Bret Hart is a former WWE World Champion but now, ‘The Hitman’ has revealed he’s facing his biggest challenge yet. The pro-wrestling icon has prostrate cancer, but instead of giving up hope, Bret promises he’ll ‘defeat this nemesis once and for all.’
If there’s anyone who can beat prostate cancer, it’s Bret Hart. The 58-year-old WWE Hall of Famer revealed he has contracted the devastating disease. Though Bret’s flawless skills earned the nickname “The Excellence of Execution” inside the wrestling ring, even he knows he’s in for — literally — the fight of his life.
“It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world,” Bret wrote in the Feb. 1 Instagram post that revealed his diagnosis. Bret, known for his connection to his fans, said he has had “a great lifelong dance and [he’s] a survivor of many hard battles.” But now, he’s dealing with his toughest challenger ever.
“In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all,” Bret added. “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.”
You can do it, Bret! Sadly, Bret has been retired since suffering a concussion while wrestling for World Championship Wrestling. Since stepping away from the ring, Bret has suffered a stroke following a bicycle accident, according to TalkSport. He has undergone numerous surgeries involving his knees, right elbow and hernia issues.
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
Bret is a former five-time WWF (now WWE) champion and has been involved in some of pro-wrestling’s biggest matches. Bret and his brother-in-law, the late “British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith, headlined 1992’s SummerSlam in Wembley Stadium. Bret also faced Shawn Michaels, 50, in the first-ever Iron Man match at WrestleMania XII in 1996. Before hanging up his boots, Bret also had high-profile matches with Stone Cold Steve Austin, 51, and Triple H, 46.
Bret’s cancer diagnosis comes just months after the pro-wrestling world lost of some of its biggest stars. Dusty Rhodes was just 69-years old when he passed away in June 2015, due to complications with stomach cancer. A month after Dusty died, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper would also tragically pass away. Roddy, a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, suffered a pulmonary embolism in his lungs. On Jan. 17, one of Bret’s fellow Canadian wrestlers, “Iron” Mike Sharpe, was found dead in his home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was just 66.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Bret and the entire Hart family during this ordeal, HollywoodLifers.