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Cheap shots everywhere
By BRET "THE HIT MAN" HART -- For the Calgary Sun

  Since I'm writing this as five-time WWF champion, I think it should be clear to everyone -- except maybe the Americans -- that my `don't take any crap, take prisoners' attitude has been quite effective. How many times have I said that anyone who puts their nose in my business is going to get it broken, huh? Well, that applies to the WWF's red, white, and blue suits too.

 They're more notorious for cheap shots than Stone Cold on his best worst day!

 What's that J.R. and McMahon and Pettengill said in commentary about The Hitman being the `unprecedented' five-time WWF World Champion? Fact is, it has been done before by only one guy. That guy was Hulk Hogan. Just because they don't want to acknowledge Hogan, since he sold out to work for somebody else, don't go lessening my achievement becaue of it.

 They called Hogan the icon! The figurehead! Hero of the WWF! What do they call me?

 A traitor and an egomaniac! How twisted is that?!

 And then there's WWF Magazine writer, Vic Venom. I've had it with this guy's know it all attitude. There have been lots of times I've just ignored nonsensicle things he's written about me but not after someone showed me the October issue of WWF Raw Magazine. Venom says, `Damn, I'm really sick of this story. I'm sick of talking about it, and I sure as hell am sick of writing about it."

 What story is he talking about? Of course, the one about Shawn and I having a little tussle in the locker room last June. With monthly pay-per-views isn't there enough action in the WWF to keep you on the edge of your chair without dredging up old news from last June? You're just one of Vince's instigators. The very comment, `Bret never liked Shawn Michaels' is absurd.

 Go back and look at the interviews leading up to Wrestlemania 12. I said over and over that I had respect for Shawn and that one day he could be the guy to walk in my boots. When Shawn won the WWF Title he returned the compliment saying, "I will carry this belt with the same dignity and class that the Hitman always did." It was only when Shawn realized that no matter how hard he tried he couldn't hack the responsibilities of being Champion that Shawn started acting like a degenerate -- which Shawn admitted was the way he was acting. I saw it as a big loss to the profession and actually I hope Michaels can get himself together enough to be the competitor he once was. You write that Shawn crossed a line by talking about personal family things on TV.

 Venom, you are the one who crossed that line by writing, `...(Bret) hated the fact that his kids liked Shawn...'

 Whatever is between me and my kids is none of your business and it is inappropriate for you to write about my personal family matters. The truth -- if you care about the truth at all, is that I respect that my kids were astute enough to pick up on Shawn's talent and that they also picked up on the fact that Shawn has become a jerk. Everything you wrote about the deal I made, with McMahon, to come back to the WWF, saying, `Bret was offered a truckload of money from our friends down in Atlanta so Vince McMahon ... offered him more', is just plain wrong! The one thing you did get right is when you wrote, "... McMahon realized that Bret Hart was the cornerstone of his company...".

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