He used to trash Hulk for not passing the torch. Bret recalls taking pictures 'tug-o-war' style for a Summerslam poster. Vince made the match for a title match (this was 1993). This was at a time when the title holder made the most money, and Bret felt he was being pushed back to the midcard. They buried the hatchet in WCW, but Hogan's book was not complimentary, leading to tension.
It was like a lunatic asylum. He liked Eric Bischoff, but Eric had no idea what he was doing, and they had no ideas for him, and his ideas were rejected. "The most screwed up place I ever worked for." He sorta compliments Vince for turning the real-life Bret tension into the storyline. He wasn't bitter about it. He was paid well up until his injury. Bret recalls the statement Vince gave, saying that "WCW will never know what to do with a Bret Hart", and that Vince was correct. Bret was told that Hogan was backstabbing him in WCW.
No problem, but only if the person was willing to do the same thing for him.
On Triple H:
He always thought of Hunter as an asskisser, for both Vince and Shawn's asses. Never viewed as one of the boys. He doubts anybody views him as a team player.
On Shawn Michaels:
He was a two-faced, lying, chickenshit. And he still is. Shawn would bury the hatchet, then stab you in the back. He had a huge ego.
On Steve Austin:
Worked for everything he got, and Bret would love to have one more match against him. Bret hasn't heard from Steve since Owen passed away. He always liked him, and he has the highest regards for him.
On the Rock:
He thought that he would take Bret's spot, based on the first few times Bret saw him in action. Bret would advise Rock to do what makes him happy, and not to be a slave for the business. Bret's proud that he had the success he did.
On a comeback:
He thinks he could do it if he set a goal of a comeback, but he won't do it. No desire. No interest. He would have a match with Benoit should he come back, but Hennig was his first choice, but would love to have a match with Kurt Angle. For the box office, Vince McMahon in a loser goes to hell match.
On a book:
He's writing an 'inside story' book. He wants to write it from 'his shoes', starting with his childhood. He says that Mankind and Hogan wouldn't recognize the history. It won't be a tell-all.
On 'screwing up':
He regrets screwing up his home life, with his life on the road.
What would he change?
He would have swallowed his pride a bit, and he thinks if he had been there, Owen's accident would never have happened.
He's getting there, but it is so hard in this sport.
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