Bret Hart an Krebs erkrankt

Die kanadische Wrestling-Legende Bret Hart ist an Prostata-Krebs erkrankt. Das gab der „Hitman“ jetzt öffentlich bekannt. Bereits in den nächsten Tagen wird sich der WWE-Hall-of-Famer einer Operation unterziehen müssen. Erst vor kurzem wurde bei seinem Bruder Smith ebenfalls Krebs diagnostiziert.

Bret Hart gehörte in den Neunziger Jahren zu den großen Aushängeschildern der World Wrestling Federation (WWF, heute WWE). Der Kanadier beerbte Hulk Hogan und trug maßgeblich dazu bei, dass es in Deutschland einen Wrestling-Boom gab. 1997 verließ Hart die WWF: Sein letztes Match gegen seinen Real-Life-Rivalen Shawn Michaels wollte er aber nicht verlieren. Ein Dilemma, das WWF-Boss Vince McMahon wie folgt löste: Entgegen aller Absprachen brach er das Match ab und ließ Michaels zum Sieger erklären – ein Skandal, der als „Montreal Screwjob“ in die Wrestling-Geschichte einging.

Der Zank vertiefte sich 1999, als Harts Bruder Owen später bei einem missglücktem Stunt im WWE-Ring zu Tode kam.

Hart wechselte zum damaligen Konkurrenten WCW, wurde da aber nicht recht glücklich. Seine Karriere musste er im Jahr 2000 wegen der Folgen einer schweren Gehirnerschütterung beenden, die er sich in einem Match gegen Bill Goldberg zuzog. 2002 hatte er überdies einen Schlaganfall.

Ein paar Jahre später schloss Hart wieder Frieden mit der WWE, ließ sich sogar in ihre Hall of Fame aufnehmen – Steve Austin war sein Laudator – und kehrte 2010 für ein Match gegen McMahon in den Ring zurück. Seither war der Hitman immer mal wieder im WWE-Programm zu sehen.

Nun steht wohl sein härtester Kampf bevor. In einem bewegenden Instagram-Post schrieb Hart:

„It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I’ve spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I’ve paid a price for all that „fake“ wrestling. Aside from a devastating career-ending concussion and numerous surgeries when I was younger, in recent years I’ve had two knee replacements, two hernia operations, surgery on my right elbow, and, just a few months ago, I underwent a four-corner fusion of my right wrist that even now makes it most difficult to write or type.

Mark Helprin wrote: „We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance.“ I’ve had a great lifelong dance and I’m a survivor of many hard battles. I now face my toughest battle. With hesitation and fear, I openly declare myself in my fight against prostate cancer. In the next few days, I will undergo surgery with the hope of defeating this nemesis once and for all.
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.“