WWE News HART NEWS: Bret Hart concerned with WWE product & management, rates Hunter-Lesnar below-average, talks Hunter & Punk & Cena & Orton, favorite WCW moment?, more (w/Video)
Apr 15, 2013 - 1:47:13 PM
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By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor
WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart talked in-depth about his career and the current WWE product in a Q&A session this past week in Timmins, Ontario, Canada. The Q&A was hosted by Arda Ocal of The Score in Canada.
-- Hart talked extensively about being concerned about the current WWE TV product and who is running the show behind the scenes.
"I think there are a lot of people in charge of the wrestling who have no business being in charge," Hart said. "I think it's turned into a little bit of WCW. They've hired a lot of guys who, to me, are not more skilled than the wrestlers they're talking to." Hart also believes Hall of Famers like Roddy Piper and Mick Foley are untapped in the Creative process.
"The way they control them (characters) in wrestling now, there's no room for 'Bret Hart' anymore with my own look from my head," Hart said. "Today in wrestling, it's 'You're going to be a dancer. We're going to give you six weeks of dancing lessons and send you out to the ring.' Kudos to Fandango for making it work."
-- Hart brought up WWE wrestler/executive Triple H throughout the interview. He said he views Hunter as a good wrestler who lacks imagination in the ring, then gave Hunter's match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania a 4/10 score.
"I was really disappointed with the last two (WM matches) - well, Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H. To me, it was everything I imagined in my head before I watched it. There was nothing new or creative," Hart said. "Whereas Punk and Taker stole the show. The way the story flows and a match goes - some of the other matches could have been much better. I know Rock and Cena worked hard, but I think they were missing a little Bret Hart in their matches."
(Hart tweeted Monday: "My comments to Arda about Trip H Lezner match being 4 out of 10, was in reference to a sign someone held up on Raw. In truth, I thought they had the second best match of the night, and both worked very hard. Hope that (clarifies) things.")
Hart added about Hunter: "I think Triple H is a really good wrestler and works hard, but as far as creativeness, there's very little imagination. Throw a curve in there or try something original. We've agreed to disagree (about creative differences). I can only be honest about it; it doesn't really matter to me what he thinks. I just tell the truth."
Later, Hart recalled one of his few fond memories in WCW, which was taking a spear from Goldberg, then removing his Toronto Maple Leafs hockey jersey to reveal a steel plate, which brought him back to Triple H. "Sometimes you have to do something unique or different; use your imagination to come up with something fresh. I think Triple H is a good example of being a good wrestler, but doing the same thing every time; there's nothing fresh," Hart said.
Asked about their current relationship, specifically if they talked at WrestleMania, Hart said, "We didn't talk that much. It's hi and bye."
Hart said his relationship with Shawn Michaels is much different. "We do stay in touch, which is strange. We're friends now," Hart said. "We don't talk all the time, but we're on good terms. Whatever happened years ago - we've sort of made peace and made a truce over the whole thing. It was real and legitimate and I feel better not having to carry it around. I think Shawn feels better about it, too. It was good for him and Shawn's a devout Christian now, so I want to give Shawn the benefit of the doubt."
-- Hart endorsed C.M. Punk as his favorite wrestler from the current era. "He's my kind of wrestler," Hart said. Hart added that Punk is "pretty close" to being the second Best There Is/Was/Ever will be. He also endorsed Daniel Bryan and Antonio Cesaro. "I like to see these guys take it a step forward, incorporate new moves, and make it better," Hart said.
Hart also endorsed John Cena as the top star of the company. "I can't help but think that Bret Hart from 1997 facing John Cena today - I could have given Cena the greatest match he ever had," Hart said.
Hart continued, "I have a lot of respect for John. He works really hard. Being the center position of that company is a constant, really tough job. I think John Cena works as hard as anyone doing that job. Also, being a hero and a good guy is a really hard job to make people stay with. After a while, they want someone new. There is nobody new. There is no one who can take his spot. So, a lot of that audience is against John Cena, but if you know Cena, you can only see him as a good guy. I had the ability to adapt to being a bad guy, but I don't think Cena could ever be a bad guy."
Regarding Randy Orton, Hart said, "I'm a big fan of Randy's. I haven't been happy with what he's been doing the last three or four months, but my hunch is that's about to change. Randy's about to make a bit of a comeback."
Hart said guys like Orton, Cena, and Rey Mysterio are "always going to be stars," but he likes Orton better as a villain. "I think he's naturally and more in his personality to be more of a bad cat," Hart said.
-- Also in the interview, Hart said he wishes he had the chance to wrestle Kurt Angle, he would have liked to have wrestled Owen Hart, The Undertaker, and Shawn Michaels one more time, and he said his biggest career matches were the Iron Man match against Michaels at WrestleMania 12 and his Summerslam '92 main event against British Bulldog in London.
"It was definitely the hardest match," Hart said about the HBK match. "We were both sore for about three months after that. I've never felt more than after that match."
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