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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Bret Hart talks becoming the first pro wrestler to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame

key takeaways:

  • Legendary wrestler Bret “The Hitman” Hart says he is honoured to be the sport’s first inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame.
  • During his 26-year wrestling career, the Calgary-born wrestler has won five WWE championships and two WCW heavyweight titles. 

Bret “The Hitman” Hart, a legendary wrestler, says he is honored to be the sport’s first inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame.

“I’ve been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice, which has always meant a lot to me. But this is higher or larger because it represents the entire country. “On Thursday, Hart appeared on CTV’s Your Morning.

Hart will be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame alongside Keanu Reeves and Olympic champion Damian Warner in 2021.

During his 26-year wrestling career, the Calgary-born wrestler has won five WWE championships and two World Championship Wrestling (WCW) heavyweight titles. According to his biography on Canada’s Walk of Fame, the “changed the perception of mainstream North American professional wrestling in the early 1990s by bringing technical in-ring performances to the forefront.”

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“A wrestling match is a story,” Hart said, emphasizing that, unlike other sports, spectacle and acting are important components of professional wrestling, in addition to athleticism.

While the organizers always predetermined the outcomes of the matches, it was up to the wrestlers to develop the storylines for everything that happened during the match.

“I’ve always been a storyteller. I always sat down with my opponent and explained our strategy, “He stated.

As part of his storyline, Hart frequently wore a Canadian flag in the ring while proclaiming Canada’s superiority over American opponents, evoking a fierce Canada vs. US rivalry in wrestling.

“I think I’ll remember being appreciated in the wrestling industry for being the guy who could tell these great stories,” he said.

Hart was a hero to many Canadian kids growing up in the 1990s.

Bret Hart discusses becoming the first pro wrestler to be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame
Bret Hart becoming the first pro wrestler to be inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame. Image from Bleeding Cool

“It’s part of your job as a world champion in the WWE to meet a lot of Make-a-Wish kids, meet a lot of kids who have far bigger problems than you could ever imagine,” Hart said.

“It’s humbling to be a television hero, as I was for so many years on Canadian television every Saturday.”

Hart’s career in wrestling has not been without its difficulties. During a WWE match in Montreal in 1997, organizers secretly changed the match’s outcome without informing Hart after he announced his departure from the federation to join its competitor, the WCW. This incident was dubbed the “Montreal Screwjob.”

Hart retired from wrestling in 2000 after suffering a career-ending concussion during a match. He also had a stroke in 2002, which left him completely paralyzed on his left side.

Hart says he found strength in the wrestling hero persona he created to help him overcome these challenges.

“The wrestling hero I portrayed myself to be was someone I eventually became,” he explained.

“Didn’t I believe in that person and find strength in that person? I found strength in the fans who had cheered me on for all those years and made me feel as if they were always in my corner, always on my side.”

Source: CTV News

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