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THE MONTREAL INCIDENT, WHAT HAPPENED BACKSTAGE THAT DIDN'T END UP IN WRESTLING WITH SHADOWS AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2013-05-25 10:00:00
Regarding the Montreal Screwjob: 1. Don't you think it was wrong for Bret Hart to not want to drop the belt to Shawn Michaels despite being ready to leave (I mean, I really don't think it was as big a deal as Bret thought it was)? 2. How would you have booked the finish? 3. Who screwed who, did Vince screw Bret or did Bret screw Bret? & 4. If the screwjob didn't occur, what was the "Wrestling w/shadows" film really going to be about (Bret Hart's career)? It seems kind of fishy that they had a camera recording Bret's conversation w/Vince prior to the match, his conversation w/Shawn after the match, & his then-wife chewing out HHH.

A lot of this has been covered before, so let's recap quickly.

1 - WWF told Bret they were breaking a 20 year deal that they signed him to. That deal allowed him to have creative control over his final 30 days in the company. They signed the deal, therefore no it was not wrong. WWF agreed to the stipulations of their deal with him. How is he wrong when they agreed to it? The only issue was that WWF never thought Bret would enforce it.

2 - I would have had Hart lose to Ken Shamrock prior to the PPV. Hart and Michaels could have had a crazy double DQ brawl in Montreal that would have been awesome given the heat between the two. Then, Shamrock could have beaten someone on the undercard and lost it to Michaels at the DX PPV in December. That said, no way any other finish could have gotten the momentum for WWF going into the end of 1997 and beginning of 1998 as the Screwjob.

3 - Vince McMahon screwed Bret. He's the one who changed the finish they agreed upon. He's the one who signed off on Hart having creative control and then yanked it. When you look at the black and white of the situation, even if you thought Bret personally was going out of his way to be difficult by not dropping the belt, WWF gave him that leeway legally with their blessing when they executed his contract with that stipulation.

4 - The documentary was originally going to be about Bret Hart being the second generation talent. They shot that night because they knew it was Hart's final night. They captured a lot more than they ever showed, including Undertaker almost breaking down Vince McMahon's door demanding he go apologize to Hart. That footage was never shown as the producers had already verbally promised Undertaker that they would respect his public aura and not showcase him in the film breaking it. So, they literally ended up in the right place at the right time. That does happen in real life.

Kaz and Daniels are now a team. The 2 guys who was Suicide. So who's playing Suicide now?

TJ Perkins, who previously appeared in TNA as Puma.