Bret Hart is no stranger to criticizing WWE, we have already covered his previous comments extensively on thissite. Following the devastating shoulder injury Finn Balor suffered in his Universal Championship match at last Sunday’s SummerSlam against Seth Rollins, it was pretty much a given “The Hitman” would speak up once again. Hart has already called out the former WWE Champion for his proficiency in injuring opponents — John Cena, Sting, and now Finn Balor have all endured significant impairments while wrestling Rollins.
Balor’s injury cost him his first championship run on the main roster in what was set to be a meteoric push to the top of the roster. That ascension is now on hold as the “Demon King” is expected to be out for six months as he recovers from shoulder surgery. It was a brutal a Turnbuckle Powerbomb outside the ring into the crowd barrier that did the damage.
Bret Hart had this to say about the injury and Rollins, courtesy of Wrestlezone:
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!
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Bret Hart quote without questioning the WWE itself:
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!
Mike’s Analysis: Back when I wrote my response to Hart’s comments about Rollins, I was harsh in chastising him for his pompous and unnecessary criticisms. I still think these comments are self-congratulatory and read more as a cocky guy bragging rather than a concerned veteran of the business. Unfortunately, there is a habit forming here, and as much as I love Seth Rollins, he needs to be more careful.
It appears the Turnbuckle Powerbomb could be on the way out of his repertoire, or at the very least, tamed down in some way. Not that I want it that way, but this was a catastrophic injury for the WWE and Raw’s plans.
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