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WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart announces he has prostate cancer

Bret “The Hitman” Hart is a legend in the wrestling business. The Canadian native dominated WWE throughout the late 80’s and 90’s, as a multiple-time Tag Team Champion and a five-time WWE World Champion. Fans all over the world admired “The Hitman” for his technical prowess, his calm demeanor and his “never give up” attitude. That attitude must now apply to him harder than he ever imagined.

This morning, Bret Hart announced on Instagram that he was battling prostate cancer. A battle with an opponent you can’t physically see must be tough for Bret. This truly is the biggest fight he ever had to deal with. His post on Instagram was how he sounded in the ring; with emotion and to the point.

Bret Hart (Instagram)“brethitmanhart It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I’ve spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I’ve paid a price for all that “fake” wrestling … Mark Helprin wrote: “We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance.” I’ve had a great lifelong dance and I’m a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all.
My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I’ve always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I … stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear.
I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I 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. Love is my weapon and I’ve got much of it around me all the time, for which I’m truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying.
Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten.

B x”

It was a rough year for professional wrestling in 2015. The passing’s of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, two legendary performers, were tough to cope with. While he may be ill, Bret has proved to be a fighter his entire life. His brother Owen died in 1999 after a terrible accident at a WWE event. Bret also had to deal with a concussion in 1999 when he was in WCW that ultimately ended his career, and a stroke in 2002. What fans shouldn’t forget is one of Bret’s last lines in his post. It states, “I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying.” That sounds like the Bret Hart that fans know and love whenever he laced up his boots.

In many eyes, “The Hitman” will still be the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Wrestling fans everywhere will be hoping for a speedy recovery for Bret Hart. This would be his best victory yet.


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