-->''[[BadassBoast I am the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be!]]''
--->~ '''Bret Hart'''
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'''Bret "The Hitman" Hart''' was one of the biggest stars of ProfessionalWrestling in the '90s and is simultaneously one of the most technically gifted performers to ever step into a wrestling ring '''and''', in the last years of his career, one of the most troubled and tortured personalities in the history of the industry.

Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}, Bret was a member of the Hart WrestlingFamily and was trained by his father Stu in the famous "Hart Dungeon". Easily the most successful member of the family, he is a double Triple Crown Champion. He is a 5x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE Champion]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/ic.html WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Champion]] with brother-in-law Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwf-us-h.html WWE United States Heavyweight Champion]], a 2x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]], a 4x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-us-h.html WCW United States Heavyweight Champion]] and a 1x [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-t.html WCW World Tag Team Champion]] with Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}.

After Wrestling/TheNastyBoys defeated the Hart Foundation for the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Titles]] at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} VII'' in 1991, Bret [[BreakupBreakout launched]] a successful singles career. At ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}} 91'', he defeated [[Wrestling/CurtHennig Mr. Perfect]] for the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. By ''Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 92'', he had defeated Wrestling/RicFlair for his first of five [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWE World Heavyweight Titles]]. He would be [[DemotedToExtra pushed into the background]] in 1995 due to Wrestling/TheKliq's [[ExecutiveMeddling reign of terror backstage]]. Even after he ended [[Wrestling/KevinNash Diesel (Kevin Nash)]]'s financially disastrous year-long title reign at ''Survivor Series 95'', it was already set that he would be dropping the title four months later to Wrestling/ShawnMichaels at ''[=WrestleMania=] XII.'' According to a variety of accounts, including their own, the backstage grudge between Bret and Shawn started around that time. After ''[=WMXII=]'', Bret took time off to contemplate his future. He returned in November to kick off the feud that would '''make''' [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]]'s career, and transform Bret's forever. Bret d. Austin at ''Survivor Series 96'', but the feud continued, culminating in a submission match at ''[=WrestleMania=] XIII'', which saw [[FaceHeelDoubleTurn Austin become a huge face, and Bret become a Heel]], after having been one of the company's top faces since 1988. Bret recruited his brother Owen and brother-in-law [[Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith the British Bulldog]], with brother-in-law Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and family friend [[Wrestling/BrianPillman "The Loose Cannon" Brian Pillman]] joining later, in a new version of the Hart Foundation, as Bret became, for the first and only time in his career, a ForeignWrestlingHeel who denounced America and spoke of Canada being better. This ultimately led to the Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob and Bret's departure for Wrestling/{{WCW}}.

Bret was poorly used in WCW, never again attaining the levels of success of his WWF run and his stint would be marred by the death of his younger brother Wrestling/OwenHart. His career would eventually end due to a concussion suffered in a match with Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}. A stroke several years later would ensure he would never wrestle again.

Bret would return to what is now Wrestling/{{WWE}} in 2010, making sporadic appearances in a non-wrestling role at pay-per-views and ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} Raw]]''.

As per usual, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bret_Hart That Other Wiki]] has an extensive article on his career and life.
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* ArchEnemy:
** Wrestling/ShawnMichaels. On 1/4/10, they buried the hatchet on RAW. When Shawn retired later after Wrestlemania 26, and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a03ZMBIGxOU&feature=related thanked Bret Hart]] [[CueTheFlyingPigs for putting up with him]] backstage. By that point it was clear that both wrestlers were on speaking terms once again.
** Wrestling/AllenCoage (Bad News Brown in the WWF) was possibly Bret Hart's worst enemy. Bad News has commented in many interviews that Bret was the most difficult wrestler he ever worked with. And Bret Hart has called Bad News his nemesis (the only person he refers to as this in his book.) Unlike Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, they never buried the hatchet, although this is possibly because Bad News died in 2007.
** In the days of the Hart Foundation TagTeam with Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, the British Bulldogs ([[Wrestling/DynamiteKid the Dynamite Kid]] and Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith), the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers (Jacques and Raymond), Wrestling/{{Demolition}}.
** Wrestling/JerryLawler was a frequent in-ring rival of Bret's in TheNineties. The feud started at the 1993 ''King Of The Ring'' and was finally put to bed over ''two years later.''
* AscendedMeme: On Bret's Twitter, he referenced the FiveMovesOfDoom and linked to the El Dandy interview on Website/YouTube, labeling it his favorite moment from his time in WCW.
* BashBrothers: The Hart Foundation.
* BreakupBreakout: After he split from the Hart Foundation, Bret was catapulted to the main event. Ironically, Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was initially considered to be the stronger performer. Bret's singles push came during the WWF's infamous steroid scandal, where [=McMahon=] wanted to push someone smaller.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: At ''King of the Ring 93'', [[Wrestling/JerryLawler Jerry "The King" Lawler]] objected to Bret being named "King" just by winning a tournament, and apparently stiffed Bret hard with a sceptre, and did so again with crutches at ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}}''. Lawler had shown up on crutches in an attempt to get out of the match, and introduced Wrestling/DoinkTheClown, still a {{Heel}} at the time, as his replacement. Bret basically [[SquashMatch squashed]] him, and Lawler threw down the crutches, thus revealing that his "injury" was faked, and attacked Bret, leading to {{Kayfabe}} President Jack Tunney forcing Lawler into the match. Bret claimed to have really cranked on the Sharpshooter in retaliation, though Lawler told him that he thought "that was how the Hart boys worked." They made up sometime later.
* CanadaEh: Not normally the focus of his gimmick, but his 1997 heel turn played up his Canadianness as Hart would use it as a source of pride against Americans, who he believed didn't deserve a hero of his caliber.
* CatchPhrase: The page-topping quote.
* ClusterFBomb: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxCDDlSw9-A Bret Hart's promo]] on the Raw before [=WrestleMania=] 13, after losing a steel cage match to [[Wrestling/SidEudy Sycho Sid]].
-->'''Bret Hart''': ''Frustrated isn't the goddamn word for it! This is '''bullshit!'''''
* CoolShades
* CueTheFlyingPigs: Bret's appearance as the guest host of ''RAW'' pretty much incited this reaction (with a hefty dose of {{squee}}) from both the fans and himself, stating that hell had probably frozen over.
* CurbStompBattle: His ''WrestleMania 26'' match against [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]]. It wasn't so much a match as it was an extended beatdown.
* DemotedToExtra: Especially during his time in Wrestling/{{WCW}}.
* {{Determinator}}: Bret once wrestled a match against Dino Bravo, which saw Bret get bumped a little too hard to the outside, where he broke his sternum on the steel guard rail. Despite Bret's nonverbal cues that something was wrong (i.e. he couldn't even ''breathe'') the match kept going. Bret was supposed to win, but ended up losing by countout.
* DespairEventHorizon: In-character version: his 1997 heel turn and reformation of the Hart Foundation, complete with WhatTheHellHero speech against America's failing family values.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: On the March 29, 1999 ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro'', which was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Bret called out Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}. Goldberg ran out and speared Bret, and got knocked out. Bret took off his [[UsefulNotes/NationalHockeyLeague Toronto Maple Leafs]] jersey to reveal [[http://www.ddtdigest.com/updates/1999034m.htm a steel torso protector.]]
* DudeWheresMyRespect: The beginnings of his 1997 FaceHeelTurn, kicked into high gear when Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin got an ill-begotten win at the ''Royal Rumble''.
* EnemyMine: Wrestling/MichaelCole was such a huge {{jerkass}} that Bret was more than happy to come to the aid of Wrestling/JerryLawler in putting him in his place.
* EvilVersusEvil: The Hart Foundation feuding with [[Wrestling/{{DGenerationX}} DeGeneration X]] in 1997.
* ExecutiveMeddling: Pulled a power play to keep the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-world-t.html WWE World Tag Team Titles]] on Owen and Bulldog at ''[=WrestleMania=] 13'', which they had originally been scheduled to drop to [[Wrestling/MickFoley Mankind]] and Wrestling/{{Vader}}, in order to set the up the Hart Foundation angle.
* FaceHeelDoubleTurn: With Stone Cold at Wrestlemania 13.
* FaceHeelTurn: After ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} 13''. Following his move to Wrestling/{{WCW}}, Bret would [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor switch back and forth between Face and Heel]] until Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}'s [[{{Pun}} heel connected with his face]].
* FinishingMove: The Sharpshooter.
* FiveMovesOfDoom: A [[Creator/ScottKeith fan commentary]] on Bret's matches from the newsgroup rec.sport.pro-wrestling included this phrase, making Bret sort-of the [[TropeNamers Trope Namer]].
* {{Flanderization}}: The Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob has become pretty much the be-all and end-all of his entire career, as if everything he had ever accomplished before that didn't happen or didn't matter. In fact, the emphasis this page puts on it makes it into a SelfDemonstratingArticle.
* ForeignWrestlingHeel: At least in the United States after his FaceHeelTurn in 1997. [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Overseas, he is more popular.]]
* FriendToAllChildren: Bret would always give his glasses to a lucky child sitting in the front row during his entrance.
* GameBreakingInjury: Took an errant stiff kick from Goldberg, which led to all sorts of concussion-centric health issues (and possibly the stroke he suffered). It essentially brought his career to a grinding stop.
* HandsomeLech: According to his book, he's slept with many women during his first marriage and doesn't fault himself for his actions.
** Not so much that he doesn't fault himself, but more that he kept finding excuses to justify it even though he knew on some level that it wasn't ideal behavior. His biggest self-justification was that every wrestler needed to find ways to relieve the stress and boredom of spending 300 days a year on the road, and (in his mind) picking up women was [[LesserOfTwoEvils far less harmful/destructive]] than using drugs and/or alcohol to cope with the stress like so many other wrestlers did.
* HellBentForLeather: Famously wore a leather jacket with "Hitman" and [[DemBones a skull]] on it.
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: Vince's retaliation to the aforementioned ''Wrestlemania 26'' beatdown was to get back at Hart by...promoting him to General Manager so he could see if it was that easy to be the boss and be able to make important decisions and sacrifices not everyone would like. He someone destroyed his point by firing Hart at the first minor sign of a mishap however (possibly because they didn't want to humanize the actions that screwed his career ''too'' much).
* Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob: The target.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: See WoundedGazelleGambit below.
* OffTheRails: The last two appearances he made in WCW (the first of which being the plate-under-the-hockey-jersey spot) started with him supposedly being the heel, coming out to riotous cheering. The fans didn't even try to boo him, and Bret didn't even try to act the heel.
* PerpetualSmiler: Thanks to his stroke, post-retirement Hart's mouth has "smirk" as its default setting.
* PetTheDog: Would frequently give out his CoolShades to young fans at ringside. This is lampshaded by [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]], who borrows the shades to give to a kid, with the reasoning that it'd make him more popular and thus more likely to get a championship match.
-->'''Wrestling/BobbyHeenan:''' There he goes, buying fans again!
* PlayingPossum: One of Bret's trademark tropes.
* PopularityPower: Bret is really, '''really''' popular in Canada. So much to the point that during an infamous promo by Shawn Michaels at Montreal in 2005, when Bret's music played and it seemed like he was going to come out and confront Shawn, the crowd '''''erupted'''''.
* PowerStable: The New Hart Foundation.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot[=/=]ShockingSwerve: The Wrestling/MontrealScrewjob.
* RealMenWearPink
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As Raw General Manager, to the point where he won't even give preferential treatment to ''The Hart Dynasty.''
* RedBaron: The Hitman, of course. Commentators liked to refer to him as The Excellence Of Execution.
* SignatureMove: You can be damn sure that if someone uses the Sharpshooter it is in some way related to Bret Hart, whether to taunt or show respect to the man.
** Or to Owen, as when Wrestling/JeffJarrett, Owen's tag partner at the time of his death, used it on Wrestling/{{Test}} on the Owen tribute episode of ''Raw.''
** Unless it's {{Wrestling/Sting}} or a tribute to Sting.
** Or, less likely, Riki Chōshū, who pretty much originated it in Japan, where it was named ''Sasori-gatame'', or ''Scorpion Hold.''
* SquashMatch: The aforementioned ''WrestleMania 26'' match with Vince quickly degenerated into this.
** At ''Wrestlemania VI,'' the Hart Foundation squashed the Bolsheviks in 19 seconds flat.
* TagTeam: Most famously with Jim Neidhart as the original Hart Foundation.
* UnrelatedBrothers: Subverted; pretty much anyone who was said to be a member of the Hart family actually was, be it by marriage or blood.
* WhosLaughingNow: His win against Mr. [=McMahon=] at ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XXVI''.
* WorfHadTheFlu: A rather literal case: just prior to the 1992 Royal Rumble, Bret, at the time Intercontinental Champion, had a flu that ranged at nearly 104 degrees. He lost the belt the night before the event to The Mountie, who then set the record for the shortest IC title reign ever when he lost it to Wrestling/RoddyPiper one day later at the Rumble itself.[[note]]That record would be broken in October 1995 at ''in Your House IV'', when Shawn forfeited it to [[Wrestling/ShaneDouglas Dean Douglas [Shane Douglas]]], who would then lose it around 11 minutes later to [[Wrestling/ScottHall Razor Ramon]].[[/note]]
* WorthyOpponent: No matter how much he and Shawn hated each other, they had immense respect for each other's in-ring abilities.
* WoundedGazelleGambit[=/=]BatmanGambit: Bret puts a Gambit twist on his PlayingPossum routine to screw with Wrestling/VinceMcMahon.
* WrestlingFamily: The Hart family.
* WrestlingPsychology: One of the masters.
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