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Shocking Big Money WWF Contract Offered Weeks After Montreal Screwjob

Montreal Screwjob

The Montreal Screwjob remains one of the most infamous moments in wrestling history, but in the aftermath the WWF nearly took a very unexpected turn.

In late 1997, the relationship between Bret Hart and the WWF was crumbling, and The Hitman was forced to look for pastures new. Despite signing a 20-year contract in 1996, Hart’s position within the company became uncertain as Vince McMahon felt he was unable to honour the financial terms of the deal.

As a result, McMahon encouraged Hart to seek a deal with WCW which he duly did, eventually signing a multi-year deal.

To add to the already tense situation, Hart’s relationship with fellow star Shawn Michaels had gone past openly hostile and essentially no longer existed. There was also the small matter of the fact that the pair were scheduled to meet at Survivor Series in Montreal.

Desperate to make sure Hart wouldn’t leave with the WWF Title, Vince McMahon hatched a plan which saw Earl Hebner call for the bell in the match with Hart locked in the Sharpshooter, despite him never tapping out.

The move sparked near riotous scenes at ringside, before Hart punched McMahon backstage.

However, what is lesser known is that in the weeks following what was christened the Montreal Screwjob, McMahon turned to a former World Champion in search of some star-power. Not an unreasonable move on paper. But that star was none other than the Ultimate Warrior.

By November 1997, Warrior had been fired by McMahon more than once, sued the WWF on multiple occasions and was coming off the back of a failed comeback the year before. What’s more, that comeback ended in acrimony after the face-painted star sensationally walked out after feeling that he had been betrayed by the WWF Chairman.

The deal offered to Warrior was for $750,000 plus royalties and would have run for five years. You can see a copy of the contract below.

As it transpired, Warrior declined the offer, instead signing with WWF’s great rivals WCW in May 1998. Although this deal was also doomed to failure as Warrior had left the company by the end of the year.