Bret Hart is still talking about The Montreal Screwjob.
It doesn’t matter if you are an old school or a new era fan, this incident has been well documented by WWE and its WWE Chairman.
The situation involved McMahon, WWE Hall of Famers Hart and Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Survivor Series, which took place at the Molson Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The incident happened when McMahon did a "shoot screwjob" without Hart's knowledge and resulted in Hart. The reigning WWE World Heavyweight Champion lost the title to Michaels in Hart's last match with the WWW before departing for rival promotion World Championship Wrestling (WCW).
The plan was executed when match referee Earl Hebner, on direct order from McMahon, ended the match as Michaels held Hart in the Sharpshooter submission hold even though Hart had not submitted.
Michaels was declared the victor by submission and crowned as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Hart, Michaels, and McMahon came to an agreement where the match would end with a disqualification, which under normal rules would result in Hart retaining the title. Hart would then lose or forfeit the title at a later date. Obviously, this didn’t happen.
Hart spoke with the Calgary Herald about various topics including this incident and punching McMahon out after the match.
"It was only one punch but it was such a beautiful punch. Of all the things I've ever done in my life, it was the sweetest, most beautiful punch anyone could ever throw. It was just amazing. The whole memory of it brings a smile to my face. I just maybe wish that I'd mopped the floor with Triple H and Shawn Michaels both at the same time right after.
That would have been ideal. ... I think what it really amounted to was a case of Vince — and he's a very macho kind of guy — he wanted to back me down in front of everybody in the dressing room and show that he was the boss and save face. So he took it upon himself to put himself in a physical situation, which was laughable. But he put himself in that situation and I knocked him out."
"To be lied to and screwed over legitimately by people that I had worked so hard for, I think it's always been a black eye on them, not me. Everything I said was true, everything that I said happened, it happened the way it did."
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