Posted by TNA Wrestling News Staff on Mar 4, 2013
Bret Hart Shoots On Hogan & Bischoff + AJ Styles

Bret Hart Shoots On Hogan & Bischoff + AJ Styles

Bret Hart recently spoke about Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff in a recent interview, which you can watch below. He also discuses that AJ Styles should leave TNA while he is still young …

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49 Responses to “Bret Hart Shoots On Hogan & Bischoff + AJ Styles”

  1. soyfenomenal says:

    I'm so sick of people calling ex-wwe wrestlers "rejects." Realize that all of the people that have come to TNA from WWE are actually more talented than most current WWE talent. And not only that, to call someone that got a contract and wrestled there for years a reject? It's retarded. Grow up, dumb asses, and stop pulling things out of your ass to use against TNA.

    • hangers says:

      I understand and agree with what your saying but would you seriously say that Mike Knox or Drew Hankinson are more talented than Randy Orton and John Cena. I understand where your coming from, but on the other hand most of these guys will never be a top draw and cant rival Aries, Roode, AJ etc but thy are definitely not useless and add to the promotion..

      When Hart went to WCW was he officially a WWF reject at that time considering he was unwanted by McMahon, his star was fading and he achieved nothing much after that..

      • LAwrestling112 says:

        he wasnt unwanted by Vince- he wanted more money, and Bischoff offered it and he accepted and signed with them.

        • hangers says:

          Vince wanted out of his contract with Brett for some time leading up to him signing for WCW and the whole screwjob and not just because of dollars but also creative control.. Brett wanted to stay but McMahon wanted him out and so did HHH an Michaels for that matter and used finances as the tool as if he really wanted to, he would have asked Brett to stay and not take the WCW deal as in reality WWF was far from going under..

  2. Matt Hardy says:

    I've been saying this for years. AJ Styles has come to the end of the road with TNA. TNA dropped the ball with him, but even if they hadn't, any success he had, was always going to be on a lesser level. If nothing else, he should have left for the money. Everyone's goal in wrestling should be to get as high on the card and earn the most money as they can on the biggest platform, or they are just spinning their wheels as Bret Hart correctly put it. Reality says, like it or not, WWE is that biggest platform. Comparatively it is like saying if someone has the talent to be a top chef says: " I think I'll just work at McDonalds the rest of my life."

    • Peckar says:

      Although there is some truth in what you say, what is the point of going to the WWE to only become a midcarder and then you are probably out of a job in two years. That sort of shit damages your character you are portraying. Then you do become some washed up WWE guy. As it sits now he is still one of the main faces of TNA, why throw that all away unless you are guaranteed a main spot.

  3. jbcissom says:

    The older Bret gets, the more obvious it is that he has sour grapes.

    I understand he's in a banter war with Hogan, but he's out of his mind. WWE would bury AJ Styles with John Cena, the Miz, and all the other hapless, wanna-be wrestlers. I've tried watching Raw a couple of times and I have to change it. Bret needs to get his head out of Vince's @$$… we all know he is on the payroll now.

    • Whatever says:

      No offense to the holy-rollers or the bible thumpers but Jesus fucking Christ, people need to shut the fuck up with if u go to wwe from tna u will get buried bullshit. If u don’t last in wwe alls is means is its not ur time to make it in the big leagues and their best best is to keep working in the minor leagues until they perfect their style and appeal. Look at the ones who come through tna’s gut check, not all of them make it onto the roster. But the harder they work the closer they will be ready to move up from the indy’s to the minor league

      Guys like aj would be a perfect fit if wwe decides to go through with bringing back the cruiser weight division. Not to mention Samoa joe could have some great matches seeing there are quit a few guys on wwe’s roster are closer to his size than the tna roster has. Besides let these guys have a chance at making some real money for a change so they can support their family’s without having to work a second job. There are too many tna fans on this site who are selfish and would hate it if they left tna went to wwe and made a huge name for themselves.

      • jbcissom says:

        Are you serious? It was stated over half a year ago that WWE was going to be rebuilding the cruiswerweight and tag team divisions. I guess Team Hell No and Sin Cara is the rebuilding program. Everyone says that WWE is the big leagues, that's a bunch of hogwash. Are they the most viewed company… yeah. Because they're well over 50+ years old. TNA just turned 10 years this past Slammiversary. Compared to the time line of WWE, TNA is head and shoulders above where WWE was at in that point in time.

        Go back to watching your crappy wrestling at WWE. It's pitiful and pathetic. I'm trying to watch the Old School Raw as we speak, the there have been two highlights… and guess from whom… the Undertaker and the Rock. The new guys suck compared to that attitude era stars, plain and simple.

        And what are you smoking, thinking Joe will have better matches in WWE because they have more guys his size? Joe's best matches have been with guys all smaller than him: Daniels, Styles, Kaz, Elix Skipper, Angle…. and I'm not even touching his ROH stuff.

  4. PureWolfie says:

    What a load of rubbish. As a kid honestly.. Bret was my fav wrestler of all time, but you can tell hes just a bitter old man about the past and the success of others.

    AJ could indeed make more money on a bigger stage, but honestly, I dont see him moving, yeah he has done it all in TNA as it stands, but I doubt he will jump just because a washed up old has been thinks he should.

    Besides, sometimes people are loyal to companys that treat them well, Shawn Michaels and Taker for example have done everything a thousend times over what I think are pretty successful careers, would if honestly please you to see AJ move to an entire new promotion, as great as he is, he would still end up being buried by Vince, and personally I would not be as inclined to watch TNA any more if he of all people were to disapear like that. Hes clearly already in another storyline in the works, as hes been off airtime for a month now, they will have something planned for him, you cant let a star like him fizzle out, in some way or another he will always be involved in storylines.

  5. Treck says:

    As a wrestler Bret is one of my alltime favorites. But now he is a bitch. He needs to shut up because he sounds like a bitter old man. WWE had AJ Styles but for a short time. And he was on their smallest show as a jobber

    • Bigmike885 says:

      and Punk was in TNA and they let him go…AJ got a try out match in WWe..they offered him a developmental deal..he turned it down…he thought he desereved more money…consdering nobody knew who he was..he got the same deal as everyone else.

  6. Treck says:

    JAKKED I think it was

  7. PureWolfie says:

    .What a load of rubbish. As a kid honestly.. Bret was my fav wrestler of all time, but you can tell hes just a bitter old man about the past and the success of others.

    AJ could indeed make more money on a bigger stage, but honestly, I dont see him moving, yeah he has done it all in TNA as it stands, but I doubt he will jump just because a washed up old has been thinks he should.

    Besides, sometimes people are loyal to companys that treat them well, Shawn Michaels and Taker for example have done everything a thousend times over what I think are pretty successful careers, would if honestly please you to see AJ move to an entire new promotion, as great as he is, he would still end up being buried by Vince, and personally I would not be as inclined to watch TNA any more if he of all people were to disapear like that. Hes clearly already in another storyline in the works, as hes been off airtime for a month now, they will have something planned for him, you cant let a star like him fizzle out, in some way or another he will always be involved in storylines.

  8. AussieWrestling says:

    I'm a huge Aj Styles and TNA fan but i dont know how much longer I can take Aj being stuck in the midcard. Being buried under people like Hardy, i'm also a Hardy fan but I honestly don't believe he deserves the world heavyweight championship. I don't watch WWE I hate WWE they've basically ruined wrestling by catering for 9 year olds but if Aj jumped ship I would watch just to see him. If Aj isn't the champion by the end of this year he really needs to consider what company he would fit and get more exposure in.

  9. tnadude says:

    I hate WWE because I hate VKM because of all the things he's done over the years. I also think that Bret Hart is the most sour ex-wrestler this side of the Ultimate Warrior. And AJ Styles is one of my favorite wrestlers.

    That said – he's spot on with his comments on AJ Styles. AJ probably needs to walk to take the next step.

    The only problem is that AJ is largely to blame for his situation. It's no secret that Hogan & Bischoff made him a heel champion when they first arrived. They gave him Ric-freaking-Flair as a manager and made him a heel. He was a VERY hot commodity.

    But AJ got stuck in Ric's shadow. Rather than earn his way out, he forced them to make him a face again. And so they soured on AJ as a guy that wouldn't rise past it. A guy that wouldn't be a "real" company man by following creative's direction.

    Is all of this fair? Probably not completely. It's hard to argue that AJ isn't a company man. He's done pretty much everything else he's been asked. But he did reject his role, and it hurt him.

    As it stands, he's set to turn heel again (or so it seems). So we'll probably get a chance to find out what could have been a couple years back…

    • Bigmike885 says:

      just a question..what has Vince done to you to get you to hate him? I can acctually see why Bret is bitter..he was burned by basicly everyone in the business..hes in WWE becasuse he needs a paycheck, i'm sure hed rather not be there. As for AJ…they guy really has no carisma..hes one of the best (if not the best) wrestler in the world, but unless he's wrestling..he's very bland…not like in a Beniot or Melienko bland when you see them they just looked like they were going to kick your ass or die trying..AJ just looks goofy half the time..

      • tnadude says:

        Good question. Like I've said in the past though, I don't like his antics.

        He takes advantage of talent, then disposes them, leaving their lives in ruins. Yes – they're responsible for their own actions – I get that. But it's happened how many times?

        He fired Jeff Jarrett on TV (classless), slept with god only knows how many women who were looking for a break, was an awful husband, was an awful father (see putting his daughter on TV in some slimy roles), and buried everyone that ever tried to do anything without him.

        Basically, he's guy who IMO is going straight to h3ll when he dies, and I don't want to support him in any way, shape or form.

        Again – you are free to argue that those people could have said "no". But the body of work is just too large to ignore.

        Other than that – he hasn't done anything to me, and I think he's just peachy :).

      • tnadude says:

        Oh, almost forgot to add I completely agree with you regarding AJ's lack of charisma. The closest I've seen him get was when he was Flair's protege. I was hoping Flair would rub off…

      • Mr_Wrestling_IV says:

        My dislike for VKM mainly centers around what he does to established stars from other organizations that sign with him. He starts them off much lower than they deserve, or gives them some stupid gimmick to belittle them. His ego is so strong that he honestly believes only he can create a star.

        Remember when Booker first came over after WCW was bought by Vince? The Rock immediately cut him off in mid sentence asking "exactly who are you?" That incident is why Sting will never go there. Then there's the botch job of the nWo in 2002. What made the nWo great in the beginning in WCW was that they seemed unstoppable. Within weeks after arriving in WWE they looked like fools. That's Vince's way of getting back at HH, Hall & Nash for leaving him. Oh, and don't forget how Vince treated Bruno in the past along with Randy Savage, R.I.P.

        I could go on and on but it only gets me pissed again thinking of all the crap Vince has done over the years.

        • Bigmike885 says:

          You mean when the charecter..asked Booker the same thing he asked dozens of people who had been on WWE tv many times? ya…So he botched the NWO..the same way WCW had done for years before that…got ya..As for Bruno..thats a two way street man..Bruno didnt like what Vince "had done to the business" and thought Vince accused him of drug use when WWE sent a letter to ALL former employees offering them rehab if what excatly did Vince do to Bruno?..did he mock him? no..Savage..something happened there..nobobdy knows what it was, but it casued bad happens..he has offered to put Savage in the HOF..but his brother wants himself and his dad inducted with him..and i dodnt think thats right at all..

          • Mr_Wrestling_IV says:

            And you really think Vince had no idea Rock was gonna say that? The Rock said it because Vince TOLD him to say it. Don't even try to compare what happened with the nWo towards the end, I'm talking about how it started. They were a force and you can't argue that. Less than 3 weeks after Vince brings them back he makes them a mockery. Why? Because when the nWo was at its strength the almighty WWF was close to ending up like what happened to WCW. Vince doesn't forget things like that and he'll always get the last word.

            Brune Sammartino is the greatest champion in the company's history yet it's like he never existed until the last few months. That's a disgrace to the man and the business.

            When Savage left for WCW he took Slim Jim with him as a sponsor. That's what really pissed Vince off and he'll get the last word long after Randy is in the grave. What Lanny wants is ridiculous.

            I'm just glad there's a real Professional Wrestling HOF and that Bruno & Randy have been in for years. Vince's HOF means NOTHING. I'm also glad there's a wrestling alternative to WWE, long live TNA!

          • Bigmike885 says:

            OF course Vince knew what Rock was going to say..HE SAID IT TO EVERYONE BACK THEN! The NWO was used soley to set up Rock Hogan..and the concept was dead before they brought it back..What did Vince do to Bruno..tell me..Bruno shot down every single invite they ever gave him because he didnt like what Vince (and bischoff) had done to professional wrestling in making it ranchy and more entertainment..I'll give you Savage..there was something more to it then the Slim Jim endorsment..ive read numorous times it was a personal thing, an we all have those…You just dont like WWE..and thats cool…

          • Mr_Wrestling_IV says:

            You're right, I don't like the WWE, which is why I'm here. If you remember Vince wanted to bring poison to the WWE with the nWo to kill it off after Flair became co-owner. The only thing he killed was the nWo.

            You're also right about Bruno turning down the HOF invites. I'm talking about the company acknowledging all his accomplishments. Vince lets personal feelings get in the way of good business. I'm glad HHH stepped up to get Bruno back in the eyes of the "universe."

            As for Macho Man, we'll never know if the rumors of him & Stephanie are true. One thing you have to remember, there is no jurisdiction that can contain the Madness!

  10. THISISASHOOT247 says:

    AJ is this generation's Sting. The best wrestler to never venture onto WWE's main roster

    • Bigmike885 says:

      no..hes not..sting will go down as one of the most influential and respected wrestlers of all time..he was involved in one of the highest drawing singles matches of all time and is known worldwide..if he showed up in WWE he'd be instantly reconized…AJ would not..I hate to say it, but TNA is holding him down. Guys like Bryan and Punk have proven if you're good enough and want it bad can break that cealing in WWE. Is it a pain in the ass to do it? Of course (just as Low-ki, he thought it should just have been given to him), but its possiable…Just make yourself un-dispensable…look at Bryan..he was so over, before he even really made it to the main roster, that he got re-hired after being fired…Punk bent Vince over a barrell and made him give him everything he wanted..Styles is comfortable where he's at (and thats all well and good) but the fact is, he's got a family to think of, and with his style of wrestling..he cant go forever….

  11. dcxboxx says:

    except sting was and is a draw. aj has never got a chance to be a star. tna is too small for him. and anyone thinking aj would be crushed in wwe. say hello to rey mysterio, cm punk, brian danelson.

    • jbcissom says:

      Yeah… Mysterio and Danielson aren't top-tier guys any longer. Danielson is shining in the tag-team division (which is comical just thinking about WWE actually having a decent tag division). And Mysterio hasn't been seriously pushed since they've come to find out that a lot of his health problems stem from his past steriod use (hello Hulk Hogan).

      Punk is a top-tier main eventer because he's good in the ring, and he's exceptionally good on the mic. IMHO, AJ is better than Punk in the ring, but not on the mic. This is why AJ needs to stay in TNA.

      • Bigmike885 says:

        and yet..both Daniel Bryan and Rey are bigger stars as mid carders than Styles is as one of the "faces" of TNA…I love TNA, but WWE is a world wide boheamoth and even low level guys are more famous than most of TNAs roster (expecially those to not have apperared in WCW or WWE). Im talking about the general public not hardcore fans. Bottom line is you dont need to draw yourself in this business to the hardcore fans, its the casual fans that make you money..AJ isnt a big draw..

      • LAwrestling112 says:

        NIce points….Ive been saying the same about AJ not having any mic skills being the biggest draw back for what he isnt the man, and also his lack of charisma…TRUTH BE TOLD He is one of the best Wrestlers in the World, but 1 out of 3 is a no go if you want to be the man

  12. DJBIGCG says:

    I agree with a lot of what Bret hart had to say

  13. TNArocks says:

    It's funny how Bret Hart goes on about Hogan, yet hes just as bad. He sits there in judgement but drank his own coolade for his whole career.

    • Bigmike885 says:

      minus the fact that Brett isnt using a company for his own personal fourm…

      • tnadude says:

        Ok, so turn about is fair play here.

        You asked me what Vince did to me (and I answered), now it's my turn. What's Hogan done to you?

        • Bigmike885 says:

          To me persoanlly?..nothing..but he would/will step on everyone to get himself over. At least Vince does it for his comapny..Hogan does it for himself…He used his celebrity to get his son off for damn near killing a kid..He uses TNA to try to get his daughter over because she has no talent herself..I LOVED hogan in the 80's,,,,but lets face it..he helped kill WCW by his me 1st mentality (along with Nash and others). He will sue anybody to get a dime…he'll bury anybody to make himself look i need to continue?

    • LAwrestling112 says:

      brett drank his own Koolaide…he was definitely ruled by his ego during a portion of his career but he was by all means the best there was, is and every will be during his time. His Classic matches with Flair, Perfect, Michaels, and even Savage during his WWF title reign were 4 and 5 star, worth youtubing

  14. Bigmike885 says:

    id almost gaurentee that hed make more in those two years than he would in TNA…

  15. annil8or4321 says:

    its sad to see someone with the experience bret has put down other talent just because of where they make a paycheck, and the people he mentioned from roh some of them were in tna too

    • LAwrestling112 says:

      put down, he's obviously a fan of styles and joe, and in this case AJ he urges to move on…I miss the frequent days of guys jumping ship during the 80's and 90's,

  16. powerbomb says:

    AJ Styles is the main reason i and many others watch TNA. He is one of the best wrestlers in the world he is very talented and im sure he can be a star in WWE or in any other wrestling company. I would like to see him stay in TNA and help the company get bigger but if TNA keeps destroying him then i would like to see him go to WWE.

  17. iamanadult says:

    AJ Styles needs to be used properly now. He's in his 30's and with his style only has a limited time left to perform at his phenomenal standard. He already paces himself much more during his matches than his early days and he wont be able to pull off a pele forever (not sure if he can do the spiral tap either, he botched it a few times and hasnt used it in ages). AJ is a one of a kind athlete, for god sake use him!

    • LAwrestling112 says:

      Your points about his age and shelf life are spot on, however I do not agree with the "use him properly" argument. Be honest with yourself as many of us on this site are….AJ has lacked and seriously needs work on his mic skills, gimmick delivery, and overall charisma. My hope is that he has been working on that during his time off. I've always wondered why wrestlers in the major companys dont do acting work shops or work with acting coaches?—- This crutch has been his career set back, the ceiling he's hit in every role he's had.

  18. Firestormdzl says:

    AJ Styles should leave TNA while he is still young?? Really?? Here is why AJ Styles should NOT leave TNA. AJ has helped creating iMPACT. He has been working since day one. Going to wwe is like betrayed the thing he created. AJ mentions it countless of time that this is the company he helped built. This is the company where he works his butt off since the beginning. Go and watch what AJ said when Jeff Hardy apologized for the accident during Victory Road.

    I heard the news about iMPACT having a new video game. Since AJ has been helping with iMPACT video game before, I really believe that iMPACT dropped AJ Styles off so he could help with the new iMPACT game like he once did.

    • LAwrestling112 says:

      lol you think AJ has been off TV to help with a rumored videogame? He had a lot to do with the early days of the promotion. There is no such thing as "Betraying" the thing he "helped create", if there isnt anything left for him in the current state of the company or at this stage of his career he should by all means move on. This is no different that what everyday professionals do. You do great work some where, put your time in, build you resume, and then when its time either receive a promotion within the company or move on to some place else that will offer new opportunities, growth, and new experiences.

      • jbcissom says:

        Dude… you do realize that these guys need to take vacations and time off. Remember when Joe was gone for two months? Remember when Angle was gone for a month? You realize that the guys at this level aren't paid per appearance, they're salary (with performance bonuses more than likely). And also, AJ has stated once he's done in the ring, he wants to help behind the scenes. AJ seems to be a TNA-lifer.

  19. LAwrestling112 says:

    that shows that you have little faith in AJ. He is not Frankie Kazarian or Chris Harris, he is by far better. He is every bit as capable of making it as Danielson and Punk. He would be very similar to John Morrison only I'd Like to think that AJ has a bit more on the mic than Morrison which would help him get to the next plateau that morrison couldnt

  20. Philly_Cheese says:

    He does have some points… Hogan doesn't seem to know much about what fans want from wrestling, and how the KO division used to be great… Although I can't agree with AJ going to WWE, simply because WWE has to many "top stars" and have way to many people that need pushed but can't.

  21. rrrwwws says:

    AJ will be back on the top again after his title ban wears off. Brett is bitter and old and doesnt need to be giving people advice, tna is better, will continue to be better and 1 day will be the best AJ should stay right were he is on the winning team

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