Wrestling legend Hart in town for Smackdown
It's been 14 years since Hall of Fame professional wrestler Bret Hart has been to Pittsburgh to step inside of a ring, but his passion for wrestling is as strong as ever.
Twelve hours earlier, Hart was in San Diego for a public appearance, then jumped on a plane to Pittsburgh, where he will serve as special referee in the WWE Smackdown main event Saturday night at Consol Energy Center.
"It's changed a lot," Hart said about Pittsburgh. "Especially the building. The new facility they got here is just one of the nicest arenas I've ever seen."
The last time Hart was here, he was an active wrestler for the WWF, which has since changed to WWE. Hart enjoys appearing on behalf of WWE, before crowds that once cheered him.
"I think I always thought I'd have some role in wrestling because it was pretty much my whole life from the time I was about 5 years old," he said.
Hart will bring that passion and experience to the live audience Saturday, when referees for the world heavyweight championship match between Christian and Randy Orton.
For ticket information, visit consolenergycenter.com
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