WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross has posted a new article on Fox Sports.com about the Montreal Screwjob from 1997, which took place eighteen years today. In the piece, Ross talks about some of the misconceptions that fans believe about the situation between Vince McMahon, Bret Hart, and Shawn Michaels.
Here is an excerpt from the piece.
It was said that the finish of the match was discussed in the Saturday night production meeting held at the Montreal Marriott Hotel. That’s not true. We went over the show for approximately three, insufferable hours but only discussed the time that the match would need, who would be introduced first and other general production elements regarding the match. The finish was “still being discussed” we were told and that it would be finalized with Bret and Shawn on Sunday at the arena.
I was under the impression that the match was going to end via a disqualification, therefore, Hart would retain the title, even though he had finalized a contract to take his considerable skills to Atlanta and WCW for a ground-breaking, massive-money contact.
I’m often asked why we went off the air so abruptly and seemingly planned to perfection. When the deed went down and the new champion was announced and while Bret spat on Mr. McMahon I got a count from the TV truck on my head set that we were going dark in seconds as in 15-14-13 … to give one statement of summary and say good night.
After that, I was whisked away by security and sequestered in McMahon’s office with a guard on the door and me not knowing what the hell was going on as no one had still explained what had happened, not that I hadn’t already figured it out.
You can read the entire article here.
Speaking of the incident, here is a video of Ross talking about it: