The WWE will be producing what could be one of the most fascinating DVDs in company history. Reports indicate that one of the most infamous wrestling stories will be revisited with the two principal parties facing off for the first time ever on WWE home video.
Dave Meltzer and several others report that Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels will sit down for a ground breaking DVD at WWE headquarters. According to several reports, the two former WWE champions will face off and talk about their lengthy rivalry from the Rockers vs. the Hart Foundation all the way up to and including the Montreal Screwjob. Yes, it lives again!
Meltzer wrote in this week’s Wrestling Observer newsletter – “Another project they were working on was a DVD where Michaels and Bret Hart would get together in two chairs next to each other and discuss their careers and everything leading to Montreal.”
[adinserter block=”1″]It would appear from following both guys on Twitter that they were in Stamford, CT this week working on the DVD.
Off to CT to work on a project coming out in the future. Sounds like a lot of fun & I am sure WWE fans will enjoy it. I hope:-) – @shawnmichaels_
Out of town again. Miss my family – @BretHart
I don’t know about you but I am real pumped for this DVD. This could turn out to be the biggest selling non-WrestleMania DVD in WWE history. It is certainly the first of its kind and probably a visual nobody would have expected to see up until last year. No word yet on a release date, but I think the holidays would be a pretty safe bet or shortly thereafter. (See the update at the bottom of the article for a release date)
Besides the Montreal Screwjob, I am excited to see these guys sit down and break down the many roads each traveled together on during their WWE careers. The Rockers and the Hart Foundation didn’t wrestle too much, but I remember when they did it was always excellent. There was one match in particular I remember from WWE Superstars during that feud between Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart (probably their first singles match ever) that really stood out from anything at the time and was about fifteen minutes away from being something truly special.
The two had a pretty forgettable run of WWE title matches during Bret Hart’s first title reign. Prior to that run the two wrestled a few times for the intercontinental title when Bret was champ, one of their matches (a ladder match) was later released on DVD. I don’t know what it was, but I remember being fairly disappointed in their WWE title matches at the time. Their first big match came at Survivor Series 1992 and wasn’t nearly what I expected. They wrestled the following year when HBK substituted for Jerry Lawler in the Hart Family vs. Lawler and his Knights match and yet again, it was nothing really special.
I don’t think many people would argue that their greatest match came at WrestleMania 12 in the Iron Man Match. Arguably the greatest Iron Man match in WWE history saw Shawn Michaels beat Bret Hart in overtime to win his first WWE championship.
This is where this DVD is likely to start getting interesting. Hart went on a sabbatical while Michaels stayed around and defended the title. Hart took some shots at Michaels in the press and this is where things started to sour between these two. It is from this point through the Survivor Series that should be really interesting.
[adinserter block=”1″]Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels buried the hatchet live on RAW when Bret returned and the two appear to remain pretty friendly since then. However, this DVD could open up some old wounds and I for one will be fascinated to see if things get heated. Granted, it is always possible that this could be a huge disappointment and turn into a big love fest. However, with two people as passionate about their careers and the course of events as these two guys, anything is bound to happen and it would not shock me at all to see some fireworks.
I hope that this is the start of a new series of WWE home videos. Meltzer also reported that there are plans to film a similar project with Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels. Let’s face it. When the second the WWE released a John Morrison DVD you knew that they were running out of ideas. The new face off concept could bring the production team fresh ideas and really give this division a boost in the years to come.
Updated: Jim Ross confirmed the project on his Twitter account and noted that he interviewed both men. Now with the WWE you never know if Ross will be seen and heard on camera or if the guys will just be answering questions without ever hearing the interviewer. Ross tweeted that it was a “no holds barred” interview. My holiday prediction was also correct as Ross tweeted today that the DVD is scheduled for an October release.
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