When it comes to WWE Hall of Fame legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart, much of the last 20 years has seen him bitter towards the WWE and professional wrestling in general. Even when Hart made his surprising return to the WWE and seemed to mend fences, Bret still seemed bitter and often took the time to take shots at the WWE and the direction of the business. Forbes started a two-part interview with Bret Hart on Thursday and Hart continued to take his shots at the WWE.
However, his beef is no longer with Vince McMahon, and Hart seems to have developed a professional respect for the man he once blamed for screwing him as he left the WWE. Of course, Bret’s opinion of Vince didn’t extend to his daughter Stephanie McMahon or her husband, Triple H.
Many fans look at NXT and see Triple H as the eventual savior of the WWE. The idea is that Triple H has proven with NXT that he has a strong respect for professional wrestling as a sport and an entertainment industry, while Vince only looks at the entertainment part. While some might expect Bret Hart to side with Triple H in this aspect; he didn’t, and instead took the side of Vince McMahon.
In the interview, Bret Hart said that he believed that Vince McMahon will be irreplaceable to the WWE when he is gone. Hart said that McMahon is a wrestling fan first and foremost and knows more about the business of wrestling than Stephanie McMahon ever will. Bret also emphasized that Shane McMahon also knows more than his sister because, like Vince, he was around the actual wrestlers over the years and understands that aspect of the WWE.
As for Bret Hart and Triple H, they have always had an uneasy relationship. In April, Wrestling Inc. reported that Hart took another in a long line of shots at Triple H, saying he has never seen the genius in Triple H that recent WWE fans have professed to see. Instead, he sees Triple H as someone who idolized only big guys like Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior and considered guys like that as being great wrestlers.
“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.”
In the recent Forbes interview, Bret Hart said the exact same thing. Hart said that a look at WrestleMania 32 sees a great technical wrestler like Kevin Owens having a bit role in the card, while Shane McMahon is in the main event and Triple H battled Roman Reigns for the world title. Bret said that it was another case of Triple H and others preferring the big bodies over the actual wrestlers.
Bret Hart also shot down many fans complaints that it was Vince McMahon who only cares about the big guys. Bret could be excused here since he was pushed by McMahon over bigger wrestlers, as were Shawn Michaels and Stone Cold Steve Austin, none of them body builders. Hart said that the Royal Rumble should always end with Mark Henry and Big Show as the final two guys because no one can realistically eliminate them.
However, wrestling is about telling a story, and that is why smaller technical wrestlers should be able to main event in the WWE as well. Bret Hart said that Vince McMahon understands that, but Stephanie McMahon and Triple H are the two at the top in the WWE right now that won’t seem to budge on their obsession with the bodies in wrestling.
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