Bret Hart is considered one of the greatest wrestlers to ever lace up a pair of boots, but the WWE Hall of Famer is now wrestling with a new venture—small business financing.
As part of the Sharpshooter Funding team—the company is named after Hart’s famous finishing move—he has become the spokesman for a company that helps small- to medium-sized businesses in Canada.
Now, instead of trying to be the “Excellence of Execution” inside the wrestling ring, Hart is attempting to help Canadian business owners remain successful by providing easy-to-understand alternative loan options.
Hart sat down with Ring Rust Radio to discuss Sharpshooter Funding, his battle against prostate cancer, the 2016 Royal Rumble, the possibility of Owen Hart in the WWE Hall of Fame, the Montreal Screwjob, Hulk Hogan, John Cena and much more.
On Monday, Hart announced on Instagram that he will be undergoing surgery as part of his battle against prostate cancer. Instead of letting the situation get him down, Hart is using his fight to help inspire other men and their families who are going through a similar situation:
I think just by being open and honest about it. Letting people know that I'm in the fight and as I go through it, I'll show people just that. Hopefully in the near future I can prove to people that I will overcome this battle and be on the better side of it in six months or so. Hopefully, people will gain strength from that and use me as somebody they can look up to if someone in their family or themselves goes through it.
Hart’s positive attitude is something anyone who has faced a similar situation can lean on in a time of need for strength. His story is inspirational already, and as he continues to fight, people all over the world will be fighting alongside him.
Talking about wrestling is something that brings fans together and makes many people happy, and Hart was enthusiastic to open up about this year’s Royal Rumble. With Triple H winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, there was plenty of controversy surrounding the event.
When asked about the 2016 Royal Rumble pay-per-view, Hart spoke honestly:
I'm a big fan of Kevin Owens and I think he's a great wrestler, and I'm also a big fan of Brock Lesnar and I think he should have won the Royal Rumble. I wasn’t too impressed with the Rumble this year. I thought it was really flat and a lot of bad calls were made about who got pushed and who didn't…It all just makes me wonder. They have all these other guys that they are pushing, but then they lose track of what the Royal Rumble is all about. I was extremely disappointed this year. The Rumble was always one my favorite pay-per-views but it has been lackluster and hasn’t lived up to what I had hoped for. The last few years have been downers as far as the Rumble goes. I will say, WrestleMania they always surprise me. When I was there watching it, I was surprised that they pulled it off and it was really exciting to watch. I’m hoping they can pull a rabbit out of their hat with this one, but I am not so sure they can this year.
The Royal Rumble is one of the biggest PPVs of the year, as it marks the start of the Road to WrestleMania. One of the best parts of the WrestleMania festivities is the WWE Hall of Fame, but this year’s class likely won’t include Bret’s late brother, Owen.
Owen is one of the most deserving Superstars not currently in the Hall of Fame, and Bret is ready to finally see his brother immortalized. When asked about why Owen hasn’t been inducted yet, Hart explained the situation:
I think it's a real shame and it breaks my heart. The main obstacle I think is his widow Martha, who is really obtuse and kind of a bitter woman that never understood that it was (not one) of the wrestling fans or wrestlers that killed Owen. It's pretty easy now to look back on it and see that it was really just an unfortunate accident. I think Martha is guilty of burying and doing nothing to help keep Owen's memory alive. Wrestling fans have every right to remember Owen and cherish his career. A lot of people loved Owen just for the type of person he was and not just the wrestler he was. A lot of wrestling fans got to know him over the years and miss him. I just think it's really sad that Martha is still so obtuse and has it in her head the only ones that can grieve over Owen are her and her kids and everyone else can go to hell. The rest of us miss him too and I don't agree with her and her idea on how to remember Owen. It's a shame that she can't accept that fans love him and miss him just as much she does.
Not only did Bret know Owen as a brother, but he also knew him as one of the men that pushed him to the limit inside the wrestling ring every time they met. There were plenty of wrestlers who brought their best against Hart, but many wonder about which matches he wished he had the chance to wrestle.
When asked about matches and storylines that he believes should have happened during his career, Hart spoke about big names such as Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle and even polarizing Superstar John Cena:
I would love to have worked with Hulk Hogan as an example. I know we did a little bit of stuff here and there. That was a match we should have had. ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage is another guy that I really would have loved to have done a storyline or a long feud with. Either as a babyface or the bad guy or vice versa. There was lots of opportunities for us to do the dance, but we had a few matches in a few different places like in Japan or on a Saturday Night Main Event. We gave them glimpses of what we could have done, but we just didn't get a chance to really show anybody what we could have done. I would have loved to wrestle Kurt Angle. I just missed him, as he became a star right after me. John Cena, take him today and Bret Hart circa 1997 U.S.-bashing bad guy. You throw John Cena with Bret Hart we would have been brilliant and we could of made a lot of money together. We would have had a lot of fun wrestling each other with great stories.
Over the years, Hart’s legacy has continued to grow as his work stands the test of time. Wrestling fans lucky enough to watch Hart wrestle on the WWE Network are still just as impressed by his work and his ability today as they were during the prime of his career.
While Hart’s time in the ring has come and gone, he is ready for the next fight in his life against cancer. With the unwavering confidence that made him the Excellence of Execution and the support of the WWE Universe, The Hitman has the upper hand in the battle.
Add in his recent work with Sharpshooter Funding, and Hart will remain one of the most recognizable stars in Canada and across the world for the foreseeable future.
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