Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

'Hitman' Hart a big hit with Belfast wrestling fans

Carson Aiken (8) was first in the long queue of wrestling fans to meet Bret 'The Hitman' Hart at his book signing in Easons in Donegall Place

Belfast had one of its biggest book signings yesterday — with a celebrity wrestling theme.

Superstar of the ring Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart had crowds gathering from 7am before his arrival at 12pm.

He signed solidly at Easons for three-and-a-half hours.

The Canadian (51) instilled much hype among book buyers with catchphrases being shouted out across the store.

Hugh Connolly from Belfast said: “He was very civil — a decent guy.

“As a wrestler he is a lot better than the rest of them for having time for people. He was very approachable.”

Paul Sweeney, who travelled from Donegal Town, said: “I’m so pleased to have met Bret. It was amazing.”

Liam McDonnell from Eason said: “This book signing has been up there with Westlife and Bill Clinton. You can’t really tell how many people were here but I would say at least 400 people turned up.”

Bret's book debuted at number five on the Sunday Times bestseller list. He is widely considered by his peers to be the most technically proficient professional wrestler of his era and was famous for proclaiming: “I’m the best there is, the best there was and the best there will ever be.”

As well as his book, Bret aims to become a successful motivational speaker.

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