Hart Family Member Speaks on WWE Eliminating Territories, NXT Developmental System
via Brady Hicks:
Famed Hart family member Bruce Hart appeared on the IN THE ROOM podcast on VOC Nation this past Tuesday, August 11, 2015, with Jordan Garber, former WCW wrestler The Stro, Kathie Fitzpatrick, and Derrick McDonald. This show can be downloaded at both vocnation.com and thebradyhicks.com. Check it out as Bruce offers his thoughts on his famous family and friends, WWE’s current landscape, and how wrestling from the 1980s is so different from today.
This show is available in full here:
Here are some highlights:
On WWE’s Cut-Throat Practices in the 1980s:
One of the biggest mistakes [WWE] made, among others, was going to inordinate lengths to get rid of these promotions. I’m not sure if they were insecure or afraid of them being a threat to them or whatever. The promotions like Stampede Wrestling – and there were a number of other ones that I was fortunate enough to visit … – that was, and still is, one of the things that jeopardized the future of the wrestling business. Them going out of their way to eliminate the smaller promotions, that’s where all of the … talent was coming from.
On WWE’s Developmental System vs. The Indies
If you’ve got the best trainers and training facility in the world, which they don’t, I might add … in any other sport you still have to take raw material. In hockey, [you] develop it in junior hockey, in football you develop it in college or university or the CFL or wherever, in any other sport, even if you have the best talent at your disposal, and I might add that they don’t. Half the guys that I see them developing are crap … You show me the place for people to hone their craft and learn how to do the subtle things: learn how to interact with each other, learn how to interact with fans, all this other, they don’t have that. You take these NXT guys and it’s laughable that you always see guys who have come up supposedly from NXT or from the minors in the last decade or so. You do a little research and find out that they were kicking around … training or wrestling in small indie circuits before they went to NXT. That’s where they learned how to work.
IN THE ROOM airs live, weekly, Tuesday nights at 9 PM ET on the VOC Nation Radio Network (vocnation.com / thebradyhicks.com). Join Brady Hicks (Pro Wrestling Illustrated contributing writer), as well as The Stro (WCW’s Maestro), Kathie Fitz, Derrick McDonald, and Jordan Garber as they run down all that’s going on in wrestling, and sit down with some of wrestling’s top stars.