Hogan is known for…shall we say, stretching the truth over the years. This means that we cannot trust exactly everything he says, even with how innocuous a statement this may be.
There is also historic heat between Hulk Hogan and Bret Hart, although mainly on the Canadian’s side, due to Hogan refusing to put Hart over in both the WWF and WCW.
When Hulk Hogan was asked about cutting backstage promos on the Bubba the Love Sponge Show, he revealed that it was Hogan who came up with Bret Hart’s iconic catchphrase.
While Bret Hart called himself “the best there is, best there was and best there ever will be“, Hogan claims he was the man who coined the phrase.
When speaking to Bubba the Love Sponge, he claimed that Owen and Bret Hart would watch his backstage promos. Bret was said to have heard Hogan say he was “Greatest there ever is, was or ever will be, brother“, which Hart took and ran with.
That’s why I stayed ahead of the pack but the weird part was that’s like where Bret Hart got his rap from I remember like it was yesterday.
I was sitting in the hot box doing an interview and Bret Hart and Owen Hart used to sit there and watch me right, and they come in and watch me and one time I said I’m the greatest there is, was and ever will be, brother!’
Bret picked it up and ran with it yeah wow so he’s still your gimmick now let me ask you a question he just stole one of my lines and ran with”
It’s very possible that this is true. Hogan would cut a lot of backstage promos during this time, with a lot of local advertising being done by the wrestlers in this form.
It’s also possible that Hart heard Hogan saying that line, and took it – consciously or subconsciously – took it and moulded it until he got to the catchphrase that helped make The Hitman one of the biggest stars in the WWE.
Do you think this tale is true, or another example of Hulk Hogan’s lies? Let us know what you think down in the comments, or click below to see what Bret Hart REALLY thinks of Hulk Hogan.