WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart caused an internet stir over his recent comments in an interview on Forbes as well as past comments Hart made on podcasts. Hart, who has a reputation of harshly putting down other wrestlers from his generation as well as wrestlers today, is apparently taking a step back from his recent criticisms.
Hart made waves by commenting on WWE’s Hall of Fame inductions, inductees he felt didn’t belong:
“I am embarrassed that there’s so many great wrestlers out there that have never been given their credit,” Hart said in his interview with Forbes. “Never got their due.”
Hart then took aim at the Freebirds for their induction into the Hall of Fame:
“Why have they been overlooked when you can induct the Freebirds who never did squat in WWE? Ever. Never drew any money, never did anything,” Hart said. “When I remember the Freebirds, they were all drunk and passed out at the gate at one of the airports in my first day in WWF. None of them even made the show that day, they were too drunk to make their plane”
Hart slammed their induction and WWE’s Hall of Fame selection process:
““I’ve always gotten along with [Michael Hayes], but as far as their contribution to wrestling, gimme a break. They were all pill heads and, for lack of a better word, they were all screw-ups. They’re not picking the cream of the crop, they’re picking whoever the first person they see on the list and they go ‘he would be easy to fly in.’”
The Freebirds comments drew comments from Michael Hayes on Twitter, who took exception to Hart’s attack on him and his Freebirds team.
“Just read something where BRET put the Birds down, say what U want about me, when U talk about Terry and Buddy, who aren’t here, PROBLEM!!” –
“Just to clarify, drunk yes, drew more money in MANY places YES, popped Mid South, Atl, Texas to record crowds!! U leave Terry/Buddy alone!!” –
“It is really sad when a legend was so blessed with a great career, resorts to crapping on others, U’d NEVER say that to Terry or Bud’s face!” –
In the past Hart has also harshly criticized Triple H and recently Seth Rollins for their in ring work and ability.
Hart has issued the following apology on his Facebook page:
“I’d like to take this opportunity to formally apologize to Michael Hayes. A while back I made comments about the Freebirds not being as worthy of being in the WWE Hall of Fame as others. It was unfair for me to dismiss their contributions to the industry and they certainly did great things in Texas with the Von Erich Family. Michael Hayes always treated me with great respect, as did Terry Gordy, Ronnie Garvin and Buddy Roberts and I’m sorry if I disrespected any of them with my comments. Furthermore I apologize to both Triple H and Seth Rollins for any hurtful comments I made on my podcast. The reality of all this is the reason I quit doing podcasts in general, because they’re for the most part an outlet for negativity, and have left me with a reputation as being angry and bitter. I’m not, I’d spoke candidly and openly but it’s no excuse for minimizing other wrestlers or their contributions. In saying all that, I still believe Jim the Anvil Neidhart of the Hart Foundation, including Owen, Brian Pillman, Davey Boy Smith, The Dynamite Kid, Jimmy Hart, The Rougeau Brothers, The Killer Bees, The Demolition, Rick Rude, King Kong Bundy, and One Man Gang all deserve their place in the WWE Hall of Fame. My apologies to all”. Bret Hart x
“I have never had a problem with BRET before this, don’t intend to after,happily accept his apology, let’s move on, every day is a gift!!”
Have we heard the last of Hart’s harsh critiques? Only time will tell.