When the WWE came out with its list of the "Top 50 Superstars of All Time" for a DVD release, it was no surprise that the rankings structure was largely built around who was in or out of favor with the company at the time the list was made.
That hasn't stopped certain folks in the wrestling world from getting upset at their particular placement on the list. Take Bret Hart for instance, who may be the biggest mark for himself in the history of the entire industry. He was given an incredibly high spot at number four but that meant he was placed behind Shawn Michaels (that's gotta hurt), Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
That last one made him none too pleased, as evidenced by the comments he made to WrestlingVoice.net:
"I beat Steve Austin every time I worked with him throughout my career and yet he's graded above me, so figure that out. I could give you a list of 50 wrestlers and it would have credibility because I would have an idea but some guy that's working for WWE Magazine that makes it up, frankly, he can kiss my ass, he doesn't know anything."
To give you an idea of how little stock one should put in this list, Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes tied for number 17 while Hulk Hogan came in at number 23. For any wrestler to get up in arms about their placement is almost comical. The fact that it's Hart, though, makes sense based on how he always treated his character.
After the jump "The Hitman" talks about his recently resurrected relationship with the greatest of all time (according to the list, of course), Shawn Michaels.
"I suspected from the very beginning that me and Shawn, our handshake, would be more BS than anything else and that we were still going to loath each other and hate each others guts for the rest of our lives. But the truth is that he was very humbled and grateful that I was willing to forgive everything and the reality is we were able to become good friends since then. Knowing that it really meant something to him, meant something to me and we actually have a really good friendship now. I think Shawn was always a bit of a prima donna and I didn't think he'd be sincere when he shook my hand and the gratification I get over a few weeks and months after that, you could really see it was a weight lifted of his back and he seemed appreciative and grateful that we could be on good terms again."
He talks about a whole host of other topics in the full interview, including his match with Vince McMahon at WrestleMania, the release of Harry Smith and Owen Hart's status regarding the WWE Hall of Fame. Listen to the entire interview by clicking here.