Jericho welcomes Dave Meltzer to the show to discuss The Montreal Screwjob, 20 years after it occurred.
Meltzer points out that the Montreal Screwjob was a pivotal moment in wrestling history, and it really changed the direction of the business moving forward. In the days following the Screwjob, Vince McMahon and Bret Hart both talked about the business’ secrets publicly for the first time ever, revealing the scripted nature of professional wrestling, and this changed the business forever.
He also points out that this event led to the introduction of the heel authority figure, which has remained in WWE to this day. The Mr. McMahon character is arguably one of the greatest characters in the history of the business, and it helped pole-vault “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to heights of popularity rarely seen in professional wrestling. This, in turn, played a part in the untimely demise of WCW.
Jerico informs that when he started in the business he felt as if he had one foot in the “old school”, and one foot in the “new school”. When he started kayfabe was still prominent, but as his career progressed the business changed dramatically. He points out that nowadays, Vince McMahon tells you what to do and that’s the end of it. Back in those days, Title holders had a lot more creative control, and McMahon was more inclined to listen to his Champions.
Meltzer informs that Bret Hart was one of the most valuable guys in the business at that time. WCW’s original offer to Hart was 2.8 million per year for 3 years, but Hart had a sense of loyalty to McMahon and WWE, so he signed a 20-year contract to remain with WWE for 1.5 million per year.