"The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be."
Except on the microphone. (And before those overbearing Bret Hart enthusiasts start jumping on me again for saying Bret Hart is horrible on the mic, understand that in Bret's book, "Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling," Bret, himself, states that he lacks mic skills.)
So back up off of me, foo'.
Bret Hart is actually a very fortunate individual for being born when he was. His peak popularity came in the early 1990's. Those were his prime years, especially from 1990 to 1996. He's fortunate that he peaked there, because the Attitude Era was about to be born. (Something Bret was actually against, as he didn't like the raunchy direction the company was going.)
But the Attitude Era marked the end of wrestlers being able to get by without mic skills, operating solely on technical ability.
Certainly, the WWF was character-driven before the Attitude Era, but there was still room for advancement without the greatest of mic skills. The Attitude Era all but killed that because so many guys with unbelievable characters and promo skills emerged.
The Rock, Stone Cold, Y2J, Kurt Angle, Mankind, Triple H, etc... Add to that, the fact that most of them could work matches well, and there really was no room for guys with no mic skills at the top.
Since 1997, the stranglehold of "entertainer over athlete" has only gotten tighter and tighter, with Chris Benoit being the only man to break through to a top title based solely upon technical skill and not size, or mic ability.
So now, 14 years later, even a perceived whiff of "boring on the mic" gets even the most technically skilled and gifted wrestlers buried or fired. Examples include: Kaval, Daniel Bryan and Shelton Benjamin. And Bryan Danielson isn't even boring on the mic. They just won't let him be the American Dragon from ROH.
But it is with those men, that Bret Hart would find himself. Constantly held down, because he would have all the skill in the world between the ropes, but on the mic, he just wouldn't have the goods.
Bret wouldn't even be allowed into the WWE as a fresh-faced rookie. He would be forced to claw his way up and make his reputation through the independents. The WWE would wait for years before giving him a chance, and then after finally giving him a shot, would misuse and boot him out after a couple of years without ever knowing they had a potential legend on their hands.
Basically, Bret would be just like Bryan Danielson in 2011, only worse off.
Because Danielson has better mic skills and (this is going to piss some people off) he can wrestle better than Bret Hart, too.
(Yeah, I said it. Bring it on, Hart enthusiasts.)