The Best there is, The Best there was and The Best there ever will be. The most synonymous phrase that is used in the world of pro wrestling for Bret Hart. The definition of a man who not only introduced a new style of pro wrestling to the modern generation of professional wrestlers and its fans, who not only inspired those wrestlers that we call them modern G.O.A.T.S. like Daniel Bryan, Zack Sabre Jr., CM Punk, etc., who not only gave us a library of matches that is still enjoyed by fans from the ’80s or ’90s or even today’s fans but also gave us a definition of how a champion should be.
Who knew that a Calgary kid growing up from a wrestling family of Harts would become a huge mega superstar in the world of wrestling that he would change the landscape of wrestling in such a way that no one would’ve ever imagined.
Bret Hart Net Worth
Even though people have an assumption of Bret Hart having silver spoon days, it’s not the case. The harts struggled in their childhood days as they lived in an area where the regular temperature at that time was -2 C as the lowest was -31 C and the highest was 29 C. The struggle of food and living was hard especially in cold places of Canada. Bret left those days behind by making a fortune out of his legendary career because of his passion, dedication, hard work, respect for the business.
|Year||Net Worth (US$)|
Bret Hart Wages out of Wrestling Contracts
Whenever you are in the wrestling business your objective is to make your image better with better and progressive work with paying your dues to the business without insulting the business and all of this proves your worth. If you prove to the promoter that you are the person that can draw you a load of money, the promoter will have no problem offering you the money per your worth.
Following is the possible information available for Bret Hart’s contracts being signed by him.
(Note:- Wrestling Contracts are exclusive and very hard to find out about the details it. So some years are missing)
|Year (Promotion)||Total Income|
|1996 (WWF)||$1.5 Million|
|1997 (WWF)||$1.5 Million|
|1998 (WCW)||$3 Million|
|1999 (WCW)||$3 Million|
|2000 (WCW)||$3 Million|
Bret Hart Business Endorsements
Bret Hart is basically known to have a peaceful life with no pressure like handling businesses. He does have one deal in the pro wrestling industry. He has a deal with pro wrestling tees where he sells his merch using his designed logos, phrases that are trademarked to him. However, there is no financial structure knowledge of this deal.
Bret Hart Appearances in TV’s and Movies
Bret Hart has used the popularity that he gained in wrestling in such a manner that his movie and tv appearances are really cool to look back. He is famously known outside if wrestling for appearing on The Simpsons. The following list shows the total appearances on both TV and Movies.
Bret Hart Television
|Honey, I Shrunk The Kids||1997|
|MADtv||1997, 1999, 2000|
|The Adventures of Sindabad||1996|
Bret Hart Car Collection
Bret Hart is known for his simplistic lifestyle with no sugarcoating of show offing. However what we have learned is that The Hitman has a collection of cars that consists of luxurious cars like Lexus, Ferrari, Range Rover, and Bentley
Bret Hart Relationship Status
Bret Hart’s 1st marriage was with Julie Smadu on July 8th, 1982. They were parents of 4 children (Jade Hart, Dallas Hart, Alexandra “Beans” Hart, Blade Hart). At first, Julie never wanted to get married but Bret encouraged her to do it. After 2 decades of marriage, the couple decided to separate their ways. There were multiple reasons for it. One of them was Bret having sexual relationships during his WWF touring. She felt emotionally abused in this relationship and she said that Bret was a philanderer.
Bret’s 2nd marriage was with Cinzia Rota in 2004 but this marriage failed too with the reason of not finding the best place to live. They got split in 2007.
Bret Hart is currently married to Stephanie Washington. They got married in 2010. Bret is a grandfather through his daughters Jade and Alexandra and his son Dallas. He has 2 granddaughters (Kyra Beans, Vylet Hart), 2 grandsons (Grayson Cassidy, Bo)
Bret Hart Pro Wrestling Career
Bret was a working part of his father’s local wrestling promotion known as Stampede Wrestling. His initial work was as a referring. Then with time being passed Bret got experience as a wrestler from Japanese combatants and trainers Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada.
Hart was not only working under the Stampede promotion where he won several championships but he also worked under New Japan Pro Wrestling from early to mid-’80s where he had matches with likes of Tiger Mask, Dynamite Kid, etc. He worked with Stampede Wrestling until its wheels eventually came off in 1984 as WWF purchased Stampede Wrestling under the condition of WWF signing Jim Neidhart, Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, and Bret Hart.
His initial run in WWF was in just random tag matches. This led to the formation of the tag team Hart Foundation with Jim Neidhart and Jimmy Hart as the manager. This team had a year run and Bret had a brief singles run having matches with Ricky Steamboat and Ray Rougeau. Hart Foundation returned and after 1 year in 1987, they won their 1st out of 2 WWF Tag Team Championship.
The run ended after 8 months in October 1987. This tag-team had a great run from 1986 to 1991 when their 2nd title run was of 2 months in 1990. One of the most controversial moments in their run was an unaired match against The Rockers where Rockers beat Hart Foundation for the Tag Titles but never aired as the ring was broken and it wasn’t able to hide it even in a taped show.
The legendary singles run of The Excellence of Execution began in 1991 as in that year he won the Intercontinental Championship at SummerSlam 1991 from Mr. Perfect (a.k.a. Curt Henning). The title changed hands from Bret to Mountie to Roddy Piper in January 1992 which eventually ended in another IC title win at WrestleMania VIII as he defeated Roddy Piper. He had title defenses against Shawn Michaels and one of them being the 1st ever Ladder match for IC title on July 21st, 1992. He did lose the title to Davey Boy Smith at SummerSlam 1992 at Wembley Stadium in London, England.
The 1st WWF Championship came to the hands of Bret Hart in October of 1992 when Bret Hart defeated Ric Flair in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He defended the title against Ric Flair, Razor Ramon, Papa Shango. He ultimately lost to Yokozuna only for Hulk Hogan to win the title from Yokozuna. This loss wasn’t a hurting one as he did win the King Of The Ring 1993 on the same PPV when Hogan appeared for the last time in WWF.
Bret’s family feud with Owen continued for almost the rest of 1994. This feud continued as Owen Hart won the King of the Ring in 1994 which led to the WWF Championship Steel Cage Match at SummerSlam 1994. Bret retained the championship there and this run continued and ended at Survivor Series 1994 as he lost to Bob Backlund when Owen Hart made his mother Helen Hart throw the towel in the middle of the submission hold of Bob Backlund. He did challenge Diesel for the WWF Championship at Royal Rumble 1995 which led it to a draw. This later became an ”I QUIT Match” between Bret Hart and Bob Backlund at WrestleMania XI.
Bret Hart became a centerpiece in the newly formed Pay-per-View series In Your House as he had matches with guys like Hakushi, Lafitte, Jerry Lawler, Issac Yankem. He did later won his 3rd WWF Championship at Survivor Series 1995 from Diesel. He did lose 1 title defense by DQ against The Undertaker when Diesel interfered.
This led to him defending the WWF Championship against then and for the 2nd time Royal Rumble winner Shawn Michaels in a 60 Minute Iron Man Match at WrestleMania XII which led to a Over Time as the match ended 0-0 and Shawn Michaels super kicked to the victory and the championship. After this loss, Bret left wrestling for quite some time for Movies.
Fast Forward from SummerSlam to Survivor Series in Montreal, Bret Hart never in his life thought he would face something he faced in the form of Montreal Screwjob which not only changed the industry and left a permanent scar on it but also became a beginning of a dark cloud looming over the Hart family.
Bret left WWF to join WCW in the hopes of being a big factor for WCW on Monday Night Wars but it never turned out well. The debut of Bret Hart was as a referee for a Starrcade main event which was already done. Later he had matches with wrestlers like Ric Flair, Curt Henning, Brian Adams, Chris Benoit, Booker T, DDP. He did later joined nWo right after he won the WCW US Heavyweight title beating Diamond Dallas Page. He had title changes from him to Lex Luger to Bret Hart. He did have a match with Sting which ended in a no contest.
He later feuded with Roddy Piper and Bill Goldberg. He did take time off after a groin injury. Even though he returned with a hero’s welcome for his Owen Hart Tribute match against Chris Benoit, he later continued to be a member of the nWo as he was involved in the world heavyweight championship scene. He did win the title for the 1st time in late 1999. He defended the title at Starrcade 1999 against Goldberg.
During the match, Goldberg hit a stiff thrust kick which caused a severe concussion in Bret’s head. Later with time, the post-concussion syndrome grew up to such a level that Bret’s pro wrestling career eventually ended.
Bret Hart Career Statistics
|Total Singles Matches||1685|
|Total Singles Wins||1160|
|Total Singles Losses||331|
|Total Singles Draws||194|
|Wrestler he wrestled most||Dynamite Kid (175 Matches)|
|Wrestler he wrestled least||Yang Seung-Hi (1 Match)|
|Total WrestleMania Main Events||3 (1993, 1994, 1996)|
|WrestleMania W/L Record||8 Wins – 6 Losses|
|SummerSlam W/L Record||7 Wins- 4 Losses|
|Survivor Series W/L Record||5 Wins – 6 Losses|
|Royal Rumble W/L Record||3 Wins – 4 Losses – 1 Draw|
Bret Hart Accomplishments
- Lou Thesz Pro Wrestling Hall Of Fame (Class of 2006)
- 5x Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Champion
- 3x Stampede Wrestling British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Champion
- 6x Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship
- Stampede Wrestling Hall of Famer
- 1x WWE United States Champion
- 2x WWF Intercontinental Champion
- 2x WWF World Tag Team Champion
- 5x WWF Champion
- 2x King of the Ring Winner (1991, 1993)
- 1x Royal Rumble Winner (1994)
- 2x WWE Hall of Famer
- Wrestling Observer Hall of Famer (Class of 1996)
Bret Hart Property
The Hitman’s home is a famous monument of its own in Calgary. The home once was a hospital for soldiers. Later Stu Hart purchased that place to make it their home during the cold weather of Calgary. This home also has world-famous pro wrestling training places where some of the best in the world became pros. It is called The Hart Dungeon. The mansion consists of 22 rooms, 4 fireplaces, 5 chandeliers, a coach house. This 5600 sq. ft. brick mansion was $25,000 in 1951 which is $262,502 in 2021 currency value.
Unknown Facts about Bret Hart
- Bret Hart has a degree in filmmaking.
- He wanted to be a filmmaker before becoming a wrestler. He actually made a short film of his own when he was a kid.
- Bret Hart is in a rare class of people who pinned Roddy Piper clean in the ring.
- Bret Hart saw his father training legends like Superstar Billy Graham.
- Bret Hart is the only person that was in a rivalry with The Miz and never got pinned.
- The Hart Mansion had a bear chained under the building to whom Bret usually feeds ice cream which bear licked from Bret’s toes.
FAQ’s about Bret Hart
Bret Hart Retired: 2000 and 2011
Bret Hart Born: July 2, 1957 (age 63 years), Calgary
Bret Hart Spouse: Stephanie Washington (m. 2010), Cinzia Rota (m. 2004–2007), Julie Hart (m. 1982–2002)
Bret Hart Children: Jade Michelle Hart, Alexandra Sabina Hart, Blade Colton Hart, Dallas Jeffery Hart
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