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Bret Hart spoke to The Canadian Press about WWE ’13 and the Attitude Era. Here are a few highlights.

The Attitude Era: “By the early ’90s when I was sort of in my prime, we started moving to the Attitude Era and I like to think that I kicked the doors open for the Attitude Era. It was more about the wrestling. It wasn’t so much about the characters, even though we were in a lot of ways much more interesting characters.

“The titles really seemed to mean a lot to the wrestlers in that era. Winning and losing and being on top was sort of critical… Winning titles meant prestige and better pay. The top guys were making the best money. So there was a lot at stake. I think all that played into that Attitude Era. I know for me probably in ’97, for sure, I had my greatest matches in the WWE. I was for sure in my prime, (doing) my best stuff.”

Undertaker changing his character: “Whereas in the beginning, he was kind of like Frankenstein, kind of moving around slow and ponderous in the ring, and was very methodical. But times changed and by the mid-90s, Undertaker had revamped his whole character.”

Hulk Hogan: “I don’t want to rag too much on Hulk Hogan but he’s pretty one-dimensional. Very big guy. The great, magnificent body that he had — the 22-inch arms and all that kind of stuff. But after a while, after (The Ultimate) Warrior came, it was like, ‘Enough of the body-building, let’s go on with who can actually do a drop-kick and who can actually climb up on top and do stuff.’

“I think the wrestling really did change from these sort of dinosaurs to the guys who were really picking it up and doing the moves.”

  • paul s

    Bret hart is one of the all time greats that fans today dont appreciate. Probably will never appreciate. I love wrestling for the matches. A great angke makes for a beyter match, but again this is something bret hart knew and was involved in many. Love him or hate him, u gotta respect him. Just for example i never liked owen, i hated him. Looking back at his matches now i have learned to appreciate he was a fuxking great heel. Annoying as hell but thats what he was going for. His cage match against bret is one of my most favourite ever. He does the most sensible thing ive ever seenin a cage match which is just try to fucking climb and get out as fast as possible! Watch it now! Its quality! Love bret, love owen, love all that is attitude. Suck my dick bitches

  • Angry Benny

    Wow! good stuff, I never like Bret, respect his abilities, but never liked him, but he did open the doors, then held it open for other people, he made people in the ring, he made them look great, but he was just a stepping stone for others to shine, then got lost in the shuffle, he worked so hard to be in the spotlight, to learn the old ways, only to get there and the tide changed before his eyes, sucks but you have to change.

  • Joe Piscapo

    I always felt like Austin’s speech after winnin’ KOTR 96 was the unofficial start of Attitude. But with the help of Bret, they both kicked the doors wide open for everything else that was to come.

  • mabry

    I have allways thought that Bret did actually kick the Attitude era. He was the first to push and drop Vince McMahon to his ass, after hes cage match against Sid. Hes rivalry with Austin portrayed what Stone Cold would become just a few months later, and the hole DX-Hart Foundation thing was just amazing. To me the attitude era began in 1997, imo the best year in wwe/f`s history.

  • wcwsaturdaynight

    @ Devil_Rising Man ur right, I recently bought WWE’s N.W.O the revolution dvd, and realised that the whole N.W.O angle was just pure talk. Some of the matches where great but most of them sucked. I realized that most of the matches where just spots to carry the N.W.O story line foward with out any actual wrestling to be seen (just like the WWE is today). It was all just Hogan n Nash rambling on how greate they where. That N.W.O dvd is kinda wack and defenatly can’t compare to WWE’s own material. I once said that the N.W.O was the greatest angle in wrestling history now I just think it was no stake n all zizzle. The N.W.O wherent bad boy renagades, they where just money hungry dogs that all they did was just bark. Only one I like was Hall, he actualy wrestled in the dvd and for most of the part, kept his mouth shut. I Love the N.W.O but know I can see threw the smoke.

  • Devil_Rising

    You kids are missing that he was probably slightly misquoted. He was clearly saying that when he got big in the EARLY 90s, BEFORE the “Attitude Era”, that it became more about smaller guys and actual WRESTLING, than it was about silly storylines. Which, by the way, they went back to in full force (too much so, in fact), during the beloved “Attitude Era”. And he’s right. You look at guys like Bret, Owen, Bulldog, HBK, Undertaker, Tatanka, 123 Kid, Mr. Perfect, Razor Ramon, Bam Bam Bigelow, Jeff Jerret, hell for that matter even Yokozuna, and yes, you had a lot of guys in that period, the “New Generation” period, as it was known, who could really go, and weren’t just one dimensional.

    Quite frankly, that early 90s era will always be preferred, for me, to the late 90s “Attitude”, even though “Attitude” brought a more embellished Undertaker character, and Mankind, and Edge & Christian, etc. Rock and Austin were both great wrestlers, but my problem with their era, was that it DID become way too much about stupid, overlong, Vince Russo written skits, swerves and trashy T&A type stuff, than it did about great matches. Just a few years before that, you had Wrestlemania headlined by Hart vs. HBK in a one hour+ Iron Man Match (first ever). You will NEVER see that happen again. That was the period HE was talking about.

    That period was when actual wrestling was paramount, before silly storylines took back over, thanks in large part to the NWO.

  • mtlhitman

    96-97 we had some of the best match ever seen bret vs shawn or bret vs austin or bret vs taker

  • mtlhitman

    @pinksincara thanks for saying that about the hitman and how austin became a star and how mr.mcmahon became a huge vilain your so right i would have said the same thing about it!.Austin-Rock-D-X all became stars because some wrestlers open the doors to the attitude era count in bret hart – undertaker – shawn michael – austin and HHH as the first one then Rock and Foley became at a certain time top wrestlers or champion

  • ice-cream bar SUPERstar

    @Scooter
    I just finished reading the book and it is great. One thing I took away from it though is that there is no bigger Bret Hart fan than Bret Hart. Every compliment the man was ever given found it’s way into this book.

  • hf part two

    Brave the hitman Heart should’ve won the european title tournement in 1997.

  • wcwsaturdaynight

    @ Ramses 2 You are also correct with ur comment. Dang!! Looks like we have some very knowledable people in this blog today. Who knows who realy started the Attitude era, all I know is that wrestling rulez!!! And that’s the bottom line!!!!

  • RAMSES 2

    SHAWN MICHEALS WAS ATTITUDE BEFORE ATTITUDE MAS INVENTED!!

  • Hitman

    Austin vs Bret at WM13 started it all in my opinon

  • Tombstone

    @PinkSinCara
    Very well said. I remember the match with Bret and Stone Cold when Austin refused to submit and passed out in the Sharpshooter. Really the begining of the Attitude era. Bret was very instumental in opening the doors.

  • wcwsaturdaynight

    @ PinkSinCara you are right. You do know your wrestling. Bret sure did play a role in the attitude era, wasn’t that crucial of a role, but many, including me, think that he kinda started it, he sure as hell laid the “foundation” to da attitude era.

  • PinkSinCara

    I don’t think Bret is categorizing himself as part of the Attitude era. He said he kicked open the doors, which I agree with. Let’s face it, Austin became huge as the anti-hero when he was feuding with Bret Hart. So in that respect Bret was a catalyst. Not to mention that the Montreal screwjob created the “Mr. McMahon” character which was huge during that time period.

  • Jerk Factor

    Looks like Bret’s going for some revisionist history in regards to the attitude era. We’ve all seen Beyond The Mat, we all know about his distaste for DX crotch chopping, the Austin finger etc etc.

  • Tombstone

    blah blah blah, where is Cody Rhodes in this shizzle!!! i have tweeted cody my backing of him so there, persona non grata fans!!

  • scooter

    Brets my idol but his whole take on the attitude era here is one massive contradiction from what he said in his book. In his book he said he didn’t like it as he felt it was nothing more than shock tv and he was annoyed by the lack of kids at shows.

  • Men on a Mission

    Not so sure I agree with his account of the Attitude Era. I think the leaders of the Attitude Era were guys like Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, The Rock, then maybe Bret. Also, I would have to say that era was LESS about wrestling and MORE about characters and storyline development. I think Bret is in outer space a little bit.

    I will agree that Bret and Shawn were smaller champions who could wrestle, and people liked that. But in order to have “attitude” you had to spend more time developing your character.

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