WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart has received one of his country’s highest honours as he receives his plaque to commemorate his place on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Back in December wrestling legend Bret Hart was one of the 2021 inductees into Canada’s Walk of Fame as part of the ‘Sports and Athletics’ category in recognition of his decades-long wrestling career. At the ceremony, he was inducted by AEW star and fellow Canadian, Chris Jericho, and wrestling megastar The Rock also provided a special video message for the five-time WWF Champion.
Canada’s Walk of Fame began in 1998 and there have been 173 inductees since then. Each Canadian honoured receives a stylised maple-leaf star on a specially designated sidewalk in Toronto.
Now nine months after his induction, Bret Hart has received his own plaque to commemorate his induction in a ceremony held at the Victoria Pavillion in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta.
Steve Argintaru of TSN took to social media to share a photo of The Hitman receiving his plaque and says Hart had mentioned he hoped the ceremony honouring him would take place at the Victoria Pavillion where his family’s Stampede Wrestling used to run shows.
Congrats to Bret “Hitman” Hart, who received his plaque from Canada’s Walk Of Fame today in Calgary.
The ceremony has held at the Victoria Pavilion, which used to host Stampede Wrestling events.
Bret hoped it would take place there when I asked him about it back in June. pic.twitter.com/XMVjTCla9x
— Steve Argintaru (@SteveTSN) September 12, 2022
Bret Hart’s wrestling career began in his father Stu’s Stampede Wrestling promotion in their hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He made the giant leap to the World Wrestling Federation in the mid-eighties alongside brother-in-law Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart. The pair were soon put together with Jimmy Hart, forming The Hart Foundation. The team captured the WWF Tag Team Championship on two occasions, the second of those wins coming at SummerSlam 1990 where they defeated Demolition.
Greater success beckoned for Bret Hart when the group split and he captured the WWF Intercontinental Championship at the following year’s SummerSlam from Mr Perfect before recapturing the gold at WrestleMania 8 in a classic encounter with ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper. Hart held the title until SummerSlam 1992 in Wembley Stadium, London where he lost to his brother-in-law British Bulldog.
Three months after that loss, Hart captured the biggest prize in wrestling when he won the WWF Championship from Ric Flair at a house show in his native Canada. That was the first of five runs with the WWF Title during a career with the company that saw The Excellence Of Execution headline WrestleMania three times. His run in WWE came to a bitter end at Survivor Series 1997 when he was beaten by Shawn Michaels in highly controversial circumstances in the Montreal Screwjob.