This post is in response to a recent post by TBH.com’s Vince Gillett, who was writing in response to my comments on a recent podcast. It started out on his comment board, but I decided there were enough questions to warrant this being its own post.
First off, great job, Vince! I’m not sure I totally agree everybody in the old WWF locker room was in on it, but I do have a lot of questions and have heard something to that effect from at least a few workers.
1. Bret’s ” creative control” aside, how could he get away with destroying all that expensive equipment without being sued? How about physically assaulting Vince? Don’t tell me WWE wouldn’t have filed lawsuit after lawsuit against him … they’ve sued others so many times for so much less. In anything but the real world, why would Bret not be sued?
2. Wasn’t it mutually beneficial to portray a “screwjob”? Essentially, everybody got what they wanted out of the deal. Everybody knew that Bret did not really lose the championship to Shawn Michaels in Canada. It got some steam on the Hitman as he headed to WCW, while also getting people talking about the WWF, controversial new champion Shawn Michaels, and (most importantly), a new evil Mr. McMahon character. What was the downside? Everybody cam out of the Montreal Screwjob in a better position than they were coming in.
4. Speaking of “screwjob,” it was actually a phrase Bret had been throwing around for months before the ” Montreal Screwjob” actually took place. Could that REALLY be a coincidence?
5. Isn’t it convenient that the “Wrestling with Shadows” cameraman was there to document everything that was said and done, minus Bret’s supposed assault of Vince? Why wasn’t Vince’s eye swollen, just black and blue? And why was Julie Hart backstage, glancing at the “Wrestling with Shadows” camera so sure Hunter was in on it the whole time? The obvious answer for me is that Hunter needed the heat to benefit himself as well.
6. Why were two heels fighting in the main event anyway, unless they intended for one of them–Bret–to come out of it (and leave WWE) as he actually wanted all along … A FAN FAVORITE.
7. Didn’t it give something for Bret to talk about for years … essentially keeping the “grudge” alive and keeping fans dreaming of a confrontation again one day? No doubt, Bret had no idea he would suffer a career-ending injury. He had to have figured he would be with WCW for a short stay, then return to the WWF for the REAL, BIG MONEY MATCHUP … possibly the biggest of all time. You really can’t deny it would have been, either.
8. And finally … if Bulldog and Neidhart were planning to leave with Bret for WCW (contracts were signed around the same time and could have feasibly both been expiring), that would leave only Owen, who ALSO BENEFITED because he got to take a month off and come back as the company’s top babyface. Hmmm …
In all, very good arguments, Vince. I just don’t see it. Everything logical for me seems to point toward a work. Thanks for your time.