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Paul Nemer, Adam Martin and friends attended the Bret Hart Q & A segment along with the picture and autograph signings. A good portion of the following questions were asked by WrestleView and friends and the rest were asked by those in attendance.

 

Tim Ash from Ohio Valley Wrestling started off the Q & A session talking about how he got involved in the wrestling business through his figures collection. Asked the fans what wrestling figures they'd like to see next. In a funny moment, Ash's cell phone rang while he was on stage and his ringer was a recorded voice of Hulk Hogan telling him to answer his phone. A fan yelled out that he was a mark and Ash admitted. In regards to OVW, Ash talked about how his mentor Jim Cornette was fired and how Paul Heyman was brought in. He mentioned how much OVW has changed and that Matt Capotelli (Tough Enough winner) would be coming up to the SmackDown brand any day now. He added that CM Punk has a big attitude problem and "won't shake anyone's hand." Ash ran down a list of former OVW talent that made it big like Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Batista, Shelton Benjamin, Eugene, Rob Conway, Rene Dupree, Chris Masters, Muhammad Hassan and Khosrow Daivari. Some "We want Bret" chants started and he had no other choice but to introduce him.

 

Bret's classic music played and he got a big standing ovation from the crowd in New York. Hart sat down and thanked everyone for their support. On to the questions...

 

How did he and Shawn started hating each other?

Bret responded, "I was always a decent guy and Shawn was just an asshole."

 

Would he be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006?

Bret stated he didn't think it would happen by next year, although he was given offers. He added, "If I did anything for WWE ever again, it would have to be at Madison Square Garden."

 

His thoughts on Curt Hennig.

Bret said that Hennig was a great wrestler and a professional who always gave you 100%.

 

What's your favorite match?

Against the British Bulldog at SummerSlam 1992 in Wembley, Stadium in front of 82,000 fans.

 

 

If he would ever face Kurt Angle.

He wished that he could, but he can't.

 

Asked if anyone is similar to him in the business.

Bret says the fans would be the best judge of that and added that there will always be one Bret Hart.

 

His reaction to his music and titantron being played on WWE RAW on August 15 in Montreal.

Bret said he didn't worry about his music being played that much. He added that he got a voicemail from the WWE saying they were going to use his music or video in some way that night. Bret said there was really nothing he could do about it and the WWE does not need his approval on what they do. He said he is at peace with WWE right now though.

 

What he thinks about Shawn Michaels saying that he would never step foot in a WWE ring ever again?

Bret said Shawn was right and that due to his concussion problem and suffering a stroke that it would never be possible.

 

Who was your toughest opponent?

The Undertaker.

 

About his time in WCW.

Bret said he never had fun in WCW and was shaking his head the entire time he was there. He added, "that shows why they are out of business right now."

 

About his backstage fight with Shawn Michaels.

Bret described the whole fight as "two girls fighting" and that it wasn't much. Although he was spinning Michaels around by the hair. He stated that he never forgave Shawn for what he did to him in 1997. The fan that asked the question said she confronted Shawn about it a while ago and Shawn said he was told to do it by Vince McMahon and that it wasn't his fault. Bret's response (which got laughs from the crowd) was, "Well that shows you what kind of a Christian he really is."

 

If he would ever return to WWE TV?

Bret said he isn't sure if he really would want to come back and isn't sure what the fans want from him other than to see him stand in a ring and speak to them.

 

His best friend in the business?

Jim Neidhart. He goes on to say that he and the Anvil never had a single argument and that Neidhart would put on a show backstage and at airports and was fun to be around.

 

How hard was it to beat Yokozuna?

Everyone started laughing when this question was asked, but we couldn't blame the questioner since he was a little kid. Bret answered by saying that it was a pleasure to beat him.

 

Who he would pick as a tag team partner today?

This question was asked by a younger kid in the crowd who asked Bret who he would team with if he could take on current World Tag Team Champions Big Show & Kane: Matt Hardy or Hardcore Holly. This got some laughs from the crowd and Hart smiled saying he would go with Matt Hardy.

 

His thoughts on TNA and if he would ever go there.

Bret said he has a lot of respect for TNA, but is content in how he left the wrestling business and isn't looking for an on-air role right now.

 

His thoughts on Ring of Honor.

Bret said he has seen some footage, but doesn't know much about it so he didn't feel he was able to comment much.

 

Would he mind if one of his kids got into wrestling?

Bret responds, "If they're happy, I'm happy."

 

Any upcoming plans for him?

He talked about the Aladdin play from last December and said that he'd be doing it again this year in Toronto.

 

Any hard feelings towards Bill Goldberg?

He said there were no hard feelings and that he knows it was an accident. "It was just one of those bad days at work," Hart said.

 

His track record of never hurting his opponents.

Bret talked about how he has a perfect record in not seriously injuring any opponents he has been in the ring with. Hart joked adding, "I think I chipped Vader's tooth one time."

 

The upcoming WWE DVD about his career.

Hart said he is glad he got involved with the WWE DVD about his career and said the original one would have been a big disappointment. He added that he doesn't appreciate the WWE always referring to the Survivor Series '97 situation as a "storyline" all the time. "I don't appreciate the way they stick it in my eye every time," said Hart.

 

Everyone had their comments about the Ultimate Warrior, WWE had their own DVD, what are Bret Hart's thoughts?

He was never a great wrestler and a great guy. Nothing much to say about him. He said that he probably had what was coming to him (DVD).

 

His favorite WrestleMania match?

He said that he had many, one being WrestleMania 12 against Shawn, but he liked the match with Steve AUstin at WM13 more.

 

Did he ever consider training wrestlers like his dad.

Bret said yes, he's considered it, and if he could, he would. He thinks about opening a wrestling school but ever since the concussion and stroke, he doesn't think that he can. He can't take the bumps. Although it's a dream that he wouldn't mind persuing.

 

His thoughts on Ric Flair?

Bret responded, "He was a great wrestler 100 years ago." He said that doesn't have much bad things to say about him. Hart joked they could have a wheelchair match.

 

Does he blame Earl Hebner?

Bret responded, "I don't blame him much. He was put in a compromising position. He had a gun to his head." He then talked about Shawn Michaels and Triple H, saying that the backstage is like a sacred area. More in the lines of trust between the wrestlers, then trashed Shawn and Hunter (deservedly so). He said that if the roles were reversed, he would have never screwed Shawn Michaels, he would never do that to another wrestler. Was then asked about Russo and if he was involved, Bret said no. He then said that Gerald Brisco planned the whole screwjob.

 

Where he sees himself 10 years from now?

"Hopefully on a beach somewhere," Hart said to some laughter.

 

Who was the best shooter in the ring?

Bret said Ken Shamrock was probably the best shooter, while Vader worked the stiffest.

 

When his upcoming book will be out?

Bret said he has been working on it for a while now. When a fan asked about Shawn Michaels' upcoming autobiography, Hart said, "Save your money and buy mine."

 

Was Bret ever friends with Shawn Michaels?

Yes, they were close friends at one point, but all that went away when Shawn Michaels forgot where he came from. Hart added, "He wanted my spot and by hook or crook, he got it."

 

What he feels about fans chanting his name at events years later.

Bret said he is glad he was never forgotten by the fans in Canada and all over the world.

 

If he preferred working as a face or heel?

Bret said it was more fun being a heel. He regrets some of the things he had to say about the United States since his mother was from New York. Hart said he wished he had a chance to regain some face after his "American Basher" gimmick that was proposed by Vince.

 

Who inspired him to become a wrestler?

Bruno Sammartino. Bret said he always wanted to be a great champion like Bob Backlund. He smiled and added that probably wasn't the best name to bring up since he considered his worst PPV match ever to be with Backlund. "When I got backstage behind the curtain, I said outloud 'man, that stunk.' It wasn't Bob's fault. It was just a shitty idea."

 

What he thinks about guys like The Rock and others using the Sharpshooter?

Bret thinks The Rock, Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels were all the worst at doing it which got laughs from the crowd.

 

On his promo skills.

"For me, it was always hard to talk unless my emotions were high. If I knew the outcome of the match before I did the promo, it affected my confidence."

 

If you knew the outcome of Survivor Series minutes before walking out to that ring, what would you have done.

Bret said he would have walked to the ring and knocked out Vince and Shawn. The end.

 

Question by Paul Nemer: Shawn Michaels forfeited his title in February of 1997 to avoid jobbing to you. Later that summer, you and Shawn were suppose to face each other at the 1997 King of the Ring in a 10-minute match. The stipulation was, if you were to lose that match, you would never step foot on American soil, but that match never happened and Shawn ended up facing Steve Austin. What happened?

Bret said that he had knee surgery and wasn't able to wrestle. He wasn't 100% and didn't want to risk it, especially against Shawn Michaels with all the emotions and things that were going on, he didn't trust him.

 

His thoughts on Ric Flair calling him a great wrestler, but not a great champion in his book?

"Well, who really cares what Ric Flair thinks," said Bret.

 

If he watches WWE programming today.

Bret said he doesn't follow the business that much and said wrestling changed so much after Survivor Series 1997. He said back in his day, the champion was the highest paid guy in the company, but now with contracts involved, it is a whole new ball game.

 

His thoughts on Survivor Series '97.

Bret said he was very shocked it happened after Vince called him the Lou Gehrig of wrestling only a few weeks before that. Hart said there were a million other things they could have done besides that finish. Bret added, "It was never about losing in Canada."

 

His thoughts on other wrestlers:

 

Scott Steiner:

Bret said that it's one of the last guys you want to upset. Then said that he has a lot of respect towards him.

 

Scott Hall:

Bret said that Hall can put on great matches, only when he wants to.

 

John Cena:

Bret said he has never met him and has nothing bad to say about him. Has only seen a few blimps of him here and there. Hart said he shows lots of action and is strong on the mic.

 

The Undertaker:

"One of the greatest wrestlers I got in the ring with. Hasn't lost a step. Is a true professional," said Hart.

 

Steve Austin:

Bret said he has the highest respect for Austin and misses being able to work with him.

 

Triple H:

Everyone laughed when his name was brought up. Bret said, "Right up there with Shawn Michaels."

 

Hulk Hogan:

Said he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, but that he was afraid to wrestle him. He felt that Hogan was very two faced and didn't care about anyone but him.

 

In conclusion, Hart was nothing short but professional. During the picture and autograph signing, he was interacting with the fans and answered ever single question thrown at him.

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Very good, it shows that Bret has a funny side and at least he has got over some things that were pulling him down. Little bit suprised about his comment on Hogan, quite a few people have said that about him apparently, but that takes nothing away from the ablities he obviously has (talking about Hogan).

 

Overall a very good q and a there, but i thought it would be obvious that we want him in the ring to talk for a bit.

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good interview... abit bitter though

 

i think if he was in shawns position he would have dome the same...

 

also alot of people care what Ric Flair thinks...

 

and people only chant his name in canade.. and only when HBK is in the ring...

 

 

seems nice guy but very bitter

 

But really with those comments, you are saying things against him, you say bitter, well once again, you wasn't in this world of wrestling when people and promotions were bitter to him. He has reasons, but i don't think you have a reason for your poor posts recently.

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A lot of things would have been different if Bret had not gone to WCW. I think Bret regrets ever going there. He said he didn't like it and he was misused. And not to mention going to WCW eventually led up to his match with Goldberg, where he got his concusion that led to his stroke. So you might say Bret could still be wrestling if he had not left WWE, but that's an if. Who know what would have happened. And as for the whole screw job, Vince had to do it. There is no way in hell anyone could trust Bret. If I was in Vince's place I would have screwed Bret too. Bret seems like one of those Champs that doesn't want to give up the belt. I think Bret felt that he was above everyone. And Bret took the whole screw job thing personal when it was just business. I also think Bret made this screw job more than it was. Hell, if Bret was above the whole thing he would have just been like, "whatever" when it happened. The truth is Bret brought this all on himself by leaving WWE and going to WCW. He brought on the Screw job, WCW misusing him, the match with Goldberg that led to his stroke. So my opinion is that it is Bret's fault he was screwed and can't wrestle anymore.

So Bret stop whining, and I'm putting this forth,

 

Either myself or anyone that wants to, try and ask Bret a question on Byte This, have that question be " Do you wish you had never joined WCW?"

 

and if his answer is no, then he got what he deserved.

 

Sorry if I sound so bitter. But it was Bret's own choice to leave WWE that led to his downfall.

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A lot of things would have been different if Bret had not gone to WCW. I think Bret regrets ever going there. He said he didn't like it and he was misused. And not to mention going to WCW eventually led up to his match with Goldberg, where he got his concusion that led to his stroke. So you might say Bret could still be wrestling if he had not left WWE, but that's an if. Who know what would have happened. And as for the whole screw job, Vince had to do it. There is no way in hell anyone could trust Bret. If I was in Vince's place I would have screwed Bret too. Bret seems like one of those Champs that doesn't want to give up the belt. I think Bret felt that he was above everyone. And Bret took the whole screw job thing personal when it was just business. I also think Bret made this screw job more than it was. Hell, if Bret was above the whole thing he would have just been like, "whatever" when it happened. The truth is Bret brought this all on himself by leaving WWE and going to WCW. He brought on the Screw job, WCW misusing him, the match with Goldberg that led to his stroke. So my opinion is that it is Bret's fault he was screwed and can't wrestle anymore.

So Bret stop whining, and I'm putting this forth,

 

Either myself or anyone that wants to, try and ask Bret a question on Byte This, have that question be " Do you wish you had never joined WCW?"

 

and if his answer is no, then he got what he deserved.

 

Sorry if I sound so bitter. But it was Bret's own choice to leave WWE that led to his downfall.

 

So therefore by your sentiments there, itwas Owen Harts fault he died because he joined the WWF? Bret can't wrestle simply because Goldberg was a sloppy lazy wrestler, thats it. By the way Vince didn't drop the screwjob at all and he still uses it to this day, see HBK's Montreal promo if you don't believe me. If people keep asking Bret about it how is he supposed to "get over it". I don't see where he is whining at all in this interview, and how is there "no way in hell anyone should trust Bret". Give me some examples of where he lied or screwed ANYBODY over.

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It all boils down to this, at least with me. I dont know if what people are saying is true, but if it is, and he didnt want to lose the title in Canada, I'd say Bret is what I thought he was, a whiny beotch. He was getting paid an OBSCENE amount of money to lose, he should have done his job, PERIOD!
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Unless I'm wrong' date=' wasn't Bret supposed to retain the title, but hand it to Shawn after the match? So even if Bret had retained and not given it to Micheals, Vince could have stripped him of it off the air. Vince could have handled it a LOT better. Its Vince's fault for being unprofessional, not Bret's.[/quote']

 

bret was gonna drop it on raw the next night as far as i know

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Unless I'm wrong' date=' wasn't Bret supposed to retain the title, but hand it to Shawn after the match? So even if Bret had retained and not given it to Micheals, Vince could have stripped him of it off the air.[/quote']

But if Bret never turned up, he would still have the Gold - and he was due to show up at WCW on that Monday when RAW was meant to air.

 

So, if Bret decided to be an ass he could do what Madusa did, turn up on WCW TV with the Title and make a mockery of it - she dropped the Women's title into the trash.

Vince could have handled it a LOT better.

While that's true, it's not just Vince's fault.

Its Vince's fault for being unprofessional' date=' not Bret's.[/quote']

And Bret's for being unprofessional.

 

Bret treated the whole of Canada as his "home town", since at that time the home town boy rarely lost, it'd mean that he had a HUGE area that he couldn't lose in compared to the US workers.

 

Since they were in Montreal, and Bret is actually from Calgary, Alberta, not only are they completely separate territories, but it's over 1,300 miles from his real home.

 

If you're allowed a 1,300 mile radius as your "home town", then that gives Shawn Michaels the whole of mainland US as his "home town". :P

 

 

So, it's Vince's fault for not finding a better solution, and Bret's fault for making a demand about where he would or would not lose.

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I find it VERY hard to believe....as a matter of fact, I dont believe for one second, that Hulk Hogan "feared" wrestling Bret Hart, lol, I mean come on. What exactly was there to fear?

 

He didnt want to drop the belt to him because he didnt think he looked big enough or believable enough beating him and because he didnt think that he had been built up credibly enough to not hurt Hogan in the process of losing to Hart. Thats not a fear of Hart, thats good sense.

 

Look, people would love to make out Hogan just didnt want to drop the belt, but thats been proven wrong. He just didnt want to drop it to a guy so much smaller than him who he didnt think would be a believable threat, I cant say I blame him at all. Bret had only been out of the IC division for several months at that point and Hogan was only a year removed from his huge drawing prime. Hogan dropped the belt to Yokozuna who he thought looked like he could beat Hogan, I can see his logic there totally...

 

Hogan didnt fear Bret, Bret knows that, he is just talking crap in that instance...just my two cents.

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I thought that it was well known that Hogan didn't want to drop the belt to Bret because he didn't look like a viable threat.

 

I can understand that as Bret was never a big guy, he wasn't muscular, so compared to Hogan, he wouldn't look like he could beat him in a "fight".

 

It's only things like the SharpShooter which would be really effective to beat him, but it's doing enough "damage" to get him into the position to tap.

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I thought that it was well known that Hogan didn't want to drop the belt to Bret because he didn't look like a viable threat.
Oh yeah it is well know that that is the reason Hogan didnt want to drop it to Bret, to most people anyways. Bret seems to think it was because Hogan feared him, however, for some reason, lol.

 

I can understand that as Bret was never a big guy, he wasn't muscular, so compared to Hogan, he wouldn't look like he could beat him in a "fight".

 

It's only things like the SharpShooter which would be really effective to beat him, but it's doing enough "damage" to get him into the position to tap.

Agreed. I mean, Hogan had beaten Bundy, Andre, Sid, Taker, Studd and tons of other huge guys in recent years while Bret was toiling in the tag and IC division losing to guys like the Mountie and so on...it wasnt believable, IMO, at that time, for Hogan to lose clean to Bret Hart, and I'm sure thats Hogans line of thinking also. He had no problem dropping the belt, but of course he wanted to protect himself while doing so also, so he allowed himself to be crushed by Yokozuna in a believable way.
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He had no problem dropping the belt' date=' but of course he wanted to protect himself while doing so also, so he allowed himself to be crushed by Yokozuna in a believable way.[/quote']

 

He was dropping the Belt because he was leaving... and I don't find anything believable about a cameraman with a false beard missing Hogan by about two miles with a fireball coming out of the phoneyest looking camera of all time, yes it was the evil Harvey Wippleman that beat Hogan for the title, believable, hell no.

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So therefore by your sentiments there, itwas Owen Harts fault he died because he joined the WWF? Bret can't wrestle simply because Goldberg was a sloppy lazy wrestler, thats it. By the way Vince didn't drop the screwjob at all and he still uses it to this day, see HBK's Montreal promo if you don't believe me. If people keep asking Bret about it how is he supposed to "get over it". I don't see where he is whining at all in this interview, and how is there "no way in hell anyone should trust Bret". Give me some examples of where he lied or screwed ANYBODY over.

 

What I was saying is that Bret made a huge career mistake by joining WCW. It led to his downfall. I'll give you the part about the Goldberg match, but it is still Bret's fault he got screwed. Vince needed to make sure Bret would not show up on Nitro with the title. And I''m shocked that you would compare Owen's death to this.

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He was dropping the Belt because he was leaving... and I don't find anything believable about a cameraman with a false beard missing Hogan by about two miles with a fireball coming out of the phoneyest looking camera of all time' date=' yes it was the evil Harvey Wippleman that beat Hogan for the title, believable, hell no.[/quote']Yes, he was dropping the belt because he was leaving...just how Bret was leaving in 1997 but WOULDNT drop it to HBK...

 

Hogan had no issue dropping the belt which was PROVEN when he dropped it clean to Yokozuna, he simply didnt want to drop it to Hart, and I cannot blame him for that, because its not believable for Hart to have beaten Hogan in 1993, at all. Hart wasnt even on Hogans level, not ever CLOSE, in 1993 (in reality, he has never been close to Hogans level, but he was closer in 1997 than he was in 1993).

 

And the fireball didnt miss Hogan by two miles, what are you on about? Need photographic evidence? ok, here you go:

 

http://gallery.beltmarks.com/albums/userpics/10004/normal_Flame.JPG

 

Looks like it hit him right in the chops to me. The fileball deal was the finish, to a degree, but Hogan got squashed throughout the entire match and lost to his own finish AFTER Yokozuna kicked out of Hogans legdrop and that Hogan allowed the booking of the match to allow him to look so weak means more than the fireball does.

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http://gallery.beltmarks.com/albums/userpics/10004/normal_Flame.JPG

 

 

If you look closely at the picture, you can clearly see a "second cameraman", which leads me to believe that the first fireball missed completely yet the sniper under the bottom rope had a better shot.

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To be fair Hogan should have dropped it to Bret, because WWF were making Bret the new main guy. Doesn't matter if Hogan thought it wasn't believeable, its not his company, he should do what he's told, whats it matter to him? He was leaving anyway. Thus Hogan was unprofessional in that sense, and seemingly out for himself, and made to look superhuman in the fact that it took a flame thrower and a superhuman effort for a guy who he beat in under half a minute, to defeat Hogan.

 

That being said, it was unprofessional for Bret refusing to job to HBK. Of course Vince's argument that Bret would turn up on Monday on Nitro, was impossible, as Bret had another 2 weeks left on his contract. But that being said Bret not wanting to lose in Canada was silly, and Vince screwing someone who'd only ever been good to him, in such a brutal manner, is far worse.

 

In conclusion, they are all as bad as each other.

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:eek

:lol

 

Clean as a whistle.................

I consider pinfalls or submissions to be clean losses regardless of any cheating or interference. Its when people forfeit titles and drop them without wrestling, things like that, or DQ's/countouts, those are losses I dont consider clean. Thats how I have always seen it, I know many see it differently.
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