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13 Shocking Facts You Didn't Know About Bret "The Hitman" Hart

It's safe to say that Bret Hart is one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the WWE. Bret is a member of the famous Hart family and a second-generation wrestler, so most people may think that b

It's safe to say that Bret Hart is one of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the WWE. Bret is a member of the famous Hart family and a second-generation wrestler, so most people may think that because he was born into the sport that wrestling was in his blood, but that wasn't always the case for Bret. His career started in the mid 1980s when he joined The Hart Foundation with his brother-in-law Jim Neidhart. For the following 5 years he was one of the biggest stars in wrestling and as a result of his success is still one of the most famous Canadians in the business.

When wrestling fans think back on The Hitman's career, one of the first things that comes to mind is the infamous Montreal Screwjob where his title was stripped by Shawn Michaels without his prior knowledge or consent during the Main Event of the 1997 Survivor Series. As much as that may have left a black mark on an otherwise stunning career, it's important to realize that there was so much more to The Hitman than that once incident.

Whether you're a fan of  the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be, here are 13 Shocking facts about Bret Hart that you may or may not know:

13 Championship Titles

Via wrestleenigma.com

12 He Almost Missed His Chance at Wrestling

Via allwrestlingsuperstars.com

11 He Initially Rejected the WWE Hall Of Fame

Via stcatharinesstandard.ca

10 The Origin Of "The Best There Is..."

Via wrestlingwithpopculture.com

9 Brothers Divided

Via debet.fssss.net

8 Changing Within The WWE

Via nypost.com

Once asked in an interview what changes he would make if he were Vince McMahon and in charge of the WWE, Bret said:

“I would go back to 1995 and watch how I use to wrestle and then I would try to get every wrestler that he’s got to wrestle more like I did. I like the wrestling in the 90s better than I do the wrestling today. Even though I have a lot of respect for a lot of the young wrestlers today, and a lot of them are really really good like (CM) Punk, and Daniel Bryan are two phenomenal wrestlers, that to me show lots of new stuff, new moves, and new psychology. They brought out the future of wrestling a little bit more, where as a lot of wrestlers I think that came after I left like, Triple H and guys like that. They’re just the same old thing over and over, and I think wrestling could have done a better job over the last few years. It’s the young guys that are picking up the torch and carrying it today.”

7 Health Problems

Via wwe.com

6 Acting Career

Via reddit.com

5 A Published Author

Via store.brethart.com

4 He Didn't Create The Sharpshooter

Via imgkid.com

3 A Champ Without Bumps

Via theoclardy.wordpress.com

2 A Feud With A Pirate

Via neogaf.com

1 He Wanted To Be A Cowboy

Via flipboard.com

Before the Bret “the hitman” Hart gimmick came about, the WWE in the early days wanted Bret to have the gimmick of “Cowboy” Bret Hart. The idea was that he would ride on a horse down the ring and wear a cowboy hat. He immediately shot down the idea and not long after that he and his brother-in-law Jim Neidhart formed the Hart Foundation. Most likely, the WWE execs thought the cowboy approach was a good idea considering Hart is from Calgary, the city famous for the Stampede.

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