"I wish that day never, ever happened" - Vince Russo reflects on major WWE controversy (Exclusive)

“I wish that day never, ever happened” – Vince Russo reflects on major WWE controversy (Exclusive)

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Vince Russo wishes WWE could have found another way to have Bret Hart lose the WWE Championship at Survivor Series 1997.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon booked Shawn Michaels to win the match without WCW-bound Hart knowing. Russo, a WWE writer at the time, pitched the idea to McMahon a few days before the event due to Hart’s refusal to lose the match.

On reflection, Russo told Sportskeeda Wrestling’s Dr. Chris Featherstone that the Montreal Screwjob did not work out well for anyone:

“Bro, I wish that day never, ever happened. What a horrible, horrible day all around. Nobody won. Everybody lost. Bro, to this day, I wish that day did not happen. It was a terrible day, bro. There are people that think it was a work [scripted], and no matter what you say, I’m like, ‘I wish it was a work!’ I wish it was, bro,” he said.

Watch the video above to hear more from Vince Russo about Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels, the emergence of Vince McMahon’s on-screen character, and more.


Vince Russo on the Montreal Screwjob creating Mr. McMahon

Vince McMahon & Sgt. Slaughter at ringside watching closely
Survivor Series ’97 “Montreal Screwjob” https://t.co/X2sMgEfabm

Having previously worked as a commentator, Vince McMahon became the evil Mr. McMahon character due to the real-life role he played in the Montreal Screwjob.

Vince Russo also commented on how the controversial incident inadvertently turned McMahon into one of WWE’s greatest-ever bad guys:

“That’s what I’m saying, bro. [People claiming] ‘They were trying to sweep this under the rug.’ And I’m like… nothing like this is ever gonna happen again, I guarantee you. But you are 100 percent correct [Montreal Screwjob indirectly created the Mr. McMahon character],” he said.

Following the Montreal Screwjob, Vince McMahon performed as an on-screen authority figure and occasional in-ring competitor. His most notable feuds came against Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, and Steve Austin.


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