Thoughts on Bret Hart's possible WWE return
The Internet Wrestling Community has been buzzing about the possible return of Bret Hart to WWE. According to The Wrestling Observer, Hart has been in talks with WWE in recent months and is considering coming back as a character on television, although nothing is imminent. The report also said that the recreation of the Montreal Screwjob in the CM Punk-Undertaker match at the Breaking Point pay-per-view on Sept. 13 was done in case Hart agrees to return.
The old saying in wrestling is that “you never say never,” but the possibility that Hart would even think about working regularly for WWE again is something that I thought would never happen. The reason I thought that was because Hart has pretty much said over the years that he would never play an on-air character in WWE, nor would he ever do an angle in WWE that rehashed the 1997 Montreal incident. Well, I suppose in the immortal words of “The Million Dollar Man,” everyone has a price.
Personally, I think Hart’s return could make for some entertaining television. I hope he understands, however, that he certainly will look like a huge hypocrite after all his sanctimonious talk about Vince McMahon stabbing him in the back and trying to ruin his legacy, and what louses Shawn Michaels and Triple H are.
Just take a look at this excerpt from the last page of Hart’s autobiography: “To me, Shawn will always be a phony, a liar and a hairless yellow dog. …I’ll never forgive Shawn, or Hunter, for killing the business that so many of us gave our lives for.” Michaels and Triple H killed the business? Really? I’ve always been amazed that Hart can be civil with McMahon – the guy who actually double-crossed him – but not Michaels, who was only doing what he was told to do.
If Hart – who is unable to wrestle due to suffering a severe concussion 10 years ago and a stroke in 2002 – does return, I think it would be great if during his first day back, he, McMahon, Michaels and Triple H all sat down in a room and agreed to put Montreal behind them once and for all. All parties need to let it go. Hopefully, Hart wouldn’t put all kinds of conditions on his return, such as not working with Michaels and Triple H or even having them be anywhere near him.
It sounds ridiculous, but Hart made a similar demand in 2006 when he agreed to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Before his induction, he told The Calgary Sun: “I've basically told them that if I see Shawn, I'll get back in a cab and go straight to the airport. They'll have to get him to do my induction speech. I just feel that there’s too much anger for me. Too combustible.”
While Hart assuming a prominent TV role would be a shock, he has worked with WWE a few times over the years. In addition to appearing for his Hall of Fame induction, Hart also participated in the making of the DVD on his career. Then again, Hart was afraid that if he didn’t work with WWE on the DVD, the company would do a hatchet job on him the way it did with The Ultimate Warrior on his career retrospective DVD.
As far as the Hall of Fame goes, it’s not surprising that he would call a truce with McMahon for something like that. After all, there is no bigger Bret Hart mark than Bret Hart, and he apparently felt that being in a Hall of Fame alongside “greats” such as Johnny Rodz, Baron Scicluna and William “Refrigerator” Perry is such a tremendous honor that it was worth compromising his principles for.