DATELINE: NOV 7, 1997 – THE MOLSON CENTRE – MONTREAL, QUEBEC
In his final match as WWF Champion, Bret Hart loses the title to Shawn Michaels, when referee Earl Hebner calls for an early bell.
Michaels had Hart locked in his own finishing maneuver, the sharpshooter, when the match ended without Hart actually submitting.
The incident, now forever burned into the pages of history as ‘The Montreal Screwjob’, stemmed from Hart’s refusal to lose cleanly to HBK after signing a deal to depart the company for rival WCW. Seeing no other recourse, WWF Chairman Vince McMahon chose the in-ring double cross as a way to safely transfer the title. The moment would become one of the most famous and controversial moments in wrestling history, and would change the face of the industry forever.
The Montreal Screwjob is the subject of the documentary – “Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows”