As noted, WWE Hall of Famer Bret "The Hitman" Hart was recently interviewed by Forbes and discussed his petition to get Owen Hart inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Hart noted that there are many great wrestlers who aren't in the Hall of Fame that should be, and took exception to The Freebirds being inducted.
"Why have they been overlooked when you can induct the Freebirds who never did squat in WWE? Ever. Never drew any money, never did anything," Hart said. "When I remember the Freebirds, they were all drunk and passed out at the gate at one of the airports in my first day in WWF. None of them even made the show that day, they were too drunk to make their plane.
"A few weeks later when I was wrestling, I was just starting in WWF, they showed up at the building at about 9:30 in Providence, Rhode Island. And I remember Andre the Giant said 'you guys are fired,' and I remember Michael Hayes cutting a promo on Andre telling him 'you can't fire me,' and 'who do you think you are?' and 'we'll see who's fired tomorrow!' And I remember Andre saying 'we'll see who's fired tomorrow.' They were fired, they were gone the next day.
"I've always gotten along with [Michael Hayes], but as far as their contribution to wrestling, gimme a break. They were all pill heads and, for lack of a better word, they were all screw-ups. They're not picking the cream of the crop, they're picking whoever the first person they see on the list and they go 'he would be easy to fly in.'"
Hayes responded to Bret on Twitter, writing:
Just read something where BRET put the Birds down, say what U want about me, when U talk about Terry and Buddy, who aren't here, PROBLEM!!— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) October 8, 2016
Just to clarify, drunk yes, drew more money in MANY places YES, popped Mid South, Atl, Texas to record crowds!! U leave Terry/Buddy alone!!— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) October 8, 2016
It is really sad when a legend was so blessed with a great career, resorts to crapping on others, U'd NEVER say that to Terry or Bud's face!— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) October 8, 2016