Bret Hart switched to rival WCW following the controversial "Montreal Screwjob" in November 1997 and remained there until October 2000, achieving great success despite its management being widely criticized. After he stopped fighting in January 2000 due to a concussion in December 1999 he officially retired in October 2000, shortly after his dismissal from the federation.
WCW described him as "universally respected by other wrestlers" and "possibly the greatest pure wrestler to ever wear a pair of boots." He returned to fight sporadically in the ring in 2004 and 2006 and then in 2010 with WWE, where he won his latest title, fought in the main event of that year's SummerSlam edition and was the General Manager of Raw.
He fought in the main event of WrestleMania IX, X and XII and participated in the main event of the 1997 and 1999 editions of Starrcade (albeit as a special enforcer in the first). Hart won titles in five decades, from 1970 to 2010, with a total of thirty-two kingdoms throughout his career and most notably seventeen between WWF/WWE and WCW.
He is a seven-time world champion, having won the WWF Championship five times and the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice. He was WWF Champion more than any other wrestler during the 1990s, with a total of 654 days as champion, and was the first WCW World Heavyweight Champion to be born outside the United States.
On episode 30 of Confessions Of The Hitman, two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Bret 'Hitman' Hart opened up about ongoing relationship with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
Bret Hart on Vince McMahon
"I think me and Vince McMahon have reached an understanding where we don't bring up a lot of old, dodgy stuff, and we kind of buried the hatchet," Bret Hart revealed.
"And Shawn Michaels and everyone else, like, I think in the end, I'm still proud of the way I handled myself through the whole Screwjob period. But in all honesty, I think they're not proud of their conduct; I don't think.
I think they kind of realized now that that was kind of a dumb way to go, and unprofessional way to go, and it caused way more problems than they ever imagined, even though they made money off of the whole concept of what happened.
Me and Vince, I think it goes back a number of years - we kind of buried the hatchet. A lot of my hard feelings toward Vince were tied in around my history and everything I gave to him - all the great matches I gave him - and I assumed when I knocked him out in the dressing room in Montreal, that all of that would be lost to me," Hart admitted.
"Nobody would see those tapes anymore or those matches and my history would be erased to a certain degree, and that really bothered me because I worked so hard and really gave so much in my matches. And I think it shows today when people look back on my career how much it would have bothered me to have most of those great matches that people still talk about erased from their memory, and nobody is going to see them anymore and nobody talks about them anymore. To me, that was priceless. Like, it meant everything."