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Hart attack still felt in Montreal
By 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.

- So, it looks like Kane has chosen the dark side again, at least that's what we were left thinking when The Big Red Machine chokeslammed Stone Cold Steve Austin to close RAW. What the TV audience missed was Austin coming to life and swigging back a cooler full of beer, with some help from the wonderfully talented ring announcer/anthem singer Lillian Garcia.

- Vince McMahon was in fine form at Smackdown! He once again chastised one-legged Zach Gowen, setting up a showdown at the July 27 Vengeance pay-per-view. "You may have survived cancer, but you won't survive me," crowed McMahon. Also announced was a Sable vs. Stephanie McMahon match.

- Line of the night at Smackdown!, from Kurt Angle to John Cena: "You know, John, I didn't think it was possible, but I think I found somebody in the company that's whiter than me!"

- The Triple H-Goldberg feud may be on hold for a bit longer. Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer reported doctors placed tubes in Goldberg's arm to drain an infection. That may prevent him from wrestling for a week or two.

- Shannon Ward (Daffney) has signed a developmental deal with WWE.

- SLAM! Wrestling columnist Don Callis is back -- resurfacing with TNA. Callis showed up with the mammoth-sized Edward Chastaine to squash Sandman.

- Gino Brito made a triumphant return to wrestling last Saturday at the Canadian Professional Wrestling/International Wrestling One More Time card. Brito and Guy Sauriol defeated Wild Dangerous Dan and Righteous Rick Sterling. In other matches, Thunder beat Rock Hard Nick Diamond; Dynamite Tommy Blade beat Psycho; Paranoid Jake Matthews and Lollipop beat MVP Michael Von Payton and Brigitte; F.O.D. beat Christian Pitt; and Shane Simmons beat Mr. Know It All Shawn Demers. The next card is Aug. 9, 7 p.m., at Hull's CPW Arena.