Bret "The Hitman" Hart has revealed that he regrets not having fought the former US Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. The former WWE champion was forced to retire from active wrestling in 2000.

The WWE Hall of Famer, in an interview with Sports Illustrated (Via inquisitr), said that the he dreamt of squaring off with Angle, who was one of WWE's biggest stars in 2000s.

"I had him [Kurt Angle] clamped in a headlock. I was breathing hard and I remember telling myself: 'This is only a dream, it's not real'," Hart said.

"But the longer I held Kurt in a headlock, I started to believe it was real. I focused on a square inch of fabric on the canvas and studied it. In my dream, I remember feeling this excitement telling myself that this was real, that I had Kurt Angle in a side headlock somewhere. Then, seconds later, I simply woke up. It was a dream," he added.

The 59-year-old former wrestler also talked about beating prostate cancer, which was detected in 2013. Hart revealed that the chances of getting better from the disease at one point in time were very slim. However, his health has improved following a successful surgery.

"My health is really good now. On my last visit with my doctor, he told me my PSA level was zero and I'd had a one-in-ten recovery. He said I was a miracle," Hart said.

"One of the difficult aspects of my fight with prostate cancer was the decision to go public. Prostate cancer has killed a lot of people and I like to think my coming out and talking about it would encourage other men to get checked," he said.

Hart left the WWE after the "Montreal Screwjob" in 1997 for the WCW. Hart was forced to retire in 2000 after suffering from a severe concussion from a WCW match against Bill Goldberg.

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