On May 1st, WWE will hold their first pay-per-view since Wrestlemania 32. The pay-per-view, called WWE Payback, will feature a match for the WWE Women’s Championship, currently held by Charlotte, the daughter of wrestling icon Ric Flair.
Flair’s daughter, who became the first person to hold the newly-rechristened WWE Women’s Championship, constantly has had her father at her side not just for moral support… but to help her win the matches she is in when the situation calls for it.
But on this week’s edition of WWE Monday Night RAW, her opponent for Payback, Natalya, who is the daughter of former WWE wrestler Jim Neidhart, announced that she was going to have a family member in her corner as well in order to even the odds.
That person won’t be her father, however.
It will be her uncle… Bret Hart.
Considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, “The Hitman” is scheduled to be in his niece’s corner during her title match, while a longtime rival of his is in the other corner.
What makes this announcement even more special than just seeing Hart back on WWE programming for the first time in nearly a year, is that back in February, Hart announced that he was battling prostate cancer. After having surgery, he had positive hopes that he was cancer-free.
“Well, there’s always a chance it could come back, but it seems my cancer was contained within my prostate. I have to get checked every three months for the next couple of years, and eventually it will be once a year, and eventually, in 10 years, they’ll tell me that I’m cancer-free forever,” Hart said.
A five-time United States Champion and WWE Champion, as well as holding 32 championships over the course of his long-career, Hart was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.
To see legends like Flair and Hart at the opposite corners of the ring should make for an interesting moment on May 1st.