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Source: Legends With JBL

On the final episode of WWE Network‘s Legends With JBL, ‘The Mouth Of The South’ Jimmy Hart talked about his favorite acts to manage as well as whether Hulk Hogan is a racist.

According to Hart, his favorites to manage were Hulk Hogan, The Hart Foundation, and The Honky Tonk Man. On the subject of The Honky Tonk Man, Hart described him as “different” and “great”. As for The Hart Foundation, Hart recalled that he began managing ‘The Anvil’ as a singles competitor.

“Jim Neidhart, we were by ourselves, and two months later, they go, ‘Jimmy, we’re going to bring a guy in. He’s from Calgary [Canada]. It’s Bret Hart. He doesn’t talk very much, but he’s very good in the ring,’ so we brought him in. So we had Bret Hart, Neidhart, and Jimmy Hart, The Hart Foundation.”

Hart said that he enjoyed managing The All-American Boys, as Jacques Rougeau is very funny. Hart, who wrote many WWE entrance themes, including Shawn Michaels’ ‘Sexy Boy’ song, shared a story of Rougeau hearing the lyrics to the song for his character, The Mountie.

“When we put the song together, The Mountie, and he goes, ‘let me hear the words.’ I’m going, ‘I’m The Mountie, I’m happy, I’m gay, I’m free.’ He goes, ‘wait a minute, wait a minute!’ I said, ‘No, Jacques, ‘gay means happy,’ which it did and that’s what it really means, so he did his voice in it.”

Hart, who managed The Nasty Boys, wanted the tandem to do a Beavis and Butt-Head gimmick in WCW, which Eric Bischoff apparently told Hart was the “worst idea”.

“Of course, I had The Nasty Boys and The Nasty Boys are still fun to be with. Knobbs, I wanted to turn them into Beavis and Butthead in WCW. I had the couch and everything made because they look like Beavis and Butthead, right?” Hart continued, “they’d do like a Piper’s Pit and sit on the couch and do it! I thought that was a real clever idea and Eric goes, ‘that is the worst idea I’ve ever heard.'”

When asked whether Hogan is a racist, Hart suggested that Hogan was never racist in all their time together. Hart indicated that Hogan was going through a difficult time with his wife leaving him.

“See, that’s what’s so crazy. I’ve been with him more than anybody and I could sit here and go, ‘oh, naw, naw, naw’. I’m just going to tell it like it is. From Memphis [Tennessee] on down with Hulk back then till my early days up here, WCW, all of that stuff, not one time did we ever sit in the car and sit with me and go, ‘look at this blah, blah, blah. Look over here on this.’ I think what happened on the deal, and like anything else, having a pity party, drinking, his wife left him, ‘poor is me’, ‘oh whoa is me’.”

Hart stated that Hogan was abusing alcohol at the time that he made the racial slurs.

“Absolutely [Hogan was under the influence at the time of the comments], but still no excuse.” Hart continued, “to me, if you really are [racist], you have to let it slip more than one time. I mean, if you’re really a racist, people have got to see it over and over and over and over and over.”

Hart remembered that a week after the incident, African-American athletes Scottie Pippen and Mike Tyson greeted Hogan as though nothing happened.

“And the weird thing about it, the next week, we have to go to Chicago [Illinois]. We’re in Chicago, Scottie Pippen, ‘Hulkster! Let me get a picture made with you!’ ‘Oh, okay.’ Mike Tyson, ‘hey, Hulk, can we get a picture with these for my kids over here?’ Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. ‘Okay, fine.’ But it has been all over the news now and I’m thinking to myself, ‘man, they must not got the memo or something’ because, I mean, we’re expecting, we had security with us, we were expecting the worst. It was like they never said [anything]. It was weird to me on that.”

Hart divulged that the toughest thing for Hogan has been WWE cutting ties.

“The devastating thing to Hulk, more than anything, is what happened with his affiliation with here. That’s the thing that has tore him up more than anything. We talk every day or every other day and he watches RAW every Monday night. I’m being honest with you. He watches. He goes, ‘they did this’ and ‘I saw this’, ‘oh my God, did you see that?’ ‘Yeah, Hulk, I did.’ And I know what he’s going through, but sometimes I feel like I want to say, ‘Hulk, get over it. You’ve had a great career. It has been awesome. People still love you. WWE still loves you. They’ve got to move on and do what’s best for business, best for them.'”

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Former WWE Intercontinental and tag team champion Jacques Rougeau spoke to the Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling Podcast recently. You can see highlights below, and the full interview at this link.

His time as The Mountie:

“To be honest with you I had the greatest moments as The Mountie in my career. I was working guys like Macho Man, I remember a match with him in England against him with Elizabeth, I had matches with Undertaker, matches with Sid Vicious of course matches with Big Boss Man just so many fantastic memories. There is nothing I didn’t do as The Mountie. I remember simple matches with Tito Santana as The Mountie or Koko B. Ware. I had so much fun with that character and I honestly made people believe that I thought I was The Mountie. That I was so convinced that they started believing. It is amazing because when you build a character and I always tell this at my school that how are you going to get people to believe in your character if you don’t believe it. I had a brother-in-law who was a real Royal Canadian Mounted Police who gave me some tricks and some moves that they used when they arrest a guy so all those moves that I used in the ring were actually legit.”

The infamous Summer Slam 1991 Jailhouse match vs. The Big Boss Man:

“It is one of the greatest matches that I’ve ever had in my career. Ray Traylor who was the Big Boss Man who unfortunately left us was the kindest person. I had never seen Big Boss Man talk bad to anyone in the dressing room or show lack of respect. He was another Owen Hart. So working with a guy like that for a year to a year and a half around the world was a night off every night and it was such a pleasure because he would take care of my body, take care of me and I would take care of him. It was a great time in my career.”

Not being able to use The Mountie name in Canada:

“I was doing such a great job of making The Mounties look bad in Canada that they suspended me on TV and I wasn’t allowed to be used on TV anymore. So the only way I was allowed to wrestle was if I took off the sleeves, the shirt and kept the black pants and they would announce me as Jacques Rougeau. Everyone knew me as Jacques Rougeau anyway so that was fun. I think they (The Mounties) took it all a little too serious. Like in movies and everywhere else there is always dirty Cops or bad Cops but they don’t ban the movie because the Cop is crooked. But I think that my character was becoming so strong that eventually they decided and voted on it and sent a letter to Vince saying that I wasn’t allowed to wrestle on TV in Canada anymore. Eventually and after that they let that character go because it wasn’t helping me at all so I took a year off and came back a year and a half later with Carl Ouellet as The Quebecers ith the same suit and our music was “We’re not the Mounties”. So I think Vince wanted to get back at them in a way.”

The impact The Mounite had on Jacques and how today it is fondly remembered:

“The Mountie was great. I’ll never forget winning the Intercontinental Title against Bret Hart and losing it to Rowdy Roddy Piper. I had three different dolls made and sold in Toys R Us’s around the world as The Mountie and when I give conferences in schools now against intimidation. The first thing I do is because they don’t know me because they are too young and they have only heard of me but I do so many personal appearances and am on TV that when I come in and start talking to kids and I take my belt out and my dolls out they start to say “hey this guy was important”. All of that was done because of the Mountie character. “