“The best there is, best there was and best there ever will be” coming to Whitehall

Bret-Hart-will-be-back-soon_crop_340x234By Derek Liebig

5-time WWE Champion Bret “Hitman” Hart coming to Whitehall

One of the biggest names in the annals of professional wrestling history will make an appearance in Whitehall later this month.

World Wrestling Entertainment legend, Bret “Hitman” Hart will appear at a World of Hurt (WOH) wrestling event on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Whitehall Athletic Club.

“This is the definitely the biggest star we’ve ever had,” Shane Alden, a wrestler and promoter who has previously brought Maria Kanellis, Jeff Hardy, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka and Brutus the Barber Beefcake to events in Whitehall.

“He really is a household name. He’s right up here with Hulk Hogan, the Rock and Steve ‘Stone Cold’ Austin. Anyone you can think of, he’s beaten or been in the ring with.”

The opportunity to bring Hart to Whitehall is something Alden said he’s been working toward for more than a year. He said Hart is very selective of the venues at which he appears. Hart once went nearly a decade without appearing at en event.

“He’s very hard to get,” Alden said. “For him to be coming to Whitehall is pretty nuts.”

Prior to the show on Nov. 22, fans will have the opportunity to meet Hart.

“He’s going to be in VIP room at the Whitehall Athletic Club from 5 to 7 p.m. Fans will actually have the chance to hang out and talk to him,” Alden said. “It’s like a basketball fan being in a room with Michael Jordan.”

Each fan who ponies up the $50 to meet Hart will also receive an autographed photo of themselves and the self-proclaimed “best there is, best there was and best there ever will be.”

Hart will also be part of the show in “some capacity,” so fans who can’t attend the “VIP Meet and Greet”   will still be able to see him.

This month’s event will include seven different matches featuring WOH wrestlers.

“I feel they are all main event worthy matches. It’s our last show of the year and we plan to go out with a bang,” Alden said.

The Tag Team, Intercontinental and WOH titles will all be on the line. Alden, who emerged as the number one contender for the WOH title after last month’s main event, will face Vince Beach for a shot at the title. Other matches will be announced closer to the show.

Hart, however, remains the main attraction.

The six-foot, 235-pound wrestler was the face of the WWE (then the WWF) during the 90s. A native of Calgary, Alberta, Hart is a member of one of wrestling’s most famous families (brothers Owen, Keith and Bruce all wrestled in the WWE and father Stu was a legendary trainer and promoter).

Nicknamed the “Excellence of Execution,” Hart is considered one of the greatest technical wrestlers in WWE history.

During a career that spanned five decades, Hart won five WWE Championships, was an Intercontinental Champion, Tag Team Champion, King of the Ring, two-time Royal Rumble Winner, and a WCW Champion. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.

Alden, who calls Hart his “all-time favorite,” said he was looking forward to the show.”

“I feel this is one of the best opportunities you could offer a wrestling fan,” he said. “This is going to be our biggest show yet.”

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/WOHwrestling.

 

 

 

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