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Jim Ross Explains Why Hulk Hogan Didn't Want To Drop The Title To Bret Hart

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On a recent episode of 'Grilling JR' with Co-hosts Conrad Thompson and Jim Ross, on the topic of WWE Legend Yokozuna, the subject was brought up as to why Hulk Hogan didn't want to drop the WWE Title to Bret Hart, who was a rising star in the company around the time before Hogan left for WCW in the early 1990s. Jim Ross provided some insight as to Hogan's reasons.

“I think that maybe Hogan still perceived Bret as the tag team specialist with the Anvil and the Hart Foundation and he didn’t want to lose to a much smaller tag team guy. I can see old school guys thinking that, and Hogan was an old school guy. He was territory guy. He had a lot of those old school principles in his mindset. I think what happened, and this is my own opinion, along the way after Hogan won the title, there became an impasse on money. I think that’s when Hogan decided ‘I’m not gonna stay for that type of deal.’ To get the title back off of Hogan and get it back in control of McMahon and company, they did the thing at King of the Ring. So the possibility of Hogan losing to Bret at SummerSlam was completely irrelevant. He was no longer there. So I think that’s what happened."

Ross went on to explain how he would envision a potential Hart vs. Hogan Match, if it were to be booked at that time.

I’d like to believe – I really would – I believe that Bret Hart and Hogan could’ve had one hell of a match. We saw what Hogan did with Rock at WrestleMania X-8. He’d had back surgeries and he wasn’t the same dude physically because of the wear and tear on his body. But I thought he and Rock had a great match, the people bought it, and that’s what matters. Based on that, looking back at the potential of a Bret Hart/Hulk Hogan match, I believe as a fan and somebody that’s made a living in this business since the mid-70s, they could’ve had a hell of a match and had a great rivalry. Bret could be a subtle heel and Hogan could be a subtle heel if he wanted to. Bret could do things that were rugged. I really missed out because I was hoping that match would’ve happened. I thought it would’ve been an art-form. I was looking forward to seeing it as a fan, but it just didn’t happen.”

*Transcription c/o 411Mania.com

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