WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart is deemed an inspiration for many, but CM Punk and Dax Harwood have used their love for ‘The Hitman’ against each other.
Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart is classed as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in history. A former five-time WWE Champion, Hart was a major draw for the former World Wrestling Federation throughout the New Generation Era until his infamous departure in November 1997.
With a plethora of professional wrestlers naming ‘The Excellence of Execution’ as their inspiration and idol, it appears CM Punk and Dax Harwood have shared their personal bonds with Hart, with each other.
In speaking to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi ahead of the 2022 Double or Nothing pay-per-view, Harwood revealed how he and Punk would be jealous when the other received a text message from the two-time WWE Hall of Famer (h/t ESPN):
“I’ll send screenshots to Punk and he’ll be jealous. So him and Bret will talk about hockey and he’ll send me screenshots of him and Bret talking about hockey. And I get jealous and I’m like, ‘Aw sh*t, I need to learn more about hockey.’ It’s just a cool little friendship we have.”
FTR – Dax Harwood and tag team partner Cash Wheeler – have long-been supporters of Bret Hart. He’s scheduled to accompany the current ROH World Tag Team Champions when they face Brock Anderson and Brian Pillman Jr. – flanked by Arn Anderson – on 10 June.
CM Punk and Dax Harwood collided on the 23 March broadcast of AEW Dynamite, with Bret Hart having since shown his own message of support for the pair when he was a guest on the Dropkick Podcast:
“I appreciate them, it means a lot to me for them to be big fans of mine. I try to cheer them on as much as possible. I wish I could see them more often and be more of an input to helping them with their careers. I just want them to know I’ll always be in their corner cheering them on.”
CM Punk is currently scheduled to challenge ‘Hangman’ Adam Page for the AEW World Championship at Double or Nothing on Sunday, 29 May. Both Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler will miss the show, having failed to advance to the finals of the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament.