Shawn Spears Got Permission From Bret Hart To Use The Sharpshooter, Says It’s ‘Mine Now’

Shawn Spears says it’s mine now.

This week’s episode of AEW Dynamite saw Spears defeat Baron Black but he didn’t win with his traditional finishing move. Spears typically uses the C4 (a running Death Valley driver) to beat his opponents, but last night saw him make Black tap out to the Sharpshooter, a move typically associated with Bret Hart.

It turns out, Spears got permission from his fellow Canadian brother to use the submission hold as his own, noting that he sent a text to Hart to get his blessing.

For those commenting: A while back, I sent a text to @BretHart asking a question. He told me: “Go for it, it works” Tonight as @IAmJericho mentioned, I paid tribute to a Canadian ICON by winning via the #Sharpshooter It just makes sense. Mine now. #LoveYouBret @AEWrestling

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Spears recently spoke with WrestleZone’s Dominic DeAngelo and “The Chairman of AEW” talked about his very busy and successful 2019, but looks ahead to achieving even loftier goals this year:

“The goals for 2020 are to be more challenged. You know, obviously I have Tully Blanchard with me, there’s a lot of things that we talk about that has yet to come to light, that I think an audience would enjoy or be interested in, but essentially just for me personally as a performer, just being challenged, being put in situations to see whether or not I can rise to the occasion, that’s the beautiful thing now about being in the position that I’m in with AEW is that now everything now falls on my shoulders, there’s no one to blame but me if something works or doesn’t work and I love that. I thrive on that environment, that’s when I feel most alive, especially in this industry so that part I’m looking forward to the most. In terms of personally, I just hit 18 years in January at wrestling. I’ve always said that if I can make 20 years in-ring, anything beyond that is just a cherry on top, so 2020 I’m looking to challenging and healthy so hopefully if I can do two of those things, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a good year for me.”

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