Bret Hart and WWE may be (sort of) buddy-buddy these days, but that doesn’t mean the guy is just going to put on a happy facade when the company does something he doesn’t understand, and it’s doing a lot things that are hard to understand lately.
Bret recently sat down for an interview with Live Audio Wrestling, and like most of us, he isn’t thrilled by what’s happening with Daniel Bryan. Bret provided one of the clearest explanations I’ve heard for why fans really needed Bryan to headline the big show again this year…
“All I can say is when I wrestled Lex Luger in the Royal Rumble back in 1994 and I ended up getting the title a few months later, it was very similar to what is going on with Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan now but they went against what the fans wanted and I think that it may bite them on the ass because my logical thinking is you give the fans what they want or you should anyway. I don’t know why they went against the grain, I think Daniel Bryan was a great champion and had his run was cut short and I think fans wanted to see him get that moment that he deserves. Even though he won the title and WrestleMania last year was such a big thing for him, the fans want to see him get his proper chance and I think the WWE put a line through that and I think that’s probably a mistake.”
As I’ve said before, it’s not about necessarily wanting Bryan to be the face of the company, or wanting to stop the inevitable Roman Reigns ascent, it’s about finishing your damn story. Daniel Bryan’s battle against the Authority dominated WWE for a year, and we never got our payoff. It wasn’t WWE’s fault Bryan got injured, but he fought his way back, and WWE should have taken the opportunity to tie things up.
Anyway, Bret being behind Bryan doesn’t mean he has anything against Roman Reigns, although he sees a bit of Kevin Nash in him…
“I think Roman Reigns is ready and he is really good, I think he is a really great talent and has a lot of potential. I can see why they want to push him but I really think the hearts and minds of the wrestling fans are with Daniel Bryan. His work rate in the ring and what he gives through the match just means so much more to the wrestling fans than anything else.
I think they made a big mistake in giving [Kevin Nash] a push too early, they should have waited and let him build himself up for another year and I think if they had given Kevin just a little more time to get more experience and get prepared for that role, if that next year he had gotten that big push that they gave him, he may have stayed champion but they sometimes push things they want now and it wasn’t going to happen then, he was still learning a lot.”
Finally, Bret is skeptical about Hulk Hogan inducting Randy Savage into the Hall of Fame. You’re not alone, pal.
“Well I know we were a lot closer than Hogan was. I’m not quite sure why Hulk Hogan of all people is inducting him because my last conversations I had with Randy, he didn’t have much good to say about Hogan.”
Still, the induction is about Randy, and Bret has nothing but good things to say about the guy…
“It is a night to remember Randy for all the great contributions he made. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, he was a great champion in the dressing room, he was a Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, a real team guy and always had a lot of respect and love with all of the wrestlers. We will always miss the Macho Man.”
Oh, Bret. You make this fellow sensible Western Canadian proud.
via Wrestling Inc.