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Time to fight for respect
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  Why, Bret why?

 I'll tell you why. I understand that fans are curious and concerned about what my motives were in helping Hollywood Hulk Hogan regain the WCW/nWo world heavyweight title. Unfortunately I'm limited as to what I can say at this time other then to ask Hitman fans everywhere to keep the faith.

 I have not changed as much as people might think. I'm just disappointed in the progress I've made since going to WCW and it's time to do something about it.

 I can actually say I felt in my heart that the title belonged to Hulk Hogan that night in Colorado Springs. I felt that Kevin Nash was trying to alter wrestling history to satisfy his own needs and I didn't see why Hogan should fall victim to that, as I did, not long ago. It has more to do with doing the right thing than it does with whether I like the guy or not. WhatI did was the lesser of two evils. I'm willing to answer to Randy Savage andto Kevin Nash for doing what was right.

 I find that what's right and wrong in professional wrestling these days often gets clouded by the fact that conscience has been replaced by attitude.

 I've reached some tough conclusions about the wrestling business in the 90s. At first I thought the underhanded way I was ousted from the WWF put such a bad taste in my mouth that it tainted my vision too. What it really did was open my eyes to the sad fact that there are no good guys in wrestling any more. For wrestling promoters, the bottom line was always money, but at the same time they protected the integrity of wrestling's heroes. People came to matches because they knew that in the long run good triumphed over evil. Now fans cheer for antiheroes.

 I went to WCW with an open mind and an open heart. I tried to be the people's hero, but I found out that title is already held by DDP and he doesn't exactly wear a white hat. There's a certain percentage of people who still look up to me and to other wrestling heroes, unfortunately the multitude of fans at Nitro and Thunder give little or no support to wrestlers who try to uphold justice and fight for the right reasons. I've tried to be the good guy since going to WCW and I can't seem to get anybody's attention.

 Rather than trying to justify being a good guy in a lawless land, I've decided to give everybody both barrels right off the bat, mix it up and get right to the bottom of it. And at the bottom of it there's a whole bunch of guys that have been ducking me and so I haven't wrestled in weeks. Now that I've shaken things up, Randy Savage was the first guy to issue a challenge and if it means getting rid of Randy at Slamboree then so be it. What about the long awaited and anticipated dream matches against Sting and Hogan? It's about time I get up off the bench and prove myself against all of WCW's top guys. I hope that will prove to wrestling fans everywhere that fighting for what's right is still the way to go even if, nowadays, you have to have abad attitude to get there.

 Meanwhile, this past Thursday night, the whole Hart clan gathered at the grand, old Hart house to celebrate dad's 83rd birthday. We swapped greatmemories about my dad, remembering fondly not only that he's been a great father and grandfather, but also that he's been, throughout his lifetime, a man so strong and solid and yet a man with great compassion and gentleness. The only thing more important to my father than his passion for pro wrestling is his deep, unflinching love and loyalty for his family and friends. I recognize that the man I still long to be is the one I first thought my father was. He's truly one of a kind. Happy 83rd birthday dad. You're still the greatest. We all love you so very much.

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