“It Was Embarrassing To Sit In The First Row”: Bret Hart Brutally Slams Modern Day WWE Stars Just Like The Undertaker Did In Joe Rogan’s Podcast 2 Years Ago

Published 04/02/2023, 2:50 PM EDT

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Wrestling has evolved a lot over time. We have come a long way from larger-than-life characters being a regular feature of the industry to occasionally encountering one. This is just one facet that has changed a lot and WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart has recently highlighted another one.

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He has spent years in the business and has studied its nuances very closely and was quick to point out a major shift in the eras which he saw firsthand at the Clash at the Castle PLE last year.

Bret Hart gives his honest opinion on modern-day wrestling

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A report in Fightful reveals what Hart thinks of the current generation of wrestling and fans in an interview with HNlive. He said, “I went to a show not too long ago in Cardiff, a pay-per-view, 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 where they pretend to kick each other with shin pads and slap sounds over and over.

“To realize that the crowd is in on it, the entire floor is clapping and slapping their leg. I’m going, ‘we used to try and make it real, what happened?’ Everybody is in on it. It’s a big giant charade.” added the former WWE champion.

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The legend was part of the event that took place in the UK last year. He was honored with Davey Boy Smith’s family on the night. Hart and Smith were part of the main event in 1992, the last time WWE had a pay-per-view in the UK.

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The former WWE champion’s concerns weren’t out of thin air. The industry has undergone a huge shift as kayfabe is now limited only to wrestling shows.

Kayfabe is indeed dying a slow death

Performers only remain in character while they appear for the wrestling promotion with which they are associated. Many old schoolers have raised questions about the current crop’s reluctance to maintain kayfabe.

One of those is an all-time great in the ilk of The Undertaker who called the modern-day wrestling product “soft” at the ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast 2 years ago.

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It’s not that all hope is lost with the AEW roster consisting of the eccentric MJF who always stays in his gimmick, even during public appearances.

The advent of social media has also played its part in kayfabe being very uncommon in the present day and age. 

Bret Hart has clarified what he thinks about modern-day wrestling. He is not a fan of fans also being in on the various aspects of wrestling. Hart, being an old-timer, opposes performers disclosing their secrets, which is exactly opposite to what he is used to. And his recent remarks display exactly that.

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Do you agree with Bret Hart’s remarks about modern-day wrestling? Let us know in the comments.

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Ritvic Pratap Singh is a WWE and AEW writer at EssentiallySports. Ritvic is very passionate about WWE and pro wrestling as the image of a wrestling ring always filled him with excitement and AJ Styles his favorite WWE superstar. Besides the wrestling world, Ritvic also has a profound love for soccer and is an ardent Manchester City fan.
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