Bret Hart has been in the wrestling news as much lately as he's been since he returned to WWE in the Aughts, and it's largely because the Hall of Famer speaks his mind with pretty much zero regard for the reaction his take on things will bring.
He and Hulk Hogan have engaged in a back-and-forth over the past week or so, and with his new interview on The LAW with The Fight Network's John Pollock, The Hitman was pulling no punches on a couple of different topics while out supporting The March of Dimes Canada's stroke recovery efforts.
For starters, Pollock and Hart talked about WWE's recent release of The Kliq Rules DVD, and the general re-packaging of history around the locker room group that ruled backstage in the then-WWF of the mid-to-late 90s:
They were literally a cancer in the dressing room, all of them.
I think they're all...I don't doubt that Shawn Michaels is sorry for a lot of that kind of behaviour. Kevin Nash was a great wrestler and a good guy, but I don't think he could be that proud of that association. It was a cancerous environment in the dressing room with those guys and they certainly did more negative than positive harm to the business.
Scott Hall, all you have to do is just look at him. He's a train-wreck with his own life and he was a malcontent, or a guy that when you were close to him long enough you started to feel the same way he did; you just felt so self-destructive and unhappy with your life and your job and everything. He was a guy that was infectious with his bad, bad sort of moods and bad unhappiness in his own life that would spread to all the other wrestlers.
It's noteworthy that his takedown of the group neglects to really mention Triple H. While the man behind Razor Ramon pretty much gets both barrels from Bret, Hunter is only mentioned in passing when Hart responds to Pollock's assertion that The Kliq are praised today by asking, "Praised by who? Triple H?"
Asked for a status report on the highly anticipated WWE Home Video's chronicle of his late brother Owen's life and career, Owen: Hart of Gold, it's clear that the company isn't the only thing that hasn't been able to make peace with his brother's widow, Martha:
I'm looking forward to it but I'm not really optimistic that it's going to be a great job. Martha handcuffed them so much. I don't know if they're even allowed to use any pictures from the past.
It's a poorly done DVD because of all the restraints and the limitations that Martha put on it. To me, that's such a lousy thing to have happen. I think Owen would turn in his grave if he knew how much trouble Martha has gone to erase his career and make sure that nobody enjoys anything about his career today. It's a bitterness and selfishness that I can't stand by anymore.
I think Martha's taken the wrong approach and she should understand that, you know, we all miss Owen. I lost a brother, I lost a great friend and maybe one of the closest people I knew on this earth. I want to celebrate his career, I want to watch his matches back - not just with me, but with everybody he worked with.
His time with WWE, they got so much footage and so many great memories with Owen, and here she is standing in the way of that saying, "Nobody can see these videos. No one should see anything that brings back any of his career."
They couldn't use any pictures from his childhood, they couldn't use anything from Stampede Wrestling. They had so many restraints. Even the interviews, the questions that they did with me were so bullshit. The whole thing was so bullshit that sure, there's an Owen Hart DVD, but it's the shits...I think WWE maybe had good intentions, but I'm not very impressed with the quality that it's going to be.
I haven't seen it, I'm not optimistic but I'm hoping that it'll be better than I think. But I could tell by the questions that they asked me and the interview that they did with me that it was a very short version of [Owen's story]...I'm not really gonna hold up hope that it's gonna be as great as it should be, and I feel bad because that's Martha's fault.
WWE probably shouldn't ask him for any cover blurbs.
Thoughts on the latest from The Best There Is, The Best There Was and The Best There Ever Will Be? Is this sour grapes, or truth-telling from Bret?
Watch the entire interview here.