False Hitman rumour causes panic
By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling
An April Fool's joke was played on Bret Hart and he isn't laughing.
News circulating around the Internet that Canada's own Bret "The Hitman"
Hart has decided to leave World Championship Wrestling and might appear at
WrestleMania are completely false says his personal co-ordinator.
"He's not quitting", said Marcy Engelstein, who has worked closely with
Hart for 16 years. "April Fool's is great but this is ridiculous."
The false report first surfaced on the CBS-owned wrestling site -
WrestleLine. The posting read: "WrestleLine.com has just learned that
wrestling hero Bret 'the Hitman" Hart has resigned from World Championship
Wrestling late last night, and plans on making a "special announcement"
this Sunday. A press conference was originally scheduled for Sunday in
Calgary, Alberta, but those plans have been changed".
The announcement sent shock waves through Hart's fans and close friends
"The phone started ringing off the hook this morning," said Engelstein.
"Bret knows so many people in so many cities throughout the world that they
panicked when the news spread."
Recovering from a serious concussion that threatens his wrestling carrer,
Hart has been advised not to wrestle until July. He has been told not even
to continue with his daily workout routine. Depending on how well he has
healed, Hart will make a decision at the time if he is healthy enough to
return to in-ring action. Next week Hart is scheduled to do several special
appearances for WCW including a signing in the United States to promote his
new book written with Toronto Sun sports writer Perry Lefko.
Phony reports on non-mainstream media wrestling sites and news boards are a
tradition on April Fool's Day. Though most are accompanied by a warning
indicating that the information is untrue and was written in jest.
Hart himself was at a Calgary Flames hockey game and could not be reached
for comment on the situation.