second round and to also win Goldberg's WCW United States Heavyweight Championship.[80][81] is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... For other uses, see Sting (disambiguation). ... Lawrence Larry Wendell Pfohl (born June 2, 1958),[1][2] best known by his ring name Lex Luger, is an American former bodybuilder, professional wrestler and football player. ... is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Christopher Michael Benoit (IPA: ) (May 21, 1967 – June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler who wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment. ... Kemper Arena American Royal Center is an 19,500 seat indoor arena in Kansas City, Missouri that has hosted NCAA Final Four basketball games, professional basketball and hockey teams, the 1976 Republican Convention, and is the ongoing host of the American Royal livestock show. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Vincent Michael Russo (born January 24, 1961) is an American writer, known for working for American professional wrestling companies, most notably the World Wrestling Federation and World Championship Wrestling. ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world championship in World Championship Wrestling. ... Halloween Havoc was an annual professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Championship Wrestling from 1989 through 2000. ... is the 298th day of the year (299th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


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.[82] Hart went on to win this tournament by defeating Perry Saturn,[82] Billy Kidman,[83] Sting, and Chris Benoit to win the vacant WCW World Heavyweight Championship. His tournament matches with Sting and Benoit occurred at Mayhem held in Hart's native Canada.[84][85][86] is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Perry Satullo (born October 25, 1966) is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, Perry Saturn. ... Peter Jacob Gruner (born May 11, 1974) better known by his ring name Billy Kidman (or simply Kidman), is an American professional wrestler. ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling world championship in World Championship Wrestling. ... Mayhem was a PPV in World Championship Wrestling held in the month of November in 1999 and 2000. ...


He later participated in an nWo reformation with Jeff Jarrett, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, and Creative Control. On December 7, Hart and Goldberg won the WCW World Tag Team Championship from Creative Control but lost the titles to The Outsiders on the December 13 edition of Nitro.[87] At Starrcade, Hart defended his WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Goldberg. During the match, Hart was struck with a mule kick to the head, resulting in a severe concussion. Hart later speculated that he may have suffered up to three additional concussions within matches over the course of that day along with the days immediately following Starrcade, having been unaware of the severity of his injuries.[88] As a part of this, Hart placed Goldberg on the post in a figure-four leg lock which ended with Hart hitting his head on the concrete floor. The sum total of those injuries left Hart with post-concussion syndrome, and ultimately forced his retirement from professional wrestling. Hart wrote a Calgary Sun column in which he said that Goldberg "had a tendency to injure everyone he worked with."[89] As part of his DVD documentary, Hart expressed regret that "someone as good-hearted as Bill Goldberg" was responsible for hurting him.[59] For the former Assistant Secretary of Energy for Fossil Energy, see Jeffrey D. Jarrett. ... Scott Carl Rechsteiner (born July 29, 1962) better known by his ring name Scott Steiner, is an American professional wrestler. ... Kevin Scott Nash (born July 9, 1959[2] in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional wrestler and actor. ... This article is about the professional wrestler. ... The Harris Brothers is the tag team of real-life twin brothers Don Harris & Ron Harris. ... is the 341st day of the year (342nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Tag Team Championship was the major tag team title in World Championship Wrestling from 1991 to 2001. ... The Outsiders are a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall. ... is the 347th day of the year (348th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Starrcade was the primary supercard of the NWA and World Championship Wrestling from 1983-2000. ... Attacking maneuvers in the kayfabe of professional wrestling are mainly used to wear down an opponent for a submission hold or as a set up for a throw. ... Cerebral Concussion redirects here. ... lion tamer used by chris jericho you do tjis by going into a high angle boston crab and place your knee in their back applying pressure high angle boston crab used by chris jericho do this by applying a regular boston crab but scooting backwards until standing then pull their... Post-concussion syndrome, also known as postconcussive syndrome or PCS, is a set of symptoms that a person may experience for weeks, months, or even years after a concussion, a mild form of traumatic brain injury. ... Retirement is the point where a person stops employment completely. ...


Hart vacated the title on the December 20 edition of Nitro as a result of the injury he sustained, but later that same night, Hart defeated Goldberg in a rematch for his second WCW World Heavyweight Championship.[90][91] Overall, Hart was 3-0 against Goldberg, who was noted for his undefeated streak. is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Hart never lost either WCW Heavyweight Championship he held, but forfeited them instead. The second vacated title came about in January 2000 when he was forced to withdraw from the main event of WCW's Souled Out. He wrestled his last matches in both the WWF and WCW as the World Heavyweight Champion of each respective promotion. Souled Out was a WCW PPV in the month of January from 1997 through 2000. ...


On October 26, 2000, Hart was released from his contract with WCW due to Hart's "ongoing incapacity." He would officially declare his retirement shortly afterwards.[92]


Life after professional wrestling

2002 stroke

On June 23, 2002, Bret Hart suffered a major 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 biography, Hitman: My Real Life In The Cartoon World of Wrestling.[93]


Hart is a spokesperson for March of Dimes Canadian Stroke Recovery program. March of Dimes is the name of a United States health charity, whose mission is to improve the health of babies. ...


The Bret Hart Story

Main article: Bret "Hit Man" Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Ever Will Be

Hart's relationship with Vince McMahon improved throughout the early-2000s (Hart stated in an interview that after he had the stroke, the first person to call him in the hospital was McMahon), with Hart being featured in WWE video games, including the WWE Day of Reckoning 2 and Smackdown titles. In addition, Hart stated on his website that he would have liked to wrestle Kurt Angle and had watched Chris Benoit's World Heavyweight Championship title win at WrestleMania XX. Computer and video games redirects here. ... WWE Day of Reckoning 2 is a video game released on the Nintendo Gamecube console by THQ. The sequel to WWE Day of Reckoning, it became a Players Choice game on July 5, 2006. ... WWE SmackDown! (formerly WWF SmackDown!) is a series of professional wrestling video games released by THQ. The franchise takes its name from World Wrestling Entertainments weekly Friday night (previously Thursday night) television program of the same name. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... Kurt Steven Angle (born December 9, 1968) is an American professional wrestler and former Olympic amateur wrestler. ... Christopher Michael Benoit (IPA: ) (May 21, 1967 – June 24, 2007) was a Canadian professional wrestler who wrestled for Extreme Championship Wrestling, World Championship Wrestling, and World Wrestling Entertainment. ... The World Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling world championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. ... WrestleMania XX was the twentieth WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ...


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. After he was approached about appearing in the DVD, Hart visited WWE Headquarters on August 3, 2005 and met with Vince McMahon. 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 DVD includes a compendium of Hart's favorite matches, including a match against his brother Owen held in White Plains, New York and his first match with Ricky Steamboat. Before the DVD's release, the WWE released a special magazine covering Hart's career. The collection was released on November 15, 2005. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... The screwjob - Earl Hebner calls for the bell as Shawn Michaels holds Bret Hart in the Sharpshooter. ... is the 215th day of the year (216th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other places with the same name, see White Plains (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 319th day of the year (320th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Hart appeared on the November 16, 2005, WWE Byte This! webcast, marking his first live WWE appearance since November 9, 1997. is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A webcast is a media file distributed over the Internet using streaming media technology. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


WWE Hall of Fame

On the February 16, 2006, episode of RAW, it was announced that Hart would be a 2006 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame.[94] Hart had also been approached by Vince McMahon for a potential match between the two at WrestleMania 22, but "politely declined" the offer.[95] Coincidentally, Hart's last WrestleMania appearance was also in Chicago (WrestleMania 13). is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... WrestleMania 22 was the twenty-second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... WrestleMania 13 was the thirteenth annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view event from the World Wrestling Federation. ...


On April 1, 2006, Hart was inducted by his old in-ring rival, "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 also told some humorous stories he had with other wrestlers during his career in the WWF - most notably with his late brother, Owen, and brother-in-law Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart. Vince McMahon and his son Shane did not attend the ceremony. Hart did not appear the next day at WrestleMania 22 with the 2006 WWE Hall of Fame Inductees at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois, saying that he did not feel "comfortable with the situation." is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... WrestleMania 22 was the twenty-second annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... The Allstate Arena is a sports arena in Rosemont, Illinois, which is home to the Chicago Wolves hockey club, DePaul University mens basketball, and the Chicago Rush Arena football team. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ...


Other honors

Bret Hart accepts his induction into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
Bret Hart accepts his induction into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

On July 15, 2006, Bret Hart was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame, at the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton, Iowa. The induction took place in an immensely crowded and humid display room showcasing one of Hart's ring entrance jackets. The honor is only awarded to those with both a professional and amateur wrestling background, making Hart one of the youngest inductees. During his acceptance, Hart compared this induction to his place in the WWE Hall of Fame, saying "This is a much bigger honor for me."[11] Image File history File links Bretplaque. ... Image File history File links Bretplaque. ... is the 196th day of the year (197th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jasper County Courthouse, Newton, Iowa Headquarters of the Maytag Corporation, Newton, Iowa Newton is the county seat of Jasper County, IowaGR6. ...


In 2004, Hart was chosen as one of the Greatest Canadians, coming in at number thirty-nine. He was also the advocate for Don Cherry during the televised portion of the competition. Hart was ranked number #39 in Time Magazine's "Greatest Canadians of All Time" article. Officially launched on April 5, 2004, The Greatest Canadian was a television program series by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to determine who is considered to be the greatest Canadian of all time, at least among those who watched and participated in the program. ... For other individuals named Don Cherry, see Don Cherry. ... TIME redirects here. ...


Wrestling Appearances

On June 16, 2006, Hart made the Bret Hart VIP Access in the Hotel San Juan in Puerto Rico where he signed autographs, visited with fans, and spoke about his life and career. is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


On May 9, 2007, it was announced that Hart would make his first appearance for a professional wrestling event since the 2006 WWE Hall of Fame. Hart signed autographs at "The Legends of Wrestling" show at the Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.[96] On June 11, 2007, Hart made his first appearance on RAW since October 27, 1997 when he appeared in a pretaped interview voicing his opinions on Vince McMahon as part of "Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night." is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... WWE Hall of Fame logo, 2004-present. ... Tropicana Field is a domed stadium in St. ... For other uses, see St. ... is the 162nd day of the year (163rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ...


On June 24, 2007, Bret Hart made his first appearance since the infamous Montreal Screwjob at Unison Bar & Billiard in Montreal, Quebec. During this appearance, he signed autographs and spent the night with over 1,000 fans. An emotional Hart was clearly overwhelmed with the crowds reaction as he also mentioned that he would turn 50 in a few days; the crowd then sang "Happy Birthday". is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... The screwjob - Earl Hebner calls for the bell as Shawn Michaels holds Bret Hart in the Sharpshooter. ... Nickname: Motto: Concordia Salus (well-being through harmony) Coordinates: , Country Province Region Montréal Founded 1642 Established 1832 Government  - Mayor Gérald Tremblay Area [1][2][3]  - City 365. ... This article is about the Canadian province. ... For the song by The Beatles, see Birthday (song). ...


Writing

Hart wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun from June 1991 until October 2004. The Calgary Sun is a daily newspaper published in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ...


Hart co-wrote an illustrated autobiography with Perry Lefko in 2000. The book, entitled "Hitman", was somewhat concise, and focused primarily on Hart's World Championship Wrestling tenure. Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ...


On October 16, 2007, Hart's second autobiography titled Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, was released in Canada by Random House Canada. It is slated for a fall, 2008 release in the United States by Grand Central Publishing, with a U.S. book signing tour. Upon its release Hart's book hit number one on the Canadian Globe & Mail bestseller list and remained in the top ten for four months. Hart's Canadian book signing tour is considered by those in the publishing industry to be one of the most successful book tours ever in Canada; the key organizers were Scott Sellers of Random House Canada and Marcy Engelstein, long time friend and business associate of Hart. is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Hart began writing the book in July 1999 with Marcy Engelstein. They didn't 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. At an invitation-only launch party at McNally Robinson in Calgary on October 17, 2007 an emotional Hart acknowledged the completion of the book as one of the biggest milestones of his life and lamented that his parents were not alive to share the moment. He graciously acknowledged Anne Collins of Random House Canada as his editor. is the 290th day of the year (291st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Hart's chronicle is based on an audio diary that he kept for all of his years on the road in professional wrestling. The stunning result is 553 pages of small type crammed full of more detail and brutal honesty than ever before seen in print about pro wrestling; including the use of drugs, steroids and alcohol in the industry, and infidelity as Hart's personal crutch of choice. Hart's tome is encyclopedic in scope and is arguably the most comprehensive, unmasked account of Hart's era (mid 1970's through 2000) in professional wrestling.


Acting

From 1995 to 1996 Hart appeared in the Lonesome Dove television series as 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 a stint playing The Genie in a theatrical production of Aladdin in 2004, a role which he reprised in the Canadian Touring production of Aladdin in late 2006. Hart also appeared in episodes of the Honey I Shrunk The Kids TV series (along with his brother), The Adventures of Sinbad, and Big Sound. Lonesome Dove, written by Larry McMurtry, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning western novel and the first published book of the Lonesome Dove series. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... The Old Man and the Lisa is the twenty-first episode of The Simpsons eighth season, first aired by the Fox network on April 20, 1997. ... For other uses, see Genie (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Aladdin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Aladdin (disambiguation). ... This article or section is incomplete and may require expansion and/or cleanup. ...


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. It was heavily rumored at the time that Hart was interested in pursuing acting on a full-time basis and was willing to leave wrestling to do so. 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. Sketch Show redirects here. ... For other uses, see Mad TV (disambiguation). ... Enforcer is a professional wrestling term for one of two situations. ... Will Sasso (May 24, 1975 - ) is a Canadian comedian and actor. ...


Personal life

He has four children, Jade Michelle Hart (b. March 31, 1983), Dallas Jeffery Hart (b. August 11, 1984), Alexandra Sabina "Beans" Hart (b. May 17, 1988), and Blade Colton Hart (b. June 5, 1990) with his ex-wife Julie Smadu-Hart (b. March 25, 1960).[97] The four hearts located on the right thigh of his tights symbolize his four children, as do the four dots following his signature. On September 15, 2004, he married (in Calgary) an Italian girl named Cinzia Rota,[59][98] whom he had divorced, according to his book, by the time its writing was complete, because she did not want to live in Calgary so far away from her family and her home town of Almenno San Salvatore, Bergamo, Italy. [99]Two of his nephews, Teddy Hart and Harry Smith, work or worked in the wrestling industry. Harry Smith currently wrestles on the RAW brand. His niece, Nattie Neidhart, currently works on the SmackDown! brand. is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Jimi Hendrix song, see 1983. ... is the 223rd day of the year (224th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 137th day of the year (138th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 156th day of the year (157th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... is the 84th day of the year (85th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Harry Smith (born August 2, 1985 His birthdate either appears to be 1985 or 1986 but accoording to his myspace profile he is 22 which would make him born in 1985. ... WWE Raw is the Monday night professional wrestling television program for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the primary broadcast of the RAW brand. ... Natalie Katherine Nattie Neidhart[1] (born May 27, 1982 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian professional wrestler who is currently signed with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). ... WWE SmackDown! is a professional wrestling show that airs in the USA on UPN and in Canada on The Score Network. ...


Controversy

"Canada vs. America" storyline

When Hart began the controversial "Canada versus America" angle, he was criticized in public, accused of being anti-American and often told by angry American fans to "go back where you came from". Hart responded in an interview with the Calgary Sun, stating that "[there is] a difference between a show and reality". In actuality, Hart holds dual citizenship with Canada and the United States, as his mother is originally from Long Island, New York in the United States.[100] Anti-Americanism, often Anti-American sentiment, is defined as being opposed or hostile to the United States of America, its people, its principles, or its policies. ... The Calgary Sun is a daily newspaper published in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ... This article is about the island in New York State. ... This article is about the state. ...


Racial and homophobic remarks

He was involved in a similar racial controversy during an angle in which it appeared that the Hart Foundation had vandalized the locker room of the African American stable, the Nation of Domination (in the storyline, DX framed the Hart Foundation). During a promo with DX, Hart had called both Triple H and Shawn Michaels "homos". After leaving the WWF, Hart apologized for the angles and said that he had been pressured into going through with them. He said, "I am not in any shape or form a racist. And I don't believe it is anything to kid around about. I also want to apologize for any remarks I made about gay people. It was a stupid mistake on my part."[101] Professional wrestling has accrued a considerable amount of slang, in-references and jargon. ... This article is about the Hart Foundation in professional wrestling. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The Nation of Domination is a former professional wrestling stable in the World Wrestling Federation. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ...


In popular culture

  • When Hart joined WCW, his entrance music was written and performed by Craig Northey of Odds.
  • Hart was sampled by the Canadian rap group Rascalz in their song "Game Time/Sharpshooter," appearing in their music video.
  • Hart's last matches in both the WWF and WCW have coincidentally happened to be World Championship matches.
  • In the course of his career, Hart amazingly competed for twenty years without injuring any of his opponents. He mentioned on many occasions that he had always looked after his opponents in the ring.
  • Hart continues to feature as an unlockable Legend in many newer WWE video games.

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In wrestling

  • Finishing and signature moves
    • Sharpshooter
    • Spike piledriver
    • Dropkick
    • Pendulum backbreaker
    • Second rope axe handle elbow drop
    • Russian legsweep
    • Inverted atomic drop
    • Bulldog
    • Snap suplex
    • Superplex
    • Bridging German suplex
    • Swinging neckbreaker
    • Lariat takedown
    • Suicide dive
    • Slingshot crossbody
    • Sunset flip
    • Crucifix pin
    • Inside cradle
    • Roll-up
    • Victory roll
    • Figure four leglock, sometimes utilizing the ringpost for extra pressure
  • Nicknames
    • The Excellence of Execution
    • Hitman/Hit Man
    • The Pink and Black Attack
    • The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be

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Championships and accomplishments

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  54. ^ WWF Raw: February 17, 1997
  55. ^ WWF Raw: March 17, 1997
  56. ^ WrestleMania 13 official results
  57. ^ SummerSlam 1997 main event
  58. ^ Bret Hart's fifth WWE Championship reign. WWE. Retrieved on 2007-12-30
  59. ^ a b c Bret "Hitman" Hart: The Best There Is, The Best There Was, The Best There Every Will Be
  60. ^ Survivor Series 1997 main event (Montreal Screwjob)
  61. ^ WCW Nitro: December 15, 1997
  62. ^ Starrcade 1997 results
  63. ^ Souled Out 1998 results
  64. ^ Uncensored 1998 results
  65. ^ Slamboree 1998 results
  66. ^ The Great American Bash 1998 results
  67. ^ Bash at the Beach 1998 results
  68. ^ Monday Nitro - July 20, 1998
  69. ^ Bret Hart's first United States Championship reign. WWE. Retrieved on 2007-12-30
  70. ^ Monday Nitro - August 10, 1998
  71. ^ WCW Thunder - August 13, 1998
  72. ^ Bret Hart's second United States Championship reign. WWE. Retrieved on 2007-12-30
  73. ^ Fall Brawl 1998 results
  74. ^ Monday Nitro - October 26, 1998
  75. ^ World War 3 1998 results
  76. ^ Monday Nitro - November 30, 1998
  77. ^ Bret Hart's third United States Championship reign. WWE. Retrieved on 2007-12-30
  78. ^ Monday Nitro - February 8, 1999
  79. ^ Monday Nitro - October 4, 1999
  80. ^ Monday Nitro - October 25, 1999
  81. ^ Bret Hart's fourth United States Championship reign. WWE. Retrieved on 2007-12-30
  82. ^ a b Monday Nitro - November 8, 1999
  83. ^ Monday Nitro - November 15, 1999
  84. ^ Mayhem 1999 results
  85. ^ WCW World Title Tournament 1999
  86. ^ Bret Hart's first WCW Championship reign. WWE. Retrieved on 2007-12-30
  87. ^ Monday Nitro - December 13, 1999
  88. ^ Starrcade 1999 results
  89. ^ Bret Hart's Calgary Sun column from 9 May 2003
  90. ^ Monday Nitro - December 20, 1999
  91. ^ Bret Hart's second WCW Championship reign. WWE. Retrieved on 2007-12-30
  92. ^ van Rassel, J. "Hitman's cut loose by WCW", Calgary Sun
  93. ^ Robinson, J. "Bret Hart: The Hitman Returns", IGN
  94. ^ McMahons 2, Michaels 0. WWE (March 6, 2006). Retrieved on 2008-01-16. “Stone Cold will induct Bret “Hit Man” Hart”
  95. ^ McMahon-Hart.
  96. ^ "Bret Hart returns to Pro Wrestling"
  97. ^ [Stated in his book Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling Pgs.224,255]
  98. ^ Biography for Bret Hart
  99. ^ Moniz, Shawn (October 23, 2007). Bret Hart quietly divorces second wife.. Wrestle-Complex.com. Retrieved on October 23, 2007.
  100. ^ Hart, B. "An open letter to Shawn Michaels", Canadian Online Explorer
  101. ^ SLAM! Wrestling: The Bret Hart Interview
  102. ^ Stampede International Tag Team Title
  103. ^ British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Title
  104. ^ Stampede Wrestling North American Heavyweight Title
  105. ^ Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (1948-1990). Puroresu Dojo (2003).
  106. ^ Caribbean Tag Team Title

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Francis Bret Harte - LoveToKnow 1911 (288 words)
FRANCIS BRET HARTE (1839-1902), American author, was born at Albany, New York, on the 25th of August 1839.
Bret Harte was an early master of the short story, and his Californian tales were regarded as introducing a new genre into fiction.
After a year as professor in the university of California, Harte lived in New York, 1871-1878; was United States consul at Crefeld, Germany, 1878-1880; consul at Glasgow, 1880-1885; and after 1885 resided in London, engaged in literary work.
Literary Encyclopedia: Bret Harte (474 words)
Bret Harte was born Francis Brett Hart on August 25, 1836 in Albany, New York, the third of Henry and Elizabeth Hart's four children.
Harte's father was responsible for the change from Hart to Harte sometime in the 1840s, and the author himself would be known as “Bret Harte” from the time of his literary breakthrough in the late 1860s.
Harte was of mixed Dutch, English, and Jewish heritage, being descended from the prominent Jewish merchant, Bernard Hart, and the distinguished upper New York state families, the Bretts, the Truesdales, and the Ostranders.
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