Former WWE Champion and WWE Hall Of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart has issued an apology to “Freebird” Michael Hayes and Seth Rollins. Last week, Hart was critical of WWE’s Hall Of Fame because they have yet to put in names like Owen Hart, The Dynamite Kid, Davey Boy Smith, Rick Rude and others. Hart ripped on the Hall Of Fame for inducting names that did not have a long history with WWE. Hart also said that The Freebirds had a very short stint with WWE in 1980’s but were fired because they were seen drunk and passed out at an airport gate. Hart said, “I’ve always gotten along with (Hayes), but as far as their contributions to wrestling, gimme a break. They were all pill heads and, for the lack of a better word, they were all screw-ups.”
Hayes responded by saying, “Just read something where Bret put the Birds down. Say what U want about me, when U talk about Terry and Buddy, who aren’t here, problem! Just to clarify, drunk, yes, drew money in many places, yes, popped Mid South, Atl, Texas to record crowds!! U leave Terry/Buddy alone! It is really sad when a legend (who) was so blessed with a great career resorts to crapping on others. U’d (sic) never say that to Terry or Bud’s face!”
Hart also took some heat for his comments about Seth Rollins. He was critical of Rollins for being an unsafe worker.
Hart wrote the following on Friday: “I’d like to take this opportunity to formally apologize to Michael Hayes. A while back I made comments about the Freebirds not being as worthy of being in the WWE Hall of Fame as others. It was unfair for me to dismiss their contributions to the industry and they certainly did great things in Texas with the Von Erich Family. Michael Hayes always treated me with great respect, as did Terry Gordy, Ronnie Garvin and Buddy Roberts and I’m sorry if I disrespected any of them with my comments. Furthermore I apologize to both Triple H and Seth Rollins for any hurtful comments I made on my podcast. The reality of all this is the reason I quit doing podcasts in general, because they’re for the most part an outlet for negativity, and have left me with a reputation as being angry and bitter. I’m not, I’d spoke candidly and openly but it’s no excuse for minimizing other wrestlers or their contributions. In saying all that, I still believe Jim the Anvil Neidhart of the Hart Foundation, including Owen, Brian Pillman, Davey Boy Smith, The Dynamite Kid, Jimmy Hart, The Rougeau Brothers, The Killer Bees, The Demolition, Rick Rude, King Kong Bundy, and One Man Gang all deserve their place in the WWE Hall of Fame. My apologies to all. Bret Hart x”
Hayes has accepted Hart’s apology.
I have never had a problem with BRET before this, don't intend to after,happily accept his apology, let's move on, every day is a gift!! ???
— Michael PS Hayes (@MichaelPSHayes1) October 13, 2016