Hart attack still felt in Montreal
TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
The Shawn Michaels-Bret Hart controversy will not die, and it likely never will.
WWE finally responded to the "You screwed Bret" chants from the crowd with a storyline on Chris Jericho's Highlight Reel.
Jericho, for a few moments a fan favourite again, chided Michaels for the infamous 1997 Survivor Series incident where Hart lost his title to Michaels when the referee unexpectedly ended the match on a bogus submission.
But Michaels told the zealous Montreal fans it was time to forget it, time to get on with their lives.
And Jericho, the ass clown that he has become, eventually flipped off the fans too.
While Michaels said he has already apologized to Hart, that's not true and it brought immediate reaction from The Hitman's website, brethart.com.
"Bret Hart has never received any apology whatsoever from Shawn Michaels," the website said. "For a man who claims to have found God to outright lie to millions of people is disappointing to say the least. Then again, it really isn't surprising when you consider that this is the same Shawn Michaels who swore to God, on videotape, right after the Survivor Series '97 screwjob, that he wasn't in on it ... only to admit, years later, that he was in on it all along.
"To say he is sorry that it had to come to that, or that he was a part of that, or sorry that it all had to happen is not an apology to Bret. In fact, on Confidential, Shawn said he is not sorry and would do it again. Bret never asked Shawn for an apology, anyway. And Bret or brethart.com did not bring any of this up and we wish they hadn't either. In fact we're sorry they can't seem to get over it."
So time hasn't healed the wounds. Ever since 1997, McMahon and Earl Hebner, ref of the infamous match, have been mercilessly booed. So Vinnie Mac knew what would happen when he sent Michaels to the wolves.
There's really only one way for McMahon to fix the situation. Pay Bret Hart a wheelbarrow full of money and have him appear live in front of his adoring Montreal fans.
Finally, there would be closure. And McMahon, Hebner and Michaels could get on with their lives. And, more importantly, so could we.
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