Hulk Hogan: Two-faced Bret Hart was a cheap WWF champion
Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart are no strangers to confrontation, with both having made remarks about one another over the years. From Bret's point of view, Hogan was not willing to do business and drop the WWF Title to him at Summerslam 1993 - returning the promised favour after Bret had a hand in "The Hulkster" winning the championship at WrestleMania IX. Hogan, however, disputes these claims, stating that this was purely a call on the part of Vince McMahon, who wasn't willing to show the same faith in Hart that he had Hogan as a headliner.
Regardless of opinion, it's undeniable that the WWF's business continued to plummet once Hogan left the company after a European tour in June 1993, as the group thereafter suffered some of the worst financial years in its history. Indeed, in McMahon's own words, the company was "in financial peril" in 1997, and only turned around when Steve Austin hit his stride as a main-event player, leading to the peak of business in 2000-2001.
In any case, more fuel has now been added to the fire of Hogan's disagreements with Hart, with the current TNA figurehead's latest interview in Issue 90 of Fighting Spirit Magazine. In the most open discussion of his 35-year career, Hogan fired a brutal shot at "The Hitman", claiming that Hart drove down the salaries of future WWF/WWE champions by agreeing to work for less than everyone else.
"The main-event guy made the most money when he had the belt," Hogan explained. "When I was the (WWF) champion, I made the most money. It was an old rule that Vince (McMahon) Sr. had that, thank god, was passed on for quite a while. That changed when Bret Hart became champion; he'd work for a lot less than anybody else, so it changed everybody's pay."
Later in the interview, Hogan also implied that he felt that Hart was two-faced, stating: "The last time I saw [Bret], he was flying around in my Learjet with me, and playing with my kids in the pool. Then, all of a sudden, we're not cool."
The six-page interview with Hulk Hogan is in Issue 90 of FSM, available on Thursday, February 21 from WH Smiths and Easons in the UK and Ireland, and for iPhone/iPad and Android via www.FightingSpiritMagazine.co.uk. 40% discounts are also available on some subscriptions, also via our website.