Visit by Hitman a must-see
Sometimes when things go wrong on the road or a show doesn\'t work out the way you like, it can make you really question how much you are enjoying your job. I have certainly had many days like that in the business but last week I was able to do something that was pure enjoyment for me -- to announce that NHB Wrestling would be bringing the legendary Bret \"The Hitman\" Hart to Winnipeg for an exclusive autograph session at the Beach Niteclub at the Canad Inns Fort Garry Express on June 15.
As many of you are aware, Bret has been a good friend and mentor to me since 1997 when he got me into the WWF after seeing a video tape of my work. Bret was there for me to smooth over contract issues when I initially signed and he was there for me during my debut at Madison Square Garden to help relax me prior to my first time on WWF television. He did this on a day when everything was hitting the fan between him and WWF over his contract and his impending departure from the company. Certainly a day when he could have made excuses for not having time for a new kid on the block, but he made time to make me feel comfortable. That is the kind of down-to-earth guy Bret Hart is.
On the wrestling side, there has been none better than Bret over the past 10 years. Bret carried the ball for WWF when they badly needed a credible wrestler to hold the title, something he definitely was. His Submission match with Steve Austin was one of the defining moments in the early history of Stone Cold and helped to propel Austin into the top babyface spot in the company. His Wrestlemania X match with his late brother Owen is regarded as perhaps the best pure wrestling match in Wrestlemania history and his one-hour plus match with Shawn Michaels is a classic that gets better each time you watch it. Bret and Shawn are likely the two best wrestlers in the history of the WWF and certainly the two best of the 1990s in North America.
Having grown up with wrestling in his father Stu\'s Stampede Wrestling territory, Bret has an immense respect for wrestling. I believe it is this respect for the business that led him to give back to the wrestling business by helping to develop young Canadian talent and get their careers going with the WWF. Besides myself, Bret had a direct hand in helping Edge, Christian and Test get their breaks in the WWF. Young wrestlers were able to train at Bret\'s house and learn from the best. In an industry where some veterans have not always wanted to see younger wrestlers succeed, Bret was just the opposite.
Bret\'s wrestling career was effectively ended by an errant stiff kick from Goldberg in a match in the then-WCW which caused a serious concussion. Bret also suffered a stroke while riding his bicycle last summer in Calgary that left him hospitalized for quite some time. Bret has fought back with the spirit of the champion he is to the point where he is now able to lift weights again and lead a normal life. An incredible comeback over some pretty tough odds.
It is said that sometimes life imitates art. And if wrestling at its best is an art, then Bret Hart\'s tag line of \"The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be\" applies even more in real life than it did in the ring.
Tickets to the Bret Hart appearance are available at the Canad Inns Fort Garry Express.
Join Joe Aiello and myself tonite at the Beach in the CanadInns Fort Garry express for the showing of the WWE pay per view....Jesse Ventura apparently is busy with his talk show on MSNBC. I dont know how well that will work because when you are used to being the one answering the questions and the focus of interviews, it is much harder to suddenly step out of that role and do the asking which requires an entirely different approach not to mention more research. I know that on the NHB radio show when I have conducted interviews with other industry figures it feels much more difficult than when I am being interviewed myself. Good luck to Jesse....the NHB Training Centre is open and we are accepting new students who want to be wrestlers, managers, valets, announcers, referees or writers. Email us at Cyrusofecw@shaw.ca for more details....Some question as to whether the Legion of Doom will be getting a WWE deal based on their performance vs. RVD and Kane on Monday night. I think it will work out for them however, as WWE seems to be acknowledgling the need for a \"veterans\" division to satisfy a group of fans who may have stopped watching wrestling. The prominent role of Roddy Piper, Hulk Hogan, Sable and the talk of bringing in Sting leads me to believe that the LOD will be used in a similar role.