In an intriguing turn of events, the WWE community is abuzz following remarks made by legendary wrestler Bret Hart regarding the acclaimed Intercontinental Championship match at Clash at the Castle in September 2022. The match, featuring Gunther defending his title against Sheamus, earned a rare five-star rating from renowned wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer – the first on WWE's main roster since the iconic 2011 clash between CM Punk and John Cena at Money In The Bank.
Despite the match receiving widespread critical acclaim and a standing ovation from the Cardiff audience, Bret Hart expressed disappointment. In a candid interview with HNLive, Hart conveyed his disillusionment, highlighting the exaggerated theatrics of modern wrestling.
“I went to a show not too long ago in Cardiff, a pay-per-view," Hart recounted, "it was embarrassing to sit in the front row and watch all the kids in the audience slap their leg as the wrestlers slap their leg in these kick spots...
Everybody is in on it. It’s a big giant charade”.
Gunther Responds to Hart
Hart's comments have not gone unnoticed, particularly by Gunther, the reigning Intercontinental Champion. Speaking on WWE’s The Bump, Gunther acknowledged Hart's in-ring prowess and his popularity in countries like Germany and Austria but expressed regret over Hart's criticism of the Cardiff match.
“I think it’s obvious that, in-ring, he’s one of the best to ever do it," Gunther stated, adding, “He was a big superstar there. I don’t forget, and that man sat at my match in Cardiff and was not mentioning nice things after that, so he’s not going to get anything nice with me”.
Gunther, who holds his legacy as an Intercontinental Champion in high esteem, voiced a hint of disappointment that a physical confrontation with Hart is unlikely due to the latter's current state. "Too bad he’s not in the state anymore to settle this in the ring," he remarked.
This exchange highlights the ongoing debate within the wrestling community about the evolution of the sport's presentation and the contrasting perspectives between different generations of wrestlers. As the WWE continues to evolve, these discussions undoubtedly add another layer of intrigue and nostalgia to its rich history.