Hitman Hart: Wrestling with
Shadows is a documentary film which follows WWE (then WWF) superstar Bret Hart during his last year
in the WWE, from his WWE Championship victory at SummerSlam to his final match with the company at Survivor Series on November
As his contract nears expiration in March 1996, Bret "Hitman"
Hart is torn between two companies, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). On one
hand, the WWE is his home. The chairman of the company, Vince McMahon, is a father figure to Hart and takes credit for Hart's
rise to international wrestling stardom. The company's new "attitude" approach has left Hart disgusted, however, and longing
for the days of true wrestling heroes.
Ted Turner's WCW, on the other hand, is willing to pay him 9
Million Dollars to "jump ship" as well as give him a fresh start in a company that offers a more wholesome approach.
Hart chooses to remain loyal, and despite the fact that WWE's Raw is War is losing the Monday Night Wars to its rival WCW
Monday Nitro, he signs a 20 year deal with the WWE. McMahon soon retracts the deal, however, and encourages Hart to move on
to WCW, citing financial reasons. This leaves him with no choice but to take WCW President Eric Bischoff's offer and prepare
to leave the WWE. As the still-reigning WWE Champion, however, conflicts arise regarding his final match with the company,
including Hart's unwillingness to drop the WWE Championship. To be more precise, Hart is not willing to lose the title to
Shawn Michaels, with whom he holds a bitter, real-life rivalry, in his home country of Canada. This leads to one of the most
infamous events in professional wrestling known as the Montreal Screwjob.
This documentary is a rare look at WWE behind the scenes before
the famous "attitude" era and at a point in time when many people say the face of professional wrestling changed forever.