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Day in a life

Keeping busy while waiting for title shot

By BRET 'THE HITMAN' HART -- Calgary Sun

 Every once in a while, I like to give everyone a glimpse of what it's like to be me.

 I only get to be home for a couple of days before I leave to fight Kidman, on Nitro. He's one of the most underrated guys in wrestling -- maybe because he's not the biggest guy, I don't know. What I do know is that he's fast, agile, smart and surprisingly strong for his size.

 I've proven myself against big giants in the ring many times and have often said that a good technical wrestler will beat a big guy -- unless of course the big guy is also a good technical wrestler! I'm actually looking forward to a great match with Billy Kidman. I'm training for it by riding my bike as much as I can, while the weather holds out. Truth is, I'm running on adrenaline and can't stop now. I'm intent on advancing through the World Title Tournament -- all the way to the finals at WCW's first ever pay--per-view event in Canada, at Toronto's Air Canada Centre on Nov. 21.

 It would be my first pay-per-view in Canada since I was double-crossed at Survivor Series two years ago and I'm really fired up.

 Speaking of Montreal (Survivor Series), more and more people come up to me all the time and tell me they're proud of how I carried myself through that time. When I walked out of the building that night, I never thought that anybody would ever really understand what had happened. Call it fate that there was a documentary crew following me around at the time and that they had the integrity to tell the truth and the talent to do it so well.

 That was my vindication and so I was only too happy to go over to England this past week to promote the long awaited premier of Wrestling With Shadows on British TV. Imagine my delight when the phone in my hotel room rang with the news that Shadows won two Gemini awards! What a great way to give back to the little documentary that nobody thought would amount to much.

 It was like the little engine climbing that steep hill, "I think I can, I think I can ..." and they did! Congratulations to the folks at High Road Productions!

 Even on a busy schedule, I managed to have a good time in England hanging out with rock legend Bryan Adams at his 40th birthday party, which conveniently fell on Guy Fawkes Day, so he had built-in fireworks celebrations across the UK. His rock and roll pals and roadies and fellow musicians were great fun.

 Of course, the next morning I had to wake up at the crack of dawn to be on TV. The Breakfast Show is one of the most popular programs in the UK and the host, Johnny Vaughan, is so talented and funny that I see him as England's Adam Sandler and he's bound to break onto the international scene. You heard it here first.

 Then I was off to do a kids' show called Bedrock, where Olympic runner John Regis, the English Michael Johnson, was also a guest where I ended up having to battle him on the new WCW Mayhem video game. He took on the persona of Booker T and The Hitman beat him soundly with a barrage of moves that my son Blade taught me. Being a great guy, he took the loss well.

 I called The Dynamite Kid while I was over there. The last time we'd talked was a while ago because I felt kind of funny telling him all about my wrestling career while he's stuck in a wheelchair. I told him that and he said not to feel that way and to keep in touch more -- which I look forward to doing. He was in good spirits and has written a no-holds-barred book, Pure Dynamite, which is available on the Internet at www.dynamitekid.com. I've only read part of it and look forward to finishing it as soon as I have a chance. It's sure to make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings. It's honest and tells it like it is -- or was.

 Bang! I'm on a plane to Indianapolis, went straight to the building, and ended up wrestling twice in one night and getting a step closer to the World title finals, having defeated Perry Saturn, who is one of the best wrestlers in the business today. Then, in a four-way ladder match, I was doing my best to get the U.S. title back to Bill Goldberg and even personally handed it to him but somehow Nash got it instead.

 Next thing you know, I'm in New York for the American Heart Association's Best of the Best Charity Awards dinner where I bumped into hockey legend Phil Esposito. It was a great evening and I was pleased to have done my part to raise awareness for such a great cause.

 Then, after all that, at 6:30 in the morning, with my head in three different countries, I realized that I was about to face what may be my toughest opponent ever -- Howard Stern. There I was at Starbucks in New York City trying to wake my mind up enough to face this war of wits with Stern, who can be brutal when he wants to be. I was so tired and I started to wonder what I'd gotten myself into.

 Know what? Stern is a class act. We got along great and I found it funny that Howard was asking me for marital advice, like I'm the best guy to ask. I told him a story that he loved about how, years ago, somebody was trying to steal one of Stu's old Caddies. The guy was stuck on the hill of the driveway in the snow and he kept trying to drive out of there at like 4 in the morning. Stu thought it was my brother, Smith, so he went down to help push the car out. When he realized that it wasn't Smith, he dragged the kid into the kitchen and stretched the guy for hours.

 But to show you what kind of a great guy my dad is, he didn't phone the police. He called the kid's parents, straightened the kid out and gave him a job as an usher at the wrestling matches. He was a regular every Friday night for years after that.

 Typical -- but only at the Hart house.

 Right now, I'm looking forward to my match with Kidman and wondering if I'll be ready. My ankle is still bothering me and h'ís got those dirty filthy animals to back him up. He'll need 'em. I think about bringing the World Championship back to Canada and there's no stopping me. Now how cool would that be?

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