Road Dogg has admitted that he’s still unsure how “real” the Montreal Screwjob was, despite it taking place almost 25 years ago.
November 9th 1997 is a day that changed wrestling forever. It saw the rivalry between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels explode like no one could have imagined, and sent shockwaves through the wrestling industry that were still being felt more than a decade later.
The 1997 Survivor Series is an event that will live in wrestling infamy as the night that Vince McMahon screwed Bret Hart out of the WWF Championship ahead of him departing for WCW. With Shawn Michaels locking in the Sharpshooter on Hart in the main event, referee Earl Hebner called for the bell despite The Hitman never submitting.
A disgusted Hart later spat on McMahon and punched him in the face backstage. The incident also led to many Superstars threatening to boycott Monday Night Raw the following night.
Speaking on a recent episode of his podcast, Oh… You Didn’t Know, Attitude Era star, Road Dogg revealed that he still questions the events of that night.
“I’m still not 100% sure it [The Montreal Screwjob] was all real, and that’s just me being honest with you. I know I’m cynical because I’m a wrestler, I’m one of the boys, and I think everything’s a work,”
Continuing on, Road Dogg also discussed his relationship with Shawn Michaels. The tag team legend explained that Michaels helped him a lot during his early WWE career.
“You know, I was really lucky in the sense that Shawn [Michaels] took a liking to me early on. Shawn had a lot to do with me becoming the Roadie for Jeff Jarrett. He really spoke up for me during that period of my career, like early on, and so I knew Shawn and we got along well.”
Road Dogg was released by WWE in January 2022, alongside a number of other NXT figures including William Regal. In recent years, Road Dogg had been working as a coach in the Performance Center with the next generation of WWE Superstars.
Meanwhile, Earl Heber’s son was recently in the news as he claimed that the Montreal Screwjob was a work. Something he has believed “the whole time” and still does to this day.
H/t to WrestlingNewsCo for the transcription.