Pro Wrestling

This Week in Wrestling History: A Hitman Is Born

Chris JeterContributor IJuly 5, 2009

This week, I take a look at one of, if not, the greatest in-ring technician I have ever seen, Bret "The Hitman" Hart.

There were few in his day that were as affluent in the ring as Hart was. Go ahead. I challenge you to name five WWF competitors who told a story like Bret did not counting Shawn Michaels or his brother Owen.

My thoughts exactly. Not that there should be any reason to talk about this Hall of Famer however, his reasoning for being the topic in my historical piece is quite simple. Merely two days ago on July 3, "The Excellence of Execution" was born.

Hart was born in the aforementioned date in 1957 and was the eighth child of the legendary Stu Hart. At age 19, he wrestled in his father's Stampede Wrestling promotion.

He would remain there until 1984 when he joined the WWE and became one of the biggest stars in the company, holding the WWE, World Tag Team, and Intercontinental titles during his tenure.

His WWE career ended in 1997 after Vince McMahon screwed him out of the title in favor of Shawn Michaels.

He would move to WCW where he would win the World Title, the United States title, and the WCW World Tag Team titles before a concussion ended his career in 2000.

Happy belated birthday, Bret and thanks for the memories. Thanks for reading. See you next week.

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