Michaels says that he hated being put in that situation in Montreal. As much as Vince McMahon tried to take the heat for it, he was Hart’s opponent and there was no way he could escape that. He says that every time he and Hart had a match it was magic, and they both enjoyed those matches tremendously. Unfortunately, the events in Montreal that night cast a black cloud over their matches for a long period of time.
Bischoff compares that dynamic to the rocky relationship he had with Ric Flair in WCW. He says that although he knew Flair hated him, he put his complete trust in Flair when they stepped in the ring together and there was never any issues. Michaels agrees and says no matter what happens outside of the ring, there can’t be even a hint of doubt when you step inside those ropes.
Bischoff asks Michaels if he felt any added pressure when Nash and Hall jumped ship to WCW, given his friendship with those guys during that time. Michaels says that business was business, and nobody from WWE ever came to him looking to take advantage of that friendship. He admits that he put a lot of extra pressure on himself once WCW started to overtake WWE in the ratings.
When Nash and Hall left for WCW, Michaels didn’t hold a grudge against them. They were offered good money to work much less than what they were used to working in WWE, and Michaels never blamed them for taking that offer.