76 Facts About Bret Hart

1. Bret Hart took aim at Flair in his autobiography, criticizing his in-ring talents and what Hart perceived as Flair's unsubtle blading.

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2. Bret Hart criticized Flair on what he perceived as insults to fellow wrestlers Mick Foley and Randy Savage.

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3. In October 1993, Bret Hart gave a radio interview in which he said Ric Flair "sucks", and described his workplace, WCW, as "minor league".

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4. Bret Hart wrote in detail about his stroke in his autobiography, Hitman: My Real Life In The Cartoon World of Wrestling.

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5. Bret Hart suffered total paralysis on his left side, which required months of physical therapy.

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6. Bret Hart married Julie Smadu was born on March 25, 1960 and on July 8, 1982.

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7. Bret Hart is the commissioner of Sharpshooter Funding, a business loan company.

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8. In 2016, Bret Hart starred in the documentary film Nine Legends.

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9. Bret Hart was the subject of the 1998 documentary, Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows, which chronicled many of the events in Hart's personal and professional life from September 1996 to November 1997, including the Montreal Screwjob and its immediate aftermath.

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10. Bret Hart donned his "Hit Man" singlet, along with additional costume, and executed wrestling maneuvers on villain characters, as part of his performance as the Genie in a 2004 stage production of Aladdin.

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11. Bret Hart provides the voice of pro wrestler character "The Hooded Fang" in Jacob Two-Two.

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12. Bret Hart has made numerous televised appearances since, including a guest spot on The Simpsons in 1997 and episodes of the Honey I Shrunk The Kids TV series (along with his brother Owen), The Adventures of Sinbad, Big Sound, and The Immortal.

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13. Bret Hart began writing the book in July 1999 with Marcy Engelstein, his longtime close friend and business associate.

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14. Bret Hart wrote a weekly column for the Calgary Sun from June 1991 until October 2004.

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15. Shawn Michaels conceded that Bret Hart was an "unbelievable" performer, calling him a "sheer joy" to work with and saying that the pair's match at WrestleMania XII was one of, if not his favorite WrestleMania bout.

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16. Bret Hart usually wrestled in a pink attire and, during his time as The Hart Foundation, the tag team was nicknamed "The Pink and Black Attack", a nickname Hart used for himself during his singles career.

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17. Bret Hart was in the corner of his niece Natalya on the March 27, 2014 episode of NXT, at the second NXT TakeOver event and at the 2016 edition of Payback.

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18. Bret Hart has served as an expert on panels, including the March 25, 2013 episode of Raw and at the NXT Arrival pre-show.

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19. Bret Hart participated in backstage segments at the 2013 Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 31.

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20. Bret Hart has made infrequent appearances in minor roles, appearing on the April 25, 2011 edition of Tough Enough.

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21. The next week, Bret Hart declared a Viewer's Choice episode of Raw.

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22. Bret Hart thanked the fans for their continued support, jokingly teased announcer Jerry Lawler about their long-running 1990s feud, and confronted Shawn Michaels and McMahon regarding the Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series in 1997.

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23. On June 11, 2007, Bret Hart made his first appearance on Raw since October 27, 1997 when he appeared in a pre-taped interview voicing his opinions on Vince McMahon as part of "Mr McMahon Appreciation Night.

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24. Bret Hart spoke to the crowd, reminiscing about some of his more memorable matches in New York.

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25. On September 27, 2009, Bret Hart appeared in New York City's Manhattan Center to sign autographs during a Ring of Honor event.

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26. In 2007, Bret Hart signed autographs at "The Legends of Wrestling" show at the Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida.

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27. In 2001, Bret Hart became the on-screen commissioner of World Wrestling All-Stars, a role that ended prematurely due to a 2002 stroke, which temporarily required him to use a wheelchair.

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28. Bret Hart cited his "steel plate" segment with Goldberg and his tribute match to Owen, against Chris Benoit, as his two worthwhile moments with the company.

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29. Bret Hart continued to make appearances on WCW television, generally cutting promos.

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30. Bret Hart vacated the title in late January 2000 when he was forced to withdraw from the main event of WCW's Souled Out due to his injuries.

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31. Bret Hart regained the championship, even though it was Roddy Piper who was covering Goldberg when the three count was made.

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32. Bret Hart convinced them to stop, then hit Goldberg with one of the bats.

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33. Bret Hart took a further four months off from WCW to be with his family.

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34. On May 23, 1999, the night before Bret Hart was scheduled to make an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to hype his imminent WCW return, his brother Owen Hart died in an accident during a WWF pay-per-view.

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35. Bret Hart was wearing a metal breastplate under his Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, which resulted in Goldberg being knocked out.

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36. Bret Hart turned on Sting, delivering a DDT, and this bout was ruled a no-contest.

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37. Bret Hart regained it from Luger the next night on Thunder.

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38. Bret Hart was disqualified after hitting Booker with a steel chair.

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39. Bret Hart became an associate of the nWo, but did not officially join the group.

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40. Bret Hart was heavily involved in that month's Starrcade pay-per-view.

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41. The Undertaker agreed to the match, and Bret Hart won his fifth and last WWF World Heavyweight Championship after spitting in guest referee Shawn Michaels' face; Michaels swung a steel chair in retaliation, which accidentally struck the Undertaker.

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42. Bret Hart vowed that if he could not defeat The Undertaker for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship at SummerSlam, he would never wrestle in the United States again.

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43. Bret Hart quit the WWF the next night on Raw in protest.

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44. Bret Hart was inducted into the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame Class of 1996.

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45. Bret Hart shifted his focus back to the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, defeating Diesel in a no disqualification match at Survivor Series to commence his third reign.

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46. Bret Hart beat Lawler in a "Kiss My Foot" match at King of the Ring, and defeated Lawler's kayfabe dentist, Isaac Yankem, by disqualification at SummerSlam 1995.

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47. Bret Hart defeated Hakushi in the very first match of the in Your House series.

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48. Bret Hart would be the focal point of the first event in the In Your House pay-per-view series, competing in two matches at In Your House 1.

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49. Bret Hart challenged for Diesel's WWF World Heavyweight Championship at the 1995 Royal Rumble, in a match that was continually marred by outside interference and ruled a draw.

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50. Bret Hart was voted the greatest wrestler of 1994 by Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers, winning the vote for the second straight year.

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51. Bret Hart eventually lost his WWF World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series in a submission match against Bob Backlund where the manager of either competitor would have to "throw in the towel" for the wrestler they were representing.

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52. Bret Hart continued to feud with his brother Owen while he started feuding with Diesel.

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53. Bret Hart lost his match against Owen but went on to defeat Yokozuna for his second WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

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54. Bret Hart was voted "WWF Superstar of the Year" 1993 by fans, as well as the greatest wrestler of the year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated readers.

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55. Bret Hart would defend the title against contenders such as Papa Shango and former champion Ric Flair before losing the title to Yokozuna in his first WrestleMania main event at WrestleMania IX, after interference from Mr Fuji.

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56. Bret Hart would headline his first pay-per-view as champion with a successful title defense against Shawn Michaels at the 1992 Survivor Series, and defeated Razor Ramon at the 1993 Royal Rumble.

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57. Bret Hart made his first successful title defense against Papa Shango on Saturday Night's Main Event.

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58. In January 1992, Bret Hart was placed in a feud with The Mountie.

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59. Bret Hart lasted 25 minutes and 42 seconds before being eliminated by Don Muraco.

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60. Bret Hart headlined his first televised WWF card when he beat Ray Rougeau, of The Fabulous Rougeaus, in the main event of the November 3, 1986 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.

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61. Bret Hart lost to Steamboat again on the July 28, 1986 edition of Prime Time Wrestling.

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62. Bret Hart considers his microphone work to have been a weakness throughout his early career.

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63. Bret Hart wrestled Tiger Mask in New Japan Pro Wrestling, a promotion for whom he often wrestled during the early to mid-1980s.

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64. Bret Hart had high-impact matches against Tom Billington, the Dynamite Kid.

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65. Bret Hart gained some of his most prominent experience with Japanese combatants and real-life trainers Mr Hito and Mr Sakurada.

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66. In 1976, Bret Hart began working for his father's Stampede Wrestling promotion in Calgary.

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67. Bret Hart would often compete for customers with his little brother Ross since the fans would often want to buy from the youngest Hart child.

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68. Bret Hart spent the vast majority of his childhood in the Hart family mansion which was owned by his father.

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69. Bret Hart is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States since his mother Helen was born in New York.

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70. Bret Hart is of Greek descent through his maternal grandmother and Irish through his maternal grandfather.

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71. Bret Hart helped found and lent his name to the major junior ice hockey team the Calgary Hitmen, and has written two biographies along with a weekly column for the Calgary Sun for over a decade.

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72. Outside of wrestling Bret Hart has appeared in numerous films and television shows such as The Simpsons as well as featuring in several documentaries, both about himself specifically and others about the wrestling industry in general.

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73. Stone Cold Steve Austin, with whom Bret Hart headlined multiple pay-per-view events as part of an acclaimed rivalry from 1996 to 1997, inducted him into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2006.

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74. Bret Hart is the 1994 Royal Rumble match winner, and the only two-time King of the Ring, winning the 1991 tournament and the first King of the Ring pay-per-view in 1993.

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75. Bret Hart gained championship success throughout the 1980s and 1990s in the World Wrestling Federation, where he helmed The Hart Foundation stable.

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76. Bret Hart joined his father Stu Bret Hart's promotion Stampede Wrestling in 1976 as a referee, and made his in-ring debut in 1978.

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