WWE Legend Bret Hart on Roman Reigns Suspension: ‘It Is Kind of a Shock to Me’
Well, you knew this was coming. WWE legend and Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart has spoken up about the suspension of former WWE champion Roman Reigns.
As one of the most vocal proponents for Reigns, Hart was naturally shocked over what happened. However, on the latest episode of The Sharpshooter Podcast on Bret Hart Radio, Hart struggled to reconcile Reigns’s Wellness failure with the strictness of the policy. It led to a fairly interesting observation that both criticizes Reigns for taking banned substances in the first place, while also taking a shot at WWE for punishing him like they did.
I am surprised. I was kind of hoping he could somehow make a good run at being champion. I think in a lot of ways he never got the fair shake that he deserved. Failing the wellness policy could be a number of things. If it was for steroids or something like that… muscle enhancement, or whatever you want to call it. If it was that category or not. I don’t think he needed it, for one. It is what it is as a policy. I’m all behind the policy. There doesn’t need to be any of that in wrestling. I don’t know if there is a double standard where some guys are allowed to take certain things and some guys aren’t. There’s sort of a thin line between being found guilty and being found innocent. I have no idea. As far as I know the drug policy in WWE is pretty legit. As far as I know, unless someone tells me otherwise, everybody is tested. You have to know you’re going to get tested so what are you ever going to get dirty for? It turns out you get tested and it’s steroids, or let’s say it’s something as minuscule as having a toke on a joint at a birthday party. It could be something really small or insignificant. The fact that they sacked him over it is kind of a shock to me. The rules are what they are. In the 90s, when I was champion, and they started a very serious drug policy, everybody had to comply. Including Lex Luger and the bodybuilders. They had to comply to it. It was the same thing. You just can’t take any chances. Where it is today and how intense it is. I know that drug test is pretty intense. They test you for everything from pills to… just about everything.
Well, it definitely was dumb of Reigns to use whatever it is he used that got him popped on the test. However, the silver lining here is that the suspension of Roman Reigns is enough to show others that even the biggest stars aren’t above being suspended. In the 80s, it’s easy to imagine Vince McMahon letting something like this slide for a guy like Hulk Hogan. Even after the steroid trial of the early 90s, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Vince might have been lenient if one of his top guys had tested positive (and, frankly, it’d be shocking if no one had in the mid-90s, especially with a roster of stars like Shawn Michaels, Tammy Sytch and Ahmed Johnson, all of whom have admitted in subsequent years to having used illegal, recreational substances back in those days). But now that WWE is corporate, it’s hard to imagine Vince ever letting a top guy slide, particularly with the scandal it’d create if it came out. Maybe that’s naive of me, but it really doesn’t seem worth it just to protect a guy who the fans aren’t even really accepting as a top babyface. Then again, stranger things have happened in the business.
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