March 31, 2006

Bret's Back

Wrestlemania is this Sunday, and while it looks like the least inspiring lineup in WM history, longtime fans can be gladdened that Bret Hart will finally return to WWE events, in order to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

One of the bigger stars in wrestling in the '80s and '90s, Hart has not appeared in the organization since the famous "Montreal Screwjob" of 1997, when he was (legitimately) conned out of the world championship in his final match with the company. The induction will take place Saturday and will be broadcast that night on USA; also entering the Hall this year are the late Eddie Guerrero, and "Mean Gene" Okerlund.

After many years of all but ignoring both history and other companies, Vince McMahon in recent years has finally wised up to the fact that a large percentage of wrestling's appeal comes from nostalgia. Myself, and probably about 95% of the people watching, are much more excited about Hart's appearance than any of the actual matches.

And speaking of wrestling... I never thought I'd see Andrew Sullivan link to anything involving the Iron Sheik, but here he has. I never could've guessed what the Sheik wanted to do to B. Brian Blair...

Posted by Stephen Silver at March 31, 2006 12:17 AM
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