Hitman

Hitman

My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling

Book - 2007
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In his own words, Bret Hart's honest, perceptive, startling account of his life in and out of the pro wrestling ring. The sixth-born son of the pro wrestling dynasty founded by Stu Hart and his elegant wife, Helen, Bret Hart is a Canadian icon. As a teenager, he could have been an amateur wrestling Olympic contender, but instead he turned to the family business, climbing into the ring for his dad's western circuit, Stampede Wrestling. From his early twenties until he retired at 43, Hart kept an audio diary, recording stories of the wrestling life, the relentless travel, the practical jokes, the sex and drugs, and the real rivalries (as opposed to the staged ones). The result is an intimate, no-holds-barred account that will keep readers, not just wrestling fans, riveted. Hart achieved superstardom in pink tights, and won multiple wrestling belts in multiple territories, for both the WWF (now the WWE) and WCW. But he also paid the price in betrayals (most famously by Vince McMahon, a man he had served loyally); in tragic deaths, including the loss of his brother Owen, who died when a stunt went terribly wrong; and in his own massive stroke, most likely resulting from a concussion he received in the ring, and from which, with the spirit of a true champion, he has battled back. Widely considered by his peers as one of the business's best technicians and workers, Hart describes pro wrestling as part dancing, part acting, and part dangerous physical pursuit. He is proud that in all his years in the ring he never seriously hurt a single wrestler, yet did his utmost to deliver to his fans an experience as credible as it was exciting. He also records the incredible toll the businesstakes on its workhorses: he estimates that twenty or more of the wrestlers he was regularly matched with have died young, weakened by their own coping mechanisms, namely drugs, alcohol, and steroids. That toll included his own brother-in-law, Davey Boy Smith. No one has ever written about wrestling like Bret Hart. No one has ever lived a life like Bret Hart's. For as long as I can remember, my world was filled with liars and bullshitters, losers and pretenders, but I also saw the good side of pro wrestling. To me there is something bordering on beautiful about a brotherhood of big tough men who pretended to hurt one another for a living instead of actually doing it. Any idiot can hurt someone. --from Hitman
Publisher: [Toronto] : Random House Canada, c2007
ISBN: 9780307355669
0307355667
Branch Call Number: 796.81209 Hart 6939
Characteristics: vii, 573 p. :,ill

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Unclose Mar 18, 2012

I idolized Bret Hart when I was a child and professional wrestling was wholesome. What you thought you knew about him may change upon reading his bittersweet autobiography. Contains many laugh out loud anecdotes and although he does tend to brag, it's tolerable. Hart describes how he developed and crafted his wrestling persona and came up with some of his signature moves. He is honest about everything; writing at length about his world traveling, coping with family legacy, the deaths of many of his close friends, melt-downs, groupies, drugs, accidents, sacrifices, personal relationships, betrayals. Becoming your personal inside man he offers you a glimpse into what it was like to work under his father before eventually joining Vince McMahon and a youthful WWF bearing witness to experiments that became huge -like Wrestlemania. To get exclusive information from a fellow who held every title and worked with the best is pretty rare and a great ride.

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