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WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart Took To Social Media To Announce He Has Been Diagnosed With Prostate Cancer

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It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I've spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I've paid a price for all that "fake" wrestling … Mark Helprin wrote: "We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance." I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all. My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I've always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I … stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear. I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that's kept me going this long already. Love is my weapon and I've got much of it around me all the time, for which I'm truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying. Most important of all, I hope can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten. B x

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The WWE active roster has been hit incredibly hard with the injury bug over the past 6 months, but now a different type of sad wrestling news came to light this morning. Bret Hart took to social media to announce that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and he promises to defeat the disease just like he’s defeated foes both inside and outside the ring his entire career. Hart has always had a quite classiness about him, whether he was fighting for the WWE or giving interviews after his career was over, so it’s no surprise that he announced the sad news the way he did. As he mentions in the post, he suffered a stroke in 2002 which he fought to overcome, and he even got one more WrestleMania moment in what I can honestly say is the worst match I’ve ever seen against Mr. McMahon. Best of luck to Bret in his fight against cancer, and we hope to get some positive news from the ‘excellence of execution’ after his surgery.

-Ryan

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Ranking The Royal Rumble Winners – Part 14

It’s Royal Rumble season, which means it’s almost WrestleMania season. Thanks to the WWE Network, you can go back and watch all the old Royal Rumble pay per views and matches, and in that spirit, I decided to rank the winners. I’ll be ranking the winners every day until the we reach #1, and if you’re interested in checking out who’s already on the list, use the tricky magnifying glass at the top of the screen and search ‘Royal Rumble winners’ or scroll through the blog. Now, onto the rankings!

9. Bret Hart – 1994 Royal Rumble

As I mentioned in my write up for Lex Luger, Bret Hart’s co winner of the 1994 Royal Rumble, this Rumble will always be special to me because it’s the first live pay per view I ever attended. 6 year old Ryan may not have understood what the hell happened when Luger and Hart were both eliminated at the same time, but it’s easy to understand how great Bret Hart the wrestler really was.

The Good: If you look up Mr. Constitency in the dictionary, there will be a picture of Bret Hart. He started in his father’s Canadian promotion, Stampede Wrestling, and eventually caught the eye of Vince McMahon and the WWF. He started off his run in the WWF as a member of the Hart Foundation, he won the Tag Team Championship twice along with his partner Jim Neidhart. He would eventually branch off as a singles competitor, and this is where he really flourished, winning the Intercontinental Championship twice and the WWF Championship five times. His nickname was the ‘excellence of execution’, and whoever he was in the ring was better off for it, as he had great feuds with Mr. Perfect, Diesel, Stone Cold & most famously Shawn Michaels. His iron man match at WrestleMania 12 with HBK has stood the test of time, as has his infamous ‘double turn’ match with Austin at WrestleMania 13.

The Not So Good: Bret was involved in the ‘Montreal Screw Job’, where he famously wouldn’t do the honors of dropping his Championship belt to his on and off screen rival Shawn Michaels, so Vince McMahon pulled the rug out from under him on live pay per view. His subsequent run in WCW was not great, and a concussion suffered at the feet of Goldberg eventually forced him to retire for good.

Hart is a Hall of Famer, and one of the greatest technical wrestlers in the history of the WWE. He still makes appearances for WWE after they buried the hatchet over the Montreal Screw Job in late 2009. He was also apart of the worst match I’ve ever seen, against Vince McMahon at WrestleMania 26.

– Ryan

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