Bret Hart Believes Thigh Slapping Should've Been Outlawed Years Ago

He's a stickler for realism

Earlier this month, it was reported that WWE banned the act of wrestlers slapping their thighs in order to simulate the sound of a strike making contact. The company has even instituted a system of fines to discourage their use.

In the eyes of Bret "The Hitman" Hart, the ban has been long overdue.

During a virtual meet and greet with the Asylum Wrestling Store, Hart was asked about WWE's ban. While he noted that his brother Owen was one of the first to use leg slaps, he believes it's gone too far.

"I heard a few days ago that they outlawed or banned or nobody’s allowed to do the slap stuff anymore, and I’m like totally — they should’ve stopped that ten years ago," Hart said. "It’s slap, slap, slap, slap, and my brother Owen was one of the guys that started a lot of that. He brought it to — he was one of the best at slapping his leg on spin kicks and stuff. But come on, enough is enough, in every match. You see guys do stuff and you’re going, ‘That wouldn’t even make a slap sound.’ When you punch somebody in the jaw, it’s not a slap sound. You know, it’s a different kind of sound and you’re making a slap sound for everything. 

"Every single move you do is a slap sound, slap, slap and I totally agree. I’m glad they put their foot down on that but they’re like ten years late. They’ve already kind of in a lot of ways, sadly, ruined wrestling by making it so fake."

(Credit to POST Wrestling for transcription)

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