Bret Hart has discussed the reported ban introduced by WWE on wrestlers slapping their legs to audibly enhance their moves.
In recent weeks reports have made the rounds that WWE has asked their competitors to stop slapping their legs when performing certain moves. The practice is perhaps most notable when wrestlers are performing superkicks.
The Hitman commented on the supposed ban during a virtual meet and greet for The Asylum Wrestling Store:
“I heard a few days ago that they outlawed or banned or nobody’s allowed to do the slap stuff anymore, and I’m like totally — they should’ve stopped that ten years ago. It’s slap, slap, slap, slap, and my brother Owen [Hart] was one of the guys that started a lot of that. He brought it to — he was one of the best at slapping his leg on spin kicks and stuff.”
“But come on, enough is enough, in every match. You see guys do stuff and you’re going, ‘That wouldn’t even make a slap sound.’ When you punch somebody in the jaw, it’s not a slap sound. You know, it’s a different kind of sound and you’re making a slap sound for everything. Every single move you do is a slap sound, slap, slap and I totally agree. I’m glad they put their foot down on that but they’re like ten years late. They’ve already kind of in a lot of ways, sadly, ruined wrestling by making it so fake.”
A man very familiar with superkicks, Shawn Michaels recently commented on Bret Hart returning to WWE in 2010.