Brian Pillman Jr. is one of many younger wrestlers competing for AEW and on the American independent scene. He’s had a few notable moments and matches on Dynamite, including a memorable exchange with MJF not long ago when his late father was featured on Dark Side of the Ring.
But before his AEW signing, Pillman wrestled for MLW and was in a stable with Davey Boy Smith Jr. and Teddy Hart, collectively known as The New Hart Foundation. However, Pillman no longer keeps contact with one of them.
“I cut him off quite a while ago” – Brian Pillman Jr.
During an interview with Wrestling Inc, Brian Pillman Jr. discussed the subject of Teddy Hart came up. Pillman admitted that he hasn’t spoken to Hart in quite some time. That decision to sever ties with Hart has gotten Pillman praise from his peers.
“I kind of just stopped communicating with him and I kind of cut him off quite a while ago,” he explained, “And most people have commended that decision. They said, ‘You’re smart for doing that.’ I love them to death. Of course, I love the Hart family and they’ve done so good by me.”
Pillman elaborated further saying that Hart is like “the big elephant in the room” and his behavior is why he cut ties with him back when both of them wrestled for MLW.
I’ve just made it abundantly clear to everybody that I don’t associate with him anymore, just based off of my experiences with him in MLW. I wanted to separate myself from Teddy.
And hoped that he would get help. I just didn’t want to keep his wrestling going. I didn’t want to keep getting him booked and keep having him a part of my stable, if he’s just going to be Teddy, right?”
Teddy Hart’s alleged behaviour and attitude problems have been enduring issues for years. He has been arrested several times between 2017 and 2020 with charges ranging from DUI to possessing controlled substances, to assault, to violating bail conditions.
Several wrestlers have previously told stories of Hart behaving badly inside the ring and out. He was expelled from ROH in late 2003 for executing an unplanned shooting star press onto unsuspecting wrestlers, which later led to an out-of-the-ring altercation with CM Punk.