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Bret Hart on Finn Bálor being injured in a match with Seth Rollins: ‘If you keep hurting opponents, clearly you’re doing it wrong’

Well, we knew this was coming.

WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart has been a vocal critic of Seth Rollins following incidents where the two-time WWE champ was working opposite John Cena and Sting when they were injured, so it was only a matter of time before he commented on Finn Bálor’s torn labrum. The Irishman’s shoulder injury occurred when he was thrown into the barricade by Rollins this past Sunday, Aug. 21, at SummerSlam in Brooklyn.

Nick Hausman of WrestleZone, who has co-hosted podcasts with Hart in the past, reached out to the Hitman for comment. And, boy, did he get one:

I take no great pleasure in saying “I told you so,” but if you’re a professional wrestler and you keep hurting opponents and or yourself, clearly you’re doing it wrong. I wrestled a very realistic and physical style and not once in 23 yrs did I ever hurt one opponent ever. Seth Rollins needs to improve his technique and become the safest wrestler in the business. I have great respect for Seth. I believe he’ll improve and hopefully stop hurting the talent before someone gets killed. Wrestlers have to trust one another. If a wrestler holds the life of another wrestler in his hands for the sake of his family, wife or children you plain and simply cannot drop it!

I saw this coming, if anything WWE producers are negligent for not speaking up about it to him already, instead they’re probably gushing with joy, slapping him on the back telling him “great job!” Bill Goldberg was similar. When I think of Samoa Joe nearly killing Tyson Kidd, then see him continuing to use that deadly finish of his, I just shake my head. It’s not real, it’s only supposed to look real, wrestlers are not crash test dummies!

This is a slightly more measured response than some of Bret’s past quotes, in that he shares blame with WWE brass for not coaching Seth into a safer style. And he’s clear to not just criticize Rollins, including historic targets Samoa Joe and Bill Goldberg.

Not mentioned, or at least not directly in these quotes to WrestleZone, is what Hart thinks of the injuries being used as a way to get heel heat on Rollins. You can’t imagine Bret’s a fan, though.

What do you think, Cagesiders?

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