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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • During Bret Hart's heel run in 1997 when he rejoined with the Hart Foundation, there's speculation about whether he actually cared about his family or was just using them for his own gain.
    • Was his heel run simply a case of him realizing society at the time was passing him by and deciding it was easier to blame the US rather than try and adapt?
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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!
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  • Fridge Brilliance: On his first night as Raw GM, he offered a badly injured Batista another opportunity against John Cena for the WWE Championship if he could beat Randy Orton in a qualifying match to be held immediately, only to name said opponent the winner via forfeit after Batista refused by twice pointing out that he was in no condition to compete, resulting in an already angry Batista going ballistic enough to quit WWE. Harsh until you remember that Batista assaulted Bret and held him for Vince McMahon to spit in his face. Essentially, Bret was getting back at Batista for that.
  • 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?"
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    • "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, so one could probably make a Drinking Game out of it.
    • Kid: BREEEEEEEEEEEEEEET! [Bret turns around dramitically]
  • Narm: Bret was always at his best as a stoic Face. When trying to cut a promo as a Large Ham Heel, the results were... not great.
  • 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.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Bret was considered a pretty innovative wrestler for his time, utilizing technical wrestling and submissions in an era where big brawlers dominated wrestling. However, for fans who didn't watch Bret Hart in their youth but instead, grew up with guys like Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Kurt Angle, AJ Styles, and Daniel Bryan, who were able to push the envelope even further and seamlessly combine brawling, technical/submission wrestling, and even highflying moves to an even more proficient degree, Bret's matches, in the eyes of those fans, can come off as being a bit unspectacular and "safe" by comparison.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: His WWF theme sounds a lot like Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer"
  • The Woobie:
    • Let's see, Goldberg gave him a career ending concussion, learned his brother Owen Hart died on live television while Bret was on a plane, the Montreal Screwjob, suffered a near-fatal stroke, his TWO divorces (albeit the first one was largely his own fault), the death of five of his best friends, Brian Pillman, Rick Rude, Curt Hennig, Davey Boy Smith, and his brother-in-law Jim Neidhart, 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.

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