Bret Hart on board for CAC 2007
Bret Hart has traveled a long road from his roots in the storied Stampede Wrestling territory promoted by his father - and 2001 Iron Mike Mazurki Award recipient - Stu Hart. His career also saw stints in European and Japanese rings, then hit all the high spots in 14 tumultuous years as "The Hitman" and five-time world champion of WWF's far-flung promotions, and three years and two brief world title runs with WCW.
But come April 2007, the man who is likely the best-known Canadian wrestler in history will be making a brand new journey......Too Las Vegas, for the 42nd annual reunion of the Cauliflower Alley Club.
"This is my first time at Cauliflower Alley, and I'm really looking forward to it," Bret says. "I especially want to be there when my old friend Bob Leonard is honored, and Canada's great roster of professional wrestlers is recognized. And it'll be a terrific opportunity to get reacquainted with a lot of people I haven't seen in many years."
Front and center to welcome Bret as an old friend will undoubtedly be Harley Race. The Hart family and Harley have shared a special bond of friendship over many years, through his many appearances in the Stampede territory and private visits to Calgary. Bret should make many new friends as well, from wrestlers he's never happened to cross paths with to the serious wrestling devotees who regularly attend our reunions.
Bret has spent November and December touring Canada with the hit stage production "Aladdin", playing the part of The Genie. This updated version of the fable, first produced in Toronto three years ago, is a colorful evening of humor and just plain fun for the entire family. The Genie role brings to the forefront many of the memorable traits of Bret's "Hitman" ring persona. After spending much of the winter in Italy, Bret's trip to Las Vegas and CAC will be at the top of his calendar on his return to North America in the spring.
Above photo,Bret holds a tight hammerlock on Nick Bockwinkel in their 1981 AWA world title match in Calgary, as special referee Lou Thesz oversees the action.
Above photo,"Aladdin" presents Bret as The Genie in a brand new arena, the musical comedy stage. HeÂll likely tour with the production again in 2007
The Cauliflower Alley club is proud to have Bret "Hitman" Hart joining the reunion as we celebrate "Canadian Wrestlers" at this coming years reunion.