WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart has been critical of Seth Rollins’ in-ring safety and skill set, but his brother took his criticism to the next level.
Smith Hart, the oldest of 12 Hart children, took to Facebook in a message that has since been deleted to rip Rollins apart, criticizing the former two-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion for being a “danger to the business.” Hart brought up 20-year-old West Seneca, New York, native Jonah Snyder, who recently passed away while training at Rollins’ Black and Brave Academy in Moline, Illinois.
It’s unknown if Rollins was at the school training students when Snyder, who fell into cardiac arrest after a few drills, passed away. However, that means little to Smith Hart.
“I have trained students for over 40 years and my family has trained some of the most well-known superstars of all time for more than 70 years and never has a student even been seriously injured let alone died,” Hart wrote in his lengthy rant via 411 Mania. “Likely it was more cardiovascularly related. But therein lies another issue. Rollins is a fantastic CrossFit athlete that trained for years to have the conditioning that he does. He can’t logically expect everyone off the street to have that same conditioning right away and logically would need to implement a more graduated conditioning system.”
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— B & B Wrestling (@BlackandBrave) September 14, 2016
Hart went on to question why anybody would want to train with Rollins when there are schools run by the likes of The Dudley Boyz, Lance Storm, and Booker T. These comments come on the heels of Smith’s legendary brother Bret, who made similar but less critical comments about Rollins’ safety in the ring. Responding to Hart’s comments on an episode of Talk is Jericho, Rollins said that Bret’s comments hurt his feelings.
“Bret Hart had some comments about me and how safe I am in the ring because of [breaking] John [Cena’s] nose, and then me getting hurt while I was the champion, and [he] just said ‘you couldn’t do that because people relied on you as a top guy.’ And that hurt my feelings, and I haven’t seen Bret since then,” Rollins said via FOX Sports. “I know he comes from a different era when he worked through a lot of stuff, but man, that sucked. That hurt my feelings. I idolized you. You were one of the guys who – at 6-foot-1, 230 – you were a guy who I was like ‘hey I can do that because Bret Hart does it.”
In the last year, Rollins has broken Cena’s nose with an errant knee, twice used his signature Buckle Bomb on a near 60-year-old Sting during their match at Night of Champions, and recently, Finn Balor suffered a serious shoulder injury after taking a variation of the Buckle Bomb on the barricade at SummerSlam. Rollins also missed over half a year of action following a serious knee injury.
“The goal in professional wrestling is to make it look real without hurting anyone. But Rollins manages to do the opposite as he makes it look fake while critically injuring talented wrestlers. Take this buckle bomb which is the cause of many of these injuries. A logical, rationale human being would know that it would be physically impossible to “shoot” that move on anyone, let alone anyone 3 times the size of him, which most professional wrestlers would be. Perhaps he should follow his buddy CM Punk into the UFC to try shooting that move onto a Mickey Gall and see what happens.”
While Sting, Balor, and Cena have come to Rollins’ defense in the past, Hart is calling for the industry to take action against him. He acknowledges Rollins’ abilities to perform “high spots” — known as acrobatic, high-risk maneuvers — but otherwise views “The Architect” as having “limited charisma, limited personality, and absolutely no psychology.”
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) September 13, 2016
“Fans, friends, colleagues, I implore you to band together to boycott anything involving Seth Rollins as fans deserve better than this and the talent/students of this business certainly deserve better,” Hart adds. “To those working in WWE, I implore you to either cease booking this careless fool and/or send him somewhere to be trained how to wrestle properly.”
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