Bret Hart “Embarrassed” To Watch WWE Clash At The Castle
Bret Hart was in attendance when WWE brought Clash at the Castle to the UK in September 2022, but The Hitman has now admitted he was embarrassed by what he saw at the show.
Clash at the Castle was the first stadium show WWE had brought to the UK in 30 years, with the prior event taking place in 1992 when SummerSlam emanated from Wembley Stadium in London, England. Bret Hart and The British Bulldog headlined that show with the Bulldog defeating his brother-in-law for the Intercontinental Championship.
Hart was in attendance in Cardiff, Wales for Clash at the Castle, and speaking to HNLive, he revealed the modern phenomenon that left him embarrassed by what he was watching:
“I went to a show not too long ago in Cardiff, a pay-per-view, it was embarrassing to sit in the front row and watch all the kids in the audience slap their leg as the wrestlers slap their leg in these kick spots where they pretend to kick each other with shin pads and slap sounds over and over. To realize that the crowd is in on it, the entire floor is clapping and slapping their leg. I’m going, ‘we used to try and make it real, what happened?’ Everybody is in on it. It’s a big giant charade.
“I had a hard time feeling the fan part of me come to life. When I watched Dungeon Wrestling and I’m watching this young girl [Zoe Sager] wrestling, just watching her take someone over in a headlock and having a real headlock on was so much more than anything I saw in Cardiff with the wrestlers over there.
“It goes back to simple art. Wrestling is an art form. ‘All art is simple.’ Wrestling is a simple art that is really just storytelling or good vs. bad, most of the time, anyway, and it’s an easy story to tell. Wrestlers have been doing it for decades and wrestlers from 2005 up don’t know anything about telling stories or what headlocks are.”
Clash at the Castle was headlined by Roman Reigns defeating Drew McIntyre to retain his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship thanks to the debuting Solo Sikoa. The stand-out match from the night, however, saw Gunther defeat Sheamus in a critically acclaimed classic.