|The Screw Job (from WWE)|
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I need to start this post out by saying I have not yet watched the Greatest Rivalries: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels DVD, but since November 9 is the anniversary of the infamous "Screw Job", I felt compelled to write about the subject.
It was Survivor Series 1997. I had just moved to Alabama to start a new job, and money was really tight. So I did not order the pay per view. But thanks to the cable system we had, I was able to cheat and watch it on what most of us know as "scramble vision". The audio was perfect, but the picture of course looked like it was being run through a blender. Anyway, I sat and watched and listened and even joined a wrestling chat on AOL (remember those?) as the action played out.
The result of the main event left me in shock. I think a lot of fans were. At that stage in my viewing, I really was pledging allegiance to one side over the other. By then I was solidly behind "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. I liked both Hart and Michaels, but I think at that time I preferred Shawn's cocky heel persona over the whiny anti-American character Bret had become.
With the result of the show though, it was clear that Bret was indeed finished with Vince McMahon and the WWF. Vince, with a black eye courtesy of Bret, tried to explain the next night on Raw what happened. He told fans that he didn't screw Bret, but that Bret screwed Bret. Sadly for Bret though, this was really the end of his career in my view. When he arrived in WCW, he almost immediately seemed to be lost in the shuffle. Then he suffered that kick from Goldberg that essentially ended his career. Another set back with the stroke, and I thought we'd seen the last of the Hitman for sure.
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But then again, it's Vince's company and he does have to protect what is his. He'd been embarrassed earlier by Madusa (Alundra Blayze) dumping the WWF Women's title in the trash on a live Nitro. While I don't think Bret would have done that, who knows what Eric Bischoff and company would have had up their sleeves. And before you point out that Ric Flair brought the WCW title to the WWF in 1991, I know. But Flair never did anything to humiliate that title or company.
|Screw Job 2.0|
I guess the bottom line is that time does heal all wounds. It seems like all three sides (Vince, Bret, and Shawn) are at least talking to one another and willing to work together. I'm glad it has a somewhat happy ending, although I know there was a lot of bitterness and resentment through the years.
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