WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter who is also a former WWE world champion recently looked back at the infamous Montreal Screwjob incident that took place in the Survivor Series pay per view event of 1997.
The Montreal Screwjob was one of the most infamous incidents in the history of professional wrestling. As mentioned it took place at the Survivor Series pay per view event of 1997. The Hitman Bret Hart defended his WWE Championship against Shawn Michaels on the main event scenario at Survivor Series 1997.
Sgt. Slaughter Looks Back At The Montreal Screwjob
The original plan was Bret Hart would drop the title to Shawn Michaels. But Bret did not want to drop the title and he went into the match knowing he would not drop the title. Vince McMahon still wanted him to drop it so he called for the bill during the match to announce Shawn Michaels as the winner of this match. After the match, Bret Hart lost his cool, he spitted on the face of Vince and left WWE to join WCW.
The incident remained very famous in the world of professional wrestling. Vince McMahon Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart buried the hatchet later on but the incident will always remain one of the most infamous keep breaking incident in the history of professional wrestling.
Sgt. Slaughter who is a former WWE world champion recently spoke to Inside The Ropes where he looked back at the infamous Montreal Screwjob incident. He said;
“We were all planning for Bret Hart to leave. It was time for him to drop the title and Vince wanted Shawn Michaels to have it. Bret said, ‘No way. I’m not giving it to him. I’ll drop it to Shamrock on RAW.’ Vince said, ‘No, I want you to drop it to Shawn, it’s my company.’
“I was thinking, ‘Here’s a guy, Vince just made him $3 million and he won’t drop the title to Shawn—is there that much hatred for the guy that he won’t do that?’ When we got to the production meeting in Montreal, as far as I knew Shawn and Bret were going to do a match where there was no winner or somebody won by disqualification.
“I can’t remember what the thing was, but Bret was keeping the title. We were five minutes from the match and Vince was standing there with his cup of coffee and he said to me, ‘Sarge, you’re the commissioner—you come with me to ringside.’ I strolled down there with my chest sticking out, standing right next to Vince, and we sat down and started watching the match.
“All of a sudden Shawn went to put Bret in the Sharpshooter, and referee Earl Hebner yelled, ‘Ring the bell, ring the bell, ring the bell.’ I thought, ‘What the hell is going on?’ The bell started ringing, and Vince walked over, grabbed the title and shoved it up to Shawn.
“Shawn was looking down at us and he yelled, ‘Not like this, not like this.’ Vince said, ‘Shut the f–k up. Take that title and get the f–k out of here.’ Bret was standing up now, he knew he got screwed, and he just had this look on his face.
“Bret looked at Vince and said, ‘You no-good motherf—-r.’ Vince put his arms out, like, ‘Hey, you gave me no choice,’ type of thing and Bret took that big hocker and spat right in Vince’s face and hit him right in his eye. I remember Vince wiping it off and telling me, ‘Come on, Sarge, let’s go. Let’s go.’ I said, ‘I’m going to wait, I’m going to hang out here and see what happens.’”