Bret Hart is a fan of Vince McMahon reportedly banning wrestlers from slapping their legs to make moves sound more impactful. In fact, “The Hitman” believes WWE should’ve implemented this a while ago.
“They should’ve stopped that ten years ago,” Hart said during a virtual meet and greet with the Asylum Wrestling Store (transcription via Andrew Thompson of Post Wrestling). “It’s slap, slap, slap, slap, and my brother Owen [Hart] was one of the guys that started a lot of that. He brought it to — he was one of the best at slapping his leg on spin kicks and stuff. But come on, enough is enough, in every match.
“You see guys do stuff and you’re going, ‘That wouldn’t even make a slap sound.’ When you punch somebody in the jaw, it’s not a slap sound. You know, it’s a different kind of sound and you’re making a slap sound for everything. Every single move you do is a slap sound, slap, slap and I totally agree. I’m glad they put their foot down on that but they’re like ten years late. They’ve already kind of in a lot of ways, sadly, ruined wrestling by making it so fake.”
This has been a divisive topic in wrestling for many years and will continue to be so in the future with fans and wrestlers on both sides of the debate.