WWF Title: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels, WWF Intercontinental Title: Owen Hart vs. Steve Austin, Kane vs. Mankind. The Leigon of Doom, Ken Shamrock & Ahmed Johnson vs. The Nation of Domination. Davey Boy Smith, Doug Furnas, Philip LaFon & Jim Neidhart vs. Goldust, Vader, Marc Mero & Steve Blackman, The Truth Commission vs. The Disciples of Apocalypse. The New Age Outlaws & The Godwinns vs. The ... See full summary »

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WWF Title: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels, WWF Intercontinental Title: Owen Hart vs. Steve Austin, Kane vs. Mankind. The Leigon of Doom, Ken Shamrock & Ahmed Johnson vs. The Nation of Domination. Davey Boy Smith, Doug Furnas, Philip LaFon & Jim Neidhart vs. Goldust, Vader, Marc Mero & Steve Blackman, The Truth Commission vs. The Disciples of Apocalypse. The New Age Outlaws & The Godwinns vs. The New Blackjacks & The Headbangers Written by Anonymous

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When Shawn Michaels locked in Bret Hart's signature Sharpshooter submission, Vince McMahon arranged for referee Earl Hebner to ring the bell and claim Michaels champion despite Bret Hart not tapping out. Because Hart never agreed to any of this backstage, this match is known as the "Montreal Screwjob". See more »

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Bret Hart is whining & complaining again? I find that hard to believe!
15 May 2004 | by (Bangor, Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

It is now May 2004. This event took place in November 1997, Six and a half years ago. Even now Vince McMahon (owner of WWE) is trying to smooth things over with Bret, but Mr Hart will only return on the proviso that he can 'get revenge on Shawn Michaels or Vince McMahon' after what happened at this event. Three words Bret: GET OVER IT. It happened, its in the past, LET IT GO.

Every time I hear the term "The Montreal Screw-job" a shudder courses through my body. Bret Hart was leaving to go to WCW. He wanted the PPV match that people had payed good money to see, both in person & on Pay - Per - View from home to end in a massive brawl, and a double disqualification, then he wanted to ditch the WORLD Title the next night on TV and walk away. I'm sorry, but how would that have been better for anyone other than Bret himself, and his own fans? Neutrals will recall that titles in the WWF (as it was back then) were only ever surrendered due to injury, or other personal problems where the Wrestlers were left with no choice but to vacate their title. Even Shawn Michaels (who was fond of winning, but not very fond of losing his numerous titles) dropped the World Title to Stone-Cold Steve Austin at 'The Big One' Wrestlemania 14. What if he had refused? Austin winning his first World Title by being given it the next night on Raw wouldn't have had quite the same feel. Bret Hart's problem was that he couldn't handle not being the top dog anymore, and he wanted to spoil it for the fans by not doing the decent thing and letting Shawn win. A victory for Shawn after interference surely would have been a more acceptable way to end his tenure than what we got. Its just a pity that the owner was forced into doing something he didn't want to do by Bret's petulance.

Shawn Michaels was put in a precarious position. Whether he knew what was going to happen is fiercely debated even to this day, but even if he did, what was he meant to do? Refuse his chance at the World Title to show loyalty to someone who had dragged their feud into the schoolyard by saying his parents must be ashamed of their son Shawn? Why should he? The only person who screwed Bret Hart was Bret Hart, the minute he thought he was bigger than the Man and the company he was working for.

And on a side note, the only people that were really screwed that night were the fans, because controversial ending aside, the PPV was not memorable for anything else. The whole event had been built on the title match and it showed with a poor under-card. Normally any other Survivor Series (bar The woeful 6th Annual in 1992, which coincidently also had World Champion Bret Hart vs Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels for the World Title as the main event - which Bret won) would be recommendable, but not this one. Probably one of the hardest old events to get hold off, but unfortunately for all the wrong reasons.


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