WWE star Brett “the Hitman” Hart is in the fight of his life as he wrestles with prostate cancer. Hart, who suffered a stroke in 2002, made a “solemn vow” to fans that he “will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that’s kept me going this long already,” as he prepares to undergo surgery in the next few days.
I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer,” Hart wrote in a post to his fans. “I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all.”
Bret Sergeant Hart, 58, is a 2nd generation wrestler, who joined his father Stu art’s promotion Stampede Wrestling in 1976, and made his in-ring debut in 1978, and went on to garner championship success throughout the next 2-decades in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE). During that time he helmed The Hart Foundation faction until 1997 when he left for World Championship Wrestling (WCW) following the controversial “Montreal Screwjob” in November.
During his time in the ring, Hart was credited with revolutionizing the sport, bringing “high quality, athletic in-ring performance to the fore,” and is now considered to be one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Although he officially retired from the ring in 2000, due to the after effects of a concussion suffered in 1999, Hart returned to sporadic matches in 2004 and 2006, and in 2010 with WWE, where he won his final championship, headlined that year’s SummerSlam event, and served as the general manager of Raw.
All in all, Hart has held championships in five decades from the 1970s-2010s, with a total of 32 held throughout his career, and 17 held between the WWF/WWE and WCW. He is a seven-time world champion, having held the WWF World Heavyweight Championship 5-times, as well as having been a 5-time WCW/WWE US Champ; a a 2-time WWF Intercontinental title holder, and 3-time world tag team champion, etc. .In fact, Hart was the first man to win both the WWF and WCW Triple Crown Championships.
Bret Hart’s cancer announcement comes just a day after fellow WWE Superstar “Iron” Mike Sharpe was found dead in his apartment in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Sharpe was 64, and had been reported to have been suffering from multiple health issues including a back injury that had kept him primarily confined to a wheelchair since 2007.
Sharpe grew up in California before moving to Canada, and spent the years 1983-1995 wrestling all over the world, mostly for the then-World Wrestling Federation (now the WWE) and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
According to the Internet Wrestling Database he competed in 168 documented matches, the last of which was ended in a defeat to Man Mountain Rock in May 1995 on “Monday Night Raw.” His signature move involved the use of a “mysterious black brace on his right forearm to defeat opponents while simultaneously berating them.”