In a heartfelt message shared on his Facebook on Monday morning, legendary WWE Hall of Fame champion Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart announced that he’s battling prostate cancer.
From the post:
My fans have always looked upon me as a hero and I’ve always done my best to live up to that in and out of the ring. I beat the odds when I suffered my stroke in 2002, but it is now yet again, that I draw upon the many adults and young children I’ve met throughout my life who courageously fought and usually lost in their battles against this deadly disease. One year ago, I watched a brave young man named Whesley fight brain cancer to the end. If I can find even an ounce of his courage to stand unafraid and face the tough road ahead of me, I will march toward this destiny with his spirit chanting in my ear.
I make a solemn vow to all of those that once believed in me, the dead and the living, that I will wage my fearsome fight against cancer with one shield and one sword carrying my determination and my fury for life, emboldened by all the love that’s kept me going this long already. Love is my weapon and I’ve got much of it around me all the time, for which I’m truly blessed and eternally grateful. My children, grandchildren, and my loving wife Steph have been and will constantly be at my side. I refuse to lose, I will never give in or give up, and I will win this battle or die trying.
Most important of all, I hope I can take the fight to prostate cancer. To be a leader in awareness and to set the example for men everywhere who find themselves in my very same shoes, that prostate cancer can be beaten.
You can read the full message here.
We can’t think of a wrestler better equipped to beat cancer than Bret Hart. He’s the Excellence of Execution. He’s the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. He’s got so many nicknames reinforcing his greatness, you’d think they’d make him immortal. Usually our Bret Hart stories are about how active he is, whether it’s hanging out on the sidelines at a Baltimore Ravens game, helping produce a rap album or dissecting hip-hop beefs. Prostate cancer doesn’t stand a chance. Inverted atomic drop, Russian legsweep, backbreaker, elbowdrop from the second rope, Sharpshooter. That’s all you need.