It should come as no surprise that WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart can hold a grudge. He seemed to totally drop his problems with both Vince McMahon and Shawn Michaels following their involvement in Hart’s departure years ago. Both were part of the now infamous “Montreal Screwjob,” which saw HBK basically steal the WWF Title from Hart by putting in his own move and forcing a tap, which didn’t happen. Referee Earl Hebner called for the bell before Hart quit, resulting in the title change Vince wanted.
Hart had refused to drop the World Title to Michaels due to issues he had with him. Hart was already heading to WCW, and it was an open secret that he would be leaving soon after his match with Michaels. After seeing the WWF Women’s Title brought on live WCW TV and dropped in the trash, McMahon couldn’t take chances with Hart and wanted him to drop it to Michaels at the 1997 WWE Survivor Series. Hart didn’t want to do it, and that forced Vince’s hand and resulted in the infamous event we know today.
Of course, Hart buried the hatchet with McMahon and Michaels, but another man also knew about this whole situation and was sort of part of it. That man was Triple H. Others knew as well, but Triple H was sort of involved in things and was caught saying on backstage camera that “if Bret doesn’t want to do business, we need to do business for him.” Ever since then, Hart has had issues with Triple H along with the rest. The others have buried any hard feelings away, but not Hart and The Game.
This has resulted in Hart openly calling out Triple H on MANY issues. He yet again did similar with Notts TV News, where he had this to say.
“I’m always happy to be proven wrong, but I’ve never seen any real genius come from Triple H yet. I sound like I’m always knocking him, but it seems like he’s quick to push the great wrestling to the side and push the bodies, guys who have [good] physiques, all the time. They wonder why CM Punk quit and they wonder why Daniel Bryan got hurt. It’s because they squeeze so much out of those guys.I’m just calling it the way it is. Triple H is a former bodybuilder. He’s all about bodies. He thought that Hulk Hogan was the greatest wrestler in the world. They think Ultimate Warrior was the greatest wrestler in the world because that’s what they’re attracted to, but he’s not really a wrestling fan like I grew up. I was a wrestling fan. I had wrestling in my blood. All the way through, I was a wrestling fan. I loved great wrestling. Like this year’s WrestleMania, there was no great wrestling on the card. All the great wrestling was two days before in the NXT [TakeOver: Dallas] show with [Shinsuke] Nakamura and Sami Zayn and [Asuka], whatever her name is, the Japanese girl, that wrestled Bayley. That’s what WrestleMania is all about. This year at WrestleMania, I thought it was absent on the bill. There was no wrestling on the card.”
What Hart fails to realize here is that while Triple H may be a lot of things, he certainly is not the man who controls how things go on the main roster completely. That all comes down to Vince McMahon himself. The entire WrestleMania card wreaked of McMahon say-so, and it simply did not turn out as well as it could have been. Also, the NXT Takeover card that Hart raved about was organized by Triple H.
The Game controls this part of the product completely. He is also the man who has signed all of the amazing independent workers who everyone raves about now in Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, and more. While many won’t be quick to call Triple H a genius, he has had a lot of good ideas. The entire NXT brand ideology was all him. The WWE Performance Center was also his idea.
The direction WWE is going by signing a lot of independent workers along with people they have to groom is also a Cerebral Assassin thing. While Bret Hart does not have to call Triple H a genius, the fact that he raved about a show that Triple H had full control over and then slapped him in the face over one he did not is completely ignorant on his part. Plus, the big guy thing is completely gone here, as Triple H wanted Seth Rollins pushed last year, and he is by no means a big guy. He has also called for the push of others who aren’t huge as well.
Roman Reigns may be considered a bigger guy, but he’s also mostly a Vince McMahon-pushed product. However, he in a sea of stars like AJ Styles and Seth Rollins, it is tough to call Triple H a “body pusher” by any means. This is yet again a time when Hart is misinformed or simply wants to find something to complain about when it comes to Triple H.
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