When he was in his prime wrestling condition in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, Bret Hart would grab his opponents legs and twist the body over and crouch over them while pulling the legs back. The opponent would to have submit or literally act like a spider and crawl out of there. In the end, Hart got his enemies to tap out. These days, he is fighting hard to make cancer tap out but he can’t exactly wrestle it.
The aging wrestler is battling prostate cancer, as he notified people of in a lengthy Facebook post.
Hart will undergo surgery this month to remove the cancer and hopefully rise again, like he once did in the ring. A charismatic performer inside the ring and someone who made it a point to see his fans outside the ring, Hart is easy to root for. Wrestling has plenty of bad guys but Hart isn’t one of them.
He bled for his sport, as he acknowledged in the FB post. He suffered numerous concussions and underwent several surgeries near the end of his career. Wrestling may be viewed as fake and a theatrical act, and it is, but that doesn’t mean the body doesn’t take a particular glutton of punishment. Hart has given his fair share over the years and is still standing.
Hart deserves a win. He’s faced tragedy on all fronts. His brother and fellow wrestler Owen died tragically in the ring 17 years ago due to a rigging accident. He was only 34 years old and just had a birthday 16 days before. Owen had planned to get out wrestling and had money set aside.
There is never a guarantee when someone faces surgery and cancer. It’s an uphill battle. When it comes to Hart, he’s faced plenty of adversaries and mountains of pain in his life as an entertainer. Here’s to hoping he can climb into the ring one last time and take this villain out.
Here’s to hoping he can get cancer to tap out.