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Jim Ross Discusses If WWE Was Worried in 1996 That Bret Hart Would Be The Third Man to Join nWo at WCW Bash at the Beach ’96

July 4, 2020 | Posted by Ashish
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On the latest edition of Grilling JR, Jim Ross discussed if WWE was worried in 1996 that Bret Hart might jump to WCW and be the third man to join the nWo at the 1996 Bash at the Beach. JR said WWE was worried about Hart potentially jumping. Bret reportedly turned down offers from WCW and the third man, of course, ended up being Hulk Hogan. Highlights are below.

On if WWE was worried Bret Hart might jump to WCW to join the nWo: “Well, sure. Anytime you got a star whose contract is, the exit, the end date is within eye sight, so to speak, within arm’s reach, yeah, you want to make sure that you have some leverage and some control over the situation. When I sign top guys, if they sign a three year deal, generally speaking, not all the time, but generally speaking, we were talking renewal, if we wanted to renew or extend, better deal, whatever, and a lot of guys had low side guarantees that had out earned it and had proven themselves to be more valuable than we had perceived originally, contracts were tore up, and new contracts were issued before the existing contract expired. That was a theory that I had, because I didn’t want to get caught with this Luger stuff. Even though Luger going to WCW didn’t kill us, he was their issue to deal with, we wanted to make sure we didn’t get caught with our pants down. So yeah, we talked about it.”

On how he thought Bret would not leave WWE: “I just never thought that at the end of the day, if Bret was being paid fairly in his mind, and he was earning big money, which he was, that he would stay because it was, WWE was his home base. That was always his goal, to get to WWF and become a star and become the main guy. So I thought, sentimentally, shame on me because that’s my naïveté, when people say it’s not about the money, bullshit, it’s all about the money.”

If using any of the above quotes, please credit Grilling JR with an h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.

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