A new report has claimed AEW officials believe Bret Hart has quietly signed a “lucrative” deal with WWE which means that he is unable to appear on AEW television.
Bret Hart has been a hot topic in AEW circles in recent weeks as the wrestling legend has been mentioned several times by Dax Harwood.
Harwood and his FTR partner Cash Wheeler had been aligned with Four Horseman Tully Blanchard for much of their AEW career. However, that partnership ended shortly after the Revolution pay-per-view in March. Following that, Harwood took to social media to ask Bret Hart what he was up to, leading many fans to expect that The Hitman was going to be the next manager of FTR.
Since then Harwood wrestled one-on-one with CM Punk on AEW Dynamite with Bret Hart sending out words of support to both men following their show-stealing bout. However, the multi-time World Champion has not appeared on AEW TV so far.
Despite this, FTR will get their wish to be managed by Bret Hart at a Big Time Wrestling event on June 10th in Webster, MA. At the show, Harwood and Wheeler will take on the second-generation team of Brian Pillman Jr. and Brock Anderson.
Not only will Bret Hart be in FTR’s corner but his fellow WWE Hall Of Famer Arn Anderson will be in the corner of his son Brock and Pillman Jr.
A new report from Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer has noted that the match is happening at an indie event instead of on AEW TV because officials at the company believe Bret Hart has quietly signed a “lucrative” deal with WWE. This would preclude him from working on AEW shows.
“The reason this is on an indie show and not AEW is that those in AEW are of the belief that Hart quietly signed a lucrative WWE deal that would ban him from appearing on AEW shows. But he is allowed to do indie shows, so that loophole allowed this to happen.”
As well as being unable to appear alongside FTR, this development would also mean that Hart won’t be available to take part in events surrounding The Owen Hart Foundation Tournaments currently taking place in AEW.