Dave Meltzer posted the following this afternoon on WrestlingObserver.com:
Only because I’ve seen continued speculation on this, including in some places that should know better–Bret Hart will not be at SummerSlam. He will be at the Greg Price NWA Mid Atlantic Wrestling convention on Sunday in Charlotte and is leaving for Charlotte first thing in the morning. Yes, he could finish his speech, have a private jet waiting, and be in DC in time for the main event, but that isn’t going to happen. He will be going from Charlotte on Monday to Stamford, CT, to work on the completion of his DVD, as the deadline is next week, after the convention this coming week. WWE’s current script of SummerSlam has no spot in it for Hart to appear. Hart has made it clear he will not return to WWE TV as a character for angles, nor ever do an angle that plays off either his brother’s death or the 1997 Survivor Series. WWE has never even asked Hart to appear at SummerSlam. I’m sure some there love the fact that they can get away with having people think he is coming, thus helping the buy rate, while having the ability to make clear after the fact that he was never been promoted in any way, shape or form as being there. Because of how the TV went, if WWE is playing fair with its audience, they actually should post on the web site that Hart will not be at SummerSlam because they should be fully aware it was their TV that led to this speculation. Their argument for not doing so is both I’m sure they want people to think they can’t miss the show because what if, which will help last day buys, the whole idea, and also, even if they print he won’t, they can argue that would fuel more speculation that he will on the guise of the famed McDevitt defense (because promotions always lie, if you tell people publicly someone isn’t going to be there, fans naturally assume that means he is).