WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart has never been shy in calling out his former coworkers and bosses in the wrestling business.
Now, he's taking aim at WWE chairman Vince McMahon - whom Hart had a complicated, tense and extremely difficult working relationship with. And no, this isn't in regards to the infamous 1997 Montreal Screwjob incident.
Rather, Hart criticized Vince for supposedly lying to him about being the champion during his original run with WWE in an interview on Prime Time with Sean Mooney (h/t Ringside News).
According to Hart, when he first won the WWE Championship in 1992, Vince vowed that they were viewing him "as a long-term champion," specifically "six, maybe seven years." That didn't end up being the case, as Hart dropped his title to Yokozuna at WrestleMania IX - thus ending his championship reign at 174 days.
"Kind of going back to what Bruno did, where the champion holds the belt for a really long time, and that Hulk Hogan would have no bearing on anything that I was doing," said Hart. "Those were the first lies that they told me. In the end, it was like, they lied to me. They gave me no warning for that at all."
Rumor has it that Hulk Hogan wasn't willing to put Hart over, which is what led to the controversial ending at WrestleMania IX. After Yokozuna defeated Hart to win the title, Hogan came out and received a shot at the championship right away. He was able to defeat Yokozuna to become the new champion.
"I know people have a hard time understanding how it works; I’m not even sure how it works being champion, but I know that, basically, when you’re the champion, when you have the belt in your bag, and you’re the guy," Hart said." You’re the highest paid guy on the card, and that was a big honor for me. I was making big plans for all the big main event money I was going to be making, add instead I got demoted, basically, and Hulk Hogan took my spot again."
Hogan and Hart had a difficult working relationship throughout their tenures together in both WWE and WCW. If Vince and officials didn't supposedly lie to Hart, perhaps the latter's friendship with Hogan would have been a healthy one.
Hart Still Had A Great Run In WWE
The WWE legend had to deal with plenty of backstage drama, politics and broken promises throughout his wrestling career. Despite all of this, Hart crafted one of the most storied and iconic careers in the business. Even if WWE didn't make him the guy as promised, Hart pieced together an incredible wrestling legacy that we'll be talking about for a long, long time.