Sport, Wrestling

The Montreal Screwjob 20 Years On

I don’t think there is many matches with more importance than this one, mostly it was very bad, but in the end a lot of good came from it. One thing is for sure it proves how crazy the world of professional wrestling is. Whether this 20 years old or 50 years old it’ll still hold major importance.

20 years ago to this exact date, wrestling fans around the world were shocked around the world when Vince McMahon and co executed The Montreal Screwjob. For those who don’t know what the Screwjob was, Bret Hart was WWF Champion at the time but it well known backstage that Hart was leaving WWF in favour of rival company WCW. Before Hart left for WCW, McMahon wanted him to drop the title so WWF could make new story lines without Hart. The plan was for Hart to lose his title in his native Canada to long time rival, Shawn Michaels. Hart had zero intention of dropping the title in his hometown to someone he had personal issues with, so behind his back they organised to ring the bell when Shawn put him in the Sharpshooter. Hart dropped the title without tapping out and without knowing it was going to happen, and from there a monstrous chain of events took place.

First off, Hart literally hit Vince McMahon in the face backstage as well as spitting straight in his face. Everyone finally discovered that Vince McMahon was the owner of WWF, and it was the creation of the Mr McMahon character. The creation of this character could potentially be the reason why WWF won the Monday Night Wars, after all it was WWF’s rivalry with McMahon and Steve Austin that won it in the end. The backstage politics here where outrageous, many of the Hart family would never appear again on WWE television, Rick Rude among others left the company in disgust for how Bret Hart was treat. Many would have left had they not been contractually obligated to stay

Many thought that Hart would never appear on WWE television again, however he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006 and returned in 2010 to make peace with Shawn Michaels and have a kayfabe rivalry with Vince McMahon, which he would win. Nobody fully knows if McMahon and Hart ever properly buried the hatchet, they’re certainly on better terms than when Hart dropped him with a punch 20 years ago.

I don’t think there is many matches with more importance than this one, mostly it was very bad, but in the end a lot of good came from it. One thing is for sure it proves how crazy the world of professional wrestling is. Whether this 20 years old or 50 years old it’ll still hold major importance.

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