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2016 has been great for North American wrestling in some ways. In another, its absolutely sucked with the list of injuries hitting WWE like a plague. Now comes word that Bret Hart, former 5x WWE Champion, Hall of Famer and the owner of some of the greatest nicknames about how good you are has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

He revealed the news in a lengthy post on Facebook.

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 Facebook post here.

Bret Hart wasn’t one of the biggest guys in the world of wrestling but from 1992 to 1997, he was arguably the best wrestler in the world, a technical guy who pretty much invented the Five Moves of Doom (Inverted Atomic Drop, Backbreaker, Russian Leg Sweep, Second Rope Elbow Drop, Sharpshooter) and then became a tragic figure for what happened to him in November 1997, the death of his brother Owen Hart and the long road to reconciling with the WWE. He’s still been active recently, appearing at Baltimore Ravens games, involving himself in a potential rap album with Cam’Ron, standing up for Toronto in rap beefs or being pissed off about the Royal Rumble. If anybody is equipped to beat a stroke, much less cancer? It’s the Excellence of Execution. It’s the guy who is the Best There Is, Best There Was & The Best There Ever Will Be.

We’re pulling for you, “Hitman”.

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