Bret Hart Wishes He Hadn't Left WWE So He Wouldn't Have Had To Wrestle Goldberg
Would Bret and Goldberg's paths crossed if The Hitman stayed in WWE?
November 9 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1997 WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view and, with it, the infamous 'Montreal Screwjob'.
The two men at the centre of the incident - Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels - reflected on their relationship before, during and after it in an interview with Jonathan Snowden of The Ringer, with The Hitman once again reiterating that if it were up to him he would have never left WWE in the first place.
Discussing how and why he decided to reconcile with The Heartbreak Kid, Bret also managed to get in his requisite dig on Bill Goldberg in the process, saying:
"We had our issues over the years, but I watched Undertaker and Shawn Michaels wrestle at one of the WrestleManias. Even then, I had such a bitterness towards Shawn, but I had to admit it was one of the greatest matches I ever watched. That's where I ended up deciding to make friends with Shawn and bury the hatchet and all that. It was very truthful, that little story line with me and Vince and Shawn.
"Me and Shawn making up in the ring (in 2010) and shaking hands and all that, that was all very real and very moving for me. And was not something that was orchestrated. Shawn wanted that off his back and I was in a position to take it off his back and that was the best resolution for both of us. We've been friends ever since. And I'm grateful that he’s in a better place today. I wish that none of the bad history that we had had ever happened. I wished I'd never left for WCW because I probably wouldn't have had a stroke and I probably wouldn't have had to wrestle Bill Goldberg".
For those unaware, Hart's in-ring career was effectively ended when Goldberg threw a stiff kick at him in the main event of WCW Starrcade 1999.
Bret was forced to retire due to severe post-concussion issues (stemming from the kick) and suffered a debilitating stroke in June 2002.