There have been some fairly big controversies in the sport of professional wrestling. From The Iron Sheik being bribed to break Hulk Hogan’s leg during the early days of WWF and AWA to Shane McMahon “purchasing” WCW from under his father’s nose to CM Punk walking out of the company with the WWE Championship, there have been some pretty memorable moments that made fans say “what are they going to do now?”
There is one, however, that stands out above the rest.
18 years ago today, then-WWF Champion Bret “The Hitman” Hart was in a violent feud with “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels. Hart was also in the middle of a legitimate contract battle with the company’s CEO Vince McMahon.
The feud between Hart and Michaels culminated in a championship match at Survivor Series.
With tensions at an all-time high, Michaels met with Pat Patterson, a WWF official, and McMahon the day of the show to set up what we now know as the “Montreal Screwjob.”
Hart ultimately left WWF and headed to rival company WCW, but never really reached the stardom he had in WWF. WCW went under and was absorbed into WWF three years later.
Hart was never again a full-time active wrestler once the WCW was bought out by WWF, but has since mended his relationship with both Michaels and McMahon.
Whenever WWE returns to Canada and HBK or McMahon makes an appearance, it’s always fair game to hear the chants of “You Screwed Bret” echoing throughout the arena. Despite everything being in the past now, the “Montreal Screwjob” will forever be known as an event that shook the WWE to its very core.
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