AEW President Tony Khan has discussed the infamous Montreal Screwjob and considered how we would’ve handled it if he’d been in Vince McMahon’s shoes.
The Montreal Screwjob is one of the most controversial nights in wrestling history when Bret Hart was screwed out of the WWE Championship at Survivor Series 1997.
Hart faced his hated rival Shawn Michaels on his last night in WWE before heading to WCW at then-WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s behest but believed he was to hold onto his WWE Title for one more night and would appear the next night on Raw to lose it.
However, when trapped in his own Sharpshooter, referee Earl Hebner and Vince McMahon both called for the bell, declaring Michaels as the new champion despite The Hitman never submitting.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Tony Khan – who has not had his troubles to seek in the AEW locker room in 2022 – has explained that there’s no way to know how he’d handle the same situation without being in those involved shoes at the time:
“There is really no way to know without me being in the shoes those guys were in at that time. In the times past, I’ve spent a lot of time with Bret Hart and gotten to know him and I think he’s a great person and, you know, being a neutral party, I have to say, I really do like Bret a lot. So, he’s always been really good to me.”
“I don’t really know the other people involved as well. So it’s hard to say without being there, but it’s definitely one of the most impactful nights in pro wrestling history.”
Bret Hart also recently discussed the incident on its 25th anniversary and says the match with Michaels had almost half an hour still to go before it came to its abrupt conclusion