Bret Hart says Goldberg's career-ending kick at Starrcade 1999 cost him $16 million

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Bret 'The Hitman' Hart's wrestling career was brought to an abrupt end in 1999 after an incident with Goldberg, and he says it cost him a lot of money.

During an appearance on Sean Mooney's podcast, Bret Hart talked about an incident at WCW's Starrcade in 1999 with Goldberg which ended his career early.

The Hitman defended his WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Goldberg on the night, and during the match, he was struck with a thrust kick to the head, resulting in a severe concussion.

Hart believes he suffered up to three additional concussions within matches over the course of that day along with the days immediately following the event.

Due to the injuries, Hart had post-concussion syndrome, which ultimately forced him to end his career early, and he blames Goldberg for this.

He said on Sean Mooney's podcast, via 411Mania: “I wish that Bill Goldberg had never kicked me in the head as hard as he could.

"I don’t know how you give a guy a Hall of Fame thing for hurting as many wrestlers as Bill Goldberg hurt, and without consequence – he usually got a pat on the back and told how good of a job he did out there when you’re scraping the wrestler that worked with him off the mat."

Ultimately, Hart believes Goldberg's kick to his head ending his career early cost him $16 million due to the years he had left on his contract with WCW. 

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"When Bill Goldberg kicked me in the head I honest to god I lost about $16 million in like one second. I just signed with WCW for $3 million a year for another three years on top of the two years I had left on my original contract, so it was bad timing and unfortunate.”

Hart would continue wrestling after the incident with Goldberg, but his last match for WCW would occur in January 2000 due to the injuries he picked up on that night.

WCW would later terminate his contract in October 2000 due to his ongoing incapacity, and he would retire from full-time wrestling not long afterward. He would wrestle again, but never in a full-time capacity.

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