He was known the world over as Bret “The Hitman” Hart, but to Canadians he became “The Best There Is, Was, and Ever Will Be” for his iconic career in pro wrestling.
He will now be remembered vividly in the medium of the Canada Walk Of Fame as the organization will honor him with a star according to a report by Entertainment Tonight. Stu Hart was already a legend in Calgary for his “Dungeon” that raised some of the greatest stars ever produced that would end up in the storied WWE.
The Canadian Walk of Fame is a series of stars honoring the highest achievers of Canadian nationality and is located in downtown Toronto, not far from the CN Tower.
Hart is among 10 personalities to be given a star this year, with actor Keanu Reeves also set to be presented one. “This year’s class of outstanding Canadians are recognized not only for their distinctive accomplishments and successes but for their philanthropy, advocacy, and contributions toward the greater good,” the Walk of Fame announcement reads.
The full list of 2021 Canada’s Walk of Fame Inductees are right below:
- Ajay Virmani (Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy)
- Bret “The Hitman” Hart (Sports and Athletics)
- Bruce Cockburn (Arts and Entertainment)
- Damian Warner (Sports and Athletics)
- Frederick Banting, Charles Best, John Macleod, James Collip (Science, Technology and Innovation)
- Graham Greene (Arts and Entertainment):
- Jully Black (Arts and Entertainment)
- Keanu Reeves (Arts and Entertainment)
- Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honourable Roméo A. Dallaire (Humanitarianism)
- Salome Bey (Arts and Entertainment – Legend)
Bret Hart started with Stampede Wrestling in Calgary which was ran by his father, Stu Hart, which became a proving ground of sorts for the WWE when Vince Mcmahon would eventually buy out the region during his national expansion plans in the 1980’s.
Hart would make his debut in the WWE in 1984, but it wouldn’t be until 1986 where Hart would get shine through his tag team of the “Hart Foundation” with brother in-law Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart. He would gain momentum in tag match classics with fellow Stampede Wrestling stars, The British Bulldogs, and get placed in an important match at the historic WrestleMania III in Detroit in 1987. The event would be seen in front of a then record crowd for indoor attendance of 93, 173 fans who came to see Hulk Hogan battling it out against Andre The Giant.
By 1991, Bret Hart had become one of the most popular stars on the roster which led to him becoming a singles star. He would be awarded the Intercontinental title from Mr. Perfect at SummerSlam ’91 at Madison Square Garden. His rise in fame continued a few months later when he would defeat the legendary “Rowdy” Roddy Piper at WrestleMania VIII giving the wrestler turned movie star his first ever pinfall loss in WWE.
The pinnacle of the WWE was achieved by Bret Hart when he would topple another all time great, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, for the world title in Canada at an event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in late 1992. He would carry the WWE Title multiple times afterward and would help create new stars such as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin in the infamous “Canada vs USA” feud in 1997.