Bret Hart Speaks On CM Punk Situation, Daniel Bryan/WMXXX, HBK, Steve Austin

The following are highlights of a new Boston Herald interview with Bret “The Hitman” Hart:

On his classic Iron Man match with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania: “We both made that a classic match that will never, ever lose its shine. I remember there was a certain point when I had to be setting up a move with exactly five minutes left in the match. I remember setting up on the second rope and looking at the score clock, and there was exactly four minutes and 59 seconds left in the match. There’s no wasted moves, and there was precision in every move.”

On his classic WrestleMania match with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin: “They ended up throwing me and Steve together and it was kind of an ice-cold story line,” said Hart. “That was a big disappointment, at first, for Steve and me. We’d just fought months earlier at the Survivor Series, and even though we loved working together, he was looking for someone new to work with and I was looking for Shawn.”

“The match with Austin was pro wrestling’s version of the best MMA fight,” said Hart. “Steve even calls me once in a while and goes, ‘I got our match on.’ He always tells me it’s his favorite he’s ever had, and it’s the same for me.”

“I’ve always felt that Steve was good enough to make it on his own anyway, but I do like to think I played a role in helping him.”

On how he would book WrestleMania XXX: “I hope they give Daniel Bryan his chance to win the belt at WrestleMania. He earned it a long time ago, but it wouldn’t surprise me — like Charlie Brown with the football — if they pull it away from him one last time. I really hope they give him his proper run, as he hasn’t had the opportunity yet to be the champion he deserves to be. Hopefully this year at WrestleMania, it will be a crowning achievement for Daniel Bryan.”

On the CM Punk situation: “When you look at it closely, Punk’s burned out. He’s always given 100 percent in all his matches, and delivered some of the best pay-per-view matches in the past 10 years. And it’s not easy when there are legends who only work part-time, and guys like Punk and Bryan do all the work, and watch someone like Brock Lesnar walk in and take those big matches and big paydays without having to be on the road all the time. I think that had a lot to do with his decision, and rightfully so.”

“One of Vince McMahon’s favorite sayings is, ‘Life’s not fair.’ I don’t see Punk being a factor at WrestleMania, but he still has a lot of greatness left in him. As a fan, I hope he comes back, and as a wrestler, I have a lot of respect for him, too.”

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  • Matt Boone

    Matt Boone has been a huge wrestling fan since the Attitude Era. He writes for and

    • Jay Cutler

      I rate this interview a 4/10.

      • WarPigsLukesWall

        Not in my top 1000 interviews of all time.

      • Michael Jobe

        I give you a 3.9/9.9

    • God’s Diamond

      Man I don’t think I ever heard a more apt summary of the Daniel Bryan story than Bret comparing in to charlie brown and the football being pulled away. As for punk whether or not he comes back I hope he finds peace and enjoys his earnings

    • raVen

      my god..bret hart just gave some credit to the other guy in the match. What is happening!???!?

      • hmdking

        bret always gave credit where its due just look up his hall of fame speech and the documentary he made with shawn michaels. he gave a lot of credit on his rise to macho man, ricky steamboat and mr perfect as the people who paved the way for him and shawn as small guys who could carry the company and he always praised the undertaker and how much he loved working with him.

    • WarPigsLukesWall

      Yet another legend backing Punk up. Interesting.

      • SwindleFox69

        Most legends back Punk up. Punk’s reputation in the back is that he’s very respectful towards the legends and that he himself is considered by legends very old school in how he approaches his matches and work ethic. Also, they tend to sympathize with him a little more because when Bret Hart was rising to fame was when the celebrity era started to take off.

    • Curtis Axel FACE of WWE

      Bret should have won the iron man match by count-out. He threw Shawn out and he was out there for like 2 minutes while Jose Lethario kept interrupting the count. Shawn needed an old man to help him win the title, and, as history has shown, his house shows and PPVs didn’t make the kind of WWF money that Bret did, and everyone knows that Diesel was the lowest drawing champion of the time period. Also, it seems like no one remembers that Bret had the first ladder match and won, and that he also won two Survivor Series in a row against Shawn long before 97. WWE itself seems to have forgotten that Jerry Lawler is actually the 1993 King of the Ring.

      • joe

        how is lawler the 1993 king of the ring? all he did is attack bret after bret had already won.

        • Curtis Axel FACE of WWE

          He beat Bret at Summerslam to become the REAL 1993 king of the ring.

          • joe

            they feuded over the name king of the ring, when lawyer won by dq, He won the title of “undisputed king of the ring” it doesn’t mean he won the 1993 king of the ring.

            • one warrior nation

              they were technically fighting over the title of king of the ring… Bret “lost the title”. But I wouldn’t expect WWE to remember something from 21 years ago. In 2010 Kane buried the Undertaker alive, and then without any other connection, in 2012, they were the Brothers of Destruction on the 1000th episode. In 1990, Warrior and Hogan had the “first ever title vs title match”, which wasn’t true either because in 1989 Warrior and Macho Man had the first “title vs title” match. WWE likes to recreate its own back-history.

            • joe

              Yeah but he didnt lose the King of the ring 1993, he lost the right to call himself king and lawler became the undisputed king of the ring. Its much like other wrestlers call themselves “king” when they won king of the ring, thats the title of “king” that was lost. Nowhere does it say he claims his 1993 kotr victory. But I agree with u about wwe ignoring the past, one recent one that annoyed me was when they ignored the first undertaker vs hhhh wrestlemamia match during their recent 2 matches. They didnt say it but they acted as if it was the first time they faced at mania.

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    • brad

      Bret and shawn and bret and Austin were always classics.

    • Danisha7x

      “Life socks, and then you dieeeeeee.”
      -Vincent K. Mcmahon

      • Progressed_Now