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Bret Hart recently spoke with WWE.com about WWE 13, the Attitude Era and more. Here are the highlights…
On Getting to Work More With Triple H: If I could go back in time, I would have loved to have done more with Triple H. He blossomed into a bigger star after I left. I regret, looking back now, that we didn’t have more matches, or better matches or at least one pay-per-view match where we could have really showed our best stuff — or at least, I did. He’s a guy that he and I had some situation together, and I think it worked well on Monday Night Raw, but we never really had the chance to show what we could really do.
On John Cena Fitting in Back Then: You know, funny enough, I can’t help but look back on my career back then, and sort of how I was struggling with trying to be a hero around the world and keep my fan base. I do really love what John Cena goes through today with his fan base and the fans in general; the boo chants that he gets and all that kind of stuff. But I can’t help but think there would have been some great Attitude stuff for Bret “Hit Man” Hart as the American-bashing bad guy if I was to have found myself somehow face to face with John Cena. I think we could have had some great matches together. I wish I could pull on the tights now and go out there and compete in some matches against Cena. I don’t know if a Bret Hart as a fan favorite against John Cena has much appeal to me, or to the fans, but Bret Hart the villain against John Cena really does get my blood pumping.
On WWE vs. WCW: Well, the first time it actually happened, I was still with the company but I had taken time off after wrestling Shawn Michaels in the Iron Man Match. It was only about a month later that they [WCW] started winning in the ratings. To be honest, I remember being in disbelief and being flabbergasted because I would watch the two shows, and I would watch the two hours of Nitro only to shake my head and go, “I don’t know how anyone could watch that in contrast to what Steve Austin’s doing on the other channel, what I’m doing on the other channel, what Shawn Michaels is doing on the other channel, what Undertaker’s doing.” I know we had a much better show, better stars and better production. Everything was sort of smarter and better on Raw. But you know, I guess it was the novelty of Nitro people were drawn to. The whole Nitro thing had a mystique about it with Eric Bischoff, and The nWo was a brilliant idea — that may have been the only idea they had, but they built everything around that idea. For a wrestling fan, I guess it was a pretty exciting era with The nWo and who was in on that and who wasn’t. It was an interesting time from the standpoint of trust — wrestlers didn’t know what was going to happen next, and who to trust. I’ll be honest — going back to the question — I don’t know how WCW was winning in the ratings. I never saw any comparison between the two shows, or between the quality of the two shows. The wrestling was just better in WWE.
On His Work With Steve Austin: “For me as a fan, I loved all the stuff (Steve) Austin did with me and with Vince McMahon. Austin has such a great character that I really enjoyed following his career even after mine was over… Even when I was with him in 1997, I thought the stuff I did with Austin was as good as it gets – the match we had at WrestleMania 13, all the promos we did, the Street Fight Match. There was this conviction we both had to make it real, to make everyone really feel that these were real – kind of like what the UFC projects today. We were doing a better job of doing it back then.”