Following news of Finn Balor’s injury at Summerslam 2016 during his match with Seth Rollins, Balor’s relinquishing of WWE Raw’s WWE Universal Championship, etc. (the sordid chronology is here) and despite Finn Balor’s successful surgery and his seemingly happy disposition post-surgery, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart weighed in on the situation. It is exactly what you would expect him to say and what many of us may feel right now.
“I take no great pleasure in saying “I told you so,” but if you’re a professional wrestler and you keep hurting opponents and or yourself, clearly you’re doing it wrong. I wrestled a very realistic and physical style and not once in 23 yrs did I ever hurt one opponent ever. Seth Rollins needs to improve his technique and become the safest wrestler in the business. I have great respect for Seth. I believe he’ll improve and hopefully stop hurting the talent before someone gets killed. Wrestlers have to trust one another. If a wrestler holds the life of another wrestler in his hands for the sake of his family, wife or children you plain and simply cannot drop it!”
“I saw this coming, if anything WWE producers are negligent for not speaking up about it to him already, instead they’re probably gushing with joy, slapping him on the back telling him “great job!” Bill Goldberg was similar.”
Bret Hart also commented on former NXT Champion Samoa Joe’s finishing move.
“When I think of Samoa Joe nearly killing Tyson Kidd, then see him continuing to use that deadly finish of his, I just shake my head. It’s not real, it’s only supposed to look real, wrestlers are not crash test dummies!”
This follows Bret Hart’s earlier criticisms of the injuries suffered by Sting and John Cena in matches with Seth Rollins.
Tags: Bill Goldberg, Bret Hart, Finn Balor, John Cena, NXT, RAW, Samoa Joe, seth rollins, Sting, SummerSlam, Summerslam 2016, Tyson Kidd, WWE, WWE Universal Championship