It only took him sixteen years but Bret Hart has finally taken some accountability in the infamous WWE Montreal Screwjob. Hart revealed in a recent interview that in retrospect he may have done some things differently but says he wouldn’t have changed it.
Talking about the Montreal Screwjob never gets old. It has certainly brought this site a ton of traffic over the years. Some even credit to turning the WWE around and creating the Vince McMahon character which drew big money against Stone Cold Steve Austin. Bret has had a lot of time to stew on the Survivor Series and sixteen years later, he has what some would argue is a more mature look at the situation.
“I’ve calmed down a lot. There were a lot of things I did to escalate that whole thing with [opponent] Shawn Michaels and [now WWE owner] Vince McMahon. I wouldn’t change anything I did in terms of my own conduct but I regret all of it. I wish I had never left the WWE but I’ve moved on. I went back and shook Shawn’s hand and it was good for everyone to bury the hatchet.”
It is interesting in retrospect that Bret wishes he never left the WWE. Looking back on it I don’t think he had a real choice at the time. He could have stayed but he would have had to take a pay cut. His other choice was leaving and signing a contract that would give him financial security for life. Now in terms of how he was used, sure I could see why he thinks going to WCW was a bad move. On the other hand I don’t think anyone would begrudge him signing that big contract and securing his family.
As far as his conduct I don’t know how he could have done things differently. Should he have put Shawn over in Montreal? At the end of the day this is a worked business and taking a fake loss in your home city shouldn’t be as big of a deal as he made it out to be. At the same time Shawn did refuse to put him over so his hands were somewhat tied. Vince signed him to a deal which gave him creative control. In the end that was really the problem. Bret was only exercising what he had the right to do according to the terms of his contract.
Bret was asked about his greatest rival and his answer is probably not a big surprise.
“There was a happy rivalry with ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin in that he was a lot of fun to wrestle with, and I think I helped launch his career. But on the not so happy, the brilliant work I did with Shawn Michaels. You can never underestimate what we did at WrestleMania XII, even though it was the last match we had and part of the infamous Montreal Screwjob, it was still a fine match. I could have wrestled the Undertaker a few more hundred times as well.”
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