Last week, the WWE Universe was hit with bad news about one of the best of all-time. Bret Hart, WWE Hall of Fame wrestler, told the world that he’s battling prostate cancer. He’s set for surgery soon, which if doctors caught his cancer soon enough, then Hart should be in good hands and recover nicely. After losing Dusty Rhodes, Ultimate Warrior, and Roddy Piper, losing another in a short period of time would be a huge blow to the WWE Universe and wrestling community altogether.
Hart isn’t letting it get to him, as he is still talking to wrestling fans on social media and doing interviews. Bret Hart recently caught criticism for his thoughts on the Royal Rumble. He thought the 2016 Rumble match was one of the least exciting he’s ever seen. When asked about Triple H winning the WWE championship again, he said that the decision lacked imagination.
Whether the former-WWE champion is correct with his analysis of the Royal Rumble, his opinion is still well-regarded in the community. He was a part of the Montreal Screwjob, perhaps the greatest work in pro wrestling history. However, that’s another argument for another day. Hart did say that he had high expectations going into the night. That being said, the last few years didn’t give the WWE fans high thoughts heading into the night.
Even though the Royal Rumble was several weeks ago, Bret Hart is still talking about it. In a recent interview with Ring Rust Radio, Hart discussed the Royal Rumble and why Brock Lesnar should’ve walked away the winner.
“I think Triple H is a guy in a different mindset and is more about how you look. More into a guy like Batista, The Rock and Brock Lesnar. I will say though, I think Brock is a great wrestler. If they all look like Hulk Hogan or big muscle-bound guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger, he would be really happy. That to him is what wrestling is all about. He thinks that is the type of guys you should push, and maybe that’s why he is the champion.
“I am personally a guy that’s more about wrestling. I don’t really have an interest in watching bodybuilders stumbling around the ring. Most of the time, they aren’t the best athletes. It’s not about how you look; it’s about how you wrestle. Wrestling fans are the priority. I’m a big fan of Kevin Owens and I think he’s a great wrestler, and I’m also a big fan of Brock Lesnar and I think he should have won the Royal Rumble.”
Hart only mirrored what a group of WWE fans in the IWC talk about on a consistent basis. Even though Bryan and Punk got massive pushes and were on the forefront of WWE programming, the “Best There Was” is still in that conversation. Everyone will have a different opinion. Some don’t like Kevin Owens, while many think he’s one of the best in the world.
Vince McMahon and Triple H have a history of favoring the bigger guys over the smaller, Indy wrestlers. Then again, HHH is negating all of those claims with WWE NXT. It’s McMahon that still inherits that claim. When AJ Styles first met McMahon, he noted that his size wasn’t too big, which made him talk about a “pitbull” gimmick. McMahon was thinking that Styles have a pitbull-type mentality in the ring.
That’s presumably why he lashed out at the Miz on MizTV last week. Either way, WWE officials pushed the Great Khali, and are now pushing Braun Strowman. It’s not his wrestling ability that sold these two WWE superstars, but rather their size. That’s what Bret Hart is alluding to. Brock Lesnar has all the tools, while the aforementioned giants only had one or two.
Is Hart right on his theory about WWE and the Royal Rumble outcome? Brock Lesnar didn’t need to win the Rumble. Then again, HHH shouldn’t have, either. WWE’s booking forced them to choose Reigns or Triple H. Otherwise, it wouldn’t make sense.
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