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WWF Canada refutes Hart rumours


By JOHN POWELL -- SLAM! Wrestling

Canadian wrestling legend, Bret "Hitman" Hart. (Photo: KEN KERR - Toronto Sun)

WWF Canada is steadfastly denying rumours that Bret 'Hitman' Hart has signed a deal with the World Wrestling Federation to lead the forthcoming invasion by the WWF-owned World Championship Wrestling.

Fresh out of a senior management meeting held this morning where the issue was briefly touched upon, WWF Canada President Carl De Marco dismissed the story as unfounded conjecture.

"Don't believe everything you read on the Internet," said De Marco laughing off the 1Wrestling.com story which was based on an unidentified "well placed source."

The story first reported by Bob Ryder yesterday stated that De Marco, a long-time business partner and close friend of Bret Hart, had brokered a deal that would see Hart return to exact revenge on his real-life nemesis, WWF owner Vince McMahon, via the upcoming storyline.

Cindy Little, WWF Canada's Manager Of Corporate Communications, also cast doubt that Hart would return. The Hitman has been on bad terms with the WWF since the infamous Montreal screw-job before he jumped to WCW and the death of his younger brother Owen during an accident on a WWF pay-per-view.

"As far as I know about the story, we briefly touched on it at the meeting and Carl (De Marco) said it is untrue and there nothing like that going on at all," Little told SLAM! Wrestling. "I believe there has been a retraction printed. The person who reported that said that what they found out was untrue."

After running the story, 1Wrestling did post a follow-up quoting WWF spokesperson Judd Everhart who disputed the information Ryder had gathered.

"I want to refute the story in the strongest possible way. There is no deal between Bret Hart and the WWF," Everhart told 1Wrestling.

Months ago on his official site, Hart announced that he was retiring from professional wrestling for good.

"Due to the severity of numerous concussions, I received in late December 1999 and early January 2000 as the reigning WCW World Champion, my doctors have advised me that any physical return to the ring would hold serious consequences for me. So, after great deliberation is has become clear that it is best for me, my family and my fans that I say goodbye. I would like to thank every single wrestler I ever worked with. I wanted to thank my loyal fans all around the world. I owe you all for what I am. I never really worked for an honest wrestling promoter except my Dad who I especially want to thank," Hart wrote.

At press time, Bret Hart himself could not be reached for comment though the HITMANCLUB released this statement Tuesday afternoon via Bret's personal coordinator and friend, Marcy Engelstein.

"Regarding the internet rumor that Bret Hart reached an agreement to return to the WWF, normally we would not feel the need to respond to such a ridiculous story but being as I have received a few hundred calls here at Bret's office in the last couple of hours from all over the world I just wanted you all to know it's not true. The rumour as originally reported by Bob Ryder is entirely, completely and in all ways false."

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