Bret “Hitman” Hart Moves Closer to Walk of Fame Glory
- Campaign led by theScore sees thousands voting for Calgary man to be honoured
WWE legend Bret ‘Hitman” Hart has moved one step closer to cementing a place on the Canada Walk of Fame thanks to the massive public support generated through a social media campaign led by television sports network theScore.
Thousands have voted in favour of the Calgary man becoming the first professional wrestler to be featured on the walk, with Aftermath presenter Arda Ocal leading the charge, supported by charity March of Dimes Canada, which Hart is a dedicated supporter of, and the spokesperson of its Stroke Recovery Canada® program.
And last night officials overseeing the nomination process confirmed Hart would now be seriously considered for one of seven new spots on the Walk of Fame after being bombarded with thousands of nominations following the #bretforthewalk campaign.
“When we started this campaign less than three weeks ago the goal was a simple one: to ensure Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart would be seriously considered for a place on Canada’s Walk of Fame,” said Ocal. “We’ve now achieved that objective, with the final decision now resting in the hands of the Walk of Fame committee.
“We thank everyone for their amazing support and hope we’ll have even more to celebrate in September when Bret will hopefully be inducted and finally be rightly recognized as a true Canadian legend.”
The campaign generated massive interest in the social media world, with highlights including a website article and supportive tweets from the WWE themselves, as well as tweets from former rival Shawn Michaels and commentator Jim Ross.
A current Walk of Fame inductee and fellow March of Dimes supporter, William Shatner, also tweeted his support to his one-million plus followers.
And March of Dimes, who Hart is a spokesperson for following his own recovery from a stroke in 1999, said they were delighted the campaign had been so successful.
“We are so grateful to Arda and The Score for starting what has really become a movement. It comes as no surprise to us that so many people leant their support to this Campaign – Bret is a beloved figure, as much for his legendary work as a wrestler as his incredible support of so many charities,” says Mary Lynne Stewart, Director of Fund Development and Communications for March of Dimes Canada.
“Bret offers hope and inspiration to stroke survivors and other living with disabilities across Canada – and it ifs for this, and so many other reasons, that we hope to see his star shining brightly on Canada’s Walk of Fame this September.”