SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
  March 20, 2000



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

SHIMMER taping


The Ultimate Warrior


Raw in New Orleans


WrestleMania XXX Main Events


WrestleMania XXX Opening Half


WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony
WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet


Make-A-Wish party







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT




READER ALERT: For all the latest wrestling happenings, check out our News & Rumours section.

Hitman may retire

Bret Hart says doctors to examine concussion



LOYAL FAN ... Wrestling fan Stephanie Theriault, 13, waited in line for three hours to be the first to meet Bret 'Hitman' Hart during the signing of his book at Marlborough Mall yesterday. -- Michael Drew, Calgary Sun
By LYLE HARVEY -- Calgary Sun

Calgary wrestling star Bret "Hitman" Hart said yesterday a concussion he suffered in December might end his career.

Signing photographs and copies of his new book for hundreds of people lined up at Marlborough Mall, Hart said he'll have to wait a few more months to see whether doctors will give him the go-ahead to jump back into the ring.

"I won't go back if it's dangerous -- I won't take anymore shots to the head," said Hart, 42. "If I stand to lose any more than what I might already have, I'll never wrestle again."

Hart took a kick to the back of the head last Dec. 19 during a World Championship Wrestling match with Bill Goldberg in Washington, D.C. He stayed in the ring until Jan. 11, when he stepped out following doctors' advice.

He announced his decision to Sun readers four days later in his regular column.

"It doesn't look very good right now, but it's too early for me to say I won't get better and it's too early for me to say I'll be back," Hart said, adding he will continue wrestling only if doctors give him a clean bill of health when they re-examine him in July.

Seeing Hart retire from wrestling would be a big blow to the more than 400 fans who lined up to see him yesterday.

Chris Mead, 17, stood in line for three hours with his cousin, Erin Dunlop, 19.

"He's my hero -- I'd do anything for him," said Dunlop, who started following Hart's career as an eight-year-old in Ontario. "He's a nice person and a good role model."

Mead, clutching a signed photo for his girlfriend agreed.

"It's the way he goes out of his way to do things for his fans," he said.

First in line to see Hart was 13-year-old Stephanie Theriault, who lined up at 10 a.m. for the 1 p.m. signing session.

"I started reading his book this morning, but I was too excited," said Theriault, who was up at 5 a.m. to deliver the Sun on her Erinwoods route.

Theriault said she was nervous to see her favourite wrestler for the first time in person.

"It's always great for me to come home," said Hart, who next heads to Vancouver as part of a six-week North American tour to promote his autobiography titled Bret "Hitman" Hart: The Best There Is, The Best The Was; The Best There Ever Will Be.

"I've been wrestling here the longest, so I've got the most dedicated fans right here."

More on Bret Hart