Bret Hart Talks Becoming Friends Again With Shawn Michaels – TJR Wrestling


Bret Hart has spoken candidly about how he became friends again with his former WWE rival, Shawn Michaels, many years after the Montreal Screwjob.

Time heals all wounds. It’s a famous saying that many of us know when it comes to dealing with some difficult things in our lives.

For Bret Hart, this difficult moment is one of the most iconic wrestling matches of all time WWE Survivor Series 1997 when he lost the WWE Title to Shawn Michaels in a moment forever known as the “Montreal Screwjob.”

A… make very Long story short, Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels, and a few others were involved in a plan to take the WWE Title from Bret unbeknownst to him. Since Bret had already signed a contract for WCW (because Vince claimed he couldn’t afford to pay Bret anymore), Vince and company felt they had to do something to take the title away from Bret. That resulted in Shawn Michaels countering with Bret’s Sharpshooter, but by that point Vince shouted at the timekeeper to “ring the f**king bell” while referee Earl Hebner yelled for the bell and pulled his ass out to avoid getting hit on top by Bret.

As a result, Bret spat in Vince’s face, spelled “WCW” in the air with his fingers, and then punched Vince in the dressing room. Bret’s claim is that he had a clause in his contract that gave him creative control for the last 60 days of his deal. It led to much bitterness that took over a decade to resolve. Twenty-five years later, fans are still debating who was right, who was wrong, and what else could have been done.

Fast forward to January 4, 2010 and Bret was back on WWE Monday Night Raw for the first time in 13 years as part of his return to his company which would result in a WrestleMania 26 match against Vince McMahon. That was also the night Bret Michaels called out, they agreed to bury the hatchet that was their past and move. They would proceed to shake hands and hug in front of an appreciative crowd.

Bret participated in a long article/interview The ringtone recently to “celebrate” 25 years since Survivor Series 1997, which led to Bret talking about how the epic match between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 25 in 2009 made Bret change things up with Shawn before the Fix WWE crowd.

“We’ve had our issues over the years. But I saw Undertaker and Shawn Michaels wrestle at one of the WrestleManias. Even then I was so bitter towards Shawn, but I had to admit it was one of the greatest matches I’ve ever seen. That’s where I finally decided to befriend Shawn and bury the hatchet and all that.”

Speaking further about his WWE return, Bret made it clear that reconnecting with Shawn led to them becoming friends again, much like they were many years earlier in their careers.

“It was very honest, that little thing with me and Vince and Shawn. Me and Shawn, when we made up in the ring (2010) and shook hands and all that, it was all very real and very moving to me. And wasn’t something that was orchestrated. Shawn wanted that off his back and I was able to get it off his back and that was the best solution for both of us. Since then we’ve been friends. And I’m grateful he’s in a better place today.”

“I wish none of the bad history we had had ever happened. I wish I had never gone to WCW because I probably wouldn’t have had a stroke and I probably wouldn’t have had to face Bill Goldberg.”

The stroke Bret mentioned happened in 2002, which was three years after the infamous match with Goldberg at Starrcade 1999, in which Goldberg kicked Bret hard in the head, giving Bret a severe concussion that would force him to retire much sooner when he intends to retire from wrestling. Bret’s bitterness towards Goldberg has led to numerous attacks including Bret recently said He wanted Goldberg removed from the WWE Hall of Fame, which is unlikely to happen.


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