Shawn Michaels Speaks About Owen Hart’s Montreal Screwjob Reaction
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Shawn Michaels, the professional wrestling legend, recently spoke about Owen Hart’s reaction to the Montreal Screwjob which shook the wrestling world in 1997. During Survivor Series 1997, Bret Hart defended his WWF Title against Shawn Michaels.
Even before the match, there was tension outside of the ring between the two wrestlers. They had fought each other numerous times, but they could never be pleasant with each other backstage.
Shawn Michaels Reveals Owen Hart's Reaction to The Montreal Screwjob
The screwjob happened when the referee called for the bell, even though Bret never tapped out when Shawn had Bret in a sharpshooter.
This was all a master plan of Vince Mcmahon, who wanted to take the WWE belt off Bret, who refused to lose to Shawn in Montreal. After the match, Bret left the WWF which is now known as WWE. He joined WCW, where he spent the last few years of his career before being forced to retire.
Even though Bret left the Wwf, Owen Hart, Bret’s brother, did not join WCW or followed his brother. Owen remained in the WWF. Speaking to The Ringer, Shawn recalled Owen’s reaction to the screwjob. "The [ill will] did not last as long as I feared, because of Vince doing everything he could to take the responsibility and to try to get everyone to understand that it was his call," Michaels told "The Ringer." "And then even Owen [Hart] coming to me after to say, 'That was between you and Bret and has nothing to do with me and you.'
So it wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been. I mean, it still felt bad, you know what I mean?" Bret simply did not have enough time in the WCW to succeed as much as he did in the WWE. Bret managed to win the WCW title two times.
He won the WCW United States Title a total of 4 times. This was during the Monday Night Wars, where Bret could have been considered an enemy of the WWF/WWE. Bret Hart had to retire after suffering from severe post-concussion syndrome.
It all started after Bret took a botched head kick from Goldberg that caused a concussion. He suffered a few more concussions which meant that he could no longer compete without suffering permanent brain damage. Bret was inducted into the 2006 Hall of Fame, and Shawn Michaels and he are on good terms with each other now.
However, Owen Hart, unfortunately, passed away in 1999. Owen was set to perform to be lowered to the ring from the rafters, however, it failed. That resulted in Owen falling from a great height inside the ring. It resulted in his death later.