Bret Hart went from being WWF’s hero, babyface champion to a smaller but more discerning audience, to the company’s top heel. But “The Hitman” never really changed, the world just changed around him.
Principled to a fault and happy to be a role model for kids worldwide, Bret Hart simply wasn’t built for the impending attitude era. With fans ready for a new kind of anti-hero, Hart’s former nobility now read as pompous.
To his and the company’s credit, they saw what was happening and leaned in, with Hart delivering some career best promos as an entitled, embittered heel.
Really, fans wondered, what right did he have? Acting like he was better than everyone else in the locker room, like that? Honestly, who did Bret Hart think he was?
The best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. Just like he’d always told us.
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