What will Bret Hart say next?
One thing you can say about "The Hitman" is that he's not shy about expressing his honest opinion.
In a lengthy interview (the video of which has since been taken down by Ocal) with Arda Ocal, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart spoke out about a wide variety of subjects, including his problems with the current WWE product and his thoughts on last Sunday's WrestleMania pay-per-view.
As Pro Wrestling Torch notes, Hart was extremely critical of management, even conjuring up frightening comparisons with the notoriously dysfunctional WCW promotion. He also claimed wrestlers should be given more creative control.
I think there are a lot of people in charge of the wrestling who have no business being in charge...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...The way they control them (characters) in wrestling now, there's no room for 'Bret Hart' anymore with my own look from my head...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 also discussed the most recent WrestleMania event and spoke negatively about the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar bout. Hart mentioned that he was "really disappointed" in the match and that it lacked creativity.
Hart's remarks aren't terribly surprising considering his controversial and widely publicized comments back in January, when he slammed Triple H's in-ring abilities and (dubiously) claimed the star never had a great match in his career.
Ocal went on to ask Hart about his current relationship with the COO and if the two had talked when he attended WrestleMania, but Hart noted they hadn't done much beyond exchanging brief greetings.
So, what to make of Hart's most recent remarks?
Well, the comparison of the current WWE to WCW seems wholly unfair. Sure, WWE isn't perfect, but it has still never come close to reaching the incompetence of the final years of WCW.
However, he probably does have a point when he says that wrestlers have no real control over their characters anymore and are forced into cheesy, terrible gimmicks that no one can take seriously.
Certainly, WWE might be better off letting some guys be themselves more, like Zack Ryder or Daniel Bryan, rather than coming up with more absurd gimmicks straight out of the cartoonish '80s era.
As for Hart's comments about the Lesnar vs. Triple H match at WrestleMania? Well, I guess that depends on your opinion.
I personally thought the bout was a great dramatic roller-coaster let down by a quiet and apathetic crowd. Others may feel differently, though.
Update: Over at his official Twitter account, Bret Hart has said his initial remarks have been misinterpreted by people and the comment about "4/10" was actually a reference to a Raw sign, not to the match. He says that in fact he enjoyed the Lesnar vs. Triple H bout.