Recently, the legendary Bret 'Hitman' Hart spoke with Notts TV News and addressed a number of professional wrestling topics including whether he sees a parallel between Roman Reigns' current run in WWE and Lex Luger's failed push in 1993. Hart also discussed why Reigns is not connecting with the fans as WWE officials would like.
'The Excellence Of Execution' admitted that he sees a parallel between Reigns and Luger as WWE's choice for top star, with Daniel Bryan playing Hart's role as the strong wrestler who the fans rally around in spite of the chosen one's push from the company.
"There is a parallel. They tried, I think, to keep CM Punk down and they tried to make him seem [like] he wasn't big enough or wasn't what they wanted to be the star of the show and the company and gave all the main event spots to all the musclebound guys, Batista and all these other guys, years ago and he quit. Luckily for them, they had Daniel Bryan come right up to fill that void because they're both wrestlers. They're both wrestling wrestlers that do wrestling really well. I mean, I tip my hat to both those guys for being phenomenal wrestlers. And Daniel Bryan got hurt and they've tried to kind of prop up Roman Reigns."
With that said, Hart believes that Reigns has potential. Hart claimed that Reigns is really the victim of bad booking.
"I think Roman Reigns is actually a hard working, decent wrestler and he [has] got potential. Whether he [has] got the potential to carry the company, I don't know. It doesn't seem like the fans are into that too much, but I think a lot of it is bad booking, just really lousy booking, like, when I look at WrestleMania and look at how they built him in the Royal Rumble, they booed him all the way in it for the short time he was in there. And then they had him get hurt by The Authority where 10 guys beat him on the floor, which was so contrived. And then he went back to the dressing room and then he came out at the very end. He still didn't win. He got dumped out by Triple H, but it was like just too manufactured and too set up [for] people to digest it. And they kind of left it back up and it kind of ruined the making of him again as it led into WrestleMania. I thought it was just bad booking, bad story booking. What they should have done was have him out there early in the Rumble and have him earn it all the way through and have him fight till the end. Have him tip one guy out after another, especially when they wasted so many guys like The Big Show and Mark Henry, dumped them out like they were 100-pounders. If the Royal Rumble was legitimate, the last two guys in it would be The Big Show and Mark Henry, but they dumped them out like they were 100-pounders. It doesn't make any sense to me."
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Source: Notts TV News