• Booker T On Why Bret Hart & Lita Didn’t Join AEW
AEW has partnered up with Martha Hart to do the Men’s & Women’s Owen Hart Foundation tournaments.
The finals of both tournaments will take place at the Double Or Nothing 2022 pay-per-view next month.
Fans are expecting 2-time WWE Hall Of Famer Bret Hart to show up, but he won’t.
AEW Officials believe Bret has signed with WWE and isn’t allowed to appear in All Elite Wrestling.
This is the reason why Bret is managing FTR at an indy event and not on AEW TV, despite FTR and Young Bucks teasing the arrival of Bret for weeks.
Below is what the Wrestling Observer reported about Bret’s status:
“The reason this is on an indy show and not AEW is that those in AEW are of the belief that Hart quietly signed a lucrative WWE deal that would ban him from appearing on AEW shows. But he is allowed to do indy shows, so that loophole allowed this to happen.
This also means they believe he can’t be part of the Owen Hart tournament presentation.”
Apparently WWE Hall Of Famer Mick Foley wants a similar lucrative deal and tweeted the following to FTR:
“Dear @DaxFTR and @CashWheelerFTR – can you guys start mentioning me on here and tag @VinceMcMahon in?
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 23, 2022
On his Hall Of Fame podcast, WCW Legend Booker T explained why Bret ended up not going to AEW (just like Lita, who was offered to face Britt Baker for the AEW Women’s World Title last year):
“They got their dream come true. Bret Hart I think, if I am not mistaken, I know FTR are big fans of Bret Hart. They would love to have Bret Hart in that position, in that role as manager.
A lot of teasing was going around in the AEW organization, Bret Hart’s name being thrown around. It seemed like the writing was on the wall that Bret Hart was going to be All Elite.
Then something happened, I heard as of late that the teasing, all of the talk about Bret Hart abruptly just, boom, stopped, like a scratched record.
It just can’t be more so WWE, Bret Hart has to have some part as far as making this happen. Then again, there’s a thought process you have to go through, ‘do I want to go to AEW?’
First of all, because, of course, this is something that is going to change my legacy. Then again, I don’t know how this thing is going to end, as far as this AEW thing. Let’s call it the AEW experiment.
WCW lasted for 12 years, people don’t realize that. People think WCW was a company that was around since the early 80s. It lasted 12 years, the AEW experiment, man, we are in the infancy stages.
I can see certain people going over there like a William Regal. Look, if I get released, if there’s a job over here waiting for me, dammit, I am going to go get it. But if I am someone like Bret Hart, who has very, very high value to a company like WWE, I am going to negotiate with that company.
Say, ‘Hey man, look, do you guys actually want me to go over here? Because, I do need a job, I do need some money.’
So, I can see it happening that way, Lita was almost going to go in AEW for a minute. I am sure she had to think the same thing, ‘is this something I really want to do?’ Change my legacy and go to AEW? I don’t know how long this AEW experiment is going to last.
The smart thing for Bret Hart, I think he did the smart thing for his family and the smart thing for him.
Did AEW lose out on not getting Bret Hart? Yeah, I think so. But that’s going to be something that they’re going to have to deal with throughout the tenure of AEW going forward.”
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (April 30, 1988) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1988, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Superstars of Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut and featured matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1988’ PPV.
The card can be found right here:
1. The Ultimate Warrior vs. Joe Milano
2. The Junkyard Dog vs. Iron Mike Sharpe
3. Danny Davis vs. Mario Mancini
4. Dino Bravo vs. Nelson Veilleux
5. The Young Stallions vs. Barry Horowitz & Steve Lombardi
6. Greg Valentine vs. George Steele
7. Demolition vs. Jose Luis Rivera & Scott Casey