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YMMV: Bret Hart
  • Base Breaker: Bret Hart, in recent years has split the IWC into two camps that only agree on one thing, that Bret was a technically gifted wrestler, everything else, his charisma, mic skills, status as The Woobie or a man wallowing in wangst, feud with Shawn Michaels, the Montreal Screwjob, his opinion on wrestling today, will turn into a pretty massive debate.
  • Bizarro Episode: Survivor Series 89, which was the only time he and Jim Neidhart were not on the same team, or even in the same match, during the original Hart Foundation's run. Bret was on the 4x4s with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Hercules and "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin in their losing effort against the King's Court ("Macho King" Randy Savage, Canadian Earthquake, "Canada's Strongest Man" Dino Bravo and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine). In the prematch interview, it's odd, though funny, to see the normally reserved Bret brandishing a 2x4 and cutting the same kind of cartoonish NO INDOOR VOICE promo as the other guys.
  • Break the Cutie: The Montreal Screwjob and especially the death of Owen Hart seems to have sucked out any enthusiasm he's had for the business. Even he admits that he spent his WCW days on "auto pilot" and that he didn't care as much about the politicing going as he would have done in the WWF.
  • Dork Age: His WCW run, which saw him as just another directionless NWO B-Team member in 1998.
  • Fan Dumb: There are some people out there who will never accept that Sting and Bret Hart are just two wrestlers who happened to use the same finishing move and will insist that Sting stole it from Bret. When Sting joined NWA/WCW in 1987, he travelled to Japan for a wrestling show where he was taught the hold by IT'S ACTUAL CREATOR Riki Choshu, who had called it the Scorpion lock. When Bret began his singles career in the early 90's, Pat Patterson suggested that Bret use the Scorpion Death lock as his finishing move. Hart had no idea what the move was until Konnan taught it to him and Hart renamed it the Sharpshooter to fit his Hit Man gimmick. So to recap, Sting did it before Bret, neither man invented it and the Scorpion Deathlock is the move's actual name. Sort of.
    • The main reason that people think Sting stole it from Bret is because WWF was more popular than WCW until the nWo era, so many people were unaware of Sting until then and just assumed he stole the move.
  • Hypocrite: In his autobiography, Hart mentions stealing a finish from Sabu (Who, at the time, was the TropeCodifier for table-breaking). Several pages later, he levels sarcasm at Shawn Michaels for his 'unoriginality' in using the same finish in his match with Diesel.
  • The Munchausen: Some of the claims in his autobiography range from dubious to demonstrably false.
    • The idea that Steve Austin had never bladed prior to their Submission match, despite Austin bleeding in many matches in WCW, and a section in Austin's Autobiography where WCW-Era Austin talks with Dustin Rhodes about 'getting some color tonight'.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Never Live It Down: The Montreal Screwjob defined both his career and Shawn's career for several years. They finally buried the hatchet on the January 4, 2010 episode of RAW and Shawn's retirement finally allowed them both to move on.
  • The Woobie: Let's see, Goldberg gave him a career ending concussion, his brother, Owen Hart, died on national television, the Montreal Screwjob, anything else?
    • His TWO divorces (albeit the first one was largely his own fault) and the death of two of his best friends, Brian Pillman and Davey Boy Smith, too. Not to mention Test, the wrestler he trained
    • Bret has lost numerous friends in the wrestling business. His column on the death of the Big Bossman is a Tearjerker.

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