Bret Hart Rips WWE For Mishandling Roman Reigns In Scathing Interview
WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart has been vocal about the company’s failures in the past, whether it was declaring the WrestleMania 32 card to be the worst of all-time, claiming Joanie “Chyna” Laurer would never be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame due to her prior relationship with Triple H, or whether it was admitting he doesn’t particularly feel like being ringside at Payback this Sunday with his niece Natalya. However, one of Bret’s most scathing interviews yet deals with how the company has mishandled one of their top stars.
In an interview with Notts TV News, Bret compares the push of current WWE Champion Roman Reigns to the failed push of Lex Luger in 1993, stating that WWE fundamentally failed Reigns by saddling him with similarly poor booking. In essence, Bret pretty much calls out the creative team for being lousy at their job.
“I think Roman Reigns is actually a hard working, decent wrestler and he [has] got potential. Whether he [has] got the potential to carry the company, I don’t know. It doesn’t seem like the fans are into that too much, but I think a lot of it is bad booking, just really lousy booking, like, when I look at WrestleMania and look at how they built him in the Royal Rumble, they booed him all the way in it for the short time he was in there. And then they had him get hurt by The Authority where 10 guys beat him on the floor, which was so contrived. And then he went back to the dressing room and then he came out at the very end. He still didn’t win. He got dumped out by Triple H, but it was like just too manufactured and too set up [for] people to digest it. And they kind of left it back up and it kind of ruined the making of him again as it led into WrestleMania. I thought it was just bad booking, bad story booking.”
Honestly, I’m kind of surprised (and pleasantly so) that WWE still does business with Bret, considering they’ve cut ties with people for less. But that’s one of the things I respect about Bret. He always speaks his mind, and speaks it with the harshness of a person who really wishes these shows were better. I might not always agree with his opinion, but I enjoy getting his take. With that said, I think the big debate here is whether it really is booking that’s hurting Reigns, or whether he’s simply the wrong guy altogether. There are fans out there who’d probably prefer Dean Ambrose or Cesaro or AJ Styles in his position. But would they fare any better with this creative team? Or would their intrinsic likability put them in a position where fans accept them as top stars more than they accept Reigns?
Reigns is a talented guy, but it seems clear that fans just aren’t accepting him as the top face of the company. I’d hate to parrot the old line about how so-and-so should turn heel, but I really feel a turn for Reigns would launch him into the stratosphere. Reigns CAN make WWE an insane amount of money, just not in the way they probably expect. I think it’d make more sense to have people pay to see who can finally shut him up, rather than asking them to pay to cheer him while he destroys people they like better. Because, really, this Reigns babyface push just isn’t working at all, and persisting with it doesn’t seem wise for business at a time when ratings aren’t exactly great.
Anyway, I’ve rambled enough. What do you think of Bret Hart’s critique of WWE and its mishandling of Roman Reigns? Sound off in the comments!
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