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Bret Hart Says Seth Rollins Almost Killed John Cena

On episode 76 of Heated Conversations With Booker T, Booker talked with Bret "The Hitman" Hart and the topic of Seth Rollins and in-ring safety came up - something that Hart has been vocal about in the past (transcription courtesy of Wrestling Inc.):

"Actually, I'm a big fan of Seth Rollins. I mean, it sounds like I've been a little hard on him the last few months, but I'm trying to make a point to make him a better wrestler, to live up to what I expect out of him. And we're in this business. It's not about hurting people, and, too often, people misunderstand my point, and, maybe, including him. Now, he thinks I've got a hard on for him, or I'm out to get him, or out to make him sound bad. I'm not. I love his wrestling and I like him as a person. He's always a respectful guy and I know he's trying his hardest." Hart continued, "I hope Seth Rollins becomes the safest, best wrestler in the world. And I wish him all the luck in the world. And I'm not trying to pick on him. I'm just trying to remind him that it's not about hurting guys. That doesn't make you a good wrestler. It makes you a really lousy wrestler."

And when it comes to the incident on Monday Night RAW last July when Rollins broke John Cena's nose, Hart had some very strong words for what happened. He actually said that Rollins was lucky he didn't kill Cena:

"Chris Jericho and Seth did a podcast a few months ago and they were kind of ragging on me for making such a big deal about one little accident in the ring. But I watched, really closely, the match where he kneed John Cena in the face. And do you know what? There's no excuse for those kinds of mistakes. If you're doing CrossFit all day and you're too tired to do your stuff in the ring… there's just no excuse. And you watch a guy grab a guy and jerk his head down and see him full blast knee him in the face as hard as you can, and actually move his nose to the side of his head, there's just no room for those kinds of mistakes. He's lucky, really lucky, that he didn't kill John Cena right in the middle of the ring. That's a potential fatality when you make those kinds of mistakes. And then, I know I kind of made a big thing about it, and, the truth is, there's no room for mistakes in wrestling. When you make a mistake, one time, you could cost somebody's family everything that they've got."

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