David Dexter reports that the Hart family will be involved with a new promotion called Hart Family Legacy, which debuted Friday, January 18 at the Victoria Pavilion in Calgary, Alberta. Those scheduled to appear include Bobby Lashley, Chris Masters, Kevin Nash, Konnan, El Generico, Sonjay Dutt, IWGP Tag Team champions Harry Smith & Lance Archer, Jack Evans, Scotty Mac, Johnny Devine, Jason the Terrible, Flip Kendrick, Lance Storm, Samuray del Sol, Bryon Wilcott, The Super Smash Brothers, Cody Hall, Chasyn Rance and Matt Hart (Smith’s son).
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David Dexter reports that Bret Hart recently criticized the WWE’s creative team in an interview with the UK Sun’s Rob McNichol on the One Sided Ring podcast. He thinks the WWE “has spent too much time in the last couple of years making television stars rather than wrestlers.”
AS I SEE IT – Remembering 1997
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
Editor’s note – We could not publish this column on Monday like we normally do because of technical difficulties.
Well, with fall coming to the Northeast (along with tornadoes in New York City)…it appears hell is about to freeze over tomorrow night…twice.
Anyone remember 1997?
There are very few wrestling fans who have not either seen or heard about the events of November 9, 1997 in Montreal; where Bret Hart was apparently double-crossed by Vince McMahon out of an agreed-upon DQ finish in the main event at Survivor Series, with the WWF Heavyweight Title being put on Shawn Michaels. It would appear that Michaels may well not have known of the double-cross, judging from reports and observation of the aftermath of the match.
The aftermath of the match showed Michaels visibly swearing at McMahon, looks of shocked amazement on the faces Paul (Hunter Hearst Helmsley) Levesque, Michaels, and others, obviously including Hart. This was followed by Vince McMahon being spit upon by Hart, Hart’s destruction of ringside TV equipment; and reports of a physical altercation backstage where McMahon was either pushed or punched, landing on the floor backstage.
In my opinion, Vince McMahon has cut off his nose to spite his face. If the idea behind this was to get the belt off of Bret Hart before he left, that’s understandable. But to do so in Hart’s OWN home country, and to put it directly on a man that Hart has such genuine personal distaste for, AFTER an agreed upon finish by both Michaels and Hart; is an utter disgrace.
Bret Hart has been a man who has been a loyal company soldier to Titan Sports, the World Wrestling Federation, and Vince McMahon for years. Such treatment of Hart may result in others leaving Titan Sports at the first opportunity contractually possible. Both Bob Ryder and the Calgary Sun reported that several wrestlers had threatened to boycott the November 10 RAW the next night. It was clear that Owen Hart and Davey Smith were nowhere to be seen on RAW.
Obviously that was written the morning after Montreal took place. We all know now the particulars of what DID really happen in 1997…in detail. If there’s anyone who still hasn’t read Bret Hart’s biography, put it on your holiday shopping list, as it should be required reading.
Well, tonight…Bret Hart returns to a WWE ring in Montreal for the first time since that November night in Montreal all those years ago.
No one, least of all Bret Hart, ever thought he’d be back in WWE. But one truth in wrestling seems to be never say never. Time seems to heal many wounds, and Hart did in fact return on January 4, 2010. He was even able to make a genuine peace with Shawn Michaels that night in front of the camera, and behind the scenes.
If that isn’t enough, it appears we’re getting Paul Heyman as a fulltime character on WWE TV…something he long ago said he had no interest in. For anyone who missed it… in the last 15 seconds of last week’s RAW…CM Punk mugged John Cena backstage and pulled out in a car…driven by Paul Heyman, seen in the last shot of the show.
Tonight should be a really interesting night.
Until next time….
— Bob Magee
Editor’s note: David Dexter posted this article in in The Wrestling Newsgroup. It’s a nice look at the history of professional wrestling in Montreal.
If you were a kid growing up here in the early 1970s, you probably remember names like Mad Dog Vachon, Edouard Carpentier, Killer Kowalski, Tarzan (The Boot) Tyler, The Hollywood Blondes and Giant Jean Ferré. I still remember going with my Mom to a wrestling card at the Forum during that period when fans greeted Gilles (The Fish) Poisson by throwing real fish into the ring.