“Bret Hart is the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be.” —Ric Flair
“Bret Hart still makes me believe that wrestling is good.” —Hulk Hogan
“A legend!” —The Rock
About the Author
Though Bret Hart is now retired from wrestling, he is recognized around the world as one of pro wrestling’s all time greats. In 2006 he was inducted into both the WWE Hall of Fame and the Geroge Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. His appeal also transcends pro wrestling; Hart was voted one of the top fifty Canadians of all time in the CBC’s Greatest Canadians series. He recently completed a cross-Canada tour reprising his role as The Genie in Aladdin.
80s and 90s wrestling fans, know that this is one of the essential documents. Sure, it might be one-sided, but if anything, it's inspiring that Bret knew not to blame himself when he was being screwed over. He trusted himself and his values so much. And if that's not inspiring, well, I don't know what is.
This book is superb! I live in Illinois, and got my hands on a copy of his book. It was excellent! I've been following Bret's career since I was 13, I'm now 29. This book I believe gives an real honest account of the wrestling business. Great job Bret!
This book is the most honest, open and sometimes surprising wrestling bio of them all. Hart's gut wrenching, no holds barred story is one that you will not be able to put down once you pick it up. Bret's journey is a 5 star match from start to finish. This is a must have book, especially for those who grew up with the WWF before the internet age.
Its an excellent book. I've finished just over 300 pages so far and also flipped through with bits of the personal obstacles and Hart rivalry until the very end and I don't want to stop reading the book. Bret has portrayed the truth about himself -- the love for the art of Wrestling, the rivalries early on growing up in a household of 12 Kids, the sides the parents would take in such kiddish rivalries, the early story lines n Stampede Wrestling, the struggle to get to where he was without any intimidating physique early on. The race between Davey Boy Smith, the Dynamite Kid and himself early on and how they were big in Japan and things turned a few years later. It also documents important lessons he learned along the way such as "To pace yourself for the long haul" and the book also has insights onto the dark sides -- Unfaithfulness, loneliness on the road, having to work without seeing your family for days, Sex, drugs, steroids, ego clashes between wrestlers, etc.
The tone is narrative and makes a good read for a Hitman fan, who can correlate to the moments watching the angles on the ring. It adds a lot of genuineness since Hart has a professional Wrestling legacy behind him and understands Wrestling pretty well -- what works, what does not. Lots of interesting insight on working some of the best story-lines in the Hitman's career.
Bret Hart gets to set the story straight and say the proper goodbye to friends, foes, and fans alike with this excellent book. Some of the stories are shocking, some quite touching, and all interesting and informative. While so many of his friends and family were destroyed by the business, he managed to get out with dignity and financial stability. An excellent read from the "excellence of execution", and right up there with Foley's first book as the best wrestling book of all time.