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Bret Sergeant Hart (born July 2, 1957 in Calgary, Alberta) is a Canadian former professional wrestler, and part of the famous Hart wrestling family. In the course of his career, he was known by several monikers: Bret "Hit Man" Hart, Leader of the Deadly Seven, (adopted from boxer Thomas Hearns), "The Excellence of Execution" (originally dubbed as such by Gorilla Monsoon) and perhaps the most resounding, "The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be" (derived from the 1984 film The Natural, which starred Robert Redford).
Hart justifies his claim to the latter title by citing three facts: that he never seriously injured an opponent through any fault of his own; that, in the course of his career with the World Wrestling Federation, he only ever missed two shows, both as a result of traffic and flight difficulties; and that he rarely refused to job.
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On the February 16, 2006, episode of RAW, it was announced that Hart would
be a 2006 inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. Hart had previously stated
he had no interest in this, but, as with his DVD project, his views changed.
Hart had also been approached by Vince McMahon for a potential match between
the two at WrestleMania 22, but "politely declined" the offer. Coincidentally,
Hart's last WrestleMania appearance was also in Chicago (WrestleMania
13). In accordance with his promise never to work for WWE again, Hart
refused to be paid for the event, though WWE did cover travel arrangements
for Bret and his ex-wife Julie (who no-showed) and their four children.
On April 1, 2006, Bret was inducted by his old arch rival, Stone Cold
Steve Austin. Despite much speculation (Hart had even told the Calgary
Sun that he would no-show the event if he saw Shawn Michaels), Hart's
induction into the Hall of Fame went off without controversy. He thanked
every wrestler he worked with (even thanking Vince McMahon) and said he's
"in a good place in life." He also told some humorous stories he had with
other wrestlers during his career in the WWE - most noticibly with his
deceased brother, Owen.
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Shawn Michaels did attend the ceremony, but left right before Hart's induction. In an interview held after WrestleMania 22, Shawn Michaels showed good will against his arch-rival, saying that he's "happy and excited for Bret and his family" and that "it's been a long time coming for The Hitman."
After the Hall of Fame ceremony, Bret flew to Toronto while the rest of the Hart family flew back to Calgary. Bret did some interviews before going back to Italy to be with his wife Cinzia.
Hart did not appear the next day at WrestleMania 22 with the 2006 WWE Hall of Fame Inductees at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Ring Announcer Howard Finkel stated that Hart did not feel comfortable participating in the event. This was followed with loud boos. A scaffolding image of Bret Hart was hung up with the other WWE superstars around the arena at WrestleMania 22.