Sunday, June 3, 2012
Why should Canadian wrestling fans admire the iconic Canadian superstar and hero Bret “The Hitman” Hart? Bret Hart should be admired by wrestling fans for many reasons; he is a prime example of someone who started off with nothing and earned everything through his determination, courage, and perseverance. He wrestled around the world for years, thus he earned the right to be called “The Excellence of Execution” which refers to his technical wrestling ability. He is one of the most technically proficient professional wrestlers of all time. His years of loyalty earned him the status of being a great role model which has caused him to be an inspiration to many.
Bret Hart is one of the greatest inspirations in Canadian wrestling history. Bret Hart was born in Calgary, Alberta where he was raised in the Hart house by his parents, Stu and Helen Hart. Unfortunately, they were a poor wrestling family. Bret Hart grew up hearing screams coming from the basement. The basement of their family home was nicknamed, “The Dungeon”. His Dad used The Dungeon as a training school for many wrestlers. Bret Hart experienced wrestling with his Dad first hand. His Dad showed him many submission moves. The suffering endured in these sessions even left broken blood vessels in his eyes. His Mom, Helen was a sweetheart who didn’t want to be in the wrestling business. Bret Hart was faced with many challenges in every aspect of his early life. One main challenge was that his family was very poor. At school he was bullied because he was poor, and because he was a part of the wrestling world. One of the common insults was wrestling is fake and his Dad is a phoney. Bret Hart overcame these challenges with his determination. As a result of his determination he paved the way for many Canadian wrestlers entering professional wrestling and made Canada important in the wrestling world. His determination also earned him money, fame and most importantly respect.
Bret Hart’s path which led him to become The Excellence of Execution began at a very young age. He signed up for amateur wrestling to make his Dad proud. As an amateur wrester he won several championships. His successes in amateur wrestling lead him to the professional level. Along with The Dungeon training room his Dad also owned a wrestling promotion called “Stampede Wrestling”. While working in his Dad’s company he also benefited by his training with two expert Japanese wrestlers. After achieving success in the Stampede Promotion he got a contract with the WWF (World Wrestling Federation). From the success he achieved in the WWF he won several championships, even the grand daddy of them all, the World Heavyweight Championship. During his career he also traveled around the world wrestling for many other promotions which took great courage because some places are very dangerous. As I followed his career, I always admired his ability to do technical wrestling moves at the highest level. Bret Hart succeeded in a very competitive world. His work makes me believe I can do the same.
Throughout Bret Hart’s life he was able to maintain a good hero image both inside and outside the ring. The WWF wanted him to curse, swear and do other inappropriate things on television to boast their ratings but he kept declining them because it was against his principals. This took an outrageous amount of courage to stand up to the powers that be. He always maintained a good lifestyle while many wrestlers turned to abusive substances, alcohol and drugs. He also earned respect by dedicating many hours to supporting a variety of charities such as Make-A-Wish Foundation, March of Dimes Canada and most recently he’s making an appearance in Newfoundland to raise money for the C.L.B.'s (Church Lads’ Brigade’s) youth programs. As Bret Hart said he is “greedy for respect, not money or anything else.” Without a shadow of a doubt this makes him a great role model. So, seeing Bret Hart portray this ability encourages me to develop my abilities as well.
Bret Hart experienced tragedies numerous times throughout his life including the death of his brothers; Owen and Dean, the death of his parents and extended family and friends. A tragedy of a kick to the head in a match ended Bret Hart’s incredible wrestling career. This kick caused him to have a severe concussion. After Bret got over his concussion he had a stroke that he believes was connected to his concussion. His perseverance wouldn’t allow him to stay down from any of these tragedies and his perseverance made him battle back. As Bret said he is a strong believer of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”
The WWE Hall of Fame Canadian superstar and hero Bret “The Hitman” Hart deserves to be respected as one of the greatest people ever admired in Canadian wrestling history. He is The Excellence of Execution as proved by his achievements, a great role model who maintained a clean life style and a great inspiration because he proved that hard work does pay off through determination, courage and, perseverance. Bret Hart is my greatest inspiration. His main message that he has carried is if you work hard, shoot straight, be true to yourself and do the best you can at everything you do, you can make your dreams come true. Bret “The Hitman” Hart is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be.