My take on Bret Hart reportedly signing with WWE
When Dennis Miller dropped Bret Hart’s name on Raw Monday night, I figured there was a good chance that “The Hitman” would be the guest host for the Jan. 4 Raw that goes head to head with Hulk Hogan’s debut on a live, three-hour TNA Impact. What I didn’t expect was that Hart would return to WWE for more than a one-night-only appearance.
According to a Wrestling Observer report, Hart has signed a short-term talent contract with WWE that takes effect Jan. 1 and runs through the second week of April. WrestleMania XXVI takes place on March 28.
Hart’s return as an on-air character would make for compelling television, to say the least. Twelve years after the “Montreal Screwjob,” a scripted feud between Hart and Mr. McMahon could finally play out on WWE programming. It also would be interesting to see what – if any – story line interaction Hart would have with Shawn Michaels and Triple H, or if he’d have an opportunity to give a rub to The Hart Dynasty.
Unfortunately, what the 52-year-old Hart can do from a physical standpoint is limited. One would think that WWE would want him to do at least one match (likely against McMahon), but Hart hasn’t wrestled in 10 years due to suffering multiple concussions in 1999 and a stroke in 2002. Still, getting Hart back in the fold in any capacity to counter Hogan’s TNA debut and build to a WrestleMania angle would be a huge coup for WWE.
Will it make Hart look like a hypocrite to work again for WWE, especially if he participates in an angle playing off Montreal? Of course. But on the other hand, Hart coming back as a talent for a few months could actually result in closure, not only for Hart but also for the others who were involved in the “Screwjob.”
As I wrote a few months ago when The Wrestling Observer first reported that Hart was in talks with WWE about returning, if Hart, McMahon, Michaels and Triple H are going to work together, I think they should all sit down in a room together, talk things out and agree to be professional moving forward. Perhaps they already have.
The main thing is for Hart and Michaels to come to some type of understanding. They are no longer the two golden boys of WWE competing for McMahon’s favor, and no matter who was right or wrong in 1997, 12 years is more than long enough to hold a grudge. This will be an opportunity for Hart to show that he is not the bitter egomaniac that some perceive him to be, and for Michaels to show that he is not the same immature prima dona that he admits to being back in the day.