Highlights From Bret Hart’s Book: Part 5 (Tom Magee Edition)

Time for part 5 of the Bret Hart book series, as Bret is being given more to do in the WWF as a singles competitor.

He also asked me to tell Vince about his latest pet project, a kid he wanted him to look at named Tom McGhee (sic), who was one of the world’s strongest men.

I keep seeing the spelling as Magee in most places. Tom Magee was coming up through Stu Hart’s dungeon and was living proof that not everyone who came through there would be a wiz in the ring. Not only was he your typical 1980s musclehead, but Magee could also do flips in the ring. The problem was he constantly looked awkward. Continue reading Highlights From Bret Hart’s Book: Part 5 (Tom Magee Edition)

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 4

bret1Now that I’m back from watching my Orioles drop 3 straight in Toronto and fully becoming the Orioles Cooler, here are more highlights from Bret Hart’s 2007 book “Hitman: My Real Life in the World of Cartoon Wrestling”.

Vince hadn’t run anything in Calgary in five months, and hadn’t paid Stu a nickel of their supposed deal,

Despite “buying” Stampede in 1984, Vince McMahon did not come through on payments. One reason for this is that  Bruce Hart possibly violated part of the deal by trying to relaunch Stampede behind everyone’s back. All the WWF had wanted was the contracts of talent like Bret and the British Bulldogs. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 4

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 3

bret1More highlights from Bret Hart’s book as we get introduced to Bad News Allen Coage, rival of Bret’s in both Stampede and later in the WWF.

News took me down with a judo leg sweep and gripped me by the throat—and he wasn’t working! My comeback went straight out the window, as did our match, and as a result, all the business we were expected to do for the rest of the summer.

Bad News was a bronze medalist in judo at the 1976 Summer Olympics so he was legit. The problem was that he had issues putting on coherent matches and Bret hated the fact that he was given so little in their matches together, a theme that would repeat for their 1988 WWF series. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 3

Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 2

bret1More clips and commentary from Bret Hart’s 2007 book Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling:

Turned out the guy was the handler of the chimp from the TV show B.J. and the Bear.

At a Stampede show there was a “midget” tag match and a guy with a chimp walked to the ring. The chimp was left on the apron and entered the ring and screwed with the finish, much to the chagrin of Cowboy Lang. Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 2

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.
Continue reading Highlights from Bret Hart’s Book: Part 1

Saturday Night’s Main Event #13 – 11/28/1987

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The year 1987 firmly established the WWF as the dominant wrestling promotion in North America, but the final Saturday Night’s Main Event aired that year featured both a blast from the past and a glimpse at the future. The two main matches on this show were a rematch of the WrestleMania 2 main event of Hulk Hogan against King Kong Bundy and Macho Man Randy Savage taking on heretofore tag wrestler Bret the Hitman Hart. Taped in Seattle at what is now the Key Arena, our hosts as Vince and Jesse, the latter of whom was feeling quite good about himself as we will see. Continue reading Saturday Night’s Main Event #13 – 11/28/1987

Model Year Wrestler #3 – 1992 Bret Hart

This week’s post for Model Year Wrestler will look at 1992 Bret Hart. It was a roller coaster year for the Hitman that did not get off to a very good start. After a 4+ month reign as Intercontinental champion, Hart lost his title to the Mountie in Springfield, MA two days before their scheduled Royal Rumble match. The question is often asked as to why this title switch occurred with a guy he had been beating at house shows all month. The story is quite complicated with some inter-promotional intrigue. Continue reading Model Year Wrestler #3 – 1992 Bret Hart

Stampede Wrestling – 06/16/1979

canadaStampede Wrestling from Canada produced some of the biggest stars of the modern era of wrestling such as all the Harts (well, Bret and Owen), Davey Boy Smith, and Dynamite Kid. Jake Roberts and many others passed through Calgary while coming up in the business. Stu Hart’s territory was famous as one of the toughest because of the long travel hours driving across central and western Canada. It appeared briefly on the WWE Network in the past week, but was taken down in the last few days due to rights issues with Bret Hart. I managed to sneak a peek at the June 16, 1979 episode of Stampede Wrestling even though I prefer to keep my wrestling post-1980 only. Continue reading Stampede Wrestling – 06/16/1979