Just when it seems that Bret Hart has put the past behind him and graduated to a serene second half of his life, he goes on to get petty during a recent string of interviews.
And totally redeem himself.
Maybe it was the re-re-re-rehashing of the Montreal Screwjob last weekend at Royal Rumble Fan Fest that brought about old, embittered feelings. Maybe he has transferred all his "screwjob" animosity from Shawn Michaels to Triple H following the newfound buddy-buddy relationship Michaels and Bret share.
Maybe Bret Hart just plain doesn't like Triple H.
Whatever the case, Hart is back to his familiarly truculent behavior, namely when it comes to to the universally lauded match against the Undertaker at WrestleMania XXVIII.
Bret Hart made waves in a recent interview with Wrestle Talk TV Extra, where he referred to Triple H's WrestleMania XXVIII match against the Undertaker as "mediocre." Said Hart:
Before Triple H wrestled Undertaker last year, I remember watching it and going, ‘I can picture the whole match in my head, I can tell you exactly what this match is going to be like and how it’s going to go. And I remember watching it and it went exactly how I predicted it… I thought it was mediocre at best, maybe a 4 out of 10, or 3 out of 10.
Hart also scoffed the following about Triple H's otherwise decorated career:
“What has he ever done that’s great? He’s never had a great match, I don’t think ever."
Earlier this month, PWInsider reported that the class of 2006 WWE Hall of Famer hasn't been too pleased with the WWE's usage of him. It's possible that Triple H has become Bret Hart's personal scapegoat for his latest one-sided tiff with the WWE.
Hart was given a chance to perform damage control during a more recent interview with Arda Ocal of the Score. But Bret Hart backing down from a trivial feud would be like Michael Jordan passing the ball on a game-winning shot opportunity.
Bret continued to devour the haterade:
“I wouldn’t put [Triple H] in the top 1000 great wrestlers. To me he was very mediocre.”
There was even a slight barb in there for Shawn Michaels when it was brought to Hart's attention that Michaels
has moved on from didn't really remember the Montreal Screwjob:
“It doesn’t surprise me. Shawn had his problems back then.”
Worst of all, the Hitman said that talking about the Montreal Screwjob yet again at last week's panel brought "new perspective" on the incident. As if there is anything new about the Montreal Screwjob.
Bret Hart's re-dedication to old skeletons is maddening. With every mean-spirited diss, he becomes more of a caricature. The Canadian legend has had his share of memorable moments on WWE's biggest stage. A few of them have been compromised by the launch of another Superstar's career.
Pro wrestling is passing Bret Hart by. Each WrestleMania delivers a new batch of memories. Each memory endangers the handful of legendary moments associated with Bret Hart. But Bret seems intent on doing everything in his power to convince himself that these new classics never happened.