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February 8, 2016 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: Bret Hart diagnosed with cancer, Nakamura's final NJPW match

Bret Hart announced on 2/1 that he would be undergoing surgery for prostate cancer.

Hart didn’t give a lot of details past saying the surgery would be taking place this week.

The announcement came less than two weeks after older brother Smith Hart announced he had prostate and bone cancer (in his hip).

Bret Hart, 58, is generally considered Canada’s all-time greatest pro wrestling star. Some could argue for the popularity of Whipper Billy Watson on a national basis, a world champion in the 40s who was made bigger with the advent of television in the 50s. But Hart’s popularity on a worldwide basis was significantly greater, and he was considered among the top wrestlers worldwide of the 90s and at the top of the list of the best in-ring storytellers and ring psychologists of the modern era. At one point in a national poll he was voted one of the most popular Canadians of modern times.

“I’ve had a great lifelong dance and I’m a survivor of many hard battles,” wrote Hart. “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.”

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