WWE Hall Of Famer Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart was recently interviewed by Notts TV News. The professional wrestling great was critical of part-time performers taking all of the high profile spots on WrestleMania 32’s card.
‘The Hitman’ also took aim at WWE’s braintrust for giving part-time performers the best spots on the WrestleMania 32 card.
“This year, there’s something very wrong about all the part-timers like Undertaker [and] Brock Lesnar getting the main event spots and Shane McMahon’s working in a cage. He’s not even a wrestler wrestling The Undertaker and qualifying as a wrestler, I don’t know how the promoter’s kid gets that kind of qualification to main event with The Undertaker. As much as a great job Undertaker did to carry him, but to me, from a storyline standpoint, Vince McMahon’s son got the main event spot, Triple H got the 1,000th time world champion spot. He’s making the top money. Brock Lesnar is making top money. They’re working twice a year, three times a year, five times a year. You look at Cody Rhodes and Kevin Owens and Natalya, people who are slogging it out day in, day out, week in, week out, in every part of the world, traveling every day, and they’re all in the opening matches, the pre-card. There’s something wrong with the logic of that. It bothers me. It offends me a lot. They forget who’s pulling the wagons. All these guys are doing the work all year round and they give the money spots to these guys who are part-timers. It’s just not right.”
Source: Notts TV News
I largely agree with a wrestling great I am a big fan of and have a ton of respect for in Bret Hart. On one hand, he’s right. Part-timers are on the top spots of the biggest stage, making the most money when there’s a ton of talent on the full-time active roster busting their ass making less money. It’s not just a money issue. Part-timers taking the top spots isn’t securing the future. It’s holding the future back. Part-timers aren’t going to be around the next 10 years t carry WWE into WM42. The Ziggler’s, Cesaro’s, etc, all young, hungry full-time talents will do that. Did Taker or HHH need to be in the sports they were placed in at WM? No. They had their time. But WWE invests more in part-timers than anyone else and that is very bad for business.
On the other hand though, maybe the full-timers aren’t ready for the top spots and the expectations that come with being on there. I feel Rollins could have handled closing WM great. But he was injured. Same with Cesaro. But Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Ambrose would have been great WM closers. Roman Reigns wasn’t ready for the spot he was given. I agree with JR and Austin on him. He’s decent, but is a work in progress. He should be in the middle of a heel turn right now. And the Reigns/HHH match went on longer than it should have and making it longer than it needed to be exposed more flaws in Reigns.
P.S. Depending on how you look at it, Brock Lesnar wasn’t really in a top spot this year despite his match with Ambrose being one of the top billed matches because their match was somewhere in the middle of the card. He closed out WM last year though.