The ol’ Montreal Screwjob. One of wrestling’s most infamous moments, where Vince McMahon unceremoniously told Bret Hart to get the hell out. Unfortunately, the WWE continues to re-use the (very real) ending of that match as a way to finish (very scripted) current matches.
The most recent example was at Payback, where Bret Hart actually made his first WWE appearance since beating cancer. He was in the corner of his niece Natalya as she took on the Women’s Champion, Charlotte. Bret was supposed to be there to neutralize the constant interfering of Ric Flair, but he mostly just stood on the outside and watched.
The match ended with Charlotte putting Natalya in the Sharpshooter and referee Charles Robinson calling for the bell despite Natalya not actually submitting. A classic Montreal finish. Bret and Natalya got the last laugh by pulling off simultaneous Sharpshooters after the match, but the WWE Hall of Famer is now publicly bashing the finish on his Sharpshooter Show.
I mostly just dealt with Vince on it. That was Vince’s concept, I guess. I thought it was pretty flat, to be honest. I told him that. Initially the idea was that, at the end, I was just going to stand with my hands on my hips or something in the middle of the aisle way and block Ric Flair from leaving the ring. I remember going, “That’s pretty lame.” I just said, “I think we can do better than that.”
It was my suggestion that I could give Ric a couple shots, knock him down and put him in the Sharpshooter. Maybe Nattie could do a Sharpshooter at the same time and we could end on that note. So, I’ll take full credit for the better pop of the match. As far as the ending, I’ll say now that I thought it was pretty flat and unoriginal. Kind of, been done a lot.
Yes, WWE, it has been done a lot. So please, stop it.