Bret Hart remembers doing mo-cap on an iconic video game

Wrestling legend Bret Hart may not have the great Hollywood motion capture experience that other professional wrestlers and franchise superstars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Dave Bautista (who keeps his WWE connection strong), but his mo-cap resume stretches back much further. Hitman’s shot at mo-cap came in the mid-90s to the video game WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game and he remembers the experience as fun but scary.

On the latest episode of The WWE Network series This is awesometitled “Most Awesome Wrestling Games” – in which “WWE Superstars Relive the Nostalgia of Fighting Their Friends Back in the Day and Debate the Classics”– Bret Hart reflected on the intensity of doing motion capture on the game, both good and bad.

“It was actually a really fun experience,” Bret Hart said. “I had to go to their warehouse where they had their whole setup. We had to dive and jump like you do those moves on the invisible man, but nothing’s there.” It wasn’t all fun though. “It took a lot out of me. I remember feeling like someone was punching me in the ribs all day long. But it shows in the quality of the game.”

The 1995s WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game is popular with WWE fans even today as it subverted the typical gameplay of professional wrestling games of the time with common comparisons to Mortal Kombat and even NBA Jam, also both by Midway. In addition to Bret Hart, other wrestlers in the game include Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Razor Ramon, and Doink the Clown.

Bret Hart is one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time and has held the Heavyweight Championship five times and the Tag Team Championship (with Jim Neidhart) twice. He was also named Wrestler of the Year twice in the Pro Wrestling Illustrated 500, the first to be chosen in two consecutive years. He is also one of the few wrestlers to have been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on two separate occasions.

did you play WWF WrestleMania: The Arcade Game when you were younger? Was it one of your go-to games? Who did you play as? Tell us your memories of the game below!

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