There’s been a lot of speculation regarding Bret Hart potentially signing with AEW because of a few different reasons such as CM Punk and FTR doing tributes to the WWE Hall Of Famer in their matches as of late. Also, FTR recently let go of Tully Blanchard as their manager.
As previously reported, people in AEW are under the belief that Hart quietly signed a lucrative WWE deal that would ban him from appearing on AEW shows. Thus, Hart serving as FTR’s manager at a Big Time Wrestling event in June for a tag team match against Brock Anderson and Brian Pillman Jr. with Arn Anderson in their corner is a way around the WWE deal.
Dave Meltzer noted on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio that Bret has a legends and merch deal with WWE, but he does not know what it restricts.
“So I don’t know the whole deal. I was told that AEW believes that Bret can not work for them because of a WWE deal. Bret has a legends contract with WWE, I don’t know what it restricts. So I’m not positive…he definitely has a legends deal and a merchandise deal with WWE. He is under contract there but I don’t know what the stip is as far as it relates to AEW. AEW believes that they can’t use him, but I’ll know if that’s the case or not by the end of the weekend.”
Meltzer said he spoke with Hart and asked him about not being part of the presentation of the Owen Hart Tournament finals in Las Vegas at Double Or Nothing.
“I know that Bret and Martha [Hart] have had their issues, but it would be something if…I actually asked Bret that when I contacted him a couple of days ago. I was just like ‘can you do it?’ because it would be so cool for him to be in Vegas for the finals of the Owen Hart Tournament. I think it would just be a nice symbolic thing, and he was just like ‘they haven’t asked me,’ that’s what he said. I think that would be something cool. The key is Martha and everything.”
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