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Brave Hart


By KELLY HARRIS -- Calgary Sun


The stakes were high but the payoff was worth it as Calgary's favorite son Bret (Hitman) Hart strapped on the World Wrestling Federation Championship belt again last night.

At Hart's home -- thousands of kilometres from the New Jersey site of Summerslam '97 -- family and friends watched the biggest match of the summer.

"I love watching my dad win," said Bret and Julie Hart's oldest daughter Jade. "He is a strong survivor."

The bout contract said if Hart didn't beat The Undertaker, he would never go to the U.S. again.

To make last night's job even harder, Hart's arch-enemy -- Shawn Michaels (The Heartbreak Kid) -- was refereeing.

However, Michaels was the one who delivered the deciding blow to The Undertaker.

Hart had The Undertaker up against the ropes when Michaels found a folding chair in the ring.

An angry Michaels swung the chair at Hart -- he ducked and the chair KO'd The Undertaker.

But the real enjoyment was Hart bringing the title back to Canada and the sentiments which echoed throughout his home.

"Bret's bringing the belt back to Canada," said family friend Christian DeVillers, 14.

Now that Hart has claimed the title for the fifth time, his wife has delayed plans she made when she was convinced her husband would never wrestle again following a recent knee injury.

"Being married to the champ has a lot of perks. It's in his blood, he'll be doing it forever," she said.

In an undercard match, champ Owen Hart, the Hitman's brother, succumbed to Stone Cold Steve Austin in the Intercontinental title bout.

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