Bret Hart spoke to The Ringer about winning the title against Ric Flair. Vince McMahon had some interesting reactions after Hart's success. “When I became champion, Vince gave me a lecture on it one time, saying, ‘You’re the champion.
You call the shots. No one tells you how to wrestle. You’re the guy that tells everyone else how to wrestle.’ And I made that my new rule. For a long time up until that, I always had to incorporate some other wrestler’s ideas into my match to make him happy.
Now I could tell people, ‘No, we’re not going to do that idea. We’re going to cancel that because it doesn’t make any sense, but we’re going to do this instead.’ And nobody would argue with me anymore.
I became a very detailed guy and I think just the passion and the workrate that I brought to wrestling is finally being appreciated today”. - he said, as quoted by pwmania.com
Bret Hard on matches before vs now
Hart compared his matches with today's and listed the main differences.
“When you go back and you watch these old matches over and over again like people do today, I think my matches hold up better than any wrestlers that I can think of. I was a perfectionist in the ring and I was an innovator.
I was not a thief. There’s a lot of thieves out there that steal ideas from other wrestlers”. “If you watch my matches back, I think you see a psychology and a logic that’s always there. The matches just seem real.
You don’t have to see me wiggle to move into the right place, or if I get knocked over the top rope, I’m always in the right spot at the right time. The timing and the ability to be a great wrestler has often been misunderstood or underappreciated.
We don’t get credit for being great athletes and we don’t get credit for being great actors when in fact we’re probably a combination of them both in full motion”.