Following comments made recently by Jim Ross, WWE legend Bret Hart has once again addressed the status of his health.
The Hitman, speaking via his official Facebook page, attempted to quell the suggestion made by Ross last week that he his cancer was now a "none issue."
Hart was diagnosed with prostate cancer back at the start of February and has undergone treatment since, including surgery which the former WWE Superstar himself described as going well. Contrary to what Ross' recent comments suggested however, Hart isn't out of the woods just yet.
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"I was made aware of the comments Jim Ross made on a recent radio interview," read Hart's Facebook post.
"I just want to clarify that, while the surgery went well and my doctors and I are optimistic, it is still way too early to declare that it's now a non-issue.
"I will be monitored every 3 months over the next couple of years as there is a possibility that the cancer can come back. It will be a while before I can say I'm cancer free."
It is unlikely that Ross meant to give the wrong impression of Hart's condition when he told The Gunz Show, “his cancer is a non-issue now, thank God. All issues are resolved and addressed, so that’s the good news about Bret Hart.”
Clearly, though, at best his statement was misinformed.
It remains to be seen whether Ross comes out and apologises his poor choice of words, and it is odd considering he and Hart are known to be friends. Fortunately, it doesn't look like the recovering Superstar is blaming Ross so there hopefully won't be any bad blood between the two.
There had even been some speculation amongst fans this week that Hart may be able to be involved in some way at the upcoming WrestleMania 32 on April 5 - perhaps through a segment in which the WWE celebrate his successful prognosis.
Whilst such a segment may now be tempting fate, that doesn't rule out Hart from the Dallas event altogether. With the WWE looking to break records with the show, having the Hitman there would certainly generate some positive traction at a time when the actual card for the event might not be doing so.
Of course, it all depends on his well-being and, after hearing this latest update from the veteran wrestler, WWE fans will simply be hoping Hart is able to continue on his path to recovery. An appearance at 'Mania pails into significance when you compare it to the battle he continues to fight outside of the squared circle.
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