Why Bret Hart’s Comments Regarding Triple H Aren’t Shocking

Bret Hart recently opened up here and here with his thoughts on Triple H. Some have labeled the comments shocking. Below is how Bret Hart ended his 2007 “Hitman” autobiography:

Shawn Michaels found religion and settled down with an ex-Nitro girl. Over time he seems to have convinced himself that it was me who screwed him over at Survivor Series. To me, Shawn will always be a phony, a liar and a hairless yellow dog. The difference between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels is that I’d have never done to him, or to any of the boys, what he did to me.

Hunter dumped Chyna, became famous as Triple H, married Vince’s only daughter, Stephanie, and is poised to become the master and ruler of the wrestling world.

More wrestlers have died: Road Warrior, Hawk, The Wall, Bossman, Herc, Eddie Guerrero, Earthquake, Chris Candido, Bam Bam Bigelow, Ernie Ladd, Bad News, Sheri Martel, Chris Benoit, Brian “Crush” Adams – and more will die. When I got into the business, wrestling was all about trust and respect, and doing the honors meant something. I’ll never forgive Shawn, or Hunter, for killing the business that so many of us gave our lives for. Although pro wrestling will never truly die, but always morph into something else, the business that I knew and loved and gave all I had is dead and gone forever.

I escaped with my head up and my conscience clear.

This is why I believe what happened on WWE Raw on January 4, 2010, when Bret returned to WWE and hugged Shawn Micheals was proof that truly “anything can happen” in this business.

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  • Pluto

    Sums it all up right there. I have mad respect for Breat, but everytime he opens his mouth I lose more & more respect for him everyday.

    • SoulFool

      Why…cause He spoke his mind and told the white truth ?!? Lots of Fan’s are SOOOOOOO high on the WWE it is pathetic !!! McMahonland is nothing but an organization full of backstabbing , politics-using , ego-serving assholes and it shows !!! LMAO…look @ how the company is more about making big money and doing very little wrestling , the reason it got to where it got !!!

      • Pluto

        If that’s how you feel then why do you continue too watch the product then?

        • Michael

          Thank you Pluto you always on the same page as me.I don’t understand how you talk trash about wwe and the owners but turn around and watch the product. Nobodies forcing you to turn your television to USA or syfy, you choose to. It’s clear that Bret is still bitter after 16 years my God Bret move on. He called Martha Owens widow bitter which I agree, but turns around and he’s just as bitter over Vince keeping his championship secure.

        • SoulFool

          I seldom do watch WWE cause I can’t stand to see a once-great “wrestling” org get shit all over by piss-poor storylines/angles , PG production , and over-all out and out greed on the McMahon’s and HHH’s part !!! The Diva’s are all eye candy and hardly a division AT ALL and the Wrestling matches leave SOOOO little to be desired where as they are just full of ego-stroking for most of the no-talent talent , i.e. CM Chump !!! BEST IN THE WORLD…ROTFLG , excuse Me while I go heave a huge one !!! LOL…TNA isn’t any better , storyline/angle wise , and same goes for catering to Hulk and Brooke w/ this Relationshit garbage between Her and Bully Ray , and having Sting in the company is a joke too…but atleast TNA has “WRESTLING” !!! The Biz needs alot of fime-tuning and reworking in order for it to be like it was during The Attitude Era/It’s Glory Days !!!

      • Jimmy

        Thats how all businesses are behind the scenes.

  • SoulFool

    The Kliq is alive and well and The NWO is running TNA !!!

  • Charlie Lowery

    what happened on Raw in 2010 better have been legit because I don’t see those words about HBK coming out of Bret’s mouth now.

  • Michael

    I don’t agree with Bret, in my opinion him not wanting to drop the title to Michaels was disrespectful to the business. What if Michaels had told Vince that he refused to drop the title to Austin, that would have been disrespectful. I respect Hart, however I feel that he doesn’t see what he did wrong. I understand that your Bret and that you’ve done a lot for this business, but the way he handled the situation back in 97 was no different than when he said Hogan didn’t want to drop the title to him. No wrestler should have the right or power to pick when they drop a title. That decision should be left to the promoter, so when Vince came and asked Bret who had signed with wcw the same company that had Madusa appear on nitro with the wwe womens title and drop it in the trash to drop the title to Michaels and he said no I would’ve done the same thing that Vince did. Vince had been burned by a few wrestlers that went to wcw, so I wouldn’t have taken Bret at his word either. Hell the guy signed a contract with wwe for life but when wcw came offering more money he jumped ship. Bret may have a point about Michaels and how he was before he found Jesus, however Bret in my opinion was no better then Hogan because he wanted to dictate when and who he lost the belt to in fact he didn’t want to lose the belt he wanted to beat Michaels at survivor series and hand over the wwe title the next night on raw and leave as the unbeaten champion so you tell me who had the bigger ego. Michaels knew he couldn’t wrestle anymore due to a broken back and he did the job to Austin, Bret refused to job even though he was leaving for the rival.

    • Kris Mystery

      The plan was for him to drop the title the next night on RAW. He just didn’t want to drop it in Montreal. I believe he deserved to make that call. He was told dropping it the next night was fine… apparently not.

      • Michael

        He was not dropping the title the next night, he wanted to vacate the title. Bret said this himself he didn’t want to drop the title to Michaels period. And I don’t care who you are or what you’ve done you have to do quarts right for business. One of the reasons wcw went out of business is because Hogan had a contract that let him decide when he won the title and when and who he lost to.

        • Kris Mystery

          6 of one and a half dozen of the other. Regardless of whether he was dropping it or vacating it the fact remains the next night he wasn’t going to be champion anymore.

          • Michael

            That’s not how things work on a job, if your boss comes and tell you to mop the floor before you go home you can’t tell him no you want to do it tomorrow. The title doesn’t belong to Bret it belongs to Vince and the wwe do if he ask you to drop the title you drop the title. Bret got his ego put in check. The problem with you marks is you make it seem like Vince did that to Bret because of it being Bret, however if it were Michaels refusing to do a job Vince would’ve done the same to him.

          • Kris Mystery

            Ahhhhh…i should have known. Can’t get into a discussion with you without being called a mark.

          • Michael

            I call them like I see them. No matter what Bret felt about Michaels at the end of the day he’s just a contract worker. Vince owns wwe and if he ask you to do something you either do or give him the title and quit. Look at what happened to him he left for more money got to wcw and they messed over him because Hogan didn’t want anybody else getting bigger then him. He found out why Vince is the best wrestling promoter in the business, because he doesn’t allow wrestlers to run wwe.

          • LeftyTosser

            Michael, enough is enough. It has been stated by Brett, Shawn and VKM that Brett agreed to drop the title on RAW on the following night. He and VKM had agreed for Brett not to drop the strap in Montreal at the PPV before the event. VKM had asked Brett to renegotiate or let VKM out of Brett’s contract due to the financial problems the company was having at that time combined with trying to make the company attractive in going public. Brett’s 20 year contract was a bad financial move on VKM’s part and he needed to get out of it. At that point in time the contract with Brett actually made him more powerful in the WWE than VKM from a company financial viability standpoint. The company could not go public with that 20 year contract holding over it. That burned VKM’s ego and was part of the reason for the screw job. The screw job was very real and to anyone watching it live, it was a serious situation that went far beyond how workers would normally react after an event. At that point there was very serious crap between Brett and Shawn that went far beyond any work in the arena. Shawn was not a very nice person back in those days, as was evident in his work with other promoters. He did not have a good rep for “doing the right thing” when it came to those he was working with in the ring.

            Just because you read something on wiki or see it on a VKM DVD doesn’t mean it is 100% accurate. Sorry, don’t mean to bust any bubbles, but those sir are the facts.

          • Michael

            No playboy I don’t mean to burst your bubble but I don’t read wiki and didn’t get this from a DVD mark. Bret said this during multiple interviews before he came back to wwe. Vince was never in financial trouble he just couldn’t and wasn’t going to pay Bret what wcw offered because he would have to do it for everybody son, learn your facts idiot. Bret was going to drop the title on Raw by vacating it I said that you mark. No matter what you think or say a wrestler shouldn’t tell a promoter when he or she wants to drop a title and to who. So you give it up boy, Bret was wrong period. Let me put a way you may understand imagine Vince coming to Cena and saying I don’t want to drop the title to punk because he said this or that. You Cena haters would have a field day then if he got ” screwed” y’all would love it and say it’s all his fault. Vince decides who a champion drops a title that he paid for to not the wrestler, that’s fact homey. Bret had a ego that got burst and the egomaniac couldn’t take it. And what promoters dude who’s watching a DVD now your lame a** Shawn never has problems in the Awa he had problems only in wwe however a lot of wrestlers did that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t do a job. If you go back to the years before 96 Bret beat Michaels, Michaels never beat Bret until mania. Learn your facts you talking like you know them better then the other fans lmao you’re a funny dude. Did Shawn and the Kliq have backstage stroke yes, but so did Bret and the hart family. Not once did the kliq hold ever major title at once, however the Hart foundation did Bret was wwe champion, bulldog European champion, Owen intercontinental champion, bulldog and Owen tag champions. Who sounds like they had the most stroke. Vince has always told the same version of the story about how he asked Bret not to leave and Bret said if you match the offer I’ll stay and Vince told him the same thing he told Nash that he couldn’t match that because if he did he’d have to for everybody. So that Nash didn’t have the stroke that you thought because Nash said this and said that he never wanted to leave but just like Bret the money was to good to pass on. And what happened Bret went to a company that didn’t take care of their workers and he gets kicked in the head by Goldberg and it ends his career. Learn facts before you come at me again mark.

          • LeftyTosser

            Michael, I know you could not possibly believe what you wrote. Shawn had problems in other organizations. He didn’t have the influence back stage in the AWA and he also had tag team partners that kept it from getting blown out of proportion. If you believe the WWF didn’t have financial issues in 96 -98 go back and research old articles from sources like the WSJ. I have my facts. I was very close to the industry back in that era and I am pretty darn confident that my info is accurate since it came from the horses’ mouths. What a dipstick.

          • LeftyTosser

            By the way Michael, I hate to “burst your bubble” as you say, but Brett had already signed a 20 year contract with WWF the year before the screw job. It wasn’t a matter of VKM not being able to convince him to stay or match the offer from WCW. Brett was already under contract until VKM told him that the WWF could not afford the contract. Now who’s forgotten facts.

          • Michael

            Really really you just came back after like a day, you marks need to do what Bret needs to do and move on I’m done proving you morons wrong if you choose to continue then feel free but I’m done and moving on to other articles and of you’re not down with that I have two words for ya s*ck it and if you don’t like that you can do to me what William regal did to mr. McMahon backside.

          • LeftyTosser

            Sorry sir (lol), I don’t live on the internet. Apparently when faced with facts, you decide to come back with someone else’s schtick.

          • Tim Estrada

            You’re right. He rambles on for days on end and when you finally shut him up YOU’RE the mark;) I notice he likes to pull the mark card whenever he gets his ass handed to him. Good going Lefty.

          • Michael

            Another super mark I haven’t written about that in days. Ass handed to me lmao by who not your lame ass I get tired of arguing with b**#h ass marks like yourself who think that a guy who got shot in the eye should talk about wrestling during news time when they have a mad man that kidnapped a child and held him hostage for days. Yeah I’m wrong you right not. I feel sorry because the man got shot let me make that understood however if the news takes up time to talk to me when I’m fine just worried about wrestling which of fake and there’s things going on in the world like the gun war, school shootings, another threat from another country, an earthquake in Japan, children getting murdered then I would decline the interview. I don’t care how old he was getting shot in the eye and losing your sight maybe almost dying is more important then a predetermined title match where both wrestlers still got paid and none of them really hate each other grow up and live in the real world as I’ve told your buddy up top this is my last post about to dumb story you pity him that’s your choice but I don’t and I stand by what I’ve said from the beginning have a great life super mark.

          • LeftyTosser

            Thanks Tim. Sometimes there are tools like this guy that totally explain why there are situations that the real world folks can never figure “WHY” when something happens. “Why” did that guy jump off a building? “Why” did that guy take a gun to the movie theater? “Why” …. In their own little world they see the picture one way and there are no options for anything else to have happened. It really is sad, but it is part of life.

          • Michael

            Lmao facts lol you didn’t prove nothing but you read a wiki. Do you ready think I believe you were close to wrestling at one point hell no I don’t. You proved nothing at all I’m tired of proving all of you Michaels and Vince haters wrong no matter how much more sense I make y’all want to continue to argue back and fourth well I’m done on this matter so think what you will fantasy world lol but the fact remains Bret should’ve done business because that’s what the owner wanted him to do personal feelings aside that’s the way it works you do what the boss ask not the other way around.

        • michael

          actually if anyone has read Bret’s autobiography, he wanted to drop the championship to Austin.

          • Michael

            Again that’s Bret telling Vince what he wants. Austin winning the belt four months later at wrestlemania meant more then if he’d have won it on raw because the match between Michaels and Taker the first hiac was a number one contender match.

          • Joe

            Do you have nothing better to do? You can twist it how you want but what happened happened, might be best for you to deal with it because nobody cares anymore

    • Snap

      Do you know why Bret didn’t want to drop the title to Michaels? It’s because Michaels had flat out told him that he wouldn’t have put over Bret. I’d have to pull out the Blu-ray for the exact wording but as soon as Michaels said that, Bret was adamant about not dropping the title to Michaels, regardless of whether it was in Canada or the US

      You can take sides all you want, as is your prerogative, but Bret felt disrespected by Michaels when he said he wasn’t willing to do what Bret would have, until that moment, done for him.

      McMahon’s actions were supposedly over a fear that Bret would show up on Nitro with the belt as Madusa had, but he was all too eager to have Ric Flair debut in WWE with what was the WCW World championship belt at the time, even going so far as to having Roddy Piper SPIT on it.

      Finally, Bret didn’t jump ship to WCW because a better offer came along, it was Vince who went to Bret and wanted to get out of their contract because of “financial peril” in the company and suggested he try to secure a contract with WCW. Fast forward several months later and the company which was in “financial peril” signed Mike Tyson for how many millions for a WrestleMania spot.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-Waldman/100000784608019 George Waldman

        i don’t know how true this is, so I’m not going to say it’s a fact set in stone, but I read on a wrestling trivia site that the belt that was blurred on TV was NOT the WCW title belt. It was actually one of the WWF tag team belts, but they didn’t want anyone to realize this, so they blurred the belt on TV. Anyway, OF COURSE Vince would be OK with trashing a competitor’s belt because it was a competing company’s belt coming to him, not the other way around.

        • http://www.facebook.com/vmagic Victor Miranda

          Yes they used one of the tag belts for a while because they sent back the World title or something like that. Btw in case anyone is interested, this guy is a pedo who goes after young female magicians on Youtube and has been shut down there 3 times, he should not be doing features on wrestlingnews.net, just saying.

      • Michael

        It doesn’t matter what Michaels said or didn’t say if Vince asked him to job he would’ve done it in a heart beat. Michaels didn’t want to job to Austin he wanted to retire after vacating the title but he did the job because Vince asked him to and it was right for business. And as far as flair showing up with the world title that was his property, as flair himself paid for that belt. If you go back you would notice that they never called it the wcw title they just called flair the real world champion. Talk what you know Vince didn’t throw away a title and once wcw paid flair an undisclosed amount of money the title was returned to wcw.

        • Snap

          Flair had paid a DEPOSIT for the belt, which every champion was required to do and they were due to receive the deposit back when they dropped the title. WCW demanded the belt be returned when they released him but they refused to return his deposit, so Flair kept the belt. He didn’t have to take the belt with him to WWF, especially if he harboured thoughts of potentially returning to WCW. Management changed within WCW and Flair was paid his deposit plus interest and returned the belt, which led to the video distort storyline to disguise to the audience on TV that he no longer had that particular belt.

          As for Michaels, it’s all well and good you say he would have done this or that, but neither of us are qualified to say what WOULD have happened. As it could be argued Michaels is practically a completely different person than he was back then, even asking him now what he would have done likely wouldn’t yield any answers,

          However, as you are quick to damn Bret for “disrespecting the business” you cannot simply wave away the disrespect shown to Bret simply because it doesn’t help your argument. Don’t forget, Bret had a clause in his contract for reasonable creative control at the end. Bret wasn’t refusing to drop the title, he was refusing to drop it to Michaels. He offered to drop it to Bulldog or Steve Austin.

          Michaels pulls a similar stunt prior to WrestleMania 13, where he “lost his smile” and handed over the title instead of, as rumour has it, facing Bret and possibly putting him over for the championship. If true, how is that any different to Bret not wanting to drop the title to Michaels? Don’t tell me it’s because Bret was leaving, because Bret was more than willing to drop the title before he left, for whatever reason Vince refused to trust Bret.

          I don’t care who was right and who was wrong, but the simple fact is Bret was not the sole villain in the matter. Michaels, Triple H and McMahon were all involved as well.

          • Michael

            What the Hell are you talking about. That doesn’t even make sense, if Bret were supposed to win the title at mania 13 he still would’ve instead of have Sid vs Taker. Bret wanted to face Austin at mania that year both he and Austin said it learn your facts buddy. Plus Vince has said that he would never ever give somebody creative control Bret never had control. And once again it doesn’t matter it’s Vince responsibility to look out for his company that’s why wwe belongs to Vince so he can do what he wants, not Bret clown.

          • Nick

            Michael clearly worked for WWF in 1997…

        • Pluto

          teach

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/3GELHSGASCJYIWXCMKPUTAJ5HM Win

      Shawn did tell Vince he refused to drop the title to Austin. Taker convinced him it was in the best interest of his health to do so!

  • Dangerous Lee

    The best troll there is, the best troll there was, and the best troll there ever will be.

  • Tim Estrada

    Wait a minute HBK was notorious for NOT wanting to drop the title to anyone outside The Kliq or a personal friend like Sid. Vader who ironically was forced to drop the title by jobbing to Hogan was hands down supposed to dominate the WWE as World Champ like his early days in WCW. HBK refused. This is why everyone thought he was such a prick back in the day. Same can be said for Owen Hart, Mankind, Shamrock etc. all of whom HBK refused to job to. And than with Austin if he refused to job to him at KOTR you think he was ready to give the title to him at Mania? Rumor has it he was telling people he planned on keeping it and working his magic on Vince at the last minute. Than came Taker who was so tired of his BS and for once had nothing to lose by threatening Michaels. Well he allegedly told him that he had his fists tapped and if he didn’t drop the title to Austin by the time the night is over the tape is coming off and he wont retire in one piece. This is what HBK was notorious for. It’s called backstage politicking.

    • Michael

      You sound like a nice story teller in a dream world. None of that even makes sense. Vader didn’t win the title for the same reasons steiner didn’t win the title because Vince didn’t want him to. If Michaels had stroke his friends hall and Nash wouldn’t have never left and Vince would’ve paid them what they asked. Taker never did that you sound stupid that makes no sense. Michaels dropped the title to Austin because he was retiring because of his back, stop listening to bullshit.

      • Ibra

        Actually taker did told Shawn that he was be an asshole and better drop the belt to Austin for he would have to paid psychically. It’s on off the record you could find it on YouTube

  • Rayner Chee-bai

    Go Hitman!

  • SoulFool

    HHH is Vince’s puppet FOREVER !!! I would rather be a poor nobody w/ self-respect than a rich c*%#sucking loser who everyone KNOWS deep down is company property !!!

  • SoulFool

    Vince McMahon is a no-good , soul-less , favorite-playing asswipe who think’s the world owes him something since he is the big Chairman of WWE !!! LMAO…Contrary to what his deluded mind may think , He doesn’t have many friends…real friends that is !!! Sure , He took his daddie’s company and turned it into a global phenomena , but he did it through the hard work and blood of MANY talented people who he now dismisses and disses !!! Most of the idea’s the guy “thought of” were actually stolen from others !!! And soon his big nosed son-in-law will assume control of it and run it into the ground !!!

  • SoulFool

    Yeah…there is politics everywhere , in most companies…but WWE has a vast history for doing such a thing and that is why they are in the shitter these days , same as TNA w/ dorks like Hogan and Bischoff aboard !!!