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Eric Bischoff on If He Thinks The Montreal Screwjob Was a Work

January 15, 2020 | Posted by Ashish
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On the latest edition of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff discussed the Montreal Screwjob and if he thinks the entire thing was a work, as some such as Kevin Nash continue to believe. Highlights are below.

On if he believes Bret Hart who maintains that the incident was not a work: “My nature is to believe people until they give me a reason not to. It’s not served me all that well throughout my life and my career, but it’s nonetheless it’s my nature, it’s not going to change. And I take it at face value. Bret and I have had, we’re cool now, we don’t bury each other, we’re never going to go out and have a steak dinner together or anything like that, but we’re also not waking up in the morning looking for an opportunity to take a shot at each other either. But whatever I may have said in the past about Bret, I’ve never said that Bret was a liar. I’ve never believed that Bret is a liar. I believe that Bret believes what he believes, and sometimes it’s maybe different than what the rest of us or others may think, but that’s just a difference of opinion, that’s not a lie. I can’t imagine Bret lying about this. I just don’t think it’s in his nature to lie. He may distort things in his own mind sometimes. He may interpret things different than maybe somebody else does, I do, you do, whatever. He may have a different outlook on things that maybe inconsistent with my ideas or my outlook on things or whatever, as an example, but at the end of it all, I just don’t believe in my heart that Bret Hart would lie to this extent, and carry it forward.”

On how upset Bret was after the screwjob: “Here’s what I do know, here’s what I know for a fact, I know for a fact how much that situation really, I’m going to use the word hurt. I don’t want people to interpret that as Bret was overly emotional about it or crying about it or anything, but he was angry about it, and it was a legitimate anger. Honestly, after a couple of months, I was like, man, you gotta let that go. Either find a way to use it and turn it around and turn that negative situation into a positive one or just get beyond it, but don’t keep dwelling on it. And he dwelled on it. And I think if it had been a work, he wouldn’t have dwelled on it as much as he did. And when I say dwell, I mean he wouldn’t have held on to the anger and frustration of it as long as he did. So that’s the reason why I take it at face value. And I believe Bret, because I just don’t think he would have been capable, honestly, of putting himself in that position and lying to his fanbase.”

If using any of the above quotes, please credit 83 Weeks with an h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.

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