Vince McMahon and Bret Hart have seemingly made up following the infamous ‘Montreal Screwjob’ incident that occurred on November 9, 1997, at Survivor Series 1997.
The former Chairman of WWE is believed to have been legitimately knocked out by the WWE Hall of Famer during the backstage confrontation post-match but the two also had a physical altercation years prior, in a strip joint in San Antonio Texas!
Vince McMahon found himself on the receiving end of the Hart Attack
During an episode of Bret Hart Radio, ‘The Hitman’ spoke with former WWE superstar Hornswoggle. The two discussed various topics including the crazy story where Vince McMahon ended up in a strip club with some wrestlers:
“That’s one of the big ones. We all went to a strip bar. It’s when they started the drug testing. Vince had the meeting that day. If you remember me wrestling Skinner at This Tuesday In Texas. It was a PPV. We wrestled and it was after that show.
Before that show, earlier in the day, Vince told everyone that they were starting Olympic drug testing. They had that guy named Pasquali with the doping for the Olympians and all that. He was in charge. Vince told everyone that basically the gig was up. Steroids, any kind of drugs, marijuana… anything was going to be checked. If you were guilty it was two strikes and you’re out. They were all the same rules for everybody. I can remember that everyone was more concerned that there was going to be no more smoking weed. That was the big thing.
All I know is that night Vince ended up in a strip bar with all the wrestlers and he was totally shit faced. He was really in a party mode. We partied all night long in the bar. I remember it was Hogan who started a little rib, I think it was a rib, he got Hawk all stirred up. Hawk was all totally knackered. Hawk was talking about how they were going to do the Legion of Doom finish on Vince. Where they clothesline him off. I remember Vince’s ear perked up and everyone kind of had their ears come up because they wanted to see it because Hawk was crazy enough to do it. Hulk was really stirring him up.
Next thing you know I see Joe and Hawk and they go over to Vince and they came up right behind him. Joe did and scooped him right up on his shoulders. Hawk was up on the pole where the strippers are. He jumped off and clotheslined Vince and I remember thinking Hawk was going to take Vince’s head off. Hit him as hard as he could. Hawk was talking like he was going to take Vince’s head off.
Just as he got ready to do his finish, or when he did do it, he gave him this real powder puff little clothesline. Everybody, Hulk and Beefcake and everybody caught Vince and they set him on the ground and everyone was clapping. Like it was all in good fun and nobody got hurt. Vince was laughing.
Hart continued, revealing his tag-team partner Jim’ The Anvil’ Neidhart was not best pleased that nobody had the guts to actually perform their move properly on Vince McMahon:
“I remember Neidhart got so mad. He really got upset. I remember he looked at me and he goes, ‘Hart Foundation would’ve done it!’ I think I said something like, ‘Yeah, we would’ve done it.’ I remember I had two shots of Jack Daniels. One in each hand. I remember looking around and all of a sudden I realize what I said to Jim. All of a sudden I turn around and Jim had Vince in the bearhug for The Hart Foundation move. I just remember Hogan and a bunch of guys looking at me like, ‘Are you going to do it? Or are you just going to do a powderpuff one too?’
I just took his head off. I just took straight off. Clotheslined Vince right in the bar. Took him right to the ground. I remember our heads both banging on the cement carpet. I can remember Vince looking at me while we were both on the ground. He turned his head to me and I was just lying flat right beside him.
With that move, that flying clothesline I used to do the only way to do it is you’ve got to swing your legs up in the air and land on your back shoulder blades so you don’t get hurt. Same with Vince. I pulled him down. I protected his head and everything but we landed with a pretty good thud on the ground.
Vince looked at me and he said, ‘You owe me a drink!’ I thought that’s the last thing Vince needs is another drink but I said, ‘What are you drinking?’ He said, ‘Dewar’s on ice.’ I never, ever forgot that. It was Dewar’s on ice and I got him a drink and the next thing everyone went to Flair’s room for a party.
I remember Vince peeing on a mattress in Flair’s room. Peeing on Flair’s bed. It was quite a night. I remember Vince wrestling with guys on the carpet in the hotel room at the San Antonio Marriott. We all partied in Flair’s room until about five in the morning and then we all finally left. It was quite a night. I can remember talking to Vince maybe a year or two later and he told me he had surgery on his neck.
He said, ‘I don’t know. Somehow I hurt my neck. I’ll never know what I did. I don’t remember hurting it.’ I said, ‘Maybe it’s that time I clotheslined you in the bar in San Antonio.’ Vince sort of thought about it real hard and then he looked at me and said, ‘Maybe it was.’ I’m thinking, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have brought that up.’ Maybe that’s secretly where the whole screwjob came about. ‘I’ve got to remind myself to get this guy down the road!’
Despite their tumultuous relationship, Vince McMahon praised Hart as “a real champion” in the business. Vince McMahon also claimed the WWE Hall of Famer had arguably the “highest credibility” in the business.