Bret “The Hitman” Hart is one of the most well-known and beloved wrestlers to ever enter the hallowed ring of WWE Sports Entertainment. The Hitman was a fan favorite during his tenure as a pro wrestler, becoming a triple crown winner on WWE (holding the company’s three major championships — the World, Intercontinental, and Tag Team titles), before leaving for their rivals WCW, a move he later regretted.
Now, Bret Hart is preparing for his most important and hardest fight to date: his fight with prostate cancer.
The brave wrestler took to his official Facebook page to break some heartbreaking news to his 1.6 million strong fan base. In an emotional post, Hart announced that he has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and also outlined the heavy price his body paid during his years as a wrestling superstar. From a career-ending concussion, knee replacements, two hernia operations and numerous surgeries, it's fair to say that Bret Hart's body has taken a battering over the years.
It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I've spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I've paid a price for all that "fake" wrestling. Aside from a devastating career-ending concussion and numerous surgeries when I was younger, in recent years I've had two knee replacements, two hernia operations, surgery on my right elbow, and, just a few months ago, I underwent a four-corner fusion of my right wrist that even now makes it most difficult to write or type.
Mark Helprin wrote: "We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance." I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all.
My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I've always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I draw upon the many adults and young children I've met throughout my life who courageously fought and usually lost in their battles against this deadly disease. One year ago, I watched a brave young man named Whesley fight brain cancer to the end. If I can find even an ounce of his courage to stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear.
I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that's kept me going this long already. Love is my weapon and I've got much of it around me all the time, for which I'm truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying.
Most important of all, I hope I can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten.
Throughout his career, Bret 'The Hitman' Hart provided fans with some of the sports most unforgettable moments.
Owen Hart Tribute Match
"I really believe that Owen was right there above the ring watching. In a lot of ways, it was a match for only one person. There was only one person in the audience." - Bret Hart
The standout moment for many fans was the 1993 Owen Hart Tribute Match against Christ Benoit. On May 23 of that year, Brett's brother Owen tragically fell from the rafters of the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO. Owen Hart passed away almost immediately, and following the freak accident Brett took a lengthy sabbatical.
Upon his return to the sport, WCW allowed Bret Hart to do whatever he wanted. Thus, he chose a match with Chris Benoit, a close friend of his brother's, as a tribute match.
Defeating the unstoppable Goldberg
On March 29, 1999, Bret Hart produced one of the most cunning moments in wrestling history. After calling out WCW's arguably most dominant wrestler, Goldberg, the Hitman taunted the former footballer into unleashing his devastating spear. No wrestler to that point had recovered from the move, yet after a few minutes of both men being out cold, Bret Hart rolled over and symbolically pinned the human battering ram.
Then revealed he how he'd done it in genius fashion...
The Montreal Screwjob
One of the most controversial and famous moments in Bret Hart's illustrious career is also one of his worst. The infamous Montreal screwjob made an entire generation of wrestling fans cry out in disbelief, as Vince McMahon and WWF employees betrayed Bret Hart. Originally, Hart, Michaels, and McMahon came to an agreement that the match would end in a disqualification, meaning Bret Hart would remain the champion in his last WWF match before joining their rivals, WCW.
However, Vince McMahon had other plans, and sought to remove the title from The Hitman, crowning Shawn Michaels the new champion. As you can see from the video below, he wasn't too pleased...
Now the WWE Hall of Famer embarks on what will be his hardest battle to date. With everything he has achieved in the world of sports entertainment, we're all rooting for him to overcome one final victory.
From all of us at MoviePilot, we wish you a speedy recovery and hope to see you fighting fit and healthy in the near future.