Today’s Tweet-exchange between Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart is just the latest in a long list of real life issues between wrestlers that have spilled out into the public.
Earlier in the day Bret Hart was asked on Twitter about his thoughts on TNA and how he’d improve the product. His response was, "I'd have Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff tar and feathered.”
Later, when Hart was asked about his thoughts on Hulk Hogan, he replied, “Hogan's nothing but a two-faced, backstabbing, steroid freak who deserved everything he got."
That started a brief exchange between the two with Hogan saying, “Listen to where Brett's speaking from, it's funny he's done everything he's saying I did.”
Bret then took it to the next level: "That's not what John Graziano thinks, dickhead.”
The aforementioned John Graziano was the passenger who was alongside Nick Hogan (Hulk Hogan's son), when Nick was involved in serious car accident a few years ago. Tragically, Graziano suffered severe injuries, leaving him in a permanent vegetative state.
Hogan later ended the exchange by saying, “Last and only comment for Brett, I hope he finds happiness in life, I feel bad for him and I have totally forgiven him much respect.”
Now yes, I believe Bret shouldn’t have brought up John Graziano, but I also think Hogan shouldn’t even have responded to Bret's Tweets. Bret was merely responding to a fan's question about his thoughts on Hogan.
This isn’t the first time that wrestlers' issues have been broadcasted in such a public manner. To name a few:
- Mick Foley stated in his book “Have a Nice Day” that “Flair was every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it.”
- Ric Flair responded to Foley in his own autobiography by saying, "I do not care how many thumbtacks Mick Foley has fallen on, how many ladders he's fallen off, how many continents he's supposedly bled on, he will always be known as a glorified stuntman."
- Flair also wrote in his book that Bret “over-exploited” the death of his brother Owen.
- Obviously the Bret Hart/Vince McMahon situation up until 2006.
- Another good example is the Matt Hardy/Lita/Edge situation (which eventually played out on TV).
- The Iron Sheik has on many occasions voiced his opinion on Hulk Hogan.
- Road Dogg and Billy Gunn have expressed their disdain for Triple H.
There's also numerous other shoot interviews and articles where people voice their opinions (though granted sometimes it's hard to tell if it's a worked-shoot or legit).
With today's technology and websites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, people are able to voice their opinions to exponentially larger groups of people versus a few years ago. Most had to wait to write a book until they could tell someone off—now they can do it instantly with a click of a mouse, cell phone or camera.
So what do you guys think?
Do you think this is good for the business?
Or do you think that issues should be kept behind the scenes and out of the public?