Sports Illustrated has a great interview with WWE Hall of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Below are just a couple of highlights:
WWE rushing Roman Reigns:
"[Roman] Reigns is just like Kevin Nash. If you look back at Reigns, his character was getting over really good on his own. Then they rushed him into a babyface turn and crammed him down everybody's thoughts, and people rejected him. It wasn't his fault. It was kind of like with Kevin Nash. He was slowly getting over, and I wrestled him at [the 1994] King of the Ring and we had a really good match. All of a sudden, by August, they were ready to make him the new champion. And I'm going, 'He's not ready yet. Give him a little time and let him get even more over.' Why is there a rush? Reigns got dealt a bad set of cards. It has nothing to do with his work rate–he's a really good worker and his style is really good. He just needs to be himself.
"They tend to rush guys too soon, and that makes me think of Steve Austin. Vince wanted to turn him baby face much sooner than he did. I remember Steve stopped it. Austin said, 'No, let me get over more.' And it paid off to be a little smarter and not rush. Some of the mistakes have more to do with the bookers instead of the actual wrestlers. Reigns is a victim of bad booking."
"How could they not see the slight there? That's really insensitive to Ric and his family, and I totally sympathize with Ric. You didn't see them doing that after Jerry Lawler lost his brother. Maybe someone just made a poor judgment call, but I was flabbergasted to see they did that to him. It was totally wrong."
Hart also discussed the booking today lacking, not watching the product as much without CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, the Undertaker, Seth Rollins being unprofessional for kneeing John Cena in the face, working with Randy Savage at the 1989 Survivor Series and much more. You can check out the full interview by clicking here.
Source: Sports Illustrated