Last night, i dug out the old VHS collection. Wrestling pay-per-views of years past, mostly the late 80's thru early 00's. Wrestlemania XII, solid. SummerSlam 92, entertaining. Survivor Series 97...Epic.
Ask any wrestling fan what moment stands out to him the most...
and if they're truthful, they'll replay "Montreal"
How many one word conversation starters do you know? Mention the word "Montreal" to a wrestling fan, and pandemonium is sure to ensue. "Vince was wrong! Bret was screwed!" or "Screw Bret! He was disrespection the company!" Either way you look at it, the moment itself was monumental, even if the situtation was beyond comprehension for most people at the time. The effects lasted nearly a decade. The Montreal Screwjob ushered in a new era of professional wrestling...one where you no longer knew exactly what to expect. Could it happen again?...Would it happen again? Will it happen again? or WHEN will it happen again?
The Montreal Screwjob is the sole reason that WWE pulled out of its slump, and got a huge jump on WCW...because all of the sudden, everyone wanted to know what was going to happen next. What was Vince going to do? How would D-X react to the situation? How gritty could the WWE get?
I think another major event is due to happen again...maybe not with the magnitude of Survivor Series 97, but something compelling nonetheless.
Wrestling has become rather stale over the last few years. There's been nothing new, not very many big name stars rising up, at least not any that can rival guys like Hart, Michaels, Austin, The Rock, Etc. I think another "Screwjob" like event is well in order, if for nothing, the good of the company, just like Vince thought when he originally screwed The Hitman.
Comments are welcome.