In an emotionally charged exclusive interview, WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart revealed his true thoughts about the very hall that enshrined him in 2006. Speaking critically about inductees from recent classes, Hart vouched for all-time greats who have somehow been overlooked.
I’m never going to take anything away from any of the inductees that they’ve had. But, to me—the Hall of Fame this year—I have a voice of protest as sort of a legendary figure of the industry. I am embarrassed that there’s so many great wrestlers out there that have never been given their credit. Never got their due.
Hart went on to identify Rick Rude, The Fabulous Rougeaus, and The Demolition as deserving potential inductees. He also gave props to the legendary Hart Foundation while not being as kind to the Freebirds, who were inducted this year ahead of WrestleMania 32:
Why have they been overlooked when you can induct the Freebirds, who never did squat in WWE? Ever. Never drew any money, never did anything. When I remember the Freebirds, they were all drunk and passed out at the gate at one of the airports in my first day in WWF. None of them even made the show that day, they were too drunk to make their plane.
Left to right: Baltimore Ravens linebacker CJ Mosley, Bret “The Hitman” Hart, Sharpshooter Funding Managing Partner Paul Pitcher
Hart continues to live a very active life outside of wrestling as he continues to work as the official spokesman for Sharpshooter Funding, alongside managing partner Paul Pitcher. Pitcher, who also heads up First Down Funding, recently spoke with House Money Studios about plans for expansion:
“Sharpshooter Funding has plans to launch into the United Kingdom, and with the help of The Hitman and his mainstream fanbase, the sky is the limit to the reach of business owners worldwide.”
Hart is reaching out to his large fanbase to lobby for the late, great Owen Hart, who is long overdue for a Hall of Fame induction. Hart has launched a petition, which calls for his late brother Owen to be inducted alongside the entire Hart Foundation. The petition can be signed at HartFoundationForHallOfFame.com, in support of the cause. Hart was critical of Owen’s widow, Martha, who has reportedly objected to her late husband’s association with WWE.
In addition to his feelings on the Hall of Fame, Hart had a lot to say when asked about the lack of African-American WWE World Heavyweight Champions. Hart claimed to have never seen any black wrestlers intentionally held down during his time in WWE. While there may be some exceptions, Hart generally feels “if you were really skilled, and really good, you got your chance.”
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has a long, storied history with The Hitman. With all of the recent criticism Hart has levied in WWE’s direction, is it affecting his relationship with the company? In the video above, Hart opens up about his relationship with McMahon and his long history of speaking publicly about his honest feelings on pro wrestling.