Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 1

I recently got a Kindle and one of the great benefits is that all books weigh the same so it means I would not have to lug around a 600 page book. Another benefit: having stored highlights with easy access. Currently I am reading Bret Hart’s autobiography and here are some highlighted quotes from the book in what will become a miniseries.

I remember him stretching the daylights out of Father Roberts, the Catholic priest who baptized all the Hart kids.

But Stu was nondenominational; he stretched a rabbi once too

I love the notion that all Stu Hart ever wanted to do was put people in holds, even clergy.

I’d learn years later that Marciano was a horrible cheapskate; when he left town he intentionally misled Stu into writing him two checks, each for the whole fee.

Former heavyweight boxing champion Rocky Marciano was brought in at some point to work on Stampede Wrestling as an official of some kind and didn’t make any friends. Stu didn’t exactly have the greatest operation with checks and controls.

The most important rule of all was to protect my opponent, not myself, because he was putting his trust, his life, in my hands.

One of the criticisms of this book is that Bret is a little too pious about himself, but honestly that’s fine with me. I still prefer him to someone like Shawn Michaels. The name of the game is not to hurt your opponent intentionally.

Puerto Rico was a dangerous place to work if you were a heel because the fans were so hot-blooded.

Bret worked Puerto Rico with his brother Smith in the late 1970s and crowds there could be insane, particularly in those baseball stadiums. One look at matches from YouTube and you can see all the craziness where heels can’t get back to the locker room. Part of the reason why Bruiser Brody died at one of those stadiums in 1988 was because the ambulance couldn’t get through the crowd of people.

When I mentioned this to Stu on the phone, he told me he had trained the 350-pound Gorilla in the dungeon back in 1961

I did not know Stu Hart had a role in training Gorilla Monsoon. So now it makes more sense that Gorilla would always put Bret over on commentary starting as early as 1986/87 in saying he had “excellence of execution”. Of course, Bob Orton had that term applied to him too but he was on the way out.

(Twenty years later, Terry Funk would pick me, of all people, to work his retirement match with him, and Stamp was the referee.)

In his younger days, Bret and his brothers would make a pilgrimage to Amarillo to see the Funks and work the territory for a bit. Their relationship was established enough that Bret (as WWF champion) was the opponent for Terry  Funk’s August 1997 retirement match. Of course that retirement didn’t stick long. Stamp is the guy in the movie Beyond the Mat who is griping that “I’m not booked!” for the retirement show so that is why he was referee.

Dynamite added that Stu had once fired a wrestler simply because the guy was allergic to cats

The Hart house had a ton of cats around and if you crossed them, you crossed Stu. Amusing this man who stretches clergy is so devoted to felines.

Leave a Reply