Bret Hart just keeps going off on Triple H.
In an interview with theScoreTV’s Arda Ocal (via PWTorch.com), the WWE Hall of Famer addresses recent critical comments he made about his fellow wrestler and heir apparent to father-in-law Vince McMahon. Hart says he has not worked closely with Triple H since 1997, so it would not be fair of him to judge Triple H’s recent work.
But Hart maintains his earlier stance that he thinks Triple H is not a great wrestler. He also wonders if the heir apparent to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has the chops to build on the foundation that McMahon has laid:
[T]he question was sort of, "Do I think that Triple H can carry the torch for the company and be the genius that Vince was?" And, maybe he can, maybe he can't. Let's hope he can. But, if he can't, it won't be that big of a surprise to me because I never saw any great genius come out of him all the years I knew him.
Hart’s latest comments come on the heels of an interview he conducted last week with Wrestle Talk TV Extra in which he says he thought Triple H has not had a great match in his entire career (via WrestlingInc.com). In that interview, he was critical of Triple H’s match with the Undertaker at WrestleMania 28, calling it “mediocre, at best.”
Is it time for Bret Hart to just keep quiet about Triple H?
In the interview with Ocal, Hart says he would not put too much into what was said, even though he still thinks the match was not that great. He says he thinks Undertaker may have been suffering from the effects of nagging injuries when that match took place, “and there were circumstances that maybe I'm not privy to.”
Asked if he were aware if Triple H was aware of what he has said, Hart says that does not matter because they do not have too much of a relationship:
It doesn't matter to me - he can speak his mind about me and I can speak my mind about him. I can speak my mind about Shawn Michaels or Triple H. I think what people expect from me and they always get from me is the truth. At least my honest opinion. Too bad for someone who takes exception to that.
Hart and Triple H have some history.
According to a storyline from the mid-1990s and reported on Hart’s Wikipedia page, Hart and his Hart Foundation stable had been the subject of derogatory (but storyline) remarks by D-Generation X, the stable led by Triple H and Shawn Michaels. D-Generation X attempted to frame the Hart Foundation by vandalizing the Nation of Domination’s locker room with racial motifs. Hart responded by using a gay slur to describe Triple H and Michaels.
Later, Hart apologized for his comment, claiming he was pressured by WWF/E into saying it.
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