Something strange is going on with Bret Hart. He wasn't at the Fatal Four Way PPV on Sunday or Raw on Monday as originally scheduled. Moreover, he's also been written out of WWE's storylines for the time being, causing chaos for the creative team with them having to rewrite much of the NXT angle at short notice. In the storylines Vince McMahon announced at the start of the PPV that Bret Hart wouldn't be there due to being attacked by the NXT seven six days earlier and he was going to meet Bret's representatives about when he would return to his duties as Raw General Manager, only to fire him the next day on Raw. According to Dave Meltzer on his June 22nd Wrestling Observer Radio Show, the PPV angle about needing to meet Bret's representatives was a shoot and the firing angle on Raw was done because he's gone for the time being at least, though he may be back at the end of the summer. So what's going on?
One possibility suggested by Meltzer is that Bret may have wanted the summer off due to him getting married next month. He also claimed that there has been a lot of issues with Lloyds of London about what Bret can and cannot do, which came to a head last week with them being up in arms over the car crash attack angle Bret was involved in.
In what may just be a strange coincidence, though the timing suggests otherwise, Martha Hart has just filed a lawsuit against WWE, Vince McMahon and Linda McMahon for violating their lawsuit settlement agreement of 2000 by continuing to use footage of Owen Hart and his likeness without her express consent. In an official statement Martha passionately expressed her disgust with the company, reminiscent of Michael Benoit's recent anti Linda McMahon/WWE editorial for the Hartford Courant:
In the eleven years since Owen's tragic and avoidable death, I have worked tirelessly to disassociate Owen's name and likeness from anything related to WWE in order to protect our children from any reminder of the circumstances surrounding their father's death, and to avoid any misplaced perception that I endorse WWE
Unfortunately, even though WWE, Vince McMahon and Linda McMahon were and are well aware of my wishes and desire to shield my children from WWE and its activities, I was shocked to learn earlier this year that they have been using Owen's name and likeness in videos, websites, television programs and print materials. Given this callous, insensitive and irresponsible behavior, one must question the moral character of Vince and Linda McMahon and the manner in which they conduct their business.