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Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon WM26 Rumors Disappoint

Bret Hart Survivor Series 97If the rumors are to be believed – and often in wrestling, these rumors have the knack for playing themselves out – then we’re in store for at least one more match from living legend Bret “Hitman” Hart. Color me and every Pink n’ Black Attack fan excited, but I can’t help but wonder if his rumored Wrestlemania 26 opponent will lead to a letdown of sorts. According to reports at, the Montreal Screwjob will finally be laid to rest in a match featuring the 52-year-old Hart and 64-year-old CEO of WWE, Vince McMahon.

On the surface, the storyline couldn’t make more sense. WWE is pushing a rematch between Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker this year, and why wouldn’t they? If they even come close to recreating their magic from last year’s big show, then it’ll all be worth it to fans and the subsequent PPV buyrate. Since HBK has a full dance card, I guess it makes sense that the main perpetrator of the most controversial shoot in the history of wrestling would stand in for a real wrestler like Michaels. Vince McMahon, the man who called for the bell when Hart was in his own finishing hold in native Canada. Vince McMahon, the man who defiantly claimed that “Bret screwed Bret.” Vince McMahon, the man that kept Over the Edge 1999 on the air after Bret’s brother Owen fell to his death before a mid-card match. It’s almost like they were waiting twelve and a half years for this matchup to transpire. I won’t dare go down that conspiracy theory trail.

[adinserter block=”1″]It’s a storybook matchup that comes just when TNA seems to be picking up some steam. The match in headline form is beautiful business, but does it really work for real wrestling fans? Do wrestling fans want to see Bret Hart’s last match a street fight against a sexagenarian? The street fight certainly gives Bret the room to be rusty in terms of ring command, I get that. It’s what made the Hogan/McMahon match at Wrestlemania 19 halfway bearable. It’s what helped Shawn Michaels carry his match against McMahon at Wrestlemania 22. The format makes sense for aging stars who might not otherwise be able to carry a match.

But I’m not satisfied with that scenario. If Ricky Steamboat can have the two or three great matches he did this past year, I’m convinced that Bret could offer the same effort. I know he wouldn’t come back to wrestle if he didn’t think he could do it as well as he could when he retired. He looks to be in great shape, despite the slight drop in his face from the stroke he suffered in 2002. All I know is that he’s playing the safe route by getting into a TV-PG brawl in the penultimate match at Wrestlemania 26, and by doing so, he’s letting a certain sector of fans down. The kids who cheer for John Cena didn’t follow wrestling in 1997 (nor were many of them alive, for that matter), so this doesn’t mean as much to the WWE Universe writ large as it does to the older wrestling fans.

My crackpot idea involves Bret Hart taking on Triple H with McMahon in his corner. Creative could take the next few months, let Shawn break away from DX as he prepares to face Taker, let Triple H slowly become a torch-bearer for the “Bret screwed Bret” line of thought, and have his father-in-law set up the match between the two. This way, Bret could still get his hands on Vince at some point as a huge payoff, but fans would also see a match between two storied ring generals. Say what you will about Triple H, but on his best day he can still put on as good a match as anyone. It certainly beats the pants off the rumored WWE Title match between Triple H and champion Sheamus.

[adinserter block=”2″]Maybe Sheamus will drop the title to Orton at the Rumble and we won’t have to worry about that.

Anyway, all I’m saying is that giving us a high-concept/low-payoff match like a brawl between McMahon and Hart is no better than giving The Outsiders another chance at tag team glory in TNA. It’s no different than Scott Steiner still having a job. It’s no different than Hulk Hogan feuding with Mick Foley and Jeff Jarrett. It’s no different than the Nasty Boys starting a feud with the Dudleys.

WWE needs to differentiate itself in this crucial period by putting on great matches with great talent, not putting two guys with a combined age of over 100 in the ring. It’s what the competition does and it’s bad business. The rumored card is obviously just that, a rumor. There is still ample opportunity for the card to change, but I have a feeling that Hart vs. McMahon is a lock to happen and that it will be a serviceable send-off to Bret Hart – which isn’t good enough for me. Hopefully the truth won’t disappoint as much as the rumor does.

John E. Warren is the Creator and Editor-in-Chief of gaming blog Balamb Garden Party. When John isn’t furious about wrestling, he’s usually furious about video games or the Dallas Cowboys.

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  1. The WWE Pay per views aren't TV-PG anymore there back to the original Rating of TV-14 now as far as wwe WrestleMania XXVI goes none of us really know what will happen at WrestleMania XXVI now with this being said there were plans for Bret Hart vs MR.McMahon with there match being a Street Fight I've never been Disappointed by WrestleMania but I've gotta feeling this years WrestleMania is going to be awesome Next year WrestleMania will take place in Atlanta Georgia at the Georgia Dome on April 3rd 2011 basically only WWE knows what is going on However we do not as of March 8th 2010 TNA Wrestling Impact moves to Monday so they can compete with Raw and Judging by the way Monday Night Raw is going I think TNA is going to succeed with doing what they want to do I'm also hearing Rumors of a possible Apocalypse set to happen on December 21st 2012 if that happens I have start writing out my will.

  2. Well Mal I guess I reference football players like Tedy Bruschi who once suffered a stroke and continued his NFL career at a high level for several years when I discuss Hart having a legitimate match to end his career. Yes, I think a street fight against McMahon is a much "emptier" option than a real match with a ring vet like Triple H (or someone else). WWE is all about the lack of headshots now, and you can't tell me he won't be able to fall on his back during a street fight? If Bret can't even take a fall on his back, then his match against McMahon will be a bonafide train wreck start to finish. I think my point is that no, he doesn't need another match. He doesn't need to prove anything to anybody. Yet, he's about to step into the ring at Wrestlemania against a non-wrestler in his 60s? It's ridiculous. I'd personally rather remember his classics warmly than send him off in a TV-PG street fight against Vinnie Mac. We'll see how it pans out, though.

  3. We would all love to see Bret in one last match, but I don't think a PG street fight with a 64 year old non wrestler is what people want. Bret isn't in the same shape as Steamboat so he couldn't really pull off a match though. The difference with TNA is that the Nasty Boys, Hall, Hogan, Jarrett, and Foley can at least put on a match. No one may want to see it, but at least they can pull it off. What can Bret and Vince pull off? I think it would be better if Bret was a referee for the Michaels/Taker match with Vince at Michaels side. It would be great to see Shawn break away from DX and be a true heel again like he once was 5 years ago. I guess we will have to wait and see. Even the most die hard Hart fans don't want to see Bret and Vince in the ring though.

  4. Dude, I like your optimism in all this but do you really think it could possibly play out that way. Bret suffered a severe concussion and a stroke and you really think he'd be letting people down if he only ended up in a street fight with Vince. He'd be letting himself down if he went out there for a genuine match against, say Triple H. He can't take headshots and can't fall directly onto his back. The man is a legend who doesn't need one more match against someone such as Triple H who will never and has never reached the performance of Bret. Especially not to please the 'WWE Universe'. Hell, get them his DVD, they don't even need that, they've got youtube.

  5. Steamboat may have looked worse for wear than Hart, but at the same time, Hart didn't really come dressed for wrestling on 1/4. I don't know what kind of workout regimen he's been on, but at the same time, I can't think he'll be okay working a match where he takes absolutely no bumps or worked shots to the head for fear of the occasional but potentially devastating potato.
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  6. Good points, all. I guess we're all kind of in the dark about what shape Bret is really in. He looked to be in better shape the other night than Steamboat was back in April last year (from a physique standpoint, at least). You're right, though, given his fragile situation and the recent investigations into head trauma and contact sports, I do agree that it's unlikely we'll see any significant bumps from Bret. I think a low-intensity matchup definitely goes against his career-long, respect-greedy mantra, though, don't you? Does it really follow his career habits to get into a match like that?

    Maybe it is all about the money.

    I agree with your second point completely — a tag match featuring Hart and McMahon would make sense. I'm reminded of the Rock n' Sock/Evolution match at WM20, in that vein. I wouldn't be shocked if they face-turned The Hart Dynasty to to do a six-man at Mania this year — I'm just not sure if the Cena/Sheamus & Morrison/MacIntyre programs would last until March 30. I could definitely be wrong, though.

    • I think the x-factor here is Bret's shape. It was years ago, but nonetheless he did have a stroke. Physically, he doesn't look nearly like what he used to be which is understandable. His cardio could be a big issue too. I have no problem seeing him brawl for five minutes, but if he blows up a few mns in it could get ugly. In that case you leave Vince leading the match and well…that could be a disaster. Personally, I'd love to see him in some kind of tag team match if anything but it looks like the decision has already been made.

  7. I think the main difference between Steamboat and Hart is that Steamboat didn't suffer concussions and a stroke. Steamer could work a match without taking a bump that would affect his surgically repaired neck, but it's hard to have Hart get into the ring in any capacity and function when his brain is so fragile.

    I think there's money to be made for one final WM appearance for the Hitman. I think they'd be smart, however, to make it a tag match. I like Vince/Sheamus/Drew MacIntyre vs. Hitman/Cena/Morrison, but Hitman/partner X vs. Vince/HHH would be good as well. Something where Hart could still pop the crowd, but would be protected heavily.
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