WWE Hall of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart has said the WWE hasn’t been the same since the departure of CM Punk in January last year, but also hopes Hulk Hogan never returns to the company.
Speaking on the TSN Periscope account, The Hitman said the WWE hasn’t been the same since The Best in the World departed the company after the Royal Rumble PPV event last year.
He said: “I sorely miss him. Wrestling hasn’t been the same without him. He was the best of the last generation. He really raised the bar. He is a great innovator and he had a great sense of psychology and he stood up for all the right things.
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“I’ve got nothing but respect for him. I think he took a bullet for every wrestler.”
The Hitman also said he hopes Hulk Hogan never returns to the WWE after his racial tirade. He said: "Let's hope not. Let's hope that he lives with himself in Tampa and stays there in his little world of idol worship of himself. I'm not a big Hulk Hogan fan. I kinda feel bad for him because I don't remember him necessarily being a racist."
Hart also did reveal thought that racial terms were used frequently in locker rooms which he was present in, which is sad to hear.
He said: "I can say that, through my experience, that a vast majority, of course not all of them, but a vast majority of the white, Southern wrestlers tend to be a little bit racial all the time, and the N-word was frequently used by a lot of wrestlers in the dressing room when there was a black guy not around, kinda thing.
“And being a Canadian, I found that really difficult, I didn't see eye-to-eye with that kind of stuff and never felt like that, and I've never been in that kind of mindset, but for Hulk Hogan to make the comments that he made that is something if you had a camera like that in most of the dressing rooms with a lot of the Southern wrestlers from Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi, even Texas, you get a lot of that kind of slant on things.
“And I'm kinda glad he got busted for that reason, that times have changed, and y'know, you have to answer for that stuff, and he's answering for it. He's probably glad that Roddy Piper passed away, because he took all the edge off all that."