Bret Hart: Hulk Hogan 'Didn't Know A Headlock From A Headlamp'
Hart noted the difference between styles in WWE
Bret Hart has claimed Hulk Hogan 'didn't know a headlock from a headlamp', comparing their respective styles of wrestling for WWE.
Hart has recently been honoured as an inductee in the 2021 Canada Walk Of Fame, with many current performers citing the WWE Hall Of Famer as an inspiration on their styles.
When asked what it meant to him to be one of the most influential wrestlers ever, Hart told the Calgary Sun: "I think it all goes back to when (WWE commentator) Gorilla Monsoon called me the ‘Excellence of Execution.’ I was just a guy who did everything right.
"I remember when I started wrestling, I knew how everything worked. I knew how to take turnbuckle (hits to the chest), I knew how to body slam. When you want to watch how to do something in wrestling, you watch my matches back. You’ll learn how to do a Sharpshooter. That’s how you do it. Want to learn how to do a standing suplex? That’s how you do it. I was always that guy.
"I was really well taught the art of wrestling by two Japanese guys (Mr. Hito and Mr. Sakurada). I was taught how to protect myself and my opponent so he doesn’t get hurt. More important than that, it was all about what I represented. I have an incredible body of work with so many different wrestlers. I was so proud of those matches.
"And all the Canadian wrestlers like Natalya or Edge were influenced by me. I think if you look back at wrestling when it was the Hulk Hogan show. He was six-foot-eight and a one-out-of-three wrestler. He didn’t know a headlock from a headlamp. He didn’t know very much. He knew how to do a clothesline and maybe a body slam. He was very limited.
"Vince McMahon took a chance with me and made me that champion. It meant so much to me that I think I tried to live up to be that champion. It was about being the best wrestler. I gave so much as that wrestler. I was a good role model in the dressing room. All that means a lot."