Rejected Bret Hart Pitch Led To WWE Signing Two Future Champions

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Legendary two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart has been involved in many iconic wrestling moments over the years, including the infamous Montreal Screw Job at Survivor Series 1997 and winning the WWE World Championship at WrestleMania 10 in the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.

It has recently been revealed that, somewhat ironically, an angle rejected by ‘The Excellence Of Execution’ led to the WWE signing two future Champions

Bret Hart declined idea that led to the signing of Natalya and Tyson Kidd

MLW Underground founder and promoter Court Bauer was previously a member of the WWE creative team and recently appeared with Chris Jericho recently on his Talk Is Jericho podcast. Bauer revealed that an idea pitched to Hart in 2006 as he prepared to return to WWE to headline the Hall Of Fame ceremony was ultimately declined but led directly to the signing of Natalya and TJ Wilson, known in WWE as Tyson Kidd.

“The best idea that I pitched that didn’t get used, there was a lot of circumstances that happened. I said ‘Alright, what about the Hart family led by Bret versus the McMahon family?’. So we started looking at that, and it’s like, ‘Well, you’ve got Shane, Hunter, Stephanie.’ And then we were like, ‘How do we fill this out with younger kids?'”

Bauer noted that the writers had proposed a bout that would see Chris Jericho, Davey Boy Smith Jr., Teddy Hart, Natalya and Tyson Kidd join Bret Hart’s team, while the McMahon’s team would feature Shawn Michaels, Paul London, Brian Kendrick, and Bryan Danielson.

The former writer confirmed that it was Hart who pulled the plug on the idea, but that it would lead to good news for the non-contracted duo of Natalya and Tyson Kidd:

“Bret ultimately said no. I remember Vince saying, ‘Hold on, I’ll call Bret and pitch it right now.’ This is surreal. Last I knew, Vince got punched out by Bret. So then you get to hear Vince pitch a top guy, and those conversations usually happen far away from everyone.

Initially Hart agreed but then backed out within 48 hours. But from that came Nattie being signed, TJ being signed, and a lot of other things that would lead to other great stuff, just not what we had hoped for.”

h/t: WrestlingInc for the above transcription