Source: The Wrestling Observer
Steve Khan sent this one in:
Jerry Lawler said today was declared Bret Hart day in Calgary and they aired a video package of his career. Bret came out to a standing ovation and Thank You Bret chants. Lawler read a proclamation from Calgary city council announcing May 27, 2013 as Bret Hart Day, signed by the mayor.
Bret said he could feel Stu, Bulldog and Owen watching and the crowd chanted Owen’s name. He was proud of this accomplishment because it came from the people of Calgary and he thanked his kids for putting up with him being gone all those years. He talked about wrestling in Calgary which prepared him for the 14-year career in WWE. Bret put over his matches with Mr. Perfect and British Bulldog and said there were too many others to name. He also thanked his wife Stephanie. He then thanked Lawler and brought up the old jokes Lawler used to say about the Hart parents. Owen once told Bret they should talk to Jerry about it but it turns out their mom loved it and it turned her into a wrestling fan. He called Lawler one of the greatest villains ever. Bret wished WWE could’ve come to Calgary more often and regrets not being able to show what the Calgary guys could do.
Jerry introduced Pat Patterson who put Bret over as the best Canadian wrestler ever. He got to one knee to thank Bret. Bret said he got nervous whenever Pat got to his knees.
Chris Jericho came out next. Jericho said it was very cool finally being in the ring with Bret. He never got to wrestle Bret but did wrestle him a thousand times in his mind. He dreamt of having matches with Bret and Owen Hart. Jericho told a story from 1995 when he saw Bret at a Stu Hart birthday show where he suggested a finish to Bret for a match with Bulldog on PPV, and he was amazed when Bret actually used it.
Shawn Michaels was next. Some very light boos and You Screwed Bret chants. Shawn said he expected much worse. Shawn said every great hero needed a great villain and he was honoured to be Bret’s Lex Luthor. He congratulated Bret and hugged him to cheers.
Vince McMahon came out. He called Stampede Wrestling one of the greatest promotions ever and said Bret Hart brought in his own era to WWE, defined by great wrestling and said Bret won the WWE Championship the old fashioned way — by earning it. He said Bret was called the Excellence of Execution for a reason and called him the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be. Vince asked when Bret would leave this cow-dung smelling city. He assured the crowd he was kidding. Vince finished by telling Bret thank you.
Bret said nobody would know who he was if not for what WWE did for him. He enjoys being a Calgarian hero and being recognized all over the world. He put over Vince and Shawn and said it means a lot that Shawn came out today. He also thanked Lawler, Jericho and Patterson for coming. He joked that this was the perfect moment for he and the crowd to ambush Vince and Shawn. Lastly, Bret thanked the crowd.
All the wrestlers from the back, including Lance Storm, came on the stage to applaud. Natalya and Tyson Kidd went to the ring to hug Bret.
Moustafa Mohsin sent in this report:
It was really hard to find a parking spot at the event. We arrived 5 minutes before the event schedule. The floor was sold out, most of the lower bowl was sold out as well. I would say about 75 percent of the arena was full.
Five minutes before we switched to Raw, a huge “yes” chant broke out. They plugged in WWE 13 and the crowd were chanting “C.M. Punk.” Cole came in to a loud “boo” for sure. JBL got a huge pop but Jerry Lawler killed them both with a huge pop and “Jerry!” chants. Justin Roberts announced we are going live in 90 seconds. A “we want Brett” chant started.
“Lets go Cena” and “Cena sucks” chants broke out until we went live. The crowd was hot so far. Cena came out to a 40 percent boos and 60 percent cheers. The crowd broke into a “we want Bret” and were into the “we want tables” chant.
Ryback got the “Goldberg” treatment and the “what?” Treatment. Paul Heyman got a short lived pop but got drowned by boos. John Cena’s comment about the “stampede” got huge laughs from people. (I couldn’t agree more) that comment won the crowd over and that’s when we started the “you suck” chants towards Curtis Axel.
During the break, Roberts recapped the ’91 match between Hart and Mr. Perfect, which got a huge pop. Right after that, another strong “we want Bret” chant started. Ricardo Rodriguez got a decent pop. They followed his lines along. At the end of the match, an “AJ is crazy” chant broke out.
During commercials, another “yes!” chants broke out. Also a “WWE Divas” promo was shown and was booed from our section. Some guy yelled “bathroom breaks! Bathroom breaks! From other section. Funny.
When Bret Hart came out during the Hell No section, we heard the loudest pop so far. Seriously Canadians (myself included) just love this guy no matter what. He’s a legend here in our country. It was a cool moment as this is the second time I’ve seen Bret Hart live.
After Dean Ambrose’s entrance, we went to commercial and the crowd in the lower bowl were chanting “Ambrose! Ambrose!” Kofi’s pyro was literally about 10 feet away that startled my entire section with half of them quickly covering their ears! Once the match started, a “lets go Ambrose” chant broke out from the same section. I’m not stating the obvious here, but again this match had almost the exact same pace and moves as the house show yesterday, almost as though the house shows are for practice (exactly). The “Lets go Ambrose” chants seemed to get louder after.
I was getting ready for Kane’s pyro, and sure enough. The crowd loved Daniel Bryan. The security was trying to find the guy who was blowing the air horn. Kane got a big pop when he got in. My section tried to start an awkward “Benoit” chant that never got picked up. Instead we got a JBL chant. A Michael Cole chant started as well but I’m not sure how it came across because it was audible but faint. After the supelex off the turnbuckle, the crowd was chanting “this is awesome” as well which got stronger later on. I was very impressed how hot the crowd is staying. Entertaining match, this Canadian crowd loves the “Yes!” moments and more importantly Team Hell No in general. By the way the security is still trying to find the guy with the air horn.
There were more highlights from Bret’s career. This time we saw footage from the Iron Man match with Shawn Michaels, which followed a faint “you screwed Bret.” I went to the washrooms after that, and merchandise stands were sold out of Bret Hart’s shades, small and medium Bret Hart shirts!
The Miz got a pop. Here’s an awkward moment. Wade Barret’s “God save the queen” got a mix reaction from the Canadian crowd because as you know the queen is the head of Canada so we couldn’t respectfully boo. But Fandango really got everyone Fandangoing (myself included) the crowd didn’t stop singing his theme song until literally the music stopped and it was faint then as well. Shortly into the match, we started Fandangoing as well. Shortly after his victory, we started Fandangoing again. The guys were all whistling for Fandango’s dancer after.
HBK got a huge pop, the section across did a very faint “you screwed Bret” chant but it was drowned by “HBK” chants.
The Great Khali is huge, I know he’s a big guy but you have to see him in person to really understand this. The crowd was hot for him for sure. Brodus Clay got a decent pop as well. The crowd (at least my section) really don’t anticipate the pyros very well. Crowd in the lower bowl were chanting “3MB.” The crowd sang happy birthday to Natalya. Khaki was awesome.
During the break, we chanted “Y2J” as they were changing the Matt. Roberts showed the British Bulldog vs. Hart highlights from their SummerSlam match, which was received well with the crowd.
The “wwe brawling buddies” commercial got the crowd chanting “blow up dolls!” Funny. Y2J chants resumed until Jericho came in. The crowd were on their feet and very hot for Jericho.
There were “ECW” chants started and then a “walrus” chant. When Jericho asked about his other client, the crowd started a C.M. Punk chant before Paul Heyman could say Brock Lesnar. We were pro Punk for sure. Someone tried to start an “ice cream bar” chant. The walrus chant definitely picked up and the crowd was all engaged during that entire segment.
Natalya got a big pop at the beginning of her entrance. Some audible whistles as well. (Quick update on air horn dude, he was escorted by security during commercials) they plugged in The Rock and Fast and Furious 6 as well, which got a good reaction from the crowd.
The celebrity whores (thanks Jason!) came out to a small, very small actually, whistles otherwise the crowd began making their way towards the washrooms. A happy birthday chant broke out for Natalya. Right after that, I don’t know if the TV caught it, but some group was chanting “I love boob jobs!” This match was the most quiet in terms of crowd activity (or at least compared to what it has been throughout the night) until the Sharpshooter.
Another pop for Brett Hart. Not as loud this time because people were getting back from washrooms etc. There was a recap of Hart and Ric Flair match. The crowd was “whooing” throughout. The crowd popped for Randy Orton, and Sheamus got an equal reaction to Orton. A “Cody’s moustache” chant started. There was also a “Goldust” chant. The match seemed to drag but was still entertaining. I was very pleased with the crowds input thus far. Sheamus and Orton took some time shaking hands with the fans.
Roberts plugged in HBK vs. Hart from Montreal, which drew boos during the highlights. The “You screwed Bret” chants started. They then played Bret’s return in 2010 and him “burying the hatchet” scene which got cheers.
I felt that Cena’s second entrance was 60% boos to 40% cheers this time around. Some fans were screaming “your shirt sucks” followed by the “lets go Cena! Cena sucks!” I don’t know if it came on TV but there was a “walrus” Chant and a “fruity pebbles” chant. Another faint “same old shit” chant began.
There was a huge crowd of security in the lower bowl for an overweight woman and three guys. I’m not sure what went on, but the crowd reacted to it. I later found out there was a fight. No one was watching the match. It was the security and what appeared to be a full on fight down there. They got it under control when Cena was hitting the Five Knuckle Schuffle. The ambulance startled the crowd, we actually thought it was for the fight that took downstairs. Anyway, Ryback got the “Goldberg” treatment again. My girlfriend Kelsey McSween noted that it was a fake ambulance or WWE special ambulance, because in Canada they aren’t called “paramedics.” Interesting.
The Bret Hart appreciation celebration was obviously what everyone was waiting for and when it finally came on, not a single crowd member was sitting. All cheers. They announced May 27 to be Bret Hart Day. A very cool moment for all Canadians. (Interesting fact, Calgarians actually hate their mayor). There were cool moments with Pat Patterson, and Chris Jericho got a huge pop. Here’s another interesting fact, Vince got a bigger pop than Shawn Michaels, I think because no one was expecting him. The crowd continued to be active throughout the event. It made all Canadians proud for sure. Amazing show! And an even better crowd.