An AEW personality says that they preferred Bret Hart as a tag team star and missed his ascent to the top of WWE as a singles sensation.
Tony Schiavone might now call the action every Wednesday night on AEW Dynamite but back in 1983 he began his wrestling broadcasting career for Jim Crockett Promotions and found himself sharing the microphone with a man who was already earmarked for greatness, Ric Flair.
Schiavone spent the next several years in JCP and later WCW before taking a brief sojourn to WWE where he came across Bret Hart who was still teaming with Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart as The Hart Foundation. Tony Schiavone spent a year in WWE before returning to WCW until the promotion closed its doors in 2001.
Now speaking on What Happened When, Schiavone explains why he thinks Ric Flair is greater in his mind than Bret Hart and it all has to do with missing Hart’s rise to the top which happened on the other channel:
“Bret Hart was one – is one of the great professional wrestlers of all time but to me, I like the Hart Foundation better than I like Bret as a singles wrestler. I guess it is because my first dealings with Bret Hart was Bret and Jim Neidhart in WWE and 1989. Maybe that’s the reason, that’s what I remember.”
“I just thought that was a great tag team and I missed Bret Hart becoming a great singles wrestler because I was here working in Nitro. And I didn’t watch any of that stuff. I know he was great. But he just wasn’t to me as great as a Ric Flair.”