It’s been no secret that legendary wrestler Bret “Hitman” Hart has a serious problem with wrestlers who cause injuries, and perhaps justifiably so, as his career was ended by a reckless move from a poorly trained opponent, while Hart can still lay claim to never injuring somebody in the ring during a match in his career. As a result, Hart has been quite vocal about Seth Rollins and his recent history, where several of his opponents have come away from matches with serious injuries. So, when Finn Balor went on the injured list as a result of a move taken during a match with Rollins, people wanted to know what Hart’s opinion was, and here it is:
“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!”
Okay, we’re going to address the last part first, because as tragic as Tyson Kidd’s likely career-ending injury was, Samoa Joe’s Muscle Buster is no more “deadly” than a regular suplex, and in fact he had modified it when he came to WWE to make it even safer. Obviously, Bret Hart is very close to Tyson Kidd, the husband of his niece, but that situation was more a case of a lifelong wrestling career catching up to Kidd than anything Joe did wrong, and Hart’s continued insistence that just because he never accidentally hurt anyone, nobody should, tends to ring hollow in a business where accidents and injuries are a regular risk of the job.
With that said, while we wouldn’t say Rollins is a reckless worker by any stretch, his “Buckle Bomb” move, especially when he delivered it to Balor outside the ring, is fairly risky and should probably be retired from his arsenal, as it’s a move where neither wrestler truly has much control over how it lands. However, even though he’s one of our childhood idols, Hart should really know that when you say “I don’t like to say ‘I told you so'”, everyone knows you don’t mean it, and his comments tend to come across as sanctimonious rather than helpful, especially when he takes unnecessary shots at WWE producers for “not speaking up” and instead “gushing with joy, slapping him on the back”, even though he’d have no idea if that was true or not.