YMMV / Bret Hart

  • Base-Breaking Character: 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:
    • Did anyone really think that Bret Hart having a feud with Jerry Lawler's dentist was a good idea?
    • His WCW run, which saw him as just another directionless nWo B-Team member in 1998. He nearly gave his life to that company (almost literally with the incident with Goldberg), for table scraps!
  • Flanderization: The Montreal Screwjob 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 doesn't matter. In fact, the emphasis this page puts on it makes it into a Self-Demonstrating Article. Maffew Gregg once parodied Bret Hart by saying "Something something Montreal! Something something Bill Goldberg almost kicked my head off!"
  • The Munchausen: A few of the claims in his autobiography range from dubious to demonstrably false. For example, the idea that "Stone Cold" 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:
    • 4/10/Not Top 1000 Bret, stemming from a shoot interview where he said that Triple H was not in his Top 1000 wrestlers and that his End of An Era match with The Undertaker was a 4/10.
    • "Who are you to, to... to doubt El Dandy?"
    • "With tears in his eyes" due to constantly referring to his family and other wrestlers on the verge of or outright crying in front of him. There are over seventy uses of the word "tears" in his book.
    • Kid: BREEEEEEEEEEEEEEET! [Bret turns around dramitically]
  • 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, watched his brother Owen Hart die on live television, the Montreal Screwjob, suffered a near-fatal stroke, his TWO divorces (albeit the first one was largely his own fault), the death of four of his best friends, Brian Pillman, Rick Rude, Curt Hennig and Davey Boy Smith, not to mention Test, the wrestler he trained, and is currently battling prostate cancer. Anything else?
    • Bret has lost numerous friends in the wrestling business. His column on the death of the Big Bossman is a Tearjerker.