Bret Hart criticizes Chris Jericho’s book

The Miami Herald has an interview up with WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart. Here are some highlights.

On his book about his wrestling career:
“I think the book is pretty accurate. I don’t think there are wrestlers out there reading my book saying, `That’s not what happened,’ or I wasn’t there when that happened. There aren’t guys out there who are going to refute what is in the book. The fact that I was as honest as I was is because I was in a position to be. That was also a big difference than say Chris Jericho’s book.”

His thoughts on Chris Jericho’s book:
“I did enjoy Jericho’s book to a certain degree, but there is a lot of sanitizing to sort of make the company look good and protect themselves. I think the company sort of handcuffs whether they can say this or say that. I didn’t have that kind of restraint.”

On surprising reactions to his book:
“I’ve been surprised by the amount of females that have come up to me saying they loved the book and the honesty of it, specifically older, mature women. They had a lot of empathy for me. I didn’t expect that. Where I found that the sports media and male media people were a little judgmental of the choices I made. I was surprised at how many men were taken back from my book, where the women appreciated the dynamic of all things going around. They showed a lot more understanding than the male critics. I don’t know why that is. Before I wrote it, I would have thought it was the other way around.”

On what made his wrestler career different from others:
“It wasn’t so much about Bret Hart the character than Bret Hart the matches. I still hold up my matches to anybody else and how I made each story play out. I made titles mean something and wrestling matches mean something. You remember Hulk Hogan and remember the titles, but I don’t think anyone really goes back and looks back at his matches and says this was a classic. Maybe the one with Andre the Giant was a classic, but every match he had was the same. I think I took wrestling to another level, and if I look back at my contributions over the years, I made everything seem real. It was really important to win and lose a title. For me, it was real. My income was cut in half when I lost the title. I will always be proud of what I represented in wrestling.”

To check out the full interview, click here.

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