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The Hitman versus ‘The Wrestler’

This former champion finds the Mickey Rourke movie disturbing and disrespectful


 

The Hitman versus ‘The Wrestler’

The Wrestler is being lauded as the definitive portrayal of pro wrestling, but I submit that’s only because no one has asked a real wrestling champion about it—until now. In the movie, Randy “The Ram” Robinson was a main-eventer who sold out Madison Square Garden. So was I. The movie opens with a montage of clippings and event posters eerily similar to the ones in my personal collection. I lived that life for real. I liked the movie, and I’m disturbed by it.

In director Darren Aronofsky’s astutely layered vision there are glimpses into a shrouded world considered fake by all but those who live in it—for them, it’s the only reality they know. Nuggets of truth make the story believable. Mickey Rourke’s clairvoyant performance makes it compelling.

The film isn’t so much an exposé of the wrestling business as it really is; rather, it shows us what a lot of people outside the business think it is. With this dark misinterpretation presented in such a plausible and dramatic way, many wrestlers who’ve sacrificed so much to entertain their fans—their bodies, their families—now feel embarrassed by the film’s unbalanced portrayal in which there’s no respect for our art or our dignity. I’m uncomfortable that audiences will unconsciously assume every wrestling has-been comes to a tragic end.

Traditional sports have an off-season but me and the boys were on the road 300 days a year. As a former WWF (now WWE) champion I travelled the world for 23 years straight, 1978 to 2000, wrestling every night, sometimes more than once, plus promotional appearances and working out. It takes over your life 24/7 and, especially before cellphones and email, no matter how hard I tried, it was impossible not to become distant from my family, my kids. Most, maybe all, the boys suffered the same isolation, and soon strangers became family and family became strangers. Almost all who escaped came back, having no clue how to make it on the outside.

Pro wrestlers don’t have medical benefits, a pension plan, or a union. I’m not complaining. Wrestling has been very good to me, despite heart-wrenching disappointments, betrayals, and too many deaths to want to count any more—including my youngest brother, Owen, who fell to his demise from the rafters of an arena on a WWF pay-per- view during an ill-conceived stunt.

I was retired from the ring by an errant kick to the head, on live pay-per-view, which resulted in a concussion so brutal my doctor used the word hamburger to describe the back of my brain. That was followed by a stroke that paralyzed the entire left side of my body. Battling back was the toughest fight of my life by far, and, although I’m left with permanent effects, I’m grateful that when people meet me I can still measure up to their memory of the hero I’d long pretended to be. I still sign autographs all over the world and my fans still come out in droves. I’m humbled when they tell me, time and again, that my wrestling character inspired them in some way to make positive changes in their lives.

Wrestling has given me a great life and for that I thank Vince McMahon. Vince and I have had major differences, but I’ve not minced words and my autobiography (Hitman) is a testament to that. When evaluating the impact of The Wrestler on the wrestling business it’s only fair I give the devil his due, because it’s Vince who succeeded in taking pro wrestling out of back alleys and dingy halls like those in the movie and made it marketable, mainstream and just plain fun to watch. He couldn’t have done it without a talented roster of wrestlers. To go out there and tell a credible and dramatic story with no retakes, in front of a live audience, with nothing but your body, your opponent, and a 20- by 20-foot ring, is an art form that takes dedicated training, physical and mental stamina, athletic agility, charisma and ring psychology to create what I always thought of as mini-movies. Those who perform this art old-school take pride in creating the illusion of realism without actually hurting our opponents.

We don’t know what wrong turn brought Randy the Ram to subsist in desperation on the lowest fringes of some perverted putrefaction that barely resembles the wrestling business I know. Although the film speaks superbly to the speed bumps all pro wrestlers navigate, I’m happy to report most of us don’t swerve off the road quite so severely.

Bret Hart is the author of Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling


 

The Hitman versus ‘The Wrestler’

  1. “The Wrestler” was one possible reality. While it may not apply to Brett Hart, it can be applied to numerous talents throughout the years who have headlined an arena or two in their day. They may not have been “champions” necessarily, but were on top.

    After all, you were the one who said that when they are done with you, they take you out back and put a bullet in your head. Figuratively speaking of course.

    I write this comment with all the respect in the world for you Brett.

    Thank you,
    Augie

    “All these wrestlers that have broke their backs making this living for years end up with nothing when it’s over.”

    -Brett Hart
    Wrestling with Shadows

    • If Bret Hart thinks this is a disturbing half-truth, he only need to look to his fellow wrestlers in Jake the Snake Roberts, Greg Valentine, and a few others. Because those “precautionary tales” are who Randy the Ram is based off of. Roberts going from superstar and internationally recognized wrestler, to bottom feeder, wrestling at no name in the middle of nowhere indies, trying to piece back his life including his relationship with his daughter. I’ve seen former big time wrestlers who were once main eventers and big shots in the 80s in AWA, NWA, and WWF working normal everyday jobs just to make ends meet.

      The movie was excellent. Excellent potrayal about a wrestler who’s fallen so far from grace, and what he’ll do to get back to the big time, no matter how slim the odds are, and what he has to endure, even at the risk of his own life. Rourke should def win an oscar for this role.

      • 100% agree very well said David. He should win the oscar best movie i ever saw.

        • Agree to some extent with David, but not with you on the Oscar bit….. !!

      • I agree with you to a point. Yes, you see alot of ’80s wrestlers who are working regular jobs, but it isn’t because they became a Jake Roberts. Shane Douglass teaches school. JYD was part of his town’s Board of Education. The reason that alot of these guys have these regular jobs is because there were no 6 figure guaranteed contracts back in the ’80s. Hall and Nash became the first wrestlers with guaranteed contracts when they jumped to WCW in 1996. The only men who were making big money in the ’80s were guys like Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage. Guys who actually competed for the World championship instead of some mid card belt like Jake Roberts. Not to take away from the fact that alot of the people who were making decent money also threw it away on garbage like Ric Flair, but the fact of the matter is that nobody was making millions of dollars except Hogan and Vince McMahon. So, your choices are simple when your big time main event days are over. Either go do something menial because you’ve been wrestling since you were a teenager or keep doing the thing that you’ve done, pretty much, your entire adult life.

    • “Shawn Michaels”, I normally don’t do this, but the fact that someone would even name themselves Shawn Michaels is childish for one, for two, I highly doubt that with his busy schedule and newfound belief in god he would even take the time to keep up on a Bret Hart movie review, and more or less try to trash it, and third why are you even pretending to be someone else, whoever you are, to make a point?. Bret’s opinion is just that, an opinion, if you don’t like it, address it correctly as yourself, not someone else. Technology is only as smart as the people who use and create it, and if the best you can do is write a reply as if you’re Shawn Michaels, it proves how dumb you are to even think anybody who has replied to this would believe you, and how insecure you are that you can’t write what you feel as yourself, you have to hide behind someone else’s character. Grow up. Thank you.

    • Brother, you are not 7 years old now, stop talking like one —- Stop acting like a woman. Bret’s opinion is his, you want to give yours give it, stop commenting on his…… !! quit your bitching —- its getting OLD.

    • If anyone’s Knows Wrestling its truly the Excellence of Execution himself-My all time Favorite Bret”Hitman”Hart-to me,no one told a story better in the ring or is kinder to fans outside of it.
      I agree with Bret,and feel that the guys who perform for Vince arent taken care of-they make Vince millions upon Millions of dollars,he should protect his talent,like any other Job.Too many Men have passed away,when a intervention was possible. Owen died due to carelessness and stupidity on the Part of careless people.
      The Movie itself shows guys who are broken down,there are many like Bret who have succesful lives outside of the Business and Oh Bret-Thanks for the Memories. You are always”The Best there is,The Best there was and The Absolute Best there always will be..
      To Vince take care of those who have made you millions,they deserve better-than being tossed aside.Your Hall of Famers like Bret are there for a reason,because they are the Legends of the business,as fans we would like to keep them around as long as possible.

      God Bless You Bret

      Mike

  2. Bret, I don’t think they were trying to portray Randy The Ram as someone in your or even Hulk Hogan’s league. I took it as a Ric Flair type, an NWA star from the 80’s.

    As a wrestling fan and someone who followed your career, wcw and wwf for almost 25 years, this movie is a true reflection of the disconnect, pauverty and world wrestlers from the 80’s and 90’s experience today. A live crowd is a drug for some of those guys, reliving the glory from their past. As you mentioned, people who come up to you for autographs and at appearances, isn’t that a continuation of the same drug you were on for over 20 years? You’re a performer and live for your audience, for their reaction, cheering or booing. That’s your “family”, that’s who you strieve to please. I think The Wrestler is a great contrast to how Hulk Hogan portrays himself in his reality show.

  3. I truely enjoyed this article, Bret is a true artist and I agree with the majority of his comments, in fact his book is the greatest account of a wrestler and t;he wrestling buisness of our time and most insiders agree (hell his book could have been called the wrestler lol) but I wonder how he feels about some of his colleagues like Mick Foley and Roddy Piper praising the movie as if its almost the gospel? Id be interested if the Hitman could respond to me on this
    charms434@gmail.com

  4. After reading several wrestlers biographies (including Bret’s own biography), having met many legends of the past, and even participated in the wrestling world as a student for a few months I have to say that I found the Wrestler to be a somewhat overblown, however potentially truthful movie. Bret’s own biography describes the Dynamite Kid’s current status as being (I think) worse than Randy the Rams. On the same token, there are many wrestlers who took care of themselves enough so that they can have the fun, occasional indy match. They want a taste in the spot light they miss, even though most do not really need the pay day. These are the ones that have, at the least, a healthy middle class lifestyle and family. But there are also many former legends out there that in fact need the indy match both for financial reasons and because of their obsession with holding onto their glory days. Of course, this is in all entertainment industries, not just wrestling.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Hitman!

  5. I used to be a big Bret Hart fan back in the day, I even ordered his book from Amazon.com in Canada so I could have it before it was out in the U.S. That said, I’m still a fan of his work, but Bret Hart is full of himself that he has lost a grip on reality.

    Did anyone notice that this article starts off as a movie review and then ends up with four out of the eight paragraphs being about Bret and do not relate to the movie at all. He attempts to say the movie doesn’t depict reality, but then never gives any arguments to make his case. Bret gives credit to Vince McMahon for taking wrestling out of the places (Bingo Halls etc…) seen in the movies, hey Bret, wrestling still takes place in these kinds of places, I know because I go there to watch them. I’ve been to Ring of Honor shows, I’ve watched Mick Foley greet fans on the mic and then climb the flight of stairs at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds at a pace that wouldn’t even rival that of my Grandmother’s.

    I’d like Bret to write another review and actually explain why the movie is an inaccurate portrayal of the wrestling business without getting off topic and talking about himself.

    • I agree with Wilmoth. Bret Hart seemed to make his “review” of the movie into some small piece about himself. I just finished his biography and it was by far one of the most in-depth wrestling bios I have ever read but I was expecting Bret to use his solid literary skills in explaining his take on the movie and instead we got another self-centered and borderline egotisical rant.

      Bret, please..enough already.

      • When you're as good as the Hitman, it's not ego. I don't think he set out to review the movie, but rather explain why, for him, it didn't hold true to his real-life experience. And let's bear in mind that no one commenting on this blog or the makers of the movie had the real first hand experience that Bret has had. Let him talk about his personal losses because that's a part of his wrestling past. It's real. Let him talk about his personal victories because they are just as real too.

    • I could not agree more. I was a little intrigued as to what Bret would say about the movie, but soon realized that this would be no different than any other article or interview with Bret. His ego would not allow him to view the character in the film as a generalization. He compared it to his career, because any movie about a wrestler must be about Bret because Bret was the quintessential wrestler’s wrestler. I’ve tried to like Bret. I’ve tried to sympathize with him because he’s had some rough times, but Bret can never set his oversized ego aside long enough to say anything meaningful. When he does offer praise, his compliments to peers in the wrestling business always seem to smack of sarcasm and disdain for the subject. Get over yourself. You would have had a great legacy in this business, but you continue to tarnish that legacy with bitterness. Keep it up and rather than be remembered for your accomplishments, you will only be remembered as a whiny has-been.

  6. i loved what Bret said, and pretty much agreed with it. i understand it was not saying this is “every wrestler’s” fate, but i just dont think wrestling needed a movie like this right now. too dark, when the world still sees wrestling in such a negative light- not what it needed… in my opinion…

  7. Bret you are 100% off the mark here. I respect you Bret but this was the best movie i ever saw. It shows how the indy scene works and with all due respect you have never been on the indy scene. You grew up with the biz and this didn’t happen to you but it happens. The most real movie i have ever seen. you are wrong here Bret wrong

    • LMAO …… @ Justin…… He is trying to teach Papa how to F***.

    • THE HITMAN IS NEVER WRONG.

  8. With all due respect I believe that Bret Hart would know better than most what a wrestlers life is. He worked for his father at Stampede wrestling which was a small show that featured a lot of old guys at the end of their careers and he probably still to this day meets many at shows he attends.

  9. Lol @ Justin

  10. I’m thinking that Mr. Hart has not stepped too far from his acting roots with this letter.

    Any press is good press, after all.

  11. Good solid writing by the Hitman. Nice work Bret!
    I definitely saw parts in the movie The Wrestler that were both incredibly realistic as well as utterly absurd. But I think the bigger picture with this film is the portrayal of a guy with a big heart who, for whatever reason, squandered away his life. He just wants that second chance. At life. At love. At fame. At wealth. At admiration. And near the end of the movie, for that one fleeting moment, he recaptures it.

    All in all, I really enjoyed what the movie brought to the table. Over-analyzing certain aspects would be a mistake.

  12. Wrestling is like a lot of other things in that sometimes things end well, and other times things end badly. I must admit that I haven’t seen this movie, but it appears that the general premise is that Mickey Rourke is a performer who is unable to move on from his character’s past and tries to relive his glory days. In this aspect, The Wrestler could just as easily be about a boxer or football player who hung on too long, except with the added wrinkle that wrestling is more about perfomance than competition.

    The film’s not an attack on wrestling per se, it’s just telling the same old narrative in a new setting. The story of someone like the Dynamite Kid is not unique to wrestling. In boxing he is Riddick Bowe boxing on a Klitschko undercard in 2008, in spite of probable brain damage. In the NFL he is Johnny Unitas, trying to play for the Chargers at age 40, and spending his post-retirement years with his throwing hand visibly disfigured.

    Don’t feel slighted by The Wrestler. Movies thrive on conflict. Stories like Randy the Ram’s will be told because there is a lurid story to tell. No one will ever make a movie about Wayne Gretzky. He was a child prodigy who made the most of his talents, won multiple championships, broke every notable record, married a Playboy centerfold, and helped build the 2002/2004 Team Canada hockey teams. And he has statues. It’s tough to tell a story when things go well. For some reason most of them focus on things going badly.

    Thank you for the stories you told in the ring, with Piper. Perfect, Owen and Austin. Good luck Bret, and I hope your retirement is peaceful and pleasant enough that no one will ever think that there might be a movie in it.

  13. When I watched the Wrestler, Bret Hart is the first person who does come to mind. Not because of the outcome, but because of the history that Randy and Bret both shared. I have read Bret Hart’s autobiography countless times and his story sticks out to me. Watching the Wrestler only told me once more that anyone who wants to be a professional wrestler will need to accept the fact that there are never any guarantees to become one of the biggest stars. Bret became the greatest of his time because he gave his 200% and persevered threw countless obstacles and I for one admire Bret like no other. I wish to become a professional wrestler now more than ever because I want to show it doesnt just take a famous wrestling last name, or a major wrestling or sports background to become a huge star. Only heart, passion, determination and perseverance will dominate in the field of pro wrestling. Anyone who will credit a second or third generation star, a former nhl star… or anyone well-known simply by those characteritics is oblivious to the true factor, that if wrestling or sports are in your blood.. then you have the determination as well. PEople work hard for attaining that, and I think THe Wrestler portrayed what I want to achieve in a clear cut manner!

  14. While I respect Bret Hart as both a wrestler and a wrestling storyteller, he is not much of a movie reviewer. I heard something about Bret Hart, but am not sure what he thinks about this picture as a work of art. (Also, Bret, lay off the thesaurus!)

    The point of the movie, it seems to me, is that there is a certain kind of person who seeks adulation from the masses. This person is willing to have the fans be “his family” both on the way up in the business, and then again on the way down. Randy the Ram also had some other habits (taking refuge in strippers and drugs) that surely contributed to his circumstances.

    If Bret’s premise is that THE WRESTLER doesn’t represent every person who came up in the business, THANKS FOR THE NEWS FLASH. Not all Italian girls smile like the Mona Lisa, either.

  15. I find it particularly interesting that in this review, Bret takes almost half of the document to talk about himself, rather than the movie itself. I loved Bret Hart growing up, but in recent times I’ve found the modern-day Bret to be a vastly different individual than what was portrayed on television. Thanks for your review of the movie, Bret, but in the future it would probably be beneficial if you stick to the movie instead of turning it into an advertisement for your book, and an offer for self-pitty for your fall from professional wrestling.

  16. I’m amazed at some of the posters disrespectful comments.
    You couldn’t lace the Hitman’s shoes, so stop pretending you know anything about the wrestling business to even measure up to a morsel of what the Hitman says.

    And if you don’t like his history lesson on his career? Tough. Not everyone who reads this article knows who the Hitman is or his history. Any good writer will tell you that you don’t assume anything about your audience when writing an article. His history and standing in the business which makes him qualified to review the film from a wrestler’s standpoint, should be brought up to date for those that don’t know.

    It’s Bret’s opinion. You have a right to disagree as a fellow human with an opinion, but nobody on this board is going to have any more firsthand knowledge of what the business is really like, but Bret. You only make yourself look stupid by vain attempts pretending that you do.

  17. Bret’s my all-time favorite wrestler, but I’m not sure there’s ever been a bigger mark for Bret Hart than Bret Hart.

  18. Funny, but Hart’s entire book was about a wrestling business chock full of “perverted putrefaction .” And perverted putrifiers. All the way from his flea bag hotel room in P.R. days to his fancy suites in WWE. And yet he can sit there and say Randy the Ram’s life didn’t resemble the wrestling business he knew? Now I like the guy, but that’s just unbelieveable!

  19. Awrite, it’s time for da chick to lay the smack down!!
    Read my pre-review and review on The Wrestler or if not please continue…

    This movie, reminded me of the good ol’ days, when the saga of wrestling was clear and true. It was about the sound of the bell and the counting to three, it was about these ‘cartoon’ characters, who for good and for ill, made a difference to this girl – who spent most of her childhood in a bubble of isolation and disappointment.

    I would eagerly look forward to the end of Saturday morning at church, because soon there were these men who provided true salvation every Saturday afternoon and evening, they were always there…. These men came alive every weekend (special thanks to Rick Martel for smashing that beer bottle over his head & introducing me to these ‘merry men’).

    These men fought for what they believed in.
    These men were as bad as they wanted to be.
    These men taught the enemies a lesson and (usually) protected their buddies, unless… (they back-stabbed them).

    These characters came into a home that was grey and turned a light on, I wanted to meet them. Hell, I wanted to be them, they were the circus that I wanted to run to. Sadly, I didn’t know how.

    I laughed and I cried and I cried a little harder when this show ‘became real’ and my heroes died. I cried some more when skills started to pale to acting (and the skin & ladies wore less and less & spent time throwing each other around by the hair or kissing each other???)

    Thanks Bret & I’m sorry this movie pales to the real thing, but it let some of us (like yours truly) remember the ‘wrestling’ we have lost.

  20. Enough of the negative comments towards Bret Hart. Bret is the greatest of all time when it comes to technical ability and psychology. When Bret talks about psychology and telling a mini movie story you should all shut up and listen instead of trying to critique his every word. There is a reason why Bret has lived this life and became the greatest of all time in it and we are just here blogging about the sport. Bret has the best grasp on the business of anyone I’ve ever heard talk about it. He has done everything there is to do in the business and experienced more than we can all imagine. Bret is able to reflect on his career and the business and clearly see things exactly how they are coming from every direction and with no bias. In no way do I think Bret is full of himself. He tells it like it is…like it really is, and none of us have any place to doubt him. Until each and every one of you make it in the business for 22 years then you can doubt the things that he has learned and experienced. You cant tell someone like this that they are wrong when they were the one living the life and you have no idea of how the wrestling business really works.

  21. Bret Hart is probably the most intelligent and articulate wrestler in the business. As a native Calgarian, I have a lot of respect for the Hart family.

    By the way, if you want another wrestler’s take on the Mickey Rourke movie check out Mick Foley’s take in Slate: http://www.slate.com/id/2207076/

  22. I have nothing but respect for Bret Hart, as he was one of my childhood heroes, but I think he is taking the film a little bit too personally. Admittedly, I am not in a position to know what the wrestling business is all about, but I thought there were some scenes that very accurately captured the backstage camaraderie and absolute adoration of wrestling fans. However, I don’t think ‘The Wrestler” is merely a story about the wrestling business. Randy the Ram could have been an aging rocker, or retired football player, or just an average joe who has alienated himself from everyone who may have ever loved him and the story would have still worked. It was just more dramatic because of the wrestling tragedies we know about. Randy the Ram himself is more than just a wrestling tragedy. Ernest Miller’s Ayatollah character seems to be living a normal life and has adjusted well to life outside the business.

    With all that said, the scene where Randy the Ram is at a signing in an old VA hall reminded me an awful lot of meeting Jim the Anvil Neidhart at an indy show in the Maritimes a few years back, in a dank rink in front of about 50 people.

  23. Dear sheep,
    The movie is bad.
    Poorly written; bad acting; worse plastic surgery.
    Only redeemable quality: Tomei nude.
    How could anybody like this piece of crap? An Oscar for WHAT?!? It appeared to be filmed with one digital camera, with no director and no script… the movie feels and looks like MTV dramas.

    • lol, your crazee man, i guess your egg’s are not in your basket …… lmao

  24. Its always great to hear Bret Hart speak on any issue, but reading what he had to say on ‘The Wrestler’ was particularly interesting.

    All those who are criticizing Hart over what he said in the above review are missing the point that he was trying to make…

    Hart’s point was that although this movie reflects on only one side of the business, it still only reinforces the views that most non-wrestling people have of the business, the view that pro-wrestlers are a bunch of steroid-popping crazies who flush all their money and life down the toilet and end up forgotten and broken.

    Many wrestlers, not only top guys like Hart and Hogan but several of the lesser stars, are proof of the fact that those with the discipline and self-control have fulfilling lives beyond the ring despite the stresses of living on the road almost their entire careers.

    Greats like Hart perfected the art of wrestling, not self-mutilation that many lesser talents did in the name of ‘hardcore’ and ‘extreme’, many organizations and people made their quick bucks and then discarded those ‘hardcore wrestlers’ aside when they had gone thru their share of tables and thumbtacks, they were left broken and on a downward spiral which more often than not had sad ends…

    But today anyone with access to a computer can masquerade as an ‘expert’ on the sport, on the business and on the art of wrestling. Two bit fat-a**s sit on their computers passing judgements on Hart, Savage, Hogan and other greats while hailing the skewed representation of pro-wrestling as a business in movies like ‘The Wrestler’ as ‘incredibly accurate’.

    Its such people whose perception of life itself as become so skewed that when they hear someone like The Warrior in the shape that he is at the age he is, saying that his physique today is a result of a healthy life style and exercise and not because of steroid abuse, their instant reaction is of disbelief as to them its just impossible for someone to have a good physique without steroids, especially for a wrestler…

    Enough said!

  25. Nice to get a review from the Hitman, have been a fan of Hitman since a kid, Even now, i managed to get a copy of his book just as it came out, & before it hit the states, and to think of it. I live in Goa – India.

    I’ve seen the movie as well, – Its not the best i have seen, but the first of its kind. Randy ” the Ram ” fills in the shoes of a lot of wrestlers, who i would not say are washed out, but who are done with the business, having made stupid moves & ended up being the way they are —- eg Dynamite Kid. No disrespect to him, he was great in his time, but sometimes there are just not enough rocks. Thats my opinion towards the movie. i dont expect anyone to agree or disagree with, cause its my opinion & the same is with Bret…… however I would love to hear Bret’s review about the movie as a whole & not using his story to it.

    Bret — you truely are the best there was & the best there ever will be……., but dont call of the game on account of rain.

    Cheers.

  26. WOW Bret Hart is a bitter has been who can’t get over the fact that he screwed himself
    So now he comments on everything possible and tries to make it about him

  27. Hello there!!!!! I used to admire Bret a lot but since he left the WWE for the WCW, he hasn`t been the same!!!!! I was there at the screw job in Montreal and I was mad at the WWE. I was on Bret`s side all the way but now my opinions have changed cuz I REALLY think Bret should let it go, truly let it go. Bret should move to something else. Wrestling is great and I have been enjoying it for the last 20 years but there is other things in life!!!!! Bret became bitter, very sad and living in the past. He forgot to forgive all the bad things that happened to him and all his family. I think his lack of letting go made him self-centered. Bret, you`re a wrestling legend!!!! You are the best and were the best technical wrestler in the ring. No wrestler can say they were as safe as you in the ring, you were the perfection in the ring!!!!!! I truly mean it. You made bad decisions in the wrestling industry and with your personal life. But like anyone else, we make mistakes, just accept and forgive yourself!!!!! Stop hiding inside yourself, I say it again, LET GO!!!!!! You are no god, you were just a wrestler!!!!! Stop talking about yourself and always bring it back to you!!!!! I admire Bret in the ring, for his courage, strong will, respect and his heart. But now you are self-centered, bitter and in the past. That`s not the Bret I admire and look up to!!!!!!! I may sound harsh BUT I see you like a normal human being not a god.

    For THE WRESTLER, I thought it was an amazing movie!!!! A very touching one with Mickey Rourke giving his heart and soul!!!! It made me appreciate more the industry, the wrestlers and everyone surrounding it. I always had a lot of respect for the wrestlers (including women too) but after seeing the movie, my respect will be forever!!!!!! This movie will become a legend of its own!!!! I wanna thank the wrestlers for giving up their lives to entertain us!!!!!! Now we know the sacrifices you had to do!!!!!!

    Bret, please, come back to who you were once, cuz wrestling in the future will need you!!!!! Thanks Dany

  28. Having worked with(for)the WWE, I’ve seen the end result of what can happen when an athlete doesn’t know-or doesn’t WANT to know-when to quit. Jake Roberts may be one such case. Ric Flair knew when to bow out. The Undertaker is winding down his career .
    I’ve seen what can happen when emotional strain takes it’s toll as well(drugs, alcohol, suicide).
    That said…. have a good one, all!(BTW: it IS a good movie!)

  29. “The Wrestler is being lauded as the definitive portrayal of pro wrestling, but I submit that’s only because no one has asked a real wrestling champion about it—until now.”

    Yeah no one asked a real champion…except Flair, Race, Foley, Rhodes, Angle, Jericho or Bruno Sammartino. Go cry over Montreal you mark.

  30. i agree with bret the flim is not show wrestling in its true light not every single wrestler fall by the wasteside

    yes there have been a few u look at jake roberts scott hall xpac 4 a time there the flim gd but dut i donf think its a rty protrel of the wrestling biz

  31. The Wrestler movie is a great story dipped well in realism. While this may work for a film describing what happened in Nazi concentration camps, where we all know Hitler was evil and that’s not under debate. It does not do the same for wrestling, which most people think is bad.

    Wrestling is an industry ALWAYS cast in a bad light. There is no end of bad publicity from steroids to untimely deaths to accusations of “fake”. The movie only adds to the grim picture. It does not show anything to counter all the long-standing bias.

    I think I understand what Bret feels. The film does not describe, emphasize the positives of the business. There are enough true stories of good and bad things but this film goes a little too much into the dark side. Wrestling has as a business and for the individual wrestler, changed significantly – there are real success stories as well as tragedies.

    No movie is obligated to set any record straight. But in this case, such a movie will only propagate and imprint the negatives and not mention the positives.

  32. I think Bret is worried about an already negatively-portrayed business being made look worse than ever. He’s not so much talking about the movie but about the issue of how wrestling is received in society, which sees it as “fake” and riddled with steroids and untimely deaths. Add a broken-down, tragic wrestler and you make it worse.

    The movie was good, but its effect on public opinion of wrestling is bad.

  33. When someone expresses his opinion, you respect his right to do so and not go into insulting.

    The people who’ve taken time to heap abuse on Bret here are not worthy of any respect. So what if Flair and others have commended it? Bret has his right not to like it, as do you. What Bret writes about himself and his POV is to counter the average impression of a wrestler as imprinted by the film. Its not boasting, but a comparison of a more realistic wrestling story with a film tragedy.

    Please remember there is also a publicity thing here. The WWE is looking to do business with Rourke for WrestleMania 25 and therefore the responses from WWE contracted wrestlers like Flair and Jericho are likely to be compromised. The WWE is not going to allow contracted wrestlers to go out and trash the movie with which it seeks to do big business.

  34. Yes it is important to remember that Flair, Jericho and a few others are contracted to WWE, which wants to make profit by involving this actor in WrestleMania 25. At least its trying. It is not likely a WWE wrestler will openly criticize the movie.

  35. Brett’s view of ‘The Wrestler’, is from a man who worked his way up to the top and stayed there, only to leave because he was pushed off the perch opposed to flying off on his own. The movie for me of what I know of the independent wrestling scene was more or less on point. I lived with workers, know former stars from WCW/ECW/WWE and hell, I watched it with 2 original ECW performers and they acquiesced that it was pretty much on point.

    Brett eluded that he was the only champion they asked “…but I submit that’s only because no one has asked a real wrestling champion about it—until now.” I guess Roddy Piper, Mick Foley – who wrote about it as well, Lex Luger (no jokes please) and Diamond Dallas Page are not acceptable champions in Brett’s view. They all put their approval on the movie.

    Don’t get me wrong, I really do love Brett and appreciate all he has done for the business. He just never knew this side of the curtain even while working shows in Canada for his Dad. Or he is not going to admit some of what he saw that is being portrayed is true.

  36. Seems many here missunderstand Bret reason for this piece.
    Its to defend the wrestling business and the boys .
    Seen through the eyes of a former wrestler.

    Its to present a diffrent view of the business then what the movie presents.
    Not to put himself over.

  37. The trend that I notice is that, despite many in the wrestling industry liking the film, the majority of them are quick to point out that this is not what’s going on in the WWE now or that it’s not what happened to them. Having seen the film, I never got the impression that it implied that this was an inevitable result for all wrestlers. It portrayed what many have and still do go through though. I totally get protecting the business, even now that so much of the illusion has been revealed, but let’s not deny this movie depicts a reality that exists for many that the business has chewed up and spit out.

  38. Wrestling is fake.

    • WoW, you just figured it out eh ….. !!

    • Wrestlers put their lives on hold for the chance to put on a show for the fans. They leave their families for weeks and months at a time. That puts a strain on the mind, and wrestling ever night or every other night, puts a strain on the body. Wrestling is not fake. Wrestling is staged but not fake. There is a tremendous diiference. Saying that it’s fake is completely ignorant and niave. (Although it is your opinion and your intitled to it.) You probably don’t know anything about wrestling, so it’s best if you just say nothing about it.

  39. I agree with Wilmoth, Augie, Justin and somewhat David. I respect Bret Hart for what he has done in the business but this movie tackles a life in this sport that he has not lived and has hopefully seen. Bret has been around the block plenty of times but he was also born into this business like a prince. Bret’s first jobs were in PR and Japan which are where most of the guys in the movie are dying to work. I know a majority of the guys in this movie from Rob Eckos, DJ Hyde and Sabian to even Ron Killings and I’m sure that there are more cases like Randy The Ram than there are of Harts and Hogans. Look at DDP and Steve Austin who were both former world champs during the height of their promotions and a few years ago were sharing an apartment in LA. Go rent beyond the mat again, go to an indy show in your town. Many guys in the indy circuit have to cut their teeth in promotions like CZW and ROH to earn a name so that they can get noticed. Just remember, there are 30 NBA teams and 32 NFL teams…there’s one WWE and one TNA. Look at the odds of making it big if you’re not grandfathered in.

  40. I think that Bret Hart is a great writer – I really enjoy reading his stuff. Well done.

  41. i agree 110% with bret,he in which holds the record of straight days of work in the wwe, wrestling is one take,and that movie was not that,yeah it can hold true to some wrestler out there,but for people to say this is what happens to wrestlers is full of crap, and i bet if this movie was made with a success story even tho it could be dead on,i bet they wouldn’t be screaming oscar for the performance true story no bloodclot yell

    http://www.myspace.com/panhandoelrcorp

  42. “I submit that’s only because no one has asked a real wrestling champion about it—until now”

    Uh… excuse me Bret? Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Chris Jericho are all real wrestling champs who have seen the movie and commented on it. That’s not the only place where Bret is off base. It’s dishonest of him to pretend that there aren’t real wrestlers out there who did wind up as down and out as Randy the Ram. He’s either clueless or deliberately ignoring the facts so he can just focus on talking about himself. It’s a poor analysis of the movie that provides no real insights at all. I used to have all the respect in the world for Bret Hart but as time goes by and he keeps going on and on about himself he just diminishes himself. Sadly all the Bret marks out there don’t get it as is evidenced by all the “Bret is awesome” posts here.

    • 1st off all those poeple like Chris J and others are getting PAID by the WWE to say how awsome and smoochie smoochie this movie is so they can get Mickie Rourke to come to WM25….. I find it amusing how Vincent Mcmahon panned the movie when it came out originally. I have been watching wrestling for a long time WCCW WCW WWF the Von Erics all the great ones yes i know it is fake… All wrestling is is a MALE SOAP OPERA w/steroids.. I will watch it till the day i die probably and the reason why Bret mentions himself alot is because he is doing thast because it is from his point of reference you know what happened to him or around him

  43. While I am sure Bret knows a lot about wrestling, The Wrestler was as someone else said, one man’s story. I think Bret should have his book made into a movie so we can see his life onscreen.

    • Most of his life was on screen, anyway.

  44. Who’s in a better position to comment on the movie and how it reflects the actual life of a Wrestler; Bret Hart, former World Champion, sold out arenas ranging from Wembley Stadium to an auditorium in Memphis, or a bunch of aliases sat behind a computor screen?

    Thought so.

    • The Hitman’s opinion should be considered and taken seriously. He’s an educated person, he has the experience and he’s an honest person from what I’ve seen. I’m sure he isn’t just making this up. What for?

      Why can’t people just listen to facts and accept them. There’s no sense trying to disect what Bret Hart wrote and analyze the hell out of it. The guy knows what he’s talking about. End of story.

      ST

  45. After reading the review, i’m not sure what Bret Hart’s point is here… he’s not nearly as critical of the movie as the sub-title suggests. He doesn’t say exactly what is wrong with it, and even concedes that “the film speaks superbly to the speed bumps all pro wrestlers navigate”. Mostly, he talks about his experiences.

  46. I loved the movie. The only negative (for lack of a better word) thing I have to say about it is that not every wrestler is going to end up like The Ram. Also they seemed to focus mainly on the negative aspects of wrestling, I think they should have done a little more positive things. i hope Mickey wins the Oscar, he deserves it.

  47. Why are people even bothering bringing up the point that “not all wrestlers end up like Randy “Ram” Robinson? Does this really need to be pointed out? Do we see clarifying that not every Italian will become or end up like Rocky Balboa? Seriously. It’s a work of fiction–a story–loosely based on an amalgamation of various personalities who have stood center ring.

    Can we not leave it at that?

  48. Bret Bret Bret, I highly respect the work you’ve done in the past, you were one of the best there was, but frankly, you’re stuck in the past and whinning about it.

    The Wrestler was a movie of one man, to intone that it was more of a portrayal of one wrestler in one instance is ludicrous.

    This movie took from many to make it bigger more outstanding. But you cannot deny that these things in life DO happen. That drugs were taken, that some “over the hill” wrestlers didn’t know when to quit or could not let themselves quit. Nothing in this movie disparages wrestlers. Much like insinuating that Rocky (Sly Stallone) was claiming all boxers were the same.

    To pick at a movie because you feel it does not do justice or glamourizes your past or the past of wrestling as 100% accurate is just silly.

    Please watch the movie as a person, enjoy the role played, the interaction the pain and suffering in the movie for what it is. a damn good story with some accurate and some innacurate assesments.

    P.S. Please stop living in the past, it makes you look like a bitter person who can’t grow up and forget about the past.

    You’ve said many times you’ve “gotten over” and been able to forgive Vince? Then stop rehashing the past.

  49. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I will. After I see Coraline, of course! (I love Neil Gaiman’s books!) Fantastic commentary, Bret. And I loved the book. The Hitman versus Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon argument will probably go on ad nauseum. As far as I’m concerned, that was then, and this is NOW. And what’s happening so is you FINALLY published your memoirs! Congratulations on a job well done!

    Now I’m going to my blog and do some remembering….

  50. Bret, I respect u n i think you should return to the ring and have one last match with the wwe.

    yourve seen rocky balboa, right? he was a long retired boxer that steped back into the ring,
    to prove himself that he was’nt some useless oldman that was once a good boxer..
    He also stepped into the ring because he wanted to empty his basement, that was filled with loneliness, saddness and hatred..
    I think the movie ‘Rocky Balboa’ relates to u, which is y i think u should have 1 last match.

    U can do it!!!!!

    • don’t talk shite. Rocky Balboa was a movie, Bret’s problems are real. Would you expect Ali to get back into the ring for one more match?

      • man i know his problems r real,
        & I aint talking shit, im 4 realz.

    • As much as I love to see Bret on TV again every now and then, doing occasional interviews and talk-shows, I don’t think he should return to the ring. If you actually care about the man, let him go, he sacrificied more than enough for the business and the fans. Like he said, his family lived for wrestling and even died for wrestling. His basement surely isn’t filled with sadness though, the Hitman was the greatest wrestling character ever and there’s no reason for him to regret anything, profesionally.

      • U never know he mite just end back up in the ring, I hope he does, hes the 1 of the best technical wrestlers ive ever seen. The last match he had in the wwe was crap, he should go back n end his carreer the proper way like Ric Flair did?..

        Bret if your’l reading this, i still believe in you and I wish you can have 1 more match, but dats up 2 u?

        ps.I want u 2 remember the name TJ B frm the samoan wrestling family, because im gonna be the best highflying technical wrestler there’l ever be.. serious lol

  51. Im a huge Hitman fan, from since I was a little kid. Hes one of the reasons Im a big wrestling fan today. And I certainly respect everything hes done for this business. But I disagree with him that this movie disrespects the business and makes non-wrestling fans think that all or most has beens turn out as Randy the Ram did. Its just the portrayal of one aging wrestler. It wasnt meant to be a portrayal of all or most aging wresters. Could they have gotten in a line like, “I know most aging wrestlers arent like me (Randy)”? Sure. But they were in the business of storytelling, not telling casual fans or non-fans of whats going on in the actual world of pro wrestling. If people are going to jump to conclusions based on a fictional movie, without doing the research, then who really cares *what* their opinions are? And if they really want to know what this business is like theyll just do some research. And while Randy the Ram isnt a portrayal of any one wrestler you can definitely say that *many* wrestlers have experienced many of the same lows. I wont go into the names as I think thats disrespectful, but those who intensely follow this business know who Im talking about. I do think that some of the things in the movie are a bit fantastical. For example, the drug dealing in the locker room. From what i know that just…doesnt happen. Nor do you see many ex-main eventers wrestling *that* much of a hardcore style. Unless they did when *during* their main event days (i.e. Terry Funk, Abdullah the Butcher, etc). And the movie made you think that Randy the Ram wasnt a ‘hardcore wrestler’ during his prime. But still…the movie isnt meant to be a portrayal of most ex-stars. I really enjoyed the movie. It was quite the emotional rollercoaster. I actually dont think Marissa Tomei’s character was as ‘heart of gold’ as some people make her out to be (or maybe I expect too much of people)…which is one of the things alot of people really liked about the movie. But she is a compelling, sympathetic and still loving character. And is a vital part of the movie. I cant wait to see the movie again. And I hope I read the reviews of many other current and ex-wrestler’s views on the movie…good, bad, indifferent, inbetween, etc.

  52. I agree that the movie may be a little extreme but the bottom line is it’s pretty accurate. I remember watching Junkyard Dog and Wahoo McDaniel in their primes, and then 7 years later I saw both of them with Tommy Rich at a local Walmart for an independent wrestling show in a high school gym. When the gravy train stops it stops. It DOES happen, sometimes in a blink of an eye!

    I realize that Bret is trying to defend the business especially in light of the Chris Benoit tragedy and steroid abuse that has cast a cloud over all of sports. But the Bret Hart’s, Ric Flair’s and Hulk Hogan’s are the lucky ones in the business. Their the ones that retire with millions of dollars in their bank accounts. The other mid- card guys aren’t as lucky.

  53. I respect Bret Harts opinion but he has led a very “sheltered” wrestling career. Even in his own words “he has only wrestled for his Dad in Canada, Vince McMahon in the WWE and Turner with WCW”. He was smart enough that he saved his money and now can live comfortably. The portrayel of the small indy promotions that exist almost everywhere is very, very accurate. I personally ran events back from 1995-2000 and they were in community centers, high school gyms, american legion halls etc. and the locker room was almost exactally like in the movie. I also booked several older wrestlers that had to continue to wrestle because that is all they knew how to do to make $$$ to live. I will give one example because she has now passed away, that is “Sensational” Sherri Martel. She worked for both WWE & WCW and had made some bad choices that ate up all her money she had made over the years. When she started wrestling for me she was living in Birmingham, AL and she worked as at Exxon gas station because of her bad knees she was not managing or wrestling but ended up having to go back and do it to be able to pay for her monthly living expences. So “The Wrestler” was almost like a autobiography of her life.

  54. I totally agree with Bret’s comments, I was a big fan of the 90’s world wrestling federation and expected a lot more from this movie. This movie isn’t about dedication, loyalty and athletic abilities, it’s just a dark portrayal of a decadent wrestling business, which doesn’t resemble anything of what we’ve seen on TV in the 80’s, 90’s and even the present. The majority of the wrestlers that sould out arenas for years gathered big ammounts of money and they surely didn’t end up living in trailers. There may be some exceptions, like guys who didn’t have enough talent to get themselves pushed to the top and stay in the spotlight for years. BUT this movie does NOT refer to them! This movie is about an ex-MAIN EVENTER ! A main-eventer that ends up living in trailers and destroying his body to make some money in order to pay the rent. I can understand Bret’s frustration about the inaccurate, disturbing portrayal. I mean look at him, look at Hulk Hogan, who actually hosts a TV-show in his house. They’re far from being wrecks, and it’s sad that people who don’t know much about the wrestling business will end up associating this movie to it.

  55. Everything is disrespectful and disturbing to Brett Hart. Every interview he’s given since 1997 has been bitter, angry, and since his HOF introduction, ass-kissing at the same time to the “sport” that has “been good to him” but cost him dearly.

    Notice that he never says WHY he thinks this movie disrespectful.

    Too many wrestlers die at age 50.
    For every Brett Hart there’s 20 guys who you’ve never heard of or never heard from again and die.
    Brett, you got to the Big Show, got hurt, and retired. You never had to go to the depths of many others.

    What you wrote was a nice McMahon puff-piece, but how you feel about him is irrelavent.
    Davey Boy died. Curt Henning died. Big Boosman died.

    Clearly, something’s wrong. This movie was honest – even if it doesn’t fit your rose colored glasses.

  56. The Best there is…..the best there was and the best there ever will be !!!!!

    0oo0 !!

  57. in his review of the movie, The Wrestler, Bret Hart talks about how his wrestling character brought positives changes to the lives of his fans :)

    I, for one, would like to share the positive impact Bret Hart has had on me.

    I live in Quetta City, Pakistan, a place where hunting is a popular sport. I remember sharing a photo online where i shared my feelings about my hatred towards hunting.

    Bret Hart once wrote an article/column about hunting in which he specifically pointed out Grizzly Bear hunting, that article touched me so much that it inspired me to take a photo and dedicate it to Bret Hart. The photo was titled ‘Homebound’ and can be found here: http://www.treklens.com/gallery/photo320149.htm

    Back in the late 80’s, we used to watch every episode of WWF wrestling on VHS, especially for Bret’s matches… Photography is my hobby, and i used to introduce myself as ‘the best there is, was and ever will be’ as a photographer :)

    I am not very good with words, just wanted to share the positive impact Breat has had on my life…

    Bret, wherever you are, may Allah bless you. You really truly are my Hero.

    Muhammad Muhsin

  58. I respect Bret’s opinion on the movie cause he’s been there done that. However if you think of guys like Jake the Snake, Lex Lugger or The Dynamite Kid, the movie is at least some what representative of what these former pro wrestlers are left with after their carreers are over. But let’s not forget that it’s just a movie… I don’t think it was meant to represent any “real” life wrestlers. Bret Rules!

  59. An odd review. Bret Hart doesn’t explain why this is a “dark misinterpretation” or merely the way some people think wrestling is. What about Jake the Snake? Could this movie not have been taken directly from his life. Sure many wrestlers do well when they fall out of the limelight, but others end up dead before they’re 50 and put meat on the table by wrestling in bars.

  60. It’s unfair to try and second guess what the man’s interpretation of the movie was. He just gave his opinions like any of us will. There are movie critics that will give contrasting reviews to a movie they like/or don’t. Some giving 5-star while another might label it crap.

    I personally think that if they had gotten a true life account from a once great wrestler(who’s now dead) and labeled the movie “based on a true story”(like they always did with “American gangster”, “Catch me if you can”, Pursuit of Happiness” etc…), it would leave the movie with more credibility and at the same time not represent the entire business.

  61. I just saw The wrestler today…i want someone who knows what is going on to dispute my feelings if they can…The Robinson character is a fictionalized account of Jake “The Snake” Roberts” real life…if you doubt me see the 1999 documentary “Beyond the Mat”…the relationship with his daughter, his addictions, even his driving that van are all part of Roberts’ real life during the time the documentary was made…Even Robinson’s belly slide into the ring is Roberts’ trademark entrance…

  62. Bret, your the greatest wrestler that ever lived.

  63. Bret, You are right. They should’ve asked a real champion about what happens behind the curtain. And, Vince did alot to get wrestling out there, but he couldn’t have done it without you or the fans. If he didn’t have a great champion to carry the show for all those years(YOU) vince wouldn’t be where he is today. People only tune in to watch the wrestlers, not him. It is not the same without you, Bret. We miss you. You had a remarkable career and You should be very proud of all you accomplished.

  64. I think Bret is worried the movie will make the masses think every wrestler ends up a washed up trailer junkie………but who cares………real fans of wrestling understand that the movie draws some true of what some wrestlers actually become……and its the truth…..now someone come out with a shiny happy movie about the positive side of wrestling so Bret can be happy……..wait I know a movie on the life of Bret since he thinks so highly of himself……..

  65. Beret Hart is the best ever. For the fans that dont like what he said, go watch HBK or something. First of all, bret LIVED this effin job, he done more then most wrestlers have ever done in his 23 years. For you to say he is wrong, is inaccurate. HE LIVED IT, DID IT, AND MADE IT. Don;t tell bret si wrogn when none of you have ever even experienced such a thing. Wrestlers know what there lives are and where.. if they believe this is not correct im sure they know what they are talking about.

    BRET HART IS MY HERO.

  66. I totally agree with Bret's comments. I disliked the movie myself. I grew up watching the WWF (WWE) of the 90's and while this movie may depict possible realities, it fails badly because it never explains why Randy the Ram ended up so tragically in the first place. Of course Bret talked a lot about himself, that's the point of the article, comparing reality to fiction, for God's sake! You people seem to forget that Bret is the most complete wrestler of all time, he grew up IN the business and WTH the business ran by his family in Calgary! He has seen it all, and he's the most entitled person to criticize and compare. And I perfectly understand why he finds it that disrespectful, because I felt the same thing about it. The wrestling world I grew up with is totally different, and this movie will lead millions of people who never actually watched wrestling to the conclusion that there's nothing more to wrestling than drugs, poverty, people hurting each other till they bleed and tragedy. Any true wrestling fan and worker should feel offended by this movie. Of course there is a dark side to this business, not everyone ends up being a superstar, but doesn't every single business have a dark side? To release a movie that is completely misleading for millions around the world is totally unfair and disrespectful. And Bret couldn't be more right when he's saying he doesn't know what wrong turn brought Randy the Ram to subsist in desperation on the lowest fringes of some perverted putrefaction that barely resembles the wrestling business he knows. I feel exactly the same way, and I don't even work in the business, so a professional's anger doesn't surprise me at all. It's totally justified.

  67. well randy the ram is no bret hart. it seems to me like the randy character was a popular wrestler in the 80s but dropped off the map after that due his own indulgences. like drugs (cocaine, steroids) drinking and just not taking care of himself or his family in general. all of which was not so much the case with bret hart.

    so all in all i think this was a believable story and could have been possible and i dont think you can compare this character to bret hart because the character in the movie dropped off the map after being at the top, while bret was a star when he retired and would still have been a star wrestler if he still wrestled today, unlike "randy the ram."

  68. Bret Hart is truly the best there is, was, and ever will be. The detractors know nothing. This is a man that has given his all to the sport and some, only to be screwed over in the end. Unless you have lived a life like Bret Hart has, it can be extremely hard to relate, but if you have lived a life like Bret, it shouldn't be.

    Bret you are the best. Your true fans will never forsake you. Thank you for all you have given professional wrestling. You deserve the best of what life has to offer. People call you a crybaby, egotistical, a whiner, deluded….. However, I see you in a different light. We all have our hangups. Again, unless you have lived a life like Bret Hart has, it will probably be hard for you to relate to him. Bret's been through so many obstacles in life, Screwjob, concussion, stroke, and he has overcame a many of things. The average person wouldn't have been able to deal with what Bret has. He is the best there is, was, and ever will be.

  69. I can’t fault a man for defending his choice of work. And I agree with Hart, but there is realism in this film. I mean, this is how I envision Scott Hall’s life to be. Not everyone was as successful or as wealthy as the Hitman. Not everyone left the industry and managed to survive and recover. Some like Chyna, Hall, and then bitter old goons like Slaughter, Lawler and Duggan still think they have it.

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