Arguably the most popular phrase in pro-wrestling history is “never say never”. If money can be made then WWE CEO Vince McMahon will do it. In a Thursday report by WrestlingInc.com, the WWE is creating a DVD on the infamous “Montreal Screwjob” from November 1997. An event that changed the WWE landscape and propelled the WWE into their “attitude” era. What makes this DVD even more compelling is that both Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart have participated in making the DVD, which will reportedly be released in October.
In November 1997, Bret Hart was on his way out of the WWE and heading for the main rival WCW. At this time, the WWE was in financial difficulties and the previously agreed contract with McMahon and Hart was being deferred. Meaning, McMahon was unable or unwilling to meet the demands of the 20 year contract that he signed with Hart the year prior.
In addition to Stone Cold Steve Austin, DX and the Hart Foundation were the hottest things in the WWE. DX comprised of HHH and Shaw Michaels while Bret Hart led the reformed Hart Foundation group which included Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Jim Neidhardt, and Brian Pillman. Their anti-America campaign catapulted the Hart Foundation to the top of the WWE as the most hated wrestlers.
By the fall of 1997, Hart and Michaels had legitimate backstage issues and an occasional brawl or two. At one point Michaels accused Hart of having an affair with Sunny. Additionally, both men allegedly refused to lose cleanly to the other unless it was on their terms.
By time Survivor Series came, on November 9th, the plan to remove the title off of Bret Hart was already in place. McMahon concocted a plan with Michaels and Earl Hebner to take the title off of Bret without him knowing, which is what they did. As the world title match was nearing an end, Michaels put Hart in his trademark Sharp Shooter and Hebner rang the bell and awarded the title to Michaels. Hart hadn’t given up and was shocked when he realized what had happened. The crowd almost rioted, hart went crazy tearing up things and spitting on McMahon. The scene turned real ugly, real fast. Hart almost KO’s Vince backstage, wrestlers threatened to revolt, and other wrestlers left the company.
It wasn’t until late 2009 that all parties could eventually make peace. An appearance on RAW in 2010 between Hart and Michaels gave fans the closure they wanted. With all of the love and peace going on, WWE decided that a DVD would be appropriate. Hopefully they don’t water it down to protect any feelings. 100% transparency is needed for this DVD to be successful and finally close the chapter on this infamous WWE event.
Update: More details have come out on Friday afternoon that this DVD will cover the entire Hart vs. Michaels feud and not just the “Montreal Screjob”.
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