Bret "The Hitman" Hart
was one of the biggest stars of Professional Wrestling
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, Canada
, Bret was a member of the Hart Wrestling Family
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 WWE Champion
, a 2x WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion
, a 2x WWE World Tag Team Champion
with brother-in-law Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart, a 1x WWE United States Heavyweight Champion
, a 2x WCW World Heavyweight Champion
, a 4x WCW United States Heavyweight Champion
and a 1x WCW World Tag Team Champion
After The Nasty Boys
defeated the Hart Foundation for the WWE World Tag Team Titles
at WrestleMania VII
in 1991, Bret launched
a successful singles career. At SummerSlam 91
, he defeated Mr. Perfect
for the WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. By Survivor Series 92
, he had defeated Ric Flair
for his first of five WWE World Heavyweight Titles
. He would be pushed into the background
in 1995 due to The Kliq
's reign of terror backstage
. Even after he ended 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 Shawn Michaels
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 "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 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 the British Bulldog
, with brother-in-law Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and family friend "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 Foreign Wrestling Heel
who denounced America and spoke of Canada being better. This ultimately led to the Montreal Screwjob
and Bret's departure for 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 Owen Hart
. His career would eventually end due to a concussion suffered in a match with Goldberg
. A stroke several years later would ensure he would never wrestle again.
Bret would return to what is now WWE
in 2010, making sporadic appearances in a non-wrestling role at pay-per-views and Raw
As per usual, That Other Wiki
has an extensive article on his career and life.
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