Pro wrestling history is filled with great ideas that popped crowds all over the world. As it turns out, some of the most fascinating angles are those that never came to fruition. Bret Hart once agreed to a return, and that caused WWE to sign a few of his family members, but then The Hitman backed out of the deal.
Ex WWE writer Court Bauer was a recent guest on Talk is Jericho, where he took a walk down memory lane. He remembered one segment with Bret Hart that never came to be, but the pitch was incredible. As it turns out, that pitch also led to signing Natalya and Tyson Kidd.
“The best idea that I pitched that didn’t get used, there was a lot of circumstances that happened.”
“‘Alright, what about the Hart family led by Bret versus the McMahon family.’ So we started looking at that, and it’s like, ‘Well, you’ve got Shane, Hunter, Stephanie.’ And then we were like, ‘How do we fill this out with younger kids?'” Seeing as though it was going to be a brawl-like match without in-ring bumps, the writers had pitched Chris Jericho, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Teddy Hart, and the un-signed Natalya and Tyson Kidd for Bret’s team, while McMahon’s faction was pitched Shawn Michaels, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, and Bryan Danielson.”
“Bret ultimately said, ‘Yeah, no.’ I remember Vince saying, ‘Hold on, I’ll call Bret and pitch it right now.’ This is surreal. Last I knew, Vince got punched out by Bret. So then you get to hear Vince pitch a top guy, and those conversations usually happen far away from everyone.” Initially Hart agreed but then backed out within 48 hours. “But from that came Nattie being signed, TJ being signed, and a lot of other things that would lead to other great stuff, just not what we had hoped for.”
That angle with Bret Hart did not happen, but WWE History was still changed in a big way. It’s hard to imagine WWE today without Natalya’s influence on the women’s division, and Tyson Kidd’s contributions, both on and off-screen.
We’ll have to see what stories come to the surface next, especially those that involve legends like Bret Hart. Until then, keep it tuned with us here at Ringside News.