WWE legend blames ‘puppet master’ Hulk Hogan for being sole reason behind the demise of WCW

Bret Hart didn't hold back from lambasting Hulk Hogan and Eric Bischoff.

WWE legend blames ‘puppet master’ Hulk Hogan for being sole reason behind the demise of WCW

Hulk Hogan in WCW (via WWE)

The “Who Killed WCW?” docuseries premiered exclusively on VICE TV yesterday. In the series, viewers will get an insight into how the promotion that beat WWF for 83 weeks collapsed quickly. On the first episode, the likes of Kevin Nash and Booker T provided their perspectives on the company. However, without doubt, it was Bret Hart who stole the show. The Hitman made it perfectly clear that the person behind the downfall was Hulk Hogan.

According to the wrestling legend, Hogan used Eric Bischoff as a ‘prop’. Hart’s rant didn’t stop there, as he went on to claim that there was nothing to be thankful for about the company. The Hulkster and head booker shared a strong relationship, which initially led to the rise of WCW in the mid-1990s. More specifically, the duo worked together to come up with the idea to turn Hogan heel and form the NWO. 

However, the latter’s political power hampered the overall product with many questionable booking decisions later on. In fact, Bischoff would easily cave into the former world champion’s demands. As such, it doesn’t come as a surprise that Bret Hart has put the blame on the pair. The Hall of Famer joined WCW after the infamous Montreal Screwjob. 

Unfortunately for the Excellence of Execution, it all went downhill as he was forced to retire in 2000 owing to concussion issues. It only took a few hours into his debut for him to know how much power Hulk Hogan possessed backstage. At Starrcade 1997, The NWO leader changed the finish at the last minute, with neither his opponent, Sting, nor Hart aware of it.

Why Bret Hart was forced to retire from wrestling in WCW

The reason behind Bret Hart’s retirement has been well documented in the past, especially by the man himself. At Starrcade 1999, Hart defended the world title against Goldberg. During the match, The Hitman’s attempt at a figure-four leglock was countered by his opponent.

Bill Goldberg and Bret Hart
Bill Goldberg and Bret Hart (via SEScoops)

However, The Myth accidentally concussed Hart with his mule kick. While the latter was able to end the match, he would later learn how severe the concussion was. Ultimately, this led to his retiring from professional wrestling in October 2000.

As mentioned before, the Excellence of Execution hasn’t held back from openly speaking about Goldberg. Hart accused him of being an unsafe worker inside the ring, citing that he had similarly injured other wrestlers in the past. Meanwhile, the WCW legend has denied the allegations and claimed that the 66-year-old “moaned” too much about the incident.

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