August 21, 1999
By BRET "The Hitman" HART -- For The Calgary Sun
My brother Ross called me, very enthusiastic about a charity show they're put-ting together at Stampede Wrestling, in conjunction with the Palace Nightclub on August 29th.
Two dollars of each ticket goes to The Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation. Sounds like a good time for a good cause.
I've put this off for a while but itís time I addressed the big question.
Every day people ask me when I'm coming back to wrestling.
The answer is, I don't know.
I really don't.
Anyone who knows me at all knows that I've been deeply affected by losing Owen. I'm not going to talk about the personal aspect of it because it's something I'm still dealing with by myself and in my own way.
It helps to be home and to be able to enjoy some of the great things about Calgary that I missed when I was on the road all the time.
Like Thursday night, it was great to see the Stamps run roughshod over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
And with hockey season soon to be here, I can't wait to get the scoop on the Hitmen from Dean Clark and cheer the team on -- and who knows what it will be like to follow the Flames this year!
You might see me on the bike paths or down by the river reading a good book, but one thing no one has seen me do for a long time is wrestle.
Anyone who knows me at all knows that it's been extremely hard for me to turn on the TV and even watch wrestling.
Once in a while, I put in a tape of one of my best matches from the past but that's as far as I could go when it comes to wrestling -- until last Wednesday.
I'd left the TV on to keep the cats and dogs company and when I came back into the room Smokey and Bronco were going nuts watching Nitro and before I knew it I was watching too.
I guess it just drew me in. It's interesting to see Sid Vicious back.
Goldberg looks great, just like on the commercials for his movie, Universal Soldier.
Brian Knobbs was as Nasty as ever. Benoit is excellent, yet somehow keeps on getting better.
What is all the tension between Randy Savage and Dennis Rodman anyway? I'm assuming it's some sort of a struggle for the title of weirdest guy on the planet or something.
By far, the best part was seeing Hulk Hogan back in red and yellow.
He'd said on Larry King that Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan would be the guys to clean up wrestling and it's great to see big actions backing big words.
When Hogan was a wrestling hero he was the hero. It would be nice if my kids -- and yours -- could watch wrestling again.
I heard that the fans are so pleased that Hollywood Hogan turned back into The Hulkster that now Sting might come back without his 'Crow' outfit, buzz cut and all.
As far as I'm concerned, with or without the make up, Sting is the best wrestler in WCW, in my opinion.
Seeing Hogan in his colors got to me somehow. Maybe it's because there's such a shortage of genuine heroes these days or maybe it's because it was sort of like one came back to life somehow.
It got me to thinking that maybe the best way for me to see if I still have the heart for it is to simply get on an airplane, fly to wherever WCW has a match, walk in, tell Eric Bischoff I have something I want to prove, put on my tights, lace up my boots, and go back to work.
Or, maybe I'll just just get on my bike, enjoy the fresh air and ride to the zoo.