Bret Hart on WWE’s Montreal Screwjob Narrative
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Bret Hart is still considered by many as the greatest professional wrestler that ever competed and he spoke about WWE’s Montreal Screwjob Narrative. The Montreal Screwjob is one of the most infamous wrestling incidents of all time.
Many people believe it should have never happened as Bret was at that time considered a future legend as well.
Bret Hart Says He Still Has Issues With WWE's Narrative on the Montreal Screwjob
Bret spoke to The Ringer about why he thinks that Vince McMahon “still tries to lie” about the betrayal.
Bret and his entire family were loyal WWE employees and Bret’s brother Owen actually died during a WWE event after a stunt failed. Many people believe that WWE should never have allowed Owen to perform the stunt without making sure that all safety measures were followed properly, which some reports suggested at the time were not followed.
Even before the Screwjob, there was real-life heat between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, the two members that were involved in the screwjob. The animosity between the two professional wrestlers increased after the screwjob.
It happened when Shawn Michaels put Bret in a sharpshooter at the 1997 Survivor Series. The referee called for the bell at the order of Vince Mcmahon even though Bret never tapped out. That resulted in Bret losing the WWF Title to Shawn Michaels that night.
Bret later joined WCW. According to Vince, “Bret screwed Bret” and that sparked the era now known as ‘The Reality Era’. During that era, the lines between business and fiction were blurred significantly.
Even though the incident took place nearly 25 years ago, Bret still has an issue with the narrative. It is true that Bret did not wish to lose that match and drop the title to Shawn, however, he considers Vince McMahon’s behavior to be extremely unprofessional that night.
"Vince was the one that was dishonest and lying to me and setting me up and playing games," Bret Hart said. "If you watched that A&E special, you'll notice that they still try to lie and pretend that they were somehow in the right or they did the right thing.
That I was unprofessional and I should have just done as I was told. I'd never refused in my whole life, ever, to lose to another wrestler. Never mattered to me. It doesn't matter to me now. I never refused. And it wasn't because I was in Canada or anything like that. I lost many matches in Canada. It was just personal pride between two wrestlers."