Bret Hart continues to make the news as he does the rounds promoting his autobiography. Bret sat down with the Sun in the UK for a lengthy interview. Bret had a lot to say, but the newsworthy topic continues to be Shawn Michaels.
There was a lot of discussion about WrestleMania XXV. The interview immediately started with questions about Ricky Steamboat. Bret said he never wanted to be one of those “old guys” that come back. Bret did joke he’d come back if he got to wrestle Ricky Steamboat.
I have to be honest and tell you that it was the topic of Shawn Michaels that motivated me to write this blog. Both he and Shawn have talked quite a bit about the “Montreal Screwjob” over the last several years. Shawn has said that he is sorry for what he did, and takes responsibility for his part in it. Bret seems to have accepted it more than he has in the past. Bret rightfully still has his bitterness about the night, but seems to be carrying around less anger about it.
Shawn Michaels comes up quite a bit throughout the interview. Bret called his WrestleMania Iron Man Match against Shawn his greatest match. As a fan, I always thought his greatest match was at WrestleMania XIII. That is high praise to give Shawn considering all of the matches that Bret had throughout his career.
Several years ago I had Bret on my show and we talked about Shawn. I was actually a little surprised at what he said in reference to Shawn. “It works best for Vince to have a lot of tension between his top guys because they have harder matches and there’s a little aggression in everything that they do because they don’t like each other. So I don’t have any bad feelings towards Shawn. If anything, I miss the relationship that I had with him.”
The most fascinating thing Bret said in this interview to me was when asked about leaving wrestling. Bret said his biggest regret was that he wasn’t able to pass the torch to anyone. Bret said he would have had to have one last match with Steve Austin and pass the torch. Later, Bret says he would have even liked to pass the torch to Shawn Michaels. I was surprised to hear that. For Bret to even consider giving Shawn that honor says a lot about Bret Hart.
This isn’t the first time that rivalry between Shawn and Bret has come up in the last few weeks. Shawn made an equally fascinating comment a couple of weeks back about Bret. Shawn said he would like Bret to induct him into the WWE Hall of Fame. Bret responded that he didn’t think that was going to happen. He later said that while Shawn has apologized, he hasn’t apologized to him. He indicated if Shawn were to call him and apologize that they could probably bury the hatchet. I would have never expected to heart that.
On a side note, Bret tells a very interesting story about his SummerSlam match against Jerry Lawler. The interviewer asks about how stiff their match was back at SummerSlam. Bret said that he felt going into the match that Lawler was out to hurt him. He said that he felt Lawler had been purposely stiff with his late brother in a prior match. He said when he went into the match at SummerSlam he knew one thing, “I was going to hurt him.”
The entire interview with Bret is available on the Sun UK’s website by clicking here. I would highly recommend giving it a listen. There was one funny moment during the interview. The interviewer randomly asks Bret about matches with the Killer Bees. Bret seems caught off guard and laughs. Bret responds, “that’s an odd question.”
I have written about Bret many times over the last few years, and not all have been positive. Regardless of a few negative articles, I am a big fan of Bret Hart the wrestler. I have a ton of respect for Bret. I think there is something to be said about a person that still puts his integrity above everything else long after he has left the business.
I would love for this whole Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels saga to end with Bret inducting him into the WWE Hall of Fame. I can’t think of a better way to not only pay tribute to each other, but to pay tribute to their fans. They could really give the fans a moment of a wrestling lifetime.
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