At the time of the screwjob, Bret Hart was a 14-year veteran of the WWF, having started his career in the 1980s as one-half of the popular Hart Foundation tag team. So you're out there doing your thing, which is again an unbelievably athletic, tough performance -- entertainment and being in character, and things of that nature. Shawn refused to lose the Survivor Series match to Hart under any circumstance. The Montreal Screwjob was the real life double-crossing of defending WWF Champion Bret Hart by Vince McMahon, the owner of the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), during the main event match of the professional wrestling pay-per-view event Survivor Series held on November 9, 1997 at the Molson Centre in Montreal, Quebec. "It's sort of a surreal moment," Michaels said. On November 9 2007, WWE.com posted part one of a two part interview with Hart discussing the 10 year anniversary of the incident. There is also a section on the website in which several wrestlers, including Hart himself, are asked what if the screwjob was reversed. (Hart briefly discussed simply giving up the title on TV, but at that point, McMahon had committed to the Screwjob, so he agreed to nearly anything Hart said in order to get Bret to perform at Survivor Series.). It is unclear how many people knew of the impending screwjob, but McMahon's close aides Gerald Brisco and Robert Remus had been involved in the planning. "You don't go into something like that not understanding [the consequences]," Michaels said. This only intensified for several months after WWE decided to pair Edge and Lita together on-screen as villains and then to bring back Hardy and acknowledge the situation in storylines. "From a professional standpoint, reputation standpoint, even though I wasn't the most lovable guy back then, it was still just an absolute miserable day, [a] very uncomfortable day.". It should be noted that in an interview on the first episode of WWE Confidential in 2002, Michaels conceded that both he and Paul Levesque (Triple H) were aware of what was going to happen at Montreal as they had been involved in the discussion with Vince McMahon and Gerald Brisco prior to the event. For Hart, his WWF career was over. Hart would let go of the hold to try to revive the referee, but Michaels would hit Hart with his finisher, the Sweet Chin Music, and make the pin. So, 20 years after the "Montreal Screwjob," what comes to mind when Michaels, the man who had to ultimately execute the Sharpshooter and the plan to blindside Hart, thinks back to that fateful night? The Monday Night Wars were brutally engaged in television-ratings combat, and the New World Order angle helped give WCW that bit higher ratings than their most direct rival. Rumors and expressions of surprise and shock pervaded the Internet almost immediately after the match ended. In pop culture, the term, "Montreal Screwjob," has been used by people to describe a wide-array of situations, in which people feel slighted or betrayed by their close friends. At Starrcade 1999, the finish of the match between Goldberg and Bret Hart was for guest referee Roddy Piper to "ring the bell" once Hart placed Goldberg in the Sharpshooter despite Goldberg not submitting. The Rock was declared the winner by submission and the new WWF Champion, fully re-enacting the Hart double-cross, this time with a switch between the respective face and heel characters. Doesn't concern me, and so we're fine going forward.'". "You knew it was arguably the most impactful thing that had gone on in the wrestling business, so at that point, you go out there and you capitalize on what just happened. The palpable anger of the fans was converted into raucous cheering as Hart entered the ring carrying the Canadian flag and wearing the championship belt. Hart was ostracized by McMahon and refused offers of induction to the WWF Hall of Fame. Despite the television shows and considerable antagonism from the fans, both Michaels and Triple H continued to deny any knowledge or involvement in the screwjob for several years when discussing the episode in real-life interviews. If that big son of a gun gets a hold of me there's not much I can do about it. By mid-1997, the WWF was facing financial difficulties due to stiff competition from WCW, which had become the largest professional wrestling promotion in the United States. Mick Foley, as were most wrestlers, were outraged at him and threatened to boycott RAW or leave the company altogether. "Because at least then, it'd be out in the open and whatever needed to happen would happen right there and then.". McMahon gave a televised interview to commentator Jim Ross, explaining his version of events and making the now-famous statement "Vince McMahon didn't screw Bret Hart.