The staff at WWE.com released an article examining eight “urban legends” within its annals of history. Curiously, one of the topics profiled was the legend of Bret Hart being secretly in-the-know about the events surrounding the infamous “Montreal Screwjob” at the 1997 Survivor Series, a scenario profiled extensively in the new two-disc DVD set “The Montreal Theory”, which was released in early April of this year at MontrealTheory.com.
Bret Hart‘s ex-wife Julie has released her first book “Hart Strings” about her life and marriage to the WWE Hall of Famer.
“Being married is one thing, but being married to Bret “Hitman” Hart—former five-time World Wrestling Entertainment Champion—is another. In her vibrant and honest memoir, Hart’s ex-wife and the mother of his four children chronicles the ups and downs of balancing life with a superstar husband in the circus world of professional wrestling. Beginning with Julie’s teen years and early romance with Bret, the story follows the couple’s marriage, children, divorce, and continued presence in each other’s lives, culminating in Julie’s growing role as one of the new matriarchs of the ever-expanding Hart family in Calgary. Vividly detailed and humorous, this authentic account of Julie’s life as an individual, wife, mother, sister, and friend is told by, quite arguably, the Hitman’s toughest opponent and greatest ally of all time.”
Other books related to the Hart family and Stampede:
Autobiographies from Bret, Bruce and Diana Hart, The Dynamite Kid’s autobiography, the “Pain & Passion” Stampede Wrestling book, a biography on Stu Hart and Martha Hart’s book on the life and passing of Owen Hart.
David Dexter reports that the WWE has announced that the May 27th episode of RAW will be Bret Hart Appreciation Night. Both Hart and Shawn Michaels are expected to make appearances that night. RAW will be live from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
HBK gets his own appreciation night on May 24 at a RAW-brand live event in Salt Lake City, Utah. WWE is trying to boost their live events due to the injury of John Cena and absence of CM Punk.
Courtesy of LordsofPain.net:
WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart recently answered a bunch of fan questions from readers at WrestleNewz.com. Here are some highlights from the interview:
Will he be making a career out of improv comedy he’s been doing:
“I don’t think so, but you never know what can happen. I have a lot of fun doing them. I appreciate people giving me a stage. They present scenarios that are quite easy for anybody to step into and be quite funny. Sometimes I can be spontaneously funny. When you just make it up as you go along it’s hit or miss, but I’ve found I’ve done pretty good.”
His relationship with Vince McMahon:
“The last conversations we’ve had have been good. He seems to always be very warm and friendly with me. I would say he’s on the very best of terms with me. I think the last time I really talked to him, my knee was pretty swollen. He wanted me to go out to the ring in Philadelphia — and I did go out — but we were talking about our various injuries, since he had just had hip surgery. We’ve both sort of realized that we’re not getting any younger.”
What’s the greatest compliment he ever received:
“(Long pause) I think it’s that I was often told by the wrestlers I worked with that I was their best match. That was every single one of them, from Mr. Perfect to my brother Owen to the Bulldog to the Undertaker to Steve Austin — almost every single one of them pulled me aside and said the best match they ever had was the one against me. The list goes on — 1-2-3 Kid, Kevin Nash, Roddy Piper, Yokozuna — and I think it’s true. Every match was a different story, and we made magic. The other thing is that I never hurt anybody in all the years I wrestled. I had wrestlers come up to me and thank me for the match every night, thanking me because there was never any extra aches and pains or injuries. No animals were harmed in the making of my movies!”
“Montreal Theory” DVD Asks If Bret Hart Was In On The Montreal Screwjob; Available At Wrestlecon April 6-7
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It’s the most controversial and talked-about in-ring moment in pro wrestling history – one “screwjob” on November 9, 1997 changed the industry forever… but do we really know the whole story? In a business built on deception, why are we taking such a controversial topic at face value and not asking any questions about the numerous things that may not quite add up? Is it impossible to think Bret Hart may have been a co-conspirator in the “Screwjob” – perhaps even secretly to everyone but Vince himself. The huge WCW contract… financial security for his family… twice the days off of his WWF schedule… and a scenario that would have painted him as a sympathetic, heroic babyface standing up to the evil establishment. At the time, Bret had every reason to gain from the incident, but could he have been involved? We ask that question in “The Montreal Theory”, available on DVD for the first time Apriul 6 & 7 at Wrestlecon in Secaucus, NJ.
Courtesy of LordsofPain.net:
On Bret Hart’s run in WCW: “I had spoken to and met Bret several times before he made the jump. I was obviously excited to have him but clearly Bret Hart was a very broken….and in my opinion still is, from the interviews I hear him do, a very sad, broken and bitter person. That was pretty evident when he first came over. He was a shadow or a shell of his former self. Wherever Bret was, the high point of his character, what I got was a kind of broken, sad shell of that and quite honestly I don’t think he’s ever come out of it.”
WWE is releasing the Bret Hart: The Dungeon Collection on DVD and Blu-ray this week. Here is the lineup for the DVD:
A Real Privilege
2-out of-3 Falls Match for the British Commonwealth Jr. Heavyweight Championship
Bret Hart vs. Dynamite Kid
Stampede Wrestling • December 1978