WWE Legend Bret Hart on Triple H: ‘He Could Never Lace My F-ing Boots Up’
WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart has never really had love for Triple H, dating back to his involvement in the Montreal Screwjob that sent Bret out of WWE in late 1997. In recent years, that animosity has extended to Triple H’s work, as Bret rated him as a “4/10” wrestler.
Bret’s low opinion of Triple H’s work is part of the reason why the anger is boiling back to the surface on the latest episode of the Sharpshooter Podcast with his sons, Blade and Dallas. As it turns out, Bret found out that Triple H has a higher skill rating than him in the most recent WWE video game.
Bret: I like the new one. I have some discrepancies with the game a little bit. I went to a thing last Fall when the latest 2K game was coming out. They were telling me how I’m an 85 or something like that and Triple H is a 98. I remember I was like, “Why would he be a 98?” And they go, “Well because he’s the boss and we have to suck up to the boss.” I dunno, he was laughing about it. It kind of pissed me off. I thought, “I don’t care how many titles Triple H wins. He could never lace my f*cking boots up. Period.”
Blade: WOAH! Shots fired!
Bret: He was a very good, medium, mediocre wrestler. He never blew me away with anything that he’s ever done. He’s never come up with much. He’s always been a very decent wrestler that could give you a good match. As far as being like mind blowing…
Dallas: The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be…
Bret: I never saw it. I’ve still never seen it. I’ve seen him in some matches and the whole “4 Out Of 10” thing came out of his match with Lesnar. Which should have been such a good match. It was a mediocre match, if that. That’s where the “4 Out Of 10” comes from. He’s always a guy that will give you a “5 Out Of 10” match every night. He’s going to give you all he can give you and that’s just my opinion. There’s certain guys where you put these video games out and I don’t care. I think you have to do justice to the wrestlers as they were in their careers. It should be based on reality. Not things like who you know in the office. Vince could make him 35 time World Champion and it doesn’t mean he’s 35 times better than everyone else that ever wrestled. He’s just not. As far as the games go I think they should be honest. Someone like Bruno Sammartino should never be a jobber on a video game. So on and so forth. I think you have to pay respect. When I think of a video game I think about how I’d love to have Buddy Rogers versus Ric Flair. Something like that. Where you can wrestle these legends against each other from different periods and stuff. They should always represent the reality of what the wrestling business is and was. It should also include the respect the wrestlers have for each other in the dressing room.
Blade: I’d love to see Grampie [WWE Hall of Famer Stu Hart] in there. I’d love to see you versus Grampie. It’d be a hell of a match.
Bret: I’d take my Dad down so fast! I’d have him in the Sharpshooter so fast!
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I get that Bret takes himself seriously, but this is almost like a parody of something Bret Hart might say. Except he actually said it. I mean, I’ve been a fan of Bret’s since I was ten-years-old, and to this day, I still think he’s one of the best wrestlers to ever grace the ring. Hell, I even get why he hates Triple H, since Montreal was a sore point in his professional and personal life. But “bitter” isn’t a good look.
I respect the hell out of Bret’s opinion, but I really don’t see how Triple H is a mediocre wrestler when he’s been involved in some of the best matches of his generation, from the Last Man Standing match with Chris Jericho at Fully Loaded 200, to the main event of Wrestlemania 20 with Shawn Michaels and Chris Benoit. Then there’s his 2000 feud with Cactus Jack, his Three Stages of Hell match with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at No Way Out 2001, and his epic Wrestlemania series with The Undertaker,. While, from a personal standpoint, I prefer Bret’s work, I can’t argue that Triple H isn’t a great wrestler in his own right. So I don’t understand where Bret is coming from on this.
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