Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels’ Survivor Series 1997 clash will forever be remembered as one of the most infamous events in professional wrestling history.
From Hart’s phantom tap out to his supposed physical altercation with Vince McMahon backstage, the Montreal Screwjob has become pop culture folklore, with its events seemingly transcending the squared circle.
Two men that were in the building for this event were The Headbangers, Mosh and Thrasher.
The kilt wearing tag team were a part of the company between 1996 and 2000 and competed in the show’s opening bout, a traditional Survivor Series elimination match pitting themselves and The New Blackjacks against eventual victors The Godwins and The New Age Outlaws.
For me (Mosh), I didn’t really catch anything beforehand. Because we kind of stayed away. We were actually playing with Bret’s kids backstage. I knew there was a little bit of friction going on, but I’m not a big gossiper. As far as really knowing what was going on, I was clueless.
Tag team partner Thrasher also commented on the matter:
We kinda kept to ourselves, more or less. When Vince was making his way back that way, we were in vicinity and saw him walk in and walk out. Other than that, it was a normal day. I mean, by then, pretty much everyone knew Bret was leaving.
The pair are in the midst of a career resurgence and spoke in the same interview of their desire to work with the NWA.
They are currently tag team champions of US independent promotion Atomic Revolutionary Wrestling and are set to defend their belts against former WWE tandem The Ascension, now operating as The Awakening.