Seth Rollins Reveals Reactions To Bret Hart Calling Him An “Unsafe Wrestler” and Catches Up With Past Comments.
In June of 2016 there was a little communication breakdown going on between Seth Rollins and Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart.
Rollins had hurt (at least) two in ring performers, Finn Balor and John Cena and during an interview with Sports Illustrated, Bret felt he should comment on it:
“That knee in the face that he gave to John Cena was unprofessional, at best.”
(The knee belonging Rollins)
“If someone kneed me in the face like that, I would have met him in the back dressing room with a baseball bat. There’s just no excuse for it.”
Hart also went on to say:
“You can’t hurt somebody like that under any circumstances. It’s totally reckless…” adding, “I hope they give him another chance and his opportunity has not been squandered from an injury, regardless of whose fault it was.”
#BretHart also gave an interview to Forbes at the time and had this to say about Rollins:
“He knees him [Sic] the face so hard, and so recklessly, and so dangerously. He could easily kill somebody with a knee like that to the face. It’s a testimony to John Cena. A, he finished the match and B, that he didn’t get a shotgun and shoot Seth Rollins when he came through the curtain.”
At the time, this was a hot button conversation as Cena wasn’t the first in ring performer to get hurt while in the ring with Rollins. Rollins, who appeared on Talk is Jericho had this to say (At the time):
In regards to the Cena match:
“That was really bad. Dude, he looked gnarly. I felt so bad. It was just a knee, we were trading shots and I threw a high knee just for some separation so we could get to whatever the next thing we were doing was …”
In regards to what the Hitman had to say:
“Bret Hart had some comments about me and how safe I am in the ring because of [breaking] John [Cena’s] nose…and [he] just said ‘you couldn’t do that because people relied on you as a top guy.’ And that hurt my feelings…”
He went on to say:
“I know he comes from a different era when he worked through a lot of stuff, but man, that sucked. That hurt my feelings. I idolized you. You were one of the guys who – at 6-foot-1, 230 – you were a guy who I was like ‘hey I can do that because Bret Hart does it.’”
Now, hindsight being 20/20, #SethRollins says this about the whole incident:
“I got support from guys in the locker room that were like ‘what is this guy talking about? Why is he saying this stuff? This is ridiculous.’ It was here and there, but most people didn’t really take it seriously. It was so off-the-wall and ridiculous. People would just make jokes about it for the most part.”
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