In the last two years, the WWE Universe has lost too many legends. The Ultimate Warrior, Roddy Piper, and Dusty Rhodes left an impact on pro wrestling, as well as the world itself, that will never be replicated. Each had their own niche in the industry and left a mark. Certain WWE superstars even say that the reason they are in the business is due to those three men.
Many others have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame due to their passion, dedication, and talent that was on display every night of the year. Unfortunately, the WWE Universe was hit with bad news today. Bret Hart announced on his Facebook page that he is currently battling prostate cancer and will receive surgery in the coming days.
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. Aside from a devastating career-ending concussion and numerous surgeries when I was younger, in recent years I’ve had two knee replacements, two hernia operations, surgery on my right elbow, and, just a few months ago, I underwent a four-corner fusion of my right wrist that even now makes it most difficult to write or type.
“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 draw upon the many adults and young children I’ve met throughout my life who courageously fought and usually lost in their battles against this deadly disease. One year ago, I watched a brave young man named Whesley fight brain cancer to the end. If I can find even an ounce of his courage to stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear.
“Most important of all, I hope I 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.”
His entire note is on his Facebook page, but those are the important parts of it. Even if WWE fans aren’t big supporters of Bret Hart, they have to understand the impact he made on the industry. If not for his feud with Shawn Michaels, the Montreal Screwjob doesn’t exist. The infamous moment in Montreal would be another case of fantasy booking by WWE fans.
There’s a reason why he is called the “Best there is. Best there was and best there ever will be.” His technical acumen was off the charts. WWE fans give credit to men like Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, Seth Rollins, and others for their technical wrestling skill. Hart was one of the first ones to display that in the 1990s.
At this time, there’s no word on how severe the cancer is. Hart didn’t mention that in his Facebook post. However, if he already needs surgery, then it must be a case that needs attending to immediately. A biopsy, which is testing the tissue to see if it’s cancerous, would have determined the severity. Hopefully, doctors found it early enough to treat.
The WWE is in a rare state right now. After dealing with the tragedies in Warrior, Rhodes, and Piper, the Universe must bounce back and wish Bret Hart the best of luck in his recovery. At the end of the day, heel or face, cancer is nothing to joke about. All WWE fans will come together to support him. That’s why they are the best fan base in the world today.
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