Bret Hart Live Chat @ CANOE: November 6, 1998
Bret 'The Hitman Hart' signing autographs before the live chat on CANOE's SLAM! Wrestling, November 6, 1998. -- James Wysotski, CANOE|
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Hello! Welcome to SLAM! Wrestling's Bret 'The Hitman' HartChat. We'll be starting the chat around 4pm. Feel free to ask a question we're asking people to limit themselves to one question so we can keep the load manageable. Thanks.
Hi. Nice to be back on CANOE.
Would you encourage or discourage your children from following in your footsteps. to become a professional wrestler?
Not at all. Wrestling's a cool job. I don't know of a better one.
Booker T. Sting. Diamond Dallas Page. Lex Luger. Who's next on Bret Hart's "hit list"?
You! (laughs) Actually, maybe Goldberg.
As you said in the documentary, you've noticed a change in today's wrestling fans as opposed to let's say 15 years ago.Why do you think this happened and how has it affected your approach to wrestling?
I guess wrestling fans are always looking for some kind of a change. and have grown tired of the same stereotype heroes. I don't know that that's good. I think sooner or later it'll need to come back full circle when the right hero comes along. It's very difficult to be any kind of a hero when most of the crowd is cheering on the bad guy.
How do you feel about the gang warfare that is so predominant in wrestling today i.e. NWO, Horsemen, etc?
Wrestling is basically real life on a stage. David and Goliath. As far as the gang mentality, I think it's a temporary fad in wrestling which will be overtaken by something else. Ultimately wrestling fans always have and always will decide what that next fad will be.
How has your knee been holding up?
The truth about my knee is it gets a little weaker every single day and my doctor in Calgary tells me to be very careful with both of them because in less than 10 years I'll have plastic knees in both. I'm hoping to avoid that so I'm very careful and less reckless than I used to be and I'm determined to prove him wrong.
Please, we'd like to ask everybody to ask only one question, and to only ask the question once. It's going into the moderator queue, and we'll get to as many as we can. Thanks.
For awhile there you seemed to be returning to the Bret Hart hero persona of old making saves on Sting..etc. Why the change and did you oppose the sudden shift?
Well, I hate to be a copout, but I've been labelled as a guy that took the wrestling business too serious. So at this point in my career I'm more obliged to do whatever the hell they pay me to do. Ultimately, the fan base in the States was not ready to accept me as any kind of a hero and the only real way to do that is to really make them hate you until they learn to love you much like when I started the Hitman character in the first place with the Hart Foundation back in 1985. My character is very much the same guy from back then. I'm having more fun anyhow.
Hi Bret,When your wrestling career is over, do you see yourself devoting more time to acting? If so, what kind of roles would you ideally like to do?thanks,Trevor
If the acting world would only be so kind as to open the door and allow me in. All I could really ask for is an opportunity to do worthwhile projects with people that would give me a chance to show them that I have the ability as an actor and that the projects would be first rate and not fall into that same pit that some of my fellow wrestlers have fallen in such as B-Movies which ultimately lead to a dead end. I believe I have some ability as an actor and maybe I'll get the chance to prove it some day.
Why a heel and why associate yourself with Hogan? We're dying to see a Hart - Hogan match or 2 or 3.
What's wrong with Hollywood Hogan? He seems to be a good guy to me and if anything, I think he can relate to me and I can relate to him. I'm sure someday we'll face off but when and where, I have no idea. It's too big a match not to happen.
Do you have any regrets about the direction of the Hitman character since you came to WCW?
Not really. I kind of feel that the Hitman character that I believed in the most was murdered in Montreal. What you have now, whether anybody likes it or not including me is a new character with a harder edge and less regard for always doing the right thing. I have to find my way in the world of wrestling either through myself or the fans that I have left and build myself into something totally different and in some ways better than ever.
What is your opinion on the "Wrestling Secrets Exposed" show on NBC?
I'm glad you asked that. I think for all wrestlers everywhere, at least the ones that take pride in what we do, it was a black eye. It was the same old disrespectful, inaccurate portrayal of a bunch of pathetic, phony, unskilled slobs pretending to be athletes. Or worse yet, entertainers. And it really made us all look bad. All I can say is it was a gross distortion of the truth and I'm really glad that I was as honest as I was in my own documentary and that maybe whatever damage and disrespect people have from watching that NBC show will be altered for the better and finally people will respect what wrestling really is. My documentary was something I was very worried about in the sense that I didn't want to upset any of my peers by taking the layers off wrestling and me being a wrestler it's difficult for me to do that. But I promised myself and the wrestlers' that trusted me that it was long overdue for people to finally see how much effort and thought and skill goes into all these great matches. I believe all wrestlers appreciated my candor and all I can say is Hogan, Flair, Piper, DDP, Benoit, Jericho just to name a few told me that it was the greatest wrestling film of all time. And several of them literally wept at its honesty. All this can tell you is we do take pride in what we do and those maggots on NBC will never be able to take that away from us. I would be very curious to know what some of the WWF wrestlers think of the documentary I did.
How have you managed to keep your marriage and family a priority all of those years of being on the road 300 days a year?
Unfortunately, I just got divorced.
Some of your critics say that you take your job and character way too seriously. What's your answer to that?
Probably. There should be no shame in that. It's called putting you Hart into it.
Bret, who in your opinion is the most overrated worker in the business today and who is the most underrated?
Most underrated in Chris Benoit. Overrated? Shawn Michaels.
What has been your toughest opponent so far in WCW and why?
Probably my hardest match was with Flair. Probably because I was still on the rebound. My hand had been broken in three places when I knocked out that piece of human excrement Vince McMahon in Montreal and it was very difficult for me to train for almost three months after that.
how do you feel about the direction the wwf is taking with the content like what stone cold will do next? and how do you fell about wwf holding talented wrestlers back like edge, gangrel,or owen
I'm not really sure about anything Stone Cold is doing but it does bother me to hear about women deep throating kielbasa in the front row, stripper matches and if it only could be true about people holding guns to Vince McMahon's head, but the sad part about it is they may have upped their ratings by following the Jerry Springer route. You don't see Jerry Springer or Howard Stern trying to market to kids. I walked through a toy store in Las Vegas with my son Blade and I saw all these toys with this stamp 'Attitude' on it and it made me angry to think that that slime Vince McMahon still targets children. Someone really needs to evaluate the responsibility that the WWF has in this area. Don't mess with the kids.
Have you any plans to rebuild The great Hart Foundation??
Brian Pillman's dead. Jim Neidhart is in exile. And the British Bulldog seems like he's falling apart physically so I guess if my dad Stu wants to pull on his old black tights ...
And Owen is still stuck in the minors.
What advice do you have for a boy who wish's to pursue a wrestling career
Get a college education. And watch my old tapes.
Any chance of you getting a World Title push in the near future??
I wouldn't know. I'm sure it will happen.
Hi Bret. Dave here. What is your reaction to Jesse the Body Ventura becoming governor of a state?
I think it's fantastic. Jesse was always a very straightforward guy, well spoken to the point he spoke up often about the rights and wrongs as far as the wrestling business went. He always had great integrity and I'm and I'm sure he'll do a great job as governor of Minnesota. He also proves that not all wrestlers are stupid. And that some of us are destined for great things after wrestling.
really interested in hearing about your experience with the internet and have you seen any sites dedicated to you?
Yeah, but it's been a while. I really liked the High Road web site in relation to my documentary -- www.brethartvideo.com
Is there anyone in WCW you really want to wrestle?
Yeah, lots of guys. Perry Saturn. Chris Benoit. Goldberg. Dallas Page. Hogan. Warrior. Piper. Jericho. Kanyon.
Do you miss your time in the WWF?
Let me put it this way, I'll always miss how it was. But I never miss how it is. Bret The Hitman Hart would have never fitted in into a show that sleazy. I count my blessings every day that I'm not there. I feel sorry for my brother Owen.
How involved are you in the Hitman Fan club? Besides reading the emails Marcy brings you each week, do you ever just log on at home to read them?
Yeah, I do.
When are you going to run for Prime Minister??
I shouldn't laugh. How hard could it possibly be to top Chretien or any of the other possibilities such as Preston Manning? Maybe that's what Canada needs is a guy like me to put the Sharpshooter on the deficit.
Are you still in touch with your friends from WWF ?
I talk to the Undertaker once in a while. I see my brother Owen at family gatherings. That's it.
Does a small part of you resent your dad for the way he trained you early in life?
No. Actually, I wouldn't be where I am without the discipline and integrity that my father instilled in me from a young age. If you're referring to the documentary, where my father seems somewhat harsh, you have to understand the big picture of what it was like to raise 12 kids. My father was under incredible pressure to ensure that we all walked a fine line even when he wasn't around. I was very fearful of the wrath of my father. But on account of that I stayed out of trouble , didn't smoke or do drugs or steal. And I think I was very susceptible to fall into the bad crowd. And I owe it to my father that I didn't.
Why is it that you haven't beaten the crap out of Goldberg yet.
'Cause he's a big bald headed chicken!
And we'd like to thank 'The Hitman' for participating in our chat this afternoon. Thanks to everybody for making this a success.
Sorry we didn't get to all the questions. And I only hope that my true fans will appreciate the honesty of my documentary, that they'll enjoy my future battles in WCW. I will continue to strive to be the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be. And always remember that the truth will always set you free.