On November 9th Road Dogg sparked chaos among fans on social media after claiming that Bret Hart wasn’t a great wrestler. The WWE Hall of Famer explained that he didn’t see what the big deal was with Hart, adding that he considered himself to be a better sports entertainer.
Unsurprisingly, the comments sparked outrage among fans on social media who mostly scoffed at the claims. Many pointed to Hart’s standing among his fellow professionals, both past and present, while listing off a number of The Hitman’s classic matches.
Road Dogg Stands By Bret Hart Comments
Speaking on a special edition of his Oh You Didn’t Know podcast, Road Dogg addressed his comments and the outpouring of anger they caused on social media. The Attitude Era star said that he remains on good terms with Hart, but all he did was express his honest opinion.
“I didn’t mean to stir it up,” Road Dogg said. “These are my legitimate feelings that I thought I put out there as honestly as I could… It’s just my opinion. Bret and I get along to this day.”
With regard to Bret Hart not being a great wrestler, Road Dogg was asked whether this was a fair opinion and statement.
“That is fair to say and I feel that way today, even though everybody has been really angry at me on Twitter,” he said. “It’s just my opinion.. Hyperbole is the verbiage of the day and everything is the best or the worst, and today, I’m on the worst and so I’m sorry. I’m sorry I shared an opinion on a platform I was given in order to share my opinion.”
When asked about his claims of being a better sports entertainer, the former Tag Team Champion said that he stands by his comments.
“If you ask me to go out there and entertain a crowd, I would have different ways to do that other than grappling and wrestling,” Road Dogg continued. “I stand by that, right now.”
Road Dogg’s comments came after he was questioned about the impact of Bret Hart leaving the WWF in November 1997. The Canadian famously left the company in the wake of the Montreal Screwjob after already agreeing a switch to WCW. Following his departure, Hart wouldn’t work with WWE again in any capacity until 2004.
H/t to Wrestling Inc