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Bret Hart says Triple H made him feel like a million bucks

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At WWE Payback last weekend, Charlotte - with father Ric Flair in her corner - successfully defended her WWE Women's Championship against Natalya - who had Bret Hart in her corner - thanks to the help of the referee screwing over the Canadian,  saying she tapped out of a Sharpshooter when she didn't.

As many WWE fans would have recognised, this was a repeat of the famous finish to the Montreal Screwjob match at the 1997 Survivor Series pay-per-view when The Hitman was going up against Shawn Michaels with the WWF World Heavyweight Championship on the line.

The WWE was heavily criticised for using the same finish in the Women's title match at Payback and dubbing it as The Chicago Screwjob. Many said the company was using the same playbook which fans are tired of seeing, and not moving on into a new era.


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Hart was leaving for WCW days later after Survivor Series in 1997, but he was unwilling to lose the title to Michaels as he was having a long feud with him on and off the screen at the time. Vince McMahon didn't want to risk seeing his top title on a rival brand, so he made the referee call the match over despite the fact Hart didn't tap.

It took 12 years until The Hitman appeared on WWE programming once more and make amends with Michaels over the incident, and after Payback, it appears he is making amends with everyone. He revealed on his latest episode of his podcast, The Sharpshooter Show, that Triple H treated him "like a million bucks" and was "very cordial" at Payback this past weekend, according to NoDQ.

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He said: "I sensed a lot of sincerity there on everyone’s part. From Vince down to Triple H to Shane. Shane was very gracious and had some really nice things to say about me that I had forgot about. I was a very protective guy of Shane years ago when he was just a young guy in the business.

"I looked out for him a lot and I think it was nice for him to tell me that. That he never forgot how much I looked out for him and protected him from a lot of the vices and evils that were lurking about in pro wrestling.”

This comes as a bit of a surprise considering it was only a couple of days ago that The Hitman said he was sceptical of The Game running the WWE once Mr McMahon decides to call it a day, but it's nice to see he is changing his mind about it. Considering the work Triple H has done with NXT, many people couldn't see the logic behind what he said in the first place.

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