Former WWE star Bret 'The Hitman' Hart has cancer – Chron.com
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: Special guest referee Bret 'The Hitman' Hart is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Steven James Anderson
Ring name: "Stone Cold" Steve Austin
Retirement: 2003
Current activities: Even after leaving professional wrestling, Austin makes occasional appearances on WWE Raw. He has also made frequent movie and TV appearances, including "The Expendables" and "Redneck Island." After divorcing fellow wrestler and valet Debra Marshall (and being arrested and charged with domestic abuse), he went on to marry his fourth wife, Kristin.

Rena Marlette Lesnar
Ring name: Sable
Retirement: Aug. 20, 2004
Current activities: Sable is married to former MMA fighter and current WWE champion Brock Lesnar. The pair have two sons.

Celeste Beryl Bonin
Ring name: Kaitlyn
Retirement date: July 17, 2014
Current activities: Kaitlyn manages a fitness clothing line and is a spokesperson for a nutritional supplement company. She and her husband live in Florida.

Kurt Steven Angle
Ring name: Kurt Angle
Retirement date: Angle left the WWE in 2006 and joined Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. He ended his contract with TNA Wrestling in 2015, saying he would take a break from the profession for a while.
Current activities: While many speculate that Angle may retire from wrestling permanently, he has hinted that he would be open to do one final match for the WWE.

Amy Christine Dumas
Ring name: Lita
Retirement date: 2006 but has made occasional appearances on WWE and the independent circuit
Current activities: After her time with the WWE, she formed a rock band called The Luchagors. She was formally inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014.

Debra Marshall
Ring name: Debra
Retirement: June 2002
Current activities: After divorcing Steve Williams, a.k.a. Stone Cold Steve Austin, she enrolled at the University of Alabama for criminal justice and graduated with honors. According to her Facebook page, she currently resides in Tuscaloosa and works for the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Phillip Jack Brooks
Ring name: CM Punk
Retirement date: July 24, 2014
Current activities: After a nasty public dispute with WWE management, Punk landed a gig with Marvel Comics. He is credited with writing a portion of the upcoming "Thor Annual #1." He also transitioned into the UFC and subsequently lost his first match.

Candice Michelle Beckman Ehrlich
Ring name: Candice Michelle
Retirement: June 19, 2009
Current activities: After being released from her WWE contract, she married a Los Angeles chiropractor. They are now the parents of two little girls.
Nora Benshoof (formerly Greenwald)
Ring name: Miss Madness and Molly Holly
Retirement date: April 2005
Current activities: Aside from a few very occasional appearances in the wrestling world, she works as a counselor for at-risk youth. She also married.

Michael Shawn Hickenbottom
Ring name: Shawn Michaels
Retirement date: March 28, 2010
Current activities: After his retirement, Michaels was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in April 2011. He continues to makes occasional appearances on the show.

Lisa Mary Moretti
Ring name: Ivory
Retirement: August 2005
Current activities: Ivory runs an animal day care and grooming service out of Friday Harbor, Washington.

Elizabeth Kocianski
Ring name: Beth Phoenix
Retirement date: September 2012
Current activities: After leaving wrestling to spend time with her family, she became a full-time mom when she and wrestler Adam Copeland, a.k.a. Edge, had their first child in 2014.

Bret Hart
Ring name: Bret "The Hitman" Hart
Retirement date: 2010
Current activities: In addition to making appearances around the globe, Hart has participated in a few documentaries. His nickname is also the team name for the Calgary Hitmen, a Canadian ice hockey team.

Patricia Anne Straigias
Ring name: Trish Stratus
Retirement: Sept. 17, 2006
Current activities: Since leaving wrestling, Stratus is now married, a mom and the owner of a lauded yoga studio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013, becoming the youngest to ever achieve that recognition.

Michael Francis Foley, Sr.
Ring name(s): Cactus Jack, Dude Love, Mankind, Mick Foley
Retirement: 2013
Current activities: During wrestling, Foley cultivated a healthy writing career, and has been named a New York Times bestselling author numerous times. He has also acted in several films and spoken numerous times in favor of the Democratic Party and its policies.

Chyna (Formerly Joanie Marie Lauer before she legally changed it)
Ring name: Chyna
Retirement date: She left the WWF in 2001 and made her last appearance with TNA in 2011
Current activities: After a tumultuous relationship with wrestler Sean Waltman, a.k.a. X-Pac, Chyna did several reality shows with VH1 and eventually transitioned to pornographic films. Her last film to date was "She Hulk XXX: A Porn Parody."

Eve Torres Gracie
Ring name: Eve Torres
Retirement: January 2013
Current activities: Following her stint with WWE, she went on to become head instructor and spokesperson for the Gracie Jiu-Jiutsu Academy. She is also married to Rener Gracie, a member of the family that helped develop Brazilian Jiu-Jiutsu. Aside from that, she was cast in the "Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power," which should be out in 2015.

Adam Joseph Copeland
Ring name: Edge
Retirement date: 2011
Current activities: After leaving wrestling, Edge became a father with wrestler Elizabeth Kocianski, a.k.a. Beth Phoenix, in 2014. He has also cultivated an acting career, frequently appearing in the Syfy series "Haven." He was inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame in 2012.

John Charles Layfield
Ring name: John "Bradshaw" Layfield
Retirement date: April 9, 2009
Current activities: As a businessman, he has made appearances on major networks, including CNBC and Fox News. He also hosts a weekend radio program.

Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri
Ring name: The Iron Sheik
Retirement: 2010
Current activities: The Sheik has undergone recuperative surgery for injuries he sustained during his wrestling career. He's lost none of his colorful personality, maintaining an entertaining Twitter account and, at one point, challenging then-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to an arm wrestling match.

Eldridge Wayne Coleman
Ring name: "Superstar" Billy Graham
Retirement: 1987
Current activities: Because of his worsening health over the years, Graham has frequently spoken to teen athletes about steroid use. He recently underwent treatment for double pneumonia and heart failure.

Former WWE superstar Bret "The Hitman" Hart revealed he has prostate cancer Monday.
Hart broke the sad news when he posted a picture of his grandchildren and himself on Instagram with a heart-felt message to his fans Monday morning.
In part the message read: "I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. 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."
It is with great remorse that I feel compelled to speak truthfully to my friends, family and my millions of fans around the world. In the past few years, I've spent more than enough time paying the price for all those years trying to be the best there ever was as a professional wrestler. I executed excellently and my proudest claim was that I never seriously hurt or injured another wrestler in my 23 year career. I've paid a price for all that "fake" wrestling ... Mark Helprin wrote: "We are all perfect clocks that Divinity has set to ticking when, even before birth, the heart explodes into a lifelong dance." I've had a great lifelong dance and I'm a survivor of many hard battles. 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. 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 ... 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 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. B x
A photo posted by Bret (@brethitmanhart) on Feb 1, 2016 at 8:28am PST
The 58-year-old Hart is thought to be one of the greatest wrestlers of all-time, as he revolutionized the industry in the 1990s with an attention to his in-ring craftsmanship.
Hart began his wrestling career in 1978 as part of his father Stu Hart's Stampede Wrestling in Canada. Hart was a champion in the WWF - now WWE - in the 1980s and 1990s. He might best be known for the way he left the WWF for the WCW in 1997 after a falling out with Vince McMahon in what has become known as the "Montreal Screwjob." Hart won his final championship in 2010 when he headlined that year's SummerSlam for the WWE.
Matt Young has been a sports web editor/writer at Chron since 2015. He's proudly from Alief and occasionally sits alone in his four-cornered room staring at candles. Reach him at matt.young@chron.com.

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