National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Inductee: Bret Hart

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Bret Hart is the most famous product of the legendary Hart family of Calgary, Alberta. His father, Stu, was the cornerstone of the Hart legacy and had a strong passion for both amateur and professional wrestling. Under his father’s guidance, Bret and his four brothers developed their amateur skills in youth tournaments. Bret won city championships and several other events before joining the Stampede pro wrestling organization in 1976, at age 19.

Known as “The Excellence of Execution” and “The Hitman,” Bret attained tremendous success in the WWF (now WWE) and acquired numerous titles. His first major success came in tag-team wrestling, but he soon became a singles star. He won the WWF Intercontinental Championship in 1991 and captured the world heavyweight crown for the first time by defeating Ric Flair in 1992. He held the world heavyweight title on four other occasions.

He joined the WCW in 1998 and became a huge star there, as well, winning the world heavyweight championship along the way. Since retiring from the ring in 2000, Bret has appeared in movies and documentaries. He was the first inductee in the WCW Wall of Fame and is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame.