Bret Hart Talks About CM Punk's Frustrations Of Part-Time Talent Getting Big Matches & Paydays

Bret Hart spoke to's "The Edge" where he talked about his favorite Wrestlemania moments. He also touched on CM Punk's WWE departure. Below is an excerpt:

“When you look at it closely, Punk’s burned out,” said Hart. “He’s always given 100 percent in all his matches, and delivered some of the best pay-per-view matches in the past 10 years. And it’s not easy when there are legends who only work part-time, and guys like Punk and Bryan do all the work, and watch someone like Brock Lesnar walk in and take those big matches and big paydays without having to be on the road all the time. I think that had a lot to do with his decision, and rightfully so.

“One of Vince McMahon’s favorite sayings is, ‘Life’s not fair.’ I don’t see Punk being a factor at WrestleMania, but he still has a lot of greatness left in him. As a fan, I hope he comes back, and as a wrestler, I have a lot of respect for him, too.”

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  • Patrick

    “it’s not easy when there are legends who only work part-time, and guys
    like Punk and Bryan do all the work, and watch someone like Brock Lesnar walk in and take those big matches and big paydays without having to be on the road all the time.”

    As a Fan I agree about that. I’ve never liked returning wrestlers who have been away for years just come in and get those big matches and paydays yet are only there just part time. just don’t feel that is right and a slap in the face to the talent who is on the road all the time working hard.

    • wagdaddy

      The problem is that outside of Punk and now Daniel Bryan… promo from the Rock still sells more tickets than watching Bray Wyatt, Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger combined…..Wrestling Superstars have always been determined by who puts asses in the seats….today most guys don’t, but I also fault the WWE for this too as most new guys have to learn scripts & memorize lines instead of being an extension of themselves….the system is not as good as it use to be-thus we have ‘Entertainment Stars’ instead of “Wrestlers”. WWE will always use proven talent who have drawn in the past.

      • Bob’s Diner

        But using the ‘proven talent’ is pretty much booking yourself into a corner and telling your current talent they aren’t worth much. Look at the Batista/Daniel Bryan situation. They basically signed a guy expecting him to come back and be a star in the middle of Daniel Bryan getting so over with the crowd it backfired. And that’s the real problem. They need to stop living in the past and let their talent rise up and get a chance to be stars too

        • _JIM_

          As long as the part timers are putting the full time workers over in these matches, and giving them the rub, I don’t have a problem with them coming back and being paid for their services. Neither should the full time worker who is getting all the benefits from beating a legend. Winning matches against big name talent does nothing but make the full timer, who is winning the vast majority of these matches, a bigger star. I did have a problem with WWE putting their championship on The Rock. Part timers shouldn’t be champions for any reason. They should just come in, work their program, and put over whoever they are working with to the best of their abilities. If that is what happens I don’t think anyone should complain. Especially the fans who ate getting to see a big name talent work again.

          • Bob’s Diner

            This is where I have issue – the ‘part-timers’ aren’t putting over anyone that needs it. Did John Cena need to win a 3 year feud with The Rock? He had already achieved about twice as much him in WWE. How about Brock Lesnar – who has he put over? HHH and John Cena. Two guys that needed no rub at all.

  • jason witten 82

    Yeah, like when bret came back, took a mania spot and won the us title! But seriously he isn’t wrong that would and should drive these guys nuts

    • Bob’s Diner

      In fairness, he didn’t take the main event or a title match at WrestleMania

    • Snap

      I see your point, but there is a VERY big difference between the US championship and the WWE World Heavyweight championship. Besides, with Bret’s WrestleMania match against Vince, how was that any different to having Akebono or Floyd Mayweather facing Big Show or having Maria Menounos in a match at WrestleMania? Neither of those individuals contributed anything to WWE on a full-time basis.

      At the very least, with Bret vs. Vince, there was a built-in storyline going back years to even semi-justify its place on the card.

      • jason witten 82

        Oh you guys are right that there is a difference, but there is also a difference that health wise Bret had to business in a ring anyway. Dave’s cardio is laughable and I’ve always thought he sucked anyway but its still a pot kettle situation imo

        • Snap

          I agree, with the possibility of one bad bump causing severe damage (or worse) they shouldn’t have even had Bret “compete” in the matches he was in. It would be like putting Edge into a match when he would never be medically cleared to do so. I believe Bret’s “matches” caused a bit of an issue with his health insurance coverage, which ultimately cut short his role as RAW GM.

  • Jonathan Salcido

    I’d give Bret Hart’s assessment a 4/10.