Montreal Screwjob Featured on RadioLab

My name is Thomas Briggs, and I’m a podcast-addict.  I have a serious problem.  Not only do I co-host the SharpShooter Cast for TJR Wrestling (this week’s episode will be posted tonight!), but I also currently subscribe to thirty additional podcasts that are not my own.  This is an actual thought that has crossed my mind a number of times:  I wish there were more hours in the day so I can listen to all my podcasts.

I think it’s a generational thing.  Many of my friends and family that are also similar in age listen to podcasts.  It’s just such a great medium: radio customized to your exact likes and needs.  Being able to listen to an episode of This American Life, followed by Loveline, followed by Here Be Monsters, followed by Cheap Heat would be impossible with terrestrial radio.  But with my smartphone, I’m good to go.  And I love it.

A particularly large podcast  – RadioLab – released an episode this week focusing on The Montreal Screwjob.  Titled La Manch Screwjob, the show features Peter Rosenberg and David Shoemaker (hosts of Cheap Heat) telling the infamous story of Bret Hart’s exit from the WWF.  Here’s the description and stream of the show via RadioLab:

All the world’s a stage. So we push through the fourth wall, pierce the spandex-ed heart of professional wrestling, and travel 400 years into the past to unmask our obsession with authenticity and our desire to walk the line between reality and fantasy.

Sure, we all know the story of The Montreal Screwjob.  But the episode is an interesting look at how outsiders perceive the world or professional wrestling, and how one event changed the entire industry for good.  There are plenty of details left out in this telling of the story, but in a way, that’s good.  Because the story is simplified, it’s easy to take the Screwjob as a straight historical event that can be taken at face value, rather than a WWE or Bret Hart skewed version of the events that demand you take a side.

And that is what’s most impressive of RadioLab’s telling of the Montreal Screwjob.  It changes the viewing of the event from “good” or “bad” to “important.”  The WWE created a new era for themselves, and Bret Hart became immortal in professional wrestling because of his story.  The fact that a few men acted horribly that night (and the nights leading up to it), seems now forgiven.

If you’re like me, and you love good podcasts and great wrestling, it’s a must-listen.

Let us know what you think of the show in the comments.