Say the words “Montreal Screwjob” to almost any wrestling fan and they’ll know immediately to what you’re referring. The incident that went down at Survivor Series in 1997 remains a part of wrestling’s history.
Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Shawn Michaels were the two in-ring performers during the incident, though there were many other players involved. That included longtime WWE referee Earl Hebner. Hebner has expressed his belief that the whole incident was a “work,” a claim that Hart has refuted.
During a recent virtual signing with K&S Wrestlefest, the WWE Hall of Famer addressed Hebner’s claim. Hebner had previously told the K&S crew that he believed Bret, Shawn, and Vince McMahon were all in on the match outcome. Hart disagreed with that. He stated, “That’s not true. He should know better about that. I was well under the understanding that they were going to try and screw me that day somehow. I was just determined not to let it happen.”
Hart would continue, “Earl is a victim of being a coward. I told Earl the night before. I said, ‘They’re going to ask you to screw me tomorrow.’” He added, “There’s not much to refute about anything anymore. It’s all black and white.”
Hart would later return to WWE in 2010 and mend fences with Michaels and McMahon. The Hitman was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006, despite his relationship with the company at that time.