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Game Over for Bret (CPR Productions)
By Mazza
Feb 1, 2013 - 12:40:51 PM

‘Sup, Lords of Pain? So the Royal Rumble has been and gone and we are well and truly on the Road to WrestleMania. I thoroughly enjoyed the PPV but unfortunately, by the time I had a free moment to write about it, the heat had died down and many of my main page colleagues here had thrown in their two cents (one of them literally). Anyway, after a hard week of work, Friday finally rolled around and I found just the news story to grab my attention and get my fingers itching to type. Of course I am talking about the attack on Triple H by the biggest crybaby the industry has ever seen. Now people who have read a fair bit of my work will know that I am huge Hunter fan and that I am not particularly keen on Bret. That said, I normally look at both sides of the story and have produced complimentary columns about the Hitman in the past. Today however I am going to be just as scathing as...

Bret Hart: The Most Bitter Man in Wrestling

So let’s start at the beginning for those of you who have missed the original story. I was drinking my morning cup of tea and checking out the latest headlines on Lords of Pain when I came across the headline Bret Hart Says Triple H Is Overrated & Never Had A Great Match (read the story >>>here<<<). The gist of the whole thing is that Bret took part in an interview where he pretty much shat all over Hunter’s career. Now I will worry the Why’s and Implications a bit later, first of all I am going to break down some of the things that Bret said. A lot of it is fighting talk in the tradition of the great wars of Rubber vs Glue and Pot vs Kettle. My favourite moment of the interview in that regard is....

”I think Paul is a little overrated... overrated for being great.”

HELLO! Bret Hart, calling somebody “overrated for being great” is one of the funniest things I have heard in a long time. This is the same Bret who clearly believes he is amongst the greatest ever to lace up a pair of boots when he was essentially a transitional champion during the worst period in modern WWF history. Don’t believe me? Just ask Google...

That second one is pretty accurate too. He is pretty well known to get a bee in his bonnet and spout off total bollocks. Just ask Ric Flair. I mean Bret is clearly a bigger draw than Naitch despite the fact that the Manias he headlined are amongst the worst drawing in the history of the event. Come on now, Bret!

”I thought it was mediocre at best, maybe a 4 out of 10, or 3 out of 10”

This is what Mr Hart thought of Undertaker and Trips’ WrestleMania outing. Now whilst I know the match isn't everybody’s cup of tea, but 3 or 4 out of 10? Really? The funniest thing about it is that Bret is often credited as being an expert when it comes to wrestling psychology yet he rates a masterclass in that very field as 3 or 4 out of 10. I can understand how somebody who prefers a good paced match with lots of moves might not like the encounter, but not a guy who very much represents the “old school”.

”I can picture the whole match in my head, I can tell you exactly what this match is going to be like and how it's going to go. And I remember watching it and it went exactly how I predicted it”

Here is some more on the Taker match. Mr Original 5 Moves of Doom talks about predictability. Once again, that is priceless. Want to know what happens in a Bret Hart match? Russian Leg Sweep - 2 Count - Inverted Atomic Drop - 2 Count - Back Breaker - 2 Count - Second Rope Elbow - 2 Count - Sharpshooter. Of course there is the face vs face variation which will end with some kind of roll up or small package. He could also mix things up now and then with the odd stomp here and there. Which brings me to this...

”What has he ever done that's great? He's never had a great match, I don't think ever.”

This is quite frankly the most laughable statement in the whole interview. I bet even the most devoted Hunter haters out there would struggle to defend that one. The truth is that Triple H has had better matches against a lot of people Bret has wrestled in alleged classics. First let’s look at the aforementioned Deadman. I would put all three Hunter shots at the streak a country mile ahead of Bret’s best match with Taker. How about Stone Cold? Hart probably believes he made him at WrestleMania 13 and as good as that match is, I’d take Three Stages of Hell over it every day of the week. Shawn Michaels you say? Ah yes, the main event of the lowest drawing Mania and the most boring hour in the history of the event. Bret has a lot of nerve to talk about 3 or 4 out of 10 when he was involved in that shambles. I could put a list of every HHH vs HBK match ever on the wall, throw a dart at it and be certain it would top the Mania 12 Ironman match... even this one...

Any excuse to watch that classic! It shows off the sort of charisma that Bret could never find during his career. I won’t sit here and pretend that Hart didn’t have some great matches in his time. He did. The fact is that when it came to wrestling holds, he had slightly above average execution and when paired with the right person, he was carryable. Now think of those people he had great matches with. Michaels (not the ironman though), Austin, Hennig, Backlund, Bigelow. They were all incredibly charismatic and therefore could take Hart to a level he could never get to on his own. Outside of those guys, he only really performed to a strong level with family members and what is left behind is a lot of boring New Generation crap. And don’t try and sell me on his matches with the likes of Lafitte and Hakushi either. They are barely above average no matter how some people build them up.

It’s that lack of charisma that probably contributes to his bitterness. Since Bret returned to the WWE after mending fences with Vince a few years back, his reactions have been lukewarm at best. You could argue that that is because today’s fans don’t really know who he is but that argument would just prove that his legacy isn’t anywhere near as big as he thinks it is. He just can’t make the fans care. The Rock doesn’t have that problem. Neither does Stone Cold... Or Shawn... Or Foley... Or Hacksaw Jim Duggan... Or Lita...

That is one thing that has probably annoyed Bret. The fact that he can’t garner a reaction even when hyped as a legend. The result has seen his interactions and appearances hold less and less weight. After a shambles of a match against Vince in a “huge” vengeance storyline that nobody cared about, he used his sway to get his family a push to the tag titles. He then found himself in the middle of the Nexus storyline where he was John Cena’s buddy but once again, nobody cared. Since then he gets wheeled out every now and then on a big occasion but has clearly been getting very minor and irrelevant things to do compared to other legends (guest ring announcer anyone!). It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if that’s why he feels like he needs to take a shot at Hunter. Maybe it is just because the cold Canadian winter is making his joints ache and he’s cranky that Trips ended up with a much better career and life than him. More likely is that he is just trying to win favour with today’s smarks so that they will maybe give him a cheer and buy his new DVD.

”Triple H has always been a good wrestler. But great? What is he now, a 1,000 time world champion?”

This, and all the other quotes from the interview during this column could easily have been lifted directly from your typical IWC Triple H hating post/comment. But that might be giving the guy too much credit. The fact is that he has always been a crybaby who has lashed out at pretty much everyone who has been better than him, from Hogan to Flair, from Michaels to now Hunter. But this time he could be cutting off his final shot at being relevant. LOP’s own Tito seems to think so but one of the Game’s best buds disagreed with his statement.

Personally I have to side with Teets for the most part here. I mean I sure as hell would go out to marginalise somebody who has taken a pretty big and seemingly unprovoked dig at me. Whilst I am sure that like his father-in-law, Trips will put business before personal vendettas, the fact is that Bret just doesn’t garner a reaction. Don’t expect Hart to disappear just yet though. Those DVDs have got to be sold when it drops in March and Bret will most likely be showing up to sell them. After that though I wouldn’t be expecting to see much of the Hitman on TV as it will probably be...

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