For the full admission – as I have already done – I do not like Bret Hart nor do I wish to see him return to WWE. I will also admit that this is my first article, and as such may be in the variety of really hideously bad. Any and all errors are mine, and mine alone. If it works like I want it to, the photo is mine and it's what my cat thinks of Bret Hart - if not, I have no idea what it is
My dislike of Bret Hart has nothing to do with his talent as a wrestler. He’s a very good technical wrestler, one of the best. I’m not going to deny that, doing so is pointless. On sport alone, I should put Bret Hart at or near the top.
I’m not watching NCAA or Olympic wrestling. I’m not watching wrestling for sport. I’m watching for entertainment. So thus, my break down on why I don’t like Bret Hart.
- Monday Night Wars. I remember the war between WCW and WWF/E. I wasn’t the only one to pick a side and stay with their side. Mindless, yes, probably. But I just don’t remember ever having WCW on at home growing up. That wasn’t who my dad sat down with me to watch. We always watched WWF/E. That’s just all there is to it.
- Since I’m watching for entertainment, if I don’t like a characters personality, I don’t have to. That’s all it comes down to. Nothing more, nothing less. I don’t like Bret Hart as a character, I found him to be largely self-important, arrogant and obnoxious. That may be the point of his character, but either he played it too well or not well enough.
- If I’m going on technical skills alone – yes, he’s good. Again, I’ll say that. So what. Other wrestlers have done well with very very limited skills, and some are bad enough I can predict their next move before it’s shown. If it’s entertainment, it doesn’t matter how good/bad you are, it matters on if you sell it. In wrestling, it comes down to if you can hold the title or not.
- The other reason I’ve always heard to worship Bret Hart is because of the family tradition. No, sorry, don’t think that’s a reason. I just don’t get it, and I refuse to accept it.
Now, for 2, 3 and 4 – if I’m to follow Hart on the basis to ignore those 3 points, or perhaps because of those points, fine. Let’s pick out who I think we should mindlessly follow like lemmings. I can find more, but I’m keeping the lists short.
2. Obnoxious character – Vickie Guerrero, Jack Swagger, Hornswoggle, Chris Jericho.
3. Holding the title – Edge, Batista, and now Sheamus (I’m a Sheamus-mark currently)
4. Family – Randy Orton, Golddust, Cody Rhodes, Ted DiBiase.
Ok, now that I have my sheep shamelessly following me, I’m going to get dirty. I’ve not named one person who has an obnoxious character, has held the title, and has family connections and to top it off – in general, he either has or does piss Bret Hart off. Triple H. Now, if I would write an article as a shameless mark for him, I can be reasonably well assured that I will find probably 20 comments in an hour informing me on how I’m stupid, a mark, and how Triple H only slept his way to his current position within the company.
Yes, fine, all well and good. So? If it’s going to be force fed down my throat to accept Bret Hart, I’m going to start to force feed others on Triple H. I’m not a mark, but I don’t hate him. If nothing else, he sells the WWE very well, and has for a decade. As for family – I do not care. At all. What so ever. Other than I would be really happy if the WWE would just drop any and all storylines that involve who is sleeping with who because in the past 20 years, I can’t remember any of the storylines, kayfabe or real, that I’ve wanted to know as much about as I do.
Now that I’ve made all the sheep jump off the cliff, I’m going to point out my (possibly only) logical reason why I do not want to see Bret Hart in a WWE ring in 2010.
The late 80’s, early-mid 90’s top draw wrestlers who are still active are all starting to slow down or are past the point of needing to retire. I love the Undertaker, he’s been one of my long time favorites, but even I can admit that what I saw at Hell in the Cell was not what I wanted to see. For further examples, I need not go any further than turning on TNA in 2009. Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash, Jeff Jarrett, Mick Foley. Do I need to drag out more examples – I think I’ve made my point well enough.
Now, this is all written, rather blatantly, with Montreal Screwjob being ignored. Everyone has their own opinions on what happened and I don’t think that 12 years later, my opinion will change anyone from what it is. What happened happened, it’s over and done with.
So now 9 years after his retirement, following fairly serious medical issues, which is 12 years after leaving the WWF/E. Sheamus is the current WWE champion and Kofi Kingston is making a push towards becoming a big name, along with Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase. Plus, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, CM Punk and Matt Hardy if WWE remembers to keep them in the picture. Plus the whole lot over at ECW. And probably about 20 others who I haven’t named, but please let it be known I’m not intentionally leaving anyone out, I’m just not naming the whole roster for all the brands.
There are newer, bigger, brighter and better stars coming out for the WWE. Please use them, and leave the irrelevant, washed up, crabby old men to TNA.
Final statement – just because I am a true nasty little Hart hater, and it’s one of my very favorite quotes to be used with him. Come on, you all know it, and you love it just as much as me in some little black corner of your heart…. “Bret screwed Bret.”