Bret Hart

Bret “The Hitman” Hart is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. Known for his technical prowess, storytelling ability, and dedication to excellence, Hart earned the nickname “The Excellence of Execution.” He came from the legendary Hart wrestling family and trained in the infamous Hart Dungeon, honing his craft to become a key figure in WWE’s rise during the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Real Name: Bret Sergeant Hart
  • Ring Name: Bret “The Hitman” Hart
  • Birth Date: July 2, 1957
  • Birth Place: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Height: 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
  • Weight: 235 lbs (107 kg)
  • Debut: 1978
  • Trained By: Stu Hart

Championships and Accomplishments

  • WWF/WWE Championship (5 times)
  • WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
  • WWF World Tag Team Championship (2 times)
  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (4 times)
  • King of the Ring (1991, 1993)
  • Royal Rumble Winner (1994, co-winner with Lex Luger)
  • WWE Hall of Fame (2006, 2019 – as part of The Hart Foundation)

Notable Rivalries

  • Shawn Michaels, with whom he had one of the most storied rivalries in wrestling history, culminating in the infamous Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series 1997.
  • Stone Cold Steve Austin, notably their match at WrestleMania 13, which is considered one of the greatest matches of all time and a pivotal moment in WWE history.
  • Owen Hart, his younger brother, leading to a deeply personal and memorable feud.
  • Mr. Perfect, with whom he had several classic matches over the Intercontinental Championship.
  • Yokozuna, against whom he won and lost the WWF Championship, highlighting their high-stakes encounters.

Legacy

Bret Hart’s legacy is built on his reputation for delivering consistently excellent matches and his dedication to in-ring storytelling. His technical skills and ability to elevate his opponents earned him the respect of fans and peers alike. Hart was a pivotal figure during WWE’s transition into a more athletic and realistic style of wrestling in the early 1990s.

Despite the controversies and challenges he faced, particularly the Montreal Screwjob, Hart’s contributions to wrestling are undeniable. His influence extends beyond his in-ring career, as he has also been a vocal advocate for wrestler’s rights and safety.

Hart’s induction into the WWE Hall of Fame and his lasting impact on the industry ensure that he remains a revered figure in professional wrestling. “The Hitman” is celebrated not only for his championship victories but also for his unwavering commitment to the art and sport of professional wrestling.

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