Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling by Bret HartIn his own words, Bret Hart’s honest, perceptive, startling account of his life in and out of the pro wrestling ring.
The sixth-born son of the pro wrestling dynasty founded by Stu Hart and his elegant wife, Helen, Bret Hart is a Canadian icon. As a teenager, he could have been an amateur wrestling Olympic contender, but instead he turned to the family business, climbing into the ring for his dad’s western circuit, Stampede Wrestling. From his early twenties until he retired at 43, Hart kept an audio diary, recording stories of the wrestling life, the relentless travel, the practical jokes, the sex and drugs, and the real rivalries (as opposed to the staged ones). The result is an intimate, no-holds-barred account that will keep readers, not just wrestling fans, riveted.
Hart achieved superstardom in pink tights, and won multiple wrestling belts in multiple territories, for both the WWF (now the WWE) and WCW. But he also paid the price in betrayals (most famously by Vince McMahon, a man he had served loyally); in tragic deaths, including the loss of his brother Owen, who died when a stunt went terribly wrong; and in his own massive stroke, most likely resulting from a concussion he received in the ring, and from which, with the spirit of a true champion, he has battled back.
Widely considered by his peers as one of the business’s best technicians and workers, Hart describes pro wrestling as part dancing, part acting, and part dangerous physical pursuit. He is proud that in all his years in the ring he never seriously hurt a single wrestler, yet did his utmost to deliver to his fans an experience as credible as it was exciting. He also records the incredible toll the business takes on its workhorses: he estimates that twenty or more of the wrestlers he was regularly matched with have died young, weakened by their own coping mechanisms, namely drugs, alcohol, and steroids. That toll included his own brother-in-law, Davey Boy Smith. No one has ever written about wrestling like Bret Hart. No one has ever lived a life like Bret Hart’s.
For as long as I can remember, my world was filled with liars and bullshitters, losers and pretenders, but I also saw the good side of pro wrestling. To me there is something bordering on beautiful about a brotherhood of big tough men who pretended to hurt one another for a living instead of actually doing it. Any idiot can hurt someone.
These Superstars share a great deal of mutual respect between themselves. They are colleagues after all and since they share their daily-life schedule, it ultimately leads to a bond and in some cases, a strong friendship. The WWE is a big wrestling family and it is obvious that so many relationships are built while training and working together every day. Of course, these alliances develop based on different situations. Some of these superstars stepped foot into the industry together as childhood friends, while others were pitched into family storylines and eventually landed up as being really close buddies.
Over the years, we as professional wrestling or sports entertainment fans have witnessed some bitter rivalries and personal feuds unfold among various WWE.
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Only a true fan would be able to see through the acting and determine whose friendships are real and whose are fake, making it easily understandable that a casual viewer wouldn't understand the extent of their act. For instance, if you follow WWE stars on social media or listen to them speak during interviews, it is obvious how close some wrestlers become. However, there are just as many instances in which professional wrestlers seem to have complicated feelings about people they shared the locker room with. CM Punk and Kofi Kingston both have a rabid fanbase that they created themselves and will more than likely go down in history for their success. Despite that fact, even some huge fans of theirs may have forgotten that they operated as a tag team for a while. Aside from being able to attain the World Tag Team Championship together, they both now have gone on to much larger things. They were very entertaining as a duo, one of the main reasons being that they seemed to love working together.
WWE stars are forced to work together on a daily basis and sometimes they are forced to work with people that they hate. Many male and female Superstars don't actually like each other backstage and are then forced to be part of storylines together, which doesn't always go down very well. Problems occur backstage all the time and these then lead to fights and even manage to make the news when they end up being something that the company can not control. This isn't always the case though. Much of the time both male and female stars who are forced to work together actually become friends throughout the process. WWE stars are working together to put on a good show and when two people spend a lot of time working together, they usually make lasting friendships.