Bret Hart Regrets Leaving WWE, The Miz Featured In New Muppisode

- Metro out of the United Kingdom interviewed Bret Hart to promote his inclusion in WWE 2K14. When asked about the Montreal Screwjob, Hart said that he’s calmed down a lot. He said he wouldn’t change anything he did in terms of his own conduct but that he regrets all of it. Hart admitted that he wished he never would have left WWE. He also said Antonio Cesaro is one of the best wrestlers going. Click here to read the piece in its entirety.

- The Miz is featured in a “Muppisode” with the Muppets at this link. You can also check it out in the video embedded below:

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  • _JIM_

    Maybe Bret should’ve been professional like everyone else who is leaving one company for another, and did the job for HBK. It’s just how business is done and he shouldn’t have acted like he was special and didn’t have to do what everyone else would do. Diesel and Razor both did jobs in their last matches for WWF without an issue. Bret should have just done the job and he could have came back to WWE right after WCW. Instead of having to wait for so many years. WCW paid him a lot of money and he barely worked once he got there. He was always hurt. He left for the money so he got what he wanted. He should have known that they wouldn’t know what to do with him. Because by that time things were in really bad shape. But he would’ve been crazy to pass up a contract worth the money WCW paid him for the limtted amount of dates they made him work. He didn’t work house shows and only worked TV twice a week and a PPV on 1 Sunday a month, and was paid million more guaranteed per year than he made in WWF. That was a sweet deal, and if he couldn’t stay healthy working that limitted schedule then how could he have ever worked WWF’s crazy schedule?

  • _JIM_

    Maybe Bret should’ve been professional like everyone else who is leaving one company for another, and did the job for HBK. It’s just how business is done and he shouldn’t have acted like he was special and didn’t have to do what everyone else would do. Diesel and Razor both did jobs in their last matches for WWF without an issue. Bret should have just done the job and he could have came back to WWE right after WCW. Instead of having to wait for so many years. WCW paid him a lot of money and he barely worked once he got there. He was always hurt. He left for the money so he got what he wanted. He should have known that they wouldn’t know what to do with him. Because by that time things were in really bad shape. But he would’ve been crazy to pass up a contract worth the money WCW paid him for the limtted amount of dates they made him work. He didn’t work house shows and only worked TV twice a week and a PPV on 1 Sunday a month, and was paid million more guaranteed per year than he made in WWF. That was a sweet deal, and if he couldn’t stay healthy working that limitted schedule then how could he have ever worked WWF’s crazy schedule?

    • Jon S.

      I agree, and Bret Hart is my favorite wrestler of all time. He took the wrestling business too personally, being part of a historic family that lives and breathes wrestling, when in the end, as you say, its just business.

    • Jon S.

      I agree, and Bret Hart is my favorite wrestler of all time. He took the wrestling business too personally, being part of a historic family that lives and breathes wrestling, when in the end, as you say, its just business.

    • WRESTLING_GOD

      “Diesel and Razor both did jobs in their last matches for WWF without an issue.” You may not know this _JIM_ but they both did the infamous “curtain call.”

    • Bob’s Diner

      1 – Go read up about the scenario, because he didn’t leave for the money. Vince asked him to go because WWF couldn’t afford to keep him. I suggest watching the first Bret Hart DVD documentary WWE released in 2005 where Vince even takes credit for setting up Bret to get lots of money

      2 – Diesel and Razor both put over their friends in their last matches, then came back out at the end of the night and exposed the business like had never been done before

      3 – WWE wanted him to come back a lot sooner than he did. Do you know he was asked to appear at WrestleMania 18 but declined?

      4 – Ask any wrestler from the 90′s what their schedule was like. It was worse than what they guys today do, and Bret Hart was damn reliable

      • Rus

        What happened with Diesel and Razor and exposed the business like had never been done before…… 1st Iv heard of this, is it on youtube???

        • Bob’s Diner

          It was a house show at MSG; at the end of the main event which was HBK vs Diesel, I believe it was HHH that announced to the crowd that this was Hall and Nash’s last matches with WWF and they were going to WCW. Then the whole Klique – HBK, Diesel, HHH, Waltman & Nash – broke kayfabe and had a big group hug in the middle of the ring. Jim Cornette considered doing that, especially at MSG, the most disrespectful thing ever done to WWF.

          Not sure if on Youtube but there are photos out there showing them all hugging in the middle of the ring

          • Rus

            Excellent thanks Bob

    • Snap

      Bret’s contract didn’t expire immediately after Survivor Series and, in fact, it was that it was to HBK why Bret didn’t want to drop the title, particularly in Canada. He had offered different scenarios, such as giving up the belt on RAW the next night or dropping it to Steve Austin.

      Regarding Bret’s health and the WCW schedule, it was a freak accident involving a stray kick which forced him into retirement and suffering the subsequent stroke from another freak accident. Had neither of those accidents ever occurred, the final chapter of his career could have ended quite differently.

    • Stevie Klaus

      you obviously have NO IDEA what you are talking about!

  • Draven

    Bret didnt want to do the job to HBK because HBK back then was a huge jerk back then and said he wouldnt ever job to bret and that made bret mad. But i agree that bret went about the whole thing wrong especially not wanting to lose in Canada, Ameican wrestlers lose in america every day but HBK and his whole qlik were jerks that thought they owned the place and the majority of the locker room back then hated them.

  • _JIM_

    What? I have no idea that the allmighty Bret Hart used his creative control and refused to drop the title on his way out of the company just because he didn’t want to lose in front of a Canadien audience? Yeah, that’s real hard to figure out. Especially when he’s said it himself a thousand times. Sorry Bret, that’s what was on the schedule when your contract was coming to an end, and there was no chance they were going to let you leave as champion. Bret should have been professional and dropped the title when they requested it of him. He was no longer going to be with the company, and HBK was the companies future. So how would losing to the guy that is going to be the number one guy in the top company in the world going to negatively effect Bret’s character? It wouldn’t have. What negatively effected his character is what happened in Montreal and the ensueing hissy fit that he threw. The whole situation could’ve been avoided if Bret just would’ve lost when they asked him to. Bret forced Vince’s hand, and Vince got what he wanted in the end. He got the title off Bret and he launched the Mr. McMahon character all at the same time. There is nothing wrong with dropping a title on your way out of a company to that companies new top guy. It’s just how things are done and how they always have been done. It’s called being a professional. People just can’t ever stand when someone calls Bret out and says he was in the wrong, but he was.

    Also Diesel put over Undertaker at mania because he was asked to and I don’t remember Taker ever being tight with the Kliq. The only job he refused to do on his way out was to The Ultimate Warrior on Raw. Which wasn’t for a title of any kind, and none of the boys liked Warrior at that time anyway. So not many people with any type of control would have done that job. Razor didn’t work that Mania because of a weed suspension. And yeah they both did put over their friends in their last matches but it’s not like they were in charge of making the matches and deciding who faced who. That’s just how things went. Putting over whoever you are asked to, as long as it doesn’t totally destroy your character, is just how things are done when you leave a company for another. Especially when its your choice to leave for more money.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Dude… seriously, you actually should learn about this situation before you start ranting about it in such manner. I’m all for opinions on this, but you clearly know nothing about it.

      As for the ‘time honoured tradition’ line Vince tries to sell, you know what else was a “time honoured tradition”? Not running shows in other people’s territories

    • Snap

      There’s just one flaw in your argument here and that is HBK was NOT the future of the WWF going forward, it was Stone Cold Steve Austin. HBK was only around in a wrestling capacity for another four months, where he dropped the title to Austin, before he was gone from the ring for four years.

      Look, I’m a fan of HBK as much as the next guy, but he’s the guy who “lost his smile” shortly before WrestleMania and gave up the WWF championship instead of defending it against the challenger, which was either Steve Austin or Bret Hart at the time, only to return after WrestleMania had passed and he no longer would have had to put anybody over.

      That’s not to say I think Bret was 100% correct in what happened, but the whole idea that Bret wanted to leave WWF as the champion is just fantasy. He felt disrespected by Shawn Michaels when he said he wouldn’t do the same for Bret what Bret was going to do for him and THAT is why he didn’t want to lose to him at Survivor Series, not just because it was in Canada. But the Alundra Blayze incident had Vince so paranoid that Bret was going to show up on WCW with the WWF championship that he was desperate to do anything to take it off him.

      As has been well documented, Bret had “reasonable creative control” regarding his departure from the company and he had said to Vince: I want to do this, this and this. Chief among what Bret wanted to do was leave WWF on a good note, and making amends with the American crowd he had antagonized during his heel run. But if what happened at the Survivor Series wasn’t bad enough, they had to mock Bret and rub salt in the wounds after the fact.

      So, if you want to place blame on Bret for what happened in Montreal, that’s fine but you also have to put an equal amount of blame on HBK, Triple H and Vince McMahon for their part. But it’s been more than 15 years since then, so as much as people would call for Bret to just let it go, people should let go of all this finger pointing at who was or wasn’t in the wrong.

      On the matter of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall leaving the company, none of us are qualified to say what was going on behind the scenes unless we were actually involved. How do any of us know that they didn’t get to choose who they put over on their way out?

      • Bob’s Diner

        Realistically, it makes no sense for Bret to have left with the belt and take it to WCW to disrespect; his family and friends all still worked for WWF, and he was WWF through and through. I can’t imagine why anyone would believe he would want to endanger the jobs of so many people he cared about. Yet to this day, HHH still says that was why they had to get the belt off him. I don’t buy it, and anyone who does is quite frankly ignorant or the biggest mark possible

    • Bob’s Diner

      I only have one more thing to say on this.

      If what happened at Montreal was all Bret’s fault, why is it HHH and Shawn Michaels denied any involvement for 5 years after it happened? Why did they both “swear to god” – on camera – that neither had anything to do with it? Even in shoot interviews before coming clean about the truth, Shawn Michaels denied any invovlement and it wasn’t until Jerry Lawler outed him that he finally confessed that he actually helped plan it. If you did something you believed was the right thing to do and was in no way wrong, why would you pretend and “swear to god” that you had nothing to do with it?

      The only wrestlers that think it was the right thing to do were the Klique and people trying to stay tight with HHH because of his role in the company, like Ric Flair. A group of wrestlers that have spent the last 20 years no-showing events and PPV tapings to avoid losing matches or because they were too wasted calling someone else unprofessional is just a joke.

      Mick Foley sums it up best; “Deep down… I think Vince believed what I believe – that Vince screwed Bret”