Originally Posted by ShowStopper '97
Montreal Screwjob. No one saw that coming, and it doesn't get anymore real than that. It also spawned the heel Mr. McMahon character that played a huge role in helping the WWF beat WCW in the ratings war. If the Screwjob never happens, neither does "Mr. McMahon" and Austin doesn't have a heel promoter to feud with. The entire wrestling business would be different today. And it all started with the swerve in Montreal.
I just recently began watching some older years of wrestling, '97 in particular, and just finished that PPV. It made me realize how big of an impact the screw job really had. The realism of the situation, the anger from Bret, McMahon becoming the heel of the business, its just mind blowing.
What if they had allowed Bret to keep the belt then lose it the next night in Ottawa as planned? Would everything have gone the way it did? Bret was still going to jump ship to WCW.. but who knows..