Bret Sergeant Hart is a Canadian-American retired professional wrestler, amateur wrestler, writer, and actor. A member of the Hart wrestling family and a second-generation wrestler. He has an amateur wrestling background, wrestling at Ernest Manning High School and Mount Royal College. A major international draw within professional wrestling. He has been credited with changing the perception of mainstream North-American professional wrestling in the early 1990s. By bringing technical in-ring performance to the fore.
Hart is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Sky Sports noted that his legacy is that of “one of, if not the greatest. To have ever graced the squared circle”. He was a face of the World Wrestling Federation during the New Generation Era. For the majority of his career, Hart used the nickname “Hitman”.
Bret Hart Early life
The eighth child of wrestling patriarch Stu Hart and his wife Helen. Bret Hart was born in Calgary, Alberta into the Hart wrestling family. He is of Greek descent through his maternal grandmother and Irish through his maternal grandfather. His father was mainly of Scots-Irish descent but also had Scottish and English ancestry. Hart is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States since his mother Helen was born in New York. Hart has stated that he considers himself to be North American. And that he is equally proud of his U.S. and Canadian nationality. His maternal grandfather was long-distance runner Harry Smith.
Hart spent the vast majority of his childhood in the Hart family mansion which was owned by his father. During one period his father was housing a bear known as Terrible Ted chained under the building. The bear had had all of its teeth removed. And Hart would sometimes as a very young child let the bear lick ice cream off his toes. Since he thought it was a good way to keep them clean.
Bret Hart Personal life
Hart lent his nickname to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League; he was a founder and part-owner. He is the commissioner of Sharpshooter Funding, a business loan company. On August 23, 2018, Hart was honored with a traditional Niitsitapi naming ceremony. And named ‘Courageous Chief’ by Siksika Elder Miiksika’am.
The ceremony was done as recognition for his and his father Stu Hart’s cultural relationship building contributions. Such as promoting interest of the sport of amateur wrestling among indigenous youth throughout Western Canada.
Bret Hart Amateur wrestling
Like his father, Hart was an excellent amateur wrestler since an early age, having begun training as a nine-year-old. At Ernest Manning High School, Hart became a standout student in the amateur wrestling division. Hart has stated that he joined the wrestling team “for the sole reason that my dad expected me to… no-one asked me to.” He won significant championships in tournaments throughout Alberta, including the 1974 city championships in Calgary.
He scored a victory over competitor Bob Eklund who would go on to become a Canadian Interuniversity Sport national champion. Winning “Outstanding Wrestler of the Year 1980–1981” en route to the championship. Hart describes the moment. Where he displayed the medal to his father, Stu, as a “powerful moment”. And that the relationship with his father “took a different direction from that point on. Hart considered the medals to be one of his most prized possessions.
Professional wrestling career
In 1976, Hart began working for his father’s Stampede Wrestling promotion in Calgary. Hart first began helping the promotion by refereeing matches. At a 1978 event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a wrestler was unable to perform his match, forcing Stu to ask his son to stand in as a replacement. Before long, he became a regular contender, eventually partnering with Brother Keith to win the Stampede International Tag Team Championship four times.
Hart also wrestled Tiger Mask in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW). A promotion for whom he often wrestled during the early to mid-1980s. He remained one of Stampede’s most successful performers until the promotion, along with several wrestlers, was acquired by the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in August 1984.
Bret Hart WWF Champion
Hart won the WWF Championship from Ric Flair at Superstars taping at Saskatchewan Place in Saskatoon. Saskatchewan on October 12 of that year, in a match not originally broadcast on WWF television. The match was instead made available on a series of Coliseum/WWE Home Video releases. Hart dislocated one of the fingers on his left hand during the match. And popped it back in himself so it would not affect the rest of the match.
Bret made his first successful title defense against Papa Shango on Saturday Night’s Main Event XXXI. He would headline his first pay-per-view as champion with a successful title. Defense against Shawn Michaels at the 1992 Survivor Series, and defeated Razor Ramon at the 1993 Royal Rumble. Bret Hart would also defend the title against contenders such as Papa Shango and former champion Ric Flair.
Bret Hart Return to WWE
In mid-2005, Hart worked with the renamed World Wrestling Entertainment for the first time since 1997. Contributing hours of interview footage and selecting matches for his WWE Home Video release. Bret “Hit Man” Hart: The Best There Is, the Best There Was, the Best There Ever Will Be. He returned to WWE programming as a guest on the November 16 episode of web series, Byte This.
On April 1, 2006, Hart was inducted into the WWE. Hall of Fame class of 2006 by Stone Cold Steve Austin. He did not appear alongside his fellow inductees at WrestleMania 22 the following night. On June 11, 2007, Hart made his first appearance on Raw since October 27, 1997. When he appeared in a pre-taped interview voicing his opinions on Vince McMahon as part of “Mr. McMahon Appreciation Night.”
Bret Hart Professional wrestling style and persona
Hart is nicknamed “The Hitman”, and often dubbed “The Best There Is, the Best There Was. And the Best There Ever Will Be”. He usually wrestled in pink attire and, during his time as The Hart Foundation. The tag team was nicknamed “The Pink and Black Attack”. A nickname Hart used for himself during his singles career.
Hart used the Sharpshooter as his finishing maneuver. In his biography, Hart said he learned the hold from Konnan and Pat Patterson named it. Due to Hart’s success, the Sharpshooter is usually used by Canadian wrestlers. Before ending his matches, Hart usually employed a sequence of five moves. Inverted atomic drop, Russian leg sweep, backbreaker, elbow drop from the second rope. And Sharpshooter, being known as the “Five Moves of Doom”. During his time in the original Hart Foundation, he and Jim Neidhart performed the Hart Attack as their finisher maneuver.
Bret Hart Net Worth
Bret Hart Net Worth is $14 million, most of which he earned by being a professional wrestler for the WWF. He also earns some money through his acting and writing jobs. In the mid-1990s Bret Hart earned around $9 million from WCW Monday Nitro. He also took home a salary of around $2,500,000 from his contract with WCW in 1997. Bret is also the founder and Co-owner of the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey league which adds value to his net worth.
|Bret Sergeant Hart
|The Hart Mansion, Calgary, Alberta
|Source of Income
|Professional Wrestling, Writer & Actor
|Married to Stephanie Washington (2010 – Present)
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