The infamous Montreal Screwjob shocked the wrestling world; never before has the perceived “fake” industry been rocked with such a scandal, so much so that the impact is still felt to this very day. This event is a story of ultimate betrayal; the veteran and top star of the WWE getting deceived by the ruthless owner of the company. The story is something perfectly fit for a wrestling angle, however, this was no angle and several people were indignant in the process. There are two sides to this story; McMahon feeling his back is against the wall and is fearful that Bret will leave with the title to the WCW, sees no other alternative and has to orchestrate a job on his beloved superstar. Then, there’s Bret’s side of the story; a veteran star of ten plus years (and the champion of the company), is leaving for the competition and wants to go out of his way and not drop the title to his real life, bitter adversary, Shawn Michaels, in Hart's own country. It’s easy to take either side, as both had very good reasons for not budging, which eventually led to this incident.
There were several moving parts for this incident to go out as planned, and most required acts of deception and betrayal. In a way, this event resembled a “mob hit” of sorts, as Vince carried out a plan which only a few close to him knew about. This article explains several details that are not known about that eventful November night in Montreal. Here are 13 things you didn’t know about The Montreal Screwjob.
12 Bret and Vince's Relationship
Before the aftermath from the incident, Vince McMahon and Bret Hart had a very close relationship throughout Bret’s time with the WWE. By Hart’s own admission, there was clear respect between the two. In order to show his respect, Hart gave Vince a framed drawing and letter of appreciation after being given the main event spot at SummerSlam in 1992; without Hart’s knowledge, McMahon arranged for the wrestlers to fill the ring and praise Hart at the end of WrestleMania X.
11 Vince Asked Bret To Leave
10 Triple H Came Up With The Idea
9 Wrestlers Wanted To Boycott Raw
8 Who Came Up With The Sharpshooter Spot?
7 Michaels Took All The Heat
6 Rick Rude Informed Eric Bischoff
5 Many Believe It Was A Work
4 Owen Was Unable To Leave
3 Undertaker Forced Vince To Apologize
2 Mr. McMahon Character Was Created
1 Who Else Was In On The Screwjob?
It is widely believed that only a few people knew about The Screwjob (McMahon, Brisco, Hunter and Michaels) and everyone else in the company was in the dark about the incident. However, according to multiple reports, there were several others who knew about what transpired that night. Dave Meltzer reported, “Vince McMahon held a meeting at the hotel with Jim Ross, Jim Cornette, Pat Patterson and Michaels. Reports are that at least two of the aforementioned names looked extremely uncomfortable leaving the meeting", this suggests that Patterson knew about the incident even though it is believed he wasn’t in on it (due to his close relationship with Bret). In addition, a Pro Wrestling Torch article states McMahon held a meeting Saturday night in the hotel with Ross, Patterson, Cronette and Michaels. Ross and Patterson entered the meeting in a good mood and when they were seen in the hotel lobby afterwards, they were said to be irritable and shaken.
Sources: foxsports.com, si.com, nypost.com
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