This particular episode of Monday Night Raw emanated from Montreal. The location of the infamous Montreal Screwjob, taking place at Survivor Series in 1997. That would be the night that Bret Hart was screwed out of the title belt and leaving the WWE in a classy way. Wrestling fans still hold on to the anger over this, even fifteen years after the fact. You could read it all over Hart’s face that this was important to him. I think that he finally got closure on one of the darkest times in his entire life/wrestling career. I was nine years old and I still remember seeing that match and watching Bret spit in Vince’s face. It’s probably one of the most prominent wrestling memories that I have. Hearing his music hit and seeing the look on his face when the fans cheered him was enough to let this fan know that Bret Hart has put what happened behind him. The Montreal Screwjob will always be in the mind of wrestling fans but the anger and resentment felt from it has mostly faded away.
The main thing that was on the mind of every wrestling fan on September 10 was Jerry Lawler. He took a heart attack while commentating the tag team match. It was an incredibly horrifying and shocking moment that left many concerned and confused. When he hit the floor, it wasn’t just a show, it was real life. How does someone react to that? I sat in complete shock and panic. I had no idea what to do other than try to comb Facebook and Twitter for whatever information was available. At that point, it didn’t matter who was in the ring or what was happening on the titantron. You could feel the atmosphere change almost instantly, whether you were watching from your couch or the front row. I was literally in tears with every update that I was getting from the online world. I, along with everyone else, was preparing for the worst but hoping for the very best.
I am happy to report that he is recovering well.
It is hard to know what to do in a situation that is so serious and unexpected. Congratulations to Michael Cole and the entire WWE team for handling it with professionalism and class. If Jerry had been alone in a hotel or at home, it could have been a lot worse. While there is never a good time for a medical emergency, it is better that it happened in his place of work than somewhere else. I’m sure that there was disarray and chaos backstage when this all happened, WWE did the right thing by not cancelling the show. Many thought that they should have but I’m glad that they didn’t. They do have a job to entertain and it was a smart move to keep the show going and keeping it as normal as possible for those in attendance and watching at home. They did the exact same thing when Owen Hart tragically passed away in 1999. It isn’t easy working through any kind of tragedy but sometimes it is the only thing that people can do, I applaud the WWE for their handling of this difficult situation. Jerry may be doing well but I won’t feel better until I see him sitting behind that announce table again.