YMMV: Bret Hart

  • Base Breaker: Bret Hart has split the IWC into two camps that only agree on one thing, that Bret was a technically sound wrestler. Everything else, his charisma, mic skills, his nonstop wallowing in the past, his feud with Shawn Michaels, the Montreal Screwjob, or 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.
  • 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.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender: The irony of Montreal Screwjob is what should have disgraced Vince McMahon in the eyes of the IWC instead became his hook, catapulting him and his family to a type of stardom that's been envied and imitated by every wrestling promoter since. Bret, meanwhile, was left to mope over his loss for the next when years. Mention of "Montreal" could be relied on for quick pops in the nineties (and once that got tired, he steered conversations towards Goldberg kicking him in the head something like a hundred times), but the reality is Bret was pushing forty, and his body didn't have any more ★★★★★ matches in him. Moreover, he came off as a one trick pony with his whining and became his own worst enemy.
  • 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:
  • Most Wonderful Sound: *SCREEEEEEEEEEE WAAAAAAAAAAAH*
  • 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.