The truth behind 8 WWE urban legends

6. Bret Hart knew about The Montreal Screwjob

There’s always been a theory that The Montreal Screwjob was one big set-up perpetrated by everyone involved. The incident has been examined from every angle — Mr. McMahon, Shawn Michaels and Triple H have all acknowledged their respective roles on a number of occasions. Yet, there is still a belief that persists that WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hit Man” Hart was actually in on the entire thing.

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There is some speculation that suggested it was part of a grander scheme to destroy WCW and that the entire affair was to reveal Mr. McMahon as the power behind WWE. There’s a small group of fans that have overanalyzed what transpired in Montreal a bit too much and have come up with a relatively insane urban legend and conspiracy theory.

This sort of nonsense is best left to inciting radio hosts like Alex Jones. Fact is, there was no grander scheme at play, nor was the Montreal Screwjob a way to make people hate Mr. McMahon, propel “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and establish Bret Hart as WCW’s biggest Superstar. The Screwjob was exactly as it appeared — a business decision.

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That's not to say the situation wasn't tense.

“I had an idea that something like that could happen,” Hart told WWEClassics.com. “I just put too much faith into [former WWE referee] Earl Hebner. My ‘Spidey sense’ was certainly up, but you can’t know the unknown.”

Verdict: FALSE