Hart on Hart
Bret "Hit Man" Hart arrived at WWE headquarters Wednesday to discuss a joint DVD production with WWE documenting the Excellence of Execution's career. While Bret's arrival in Stamford came as a shock to many, his former manager Jimmy "Mouth of the South" Hart had actually talked to the Hit Man about how great it would for him to be involved with WWE again just a couple weeks ago. Jimmy Hart was reunited with Bret and Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart for a Hart Foundation reunion at an event in
WWE.com: How long has it been since you've seen Bret Hart?
Jimmy Hart: It's been two or three years since I saw (Jim) Neidhart and Bret together. We had a Hart Foundation reunion up in
WWE.com: Bret coming to WWE this week was a big surprise to most fans. Did Bret talk about his upcoming visit with you at all?
Jimmy Hart: We just talked about the past a little bit and what's been going on. We talked about all the great times we had -- me, Neidhart and him. I said to Bret if you ever get inducted into the Hall of Fame you know who has to bring you in -- me and Neidhart. We all laughed about that. When I did my speech for the WWE Hall of Fame this year, I said I wouldn't be up here if it wasn't for some of the talent I managed like the Hart Foundation. And when I mentioned the Hart Foundation the people went crazy. He said, "Good pop, huh?" I said, "Oh my God, Bret, they love you, man."
I didn't even know he was going to be going to
WWE.com: What do you think Bret still has to offer to the world of sports-entertainment?
Jimmy Hart: History. When you think of legends in wrestling, Bret Hart is right up there. The fans seem like they're really hanging onto the 80s. You can tell with the Road Warriors DVD and The Greatest Superstars of the 80s. They're selling really well. His ability in the ring back then was amazing -- he was never really flashy or cocky. He was one of the few wrestlers where the girls liked him because he was handsome, but the guys didn't mind coming to cheer for him or buying his merchandise either. To me, I still say the past is still the future. I've said that for a long time. What Bret could bring to the table would be phenomenal.
WWE.com: Were you surprised to see Bret and Vince McMahon put the past behind them and move on?
Jimmy Hart: People let their feelings resolve and forget about what happened in the past and move on. I loved hearing that Bret and Vince were able to shake hands and move on. Vince is the best at that. When we were on the road, guys would go to Vince and say "I've been on the road for 40 days and haven't seen my family" or "I should make more money." When they walked away, they didn't' get a raise and were still on the road, but somehow felt so good about it. I've been with so many people over the years, but the people everyone always ask me about are Hulk, Honky Tonk Man and the Hart Foundation. I think there's plenty of room for Bret Hart, his knowledge in the ring, training kids, as a good will ambassador, or whatever he wants to do. Youngsters can learn so much about the way he handled himself outside the ring.
WWE.com: What's one of your fondest memories of working with Bret?
Jimmy Hart: Bret, Neidhart and myself were in