Bret Hart is credited to be one of the greatest technical wrestlers of all time. The Pink n Black rose up as one of the marquee attractions for WWE during the 1990s. However, he had a beef with Hulk Hogan back in the day, when he refused to put over the Hitman.
Hulk Hogan was the poster boy for WWE during the golden age of wrestling. Hulkamania’s successor came in the form of Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart as the next flagship star of the company. Hulk’s involvement in WrestleMania IX main event match featuring Bret Hart and Yokozuna has been criticized to this day when the Hulkster won the WWE championship from Yokozuna in 22 seconds, right after he won the title from Bret Hart.
Bret Hart claimed that Hulk Hogan had promised to drop the WWE title to him, but later on, flat-out refused to go ahead with that. As a result, Hogan dropped the belt to Yokozuna at King of the Ring 1993. Hart detailed the incident in his book Hitman: My Real Life in the Cartoon World of Wrestling, recalling that he confronted Hulk Hogan backstage at the King of the Ring event.
“‘You told me at WrestleMania IX that you’d be happy to return the favor, and as I understand it, now you don’t want to even work with me, you won’t put me over and I’m not in your league.’ Hogan stood there speechless, so I carried on. ‘Well, you’re right, You’re not in my league. On behalf of myself, my family and most of the boys in the dressing room, you can go f**k yourself.'”
Brutus Beefcake, Jimmy Hart, and referee Dave Hebner witnessed this entire incident, following which Hart had a final remark for Hulk Hogan after swearing at him
“He stuttered, ‘Brother, you don’t know the whole story.’ ‘I got the story directly from Vince [then-WWE Chairman Vince McMahon],’ I said. ‘Terry [Terry Bollea, Hogan’s real name], you haven’t said ten words to me since you got back almost four months ago. If you want to level with me, then go ahead. I’m right here!’ ‘I can’t.’ ‘Why not?’ ‘Because you just told me to go f**k myself.’ ‘That’s right, and I’ll tell you again. Go f**k yourself.'”
Bret Hart, although did not capture the WWE championship from The Hulkster, still found himself in the winning column that night, as he defeated Bam Bam Bigelow to become the winner of the King of the Ring tournament.
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