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Bret Hart: HBK stole ladder match idea, Warrior was suppose to drop title to me‏



Arda Ocal (@arda_ocal) of theScore Television Network once again sat down with WWE Hall of Famer, Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart.

Highlights:

On Wrestlemania 8 with Roddy Piper and his chance with the Intercontinental Title.

“When I realized I was going to wrestle Roddy Piper, my gut instinct told me that Piper was going to keep the title for a while, and I would sort of be back up to him. It didnt work out like that, and I’m glad it didn’t because I kind of had my heart set on a good healthy long run as the Intercontinental champion. I thought at the time I got the title that I earned it and I wanted to have my chance. When i lost it to “The Mountie” I thought ‘They never gave me my chance.’”

On Piper ‘passing the torch’ to him and other wrestlers not doing the same

“For him to pass the torch down to me, kind of thing, was a pretty big step for me. At that time a lot of wrestlers didn’t want to make that kind of effort for me, and I’m not sure why or what their arguments might have been. So many guys when I look back on my career, like even when I won the World Title I was supposed to go over on ‘Warrior’, i would have gone over on ‘Warrior’ at the ‘Rumble’, never happened. I was supposed to wrestle Jake Roberts first at ‘Survivor Series’, never happened,” … “its too bad in the case of Jake Roberts, he’s a guy that, I had this great career and never wrestled Jake Roberts one time.”

On creating the ladder match and Shawn Michaels stealing the idea

“[Vince] told me to pick anybody I wanted, I said ‘I’ll pick Shawn’ because I was good friends with Shawn back then. I went to Shawn and said ‘We’re going to do a ladder match’ and he didn’t know what it was either. I tried to explain it to him. I knew it was a million dollar idea. Once I showed him how to do it I knew it would be a great idea” … “And then Shawn stole then idea from me. It was the idea that was the the million dollar idea. A lot of guys could have had a great ladder match, a lot of guys have. But it was the idea that I brought forth that they stole from me.”

Knowing that Summerslam 1992 was his “audition” to prove that he was a main event talent ready for the WWE championship

This and much more in part 1 of this 3 part interview.

Link to interview: http://blogs.thescore.com/aftermath/2012/06/11/bret-hart-part-1-piper-hbk-original-ladder-match/

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9 Responses

  1. Kerry says:

    Bret’s sounding bitter again with that kind of talk.

  2. RJ Ace says:

    I don’t know about the Warrior thing but Bret isn’t lying when he said the ladder match idea was stolen. I don’t know if he came up with it or not, but you can go see ladder matches in Stampede Wrestling back in the early 80’s.

  3. Kerry says:

    Dusty Rhodes was also doing ladder matches back then in the NWA. I remember one where there was a bag of money hanging up & the winner of the match had to use the ladder to retrieve it. Granted, it wasn’t up very high & the ladder was a tall one like in more modern ladder matches, but still…

  4. JD Storm says:

    i don’t remember hearing of Dusty being in ladder matches. i was familiar with Stampede having them.

  5. Kerry says:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5kymptXS_7w

    A barbed wire ladder match between Dusty Rhodes & Tully Blanchard from 1987.

  6. Mike says:

    I think Bret means that he brought the ladder match to the WWE, who had never done any match like that at that point. Then Shawn took the ladder match and made it “his match” with Wrestlemania 10 and Summerslam 1995 against Razor Ramon. They didn’t have ladder matches every month or even once a year back then so Shawn because the face of the ladder match. The moves Shawn did with the ladder had never been seen before and got Shawn over as “the ladder match expert.”

  7. A-FAX says:

    stampede was doing ladder matches in the early 80’s/late 70’s. So I would definitely say they originated the concept.

  8. Chris James says:

    Shawn and Razor were the first guys to bring the match to a huge audience on ppv. Ladder matches may have originated elsewhere.. But like the saying goes, “if a ladder match happens in the woods but no ones around to see it, did it really happen?”. Answer is yes, there’s YouTube and people memory. But Shawn and Razor made it infamous.. Bret, get over it.

  9. xyu says:

    Bret….. I know it has been hard on you bro but just let it go.

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