The 'Montreal Screwjob' is undoubtedly one of the most controversial episodes in WWE history. The facts are well known to fans and we still continue to discuss the various background that led to that sensational event.
Bret Hart, who had already struck a deal with WCW, was preparing to face Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Survivor Series. The Canadian superstar did not want to lose that match due to the hatred he had created with HBK both in and out of the ring.
Fearing that Hart might show up in WCW with the WWE Championship, WWE boss Vince McMahon tricked 'The Hitman' and made Shawn win. Bret made his WCW debut in December 1997, about a month after the Montreal Screwjob.
Shawn Michaels is a former WWE champion
Shawn Michaels was one of the few people who knew before the match that McMahon had decided to change the outcome of the match without informing Hart. Speaking on the True Geordie Podcast, he recounted a bit about how things went, stating that he had to keep it a secret.
"This is the part that sucked the most, to be perfectly honest, especially at the time," Michaels said. "I felt much better being able to say, 'Yes, I knew that.' Which honestly, in the long run, has become the hardest and biggest burden because what we have there, no matter how you may feel about someone personally, is a trust we have in each other every night that let's go out there."
Unfortunately, even if initially the two could not stand each other backstage and Bret Hart had lost faith in Shawn Michaels, an absolutely important element when wrestlers enter the ring to challenge each other, it seems that then they have clarified after years and that now everything is okay.
Shawn Michaels has come an incredible journey to ditch the ugly person everyone said was backstage. Speaking on After The Bell, the former SmackDown Women's Champion said she was thrilled to hear HBK wanted her on NXT as she wasn't sure if there was still tension between him and her family: "Shawn reached out to powers that be that run WWE and said I want Nattie to come down here and do a program.
So, I was thrilled because, you know, I never know if I never fully know, if there's, like, tension with Shawn and, like, not that, like, I don't think he has tension with me, but the thing with Sean and Bret, like, I don't think that, I think it's sort of gone away, but I always feel like it's sort of always gonna be there because it's something that was so deeply personal to both of them."