WWE Hall of Famer and Canadian wrestling legend Bret “The Hitman” Hart spoke out recently about his thoughts on the 2016 edition of the Royal Rumble. It seems like Hart wasn’t particularly happy with what he saw.
Here’s some quotes from the interview:
“I wasn’t that impressed with [the Rumble match]. I thought it was one of the least exciting ones I’ve ever watched. I just didn’t find it very exciting. I found it very predictable. When all of the guys came out and ganged up on Roman Reigns, I knew that he was going to come back out later. It was just so easy to figure out. It was not suspenseful”
“Even when it got down to the last four guys, I was surprised that they were the four guys. That they would pin the whole hopes of WrestleMania on the hopes of these four guys. Or two of them anyway. I didn’t like the decision that Triple H, surprise, put the belt on himself again. It just seemed like it just showed a real lack of imagination, if you ask me.”
“I watched three hours of wrestling last night and I got very little out of it. When it was over, I thought, “That was the worst Royal Rumble I think I’ve ever watched.” Maybe next to the one from a couple of years ago. There was another lousy one. I just really had higher expectations. When I say all of my criticisms, I just want to be honest. I have a lot of respect for the talent… They do good stuff out there. It’s how they are used.”
Personally, while we didn’t love everything about the show, we enjoyed it well enough. Calling out the creative direction of the company fine, and frankly we do it all the time, but if Bret really wants to talk about the worst Rumbles in history, we’re pretty sure this year’s version wouldn’t even make our Top 10 list.
You can listen to the full interview on WrestleZone Radio.