Bret Hart left WWE, but it didn’t come without controversy. The Montreal Screw Job is still very fresh in the minds of some fans, even though it happened decades ago. Ahmed Johnson spent his time in WWE during a very tumultuous period. The Monday Night War was in full tilt. Vince McMahon was building up to his famous evil boss character. Then, the Montreal Screwjob happened and everything changed.

Johnson recently talked to Monte & The Pharaoh and spilled the dirt about what it was like backstage after the infamous double cross that sent Bret Hart packing for WCW, not to return for eight long years. Ahmed described some choice words that Vince had for talent in a backstage meeting after the incident.

“You had this funny feeling something was going on, but I did speak out during our meeting the next day. I did speak out against what I thought was wrong. Vince was leading the meeting and basically, his answer was, ‘You don’t like what we’re doing here, move on.’”

Ahmed vented his frustration with the ever-growing influence of the Kliq, a backstage group comprised of politicking wrestlers like Shawn Michaels, Diesel, and Razor Ramon who worked together to keep their spot at the top of the card. He said the power of the group along with the Montreal incident fueled his desire to leave the company.

“I felt so sorry for Bret on that one. I couldn’t believe they were gonna do that in his hometown. It did give me second thoughts. It played a big part in my decision when I left. He was cool. He was Bret. I didn’t have a problem with him. The Kliq kept getting together. They always got together, but this was more than usual.”

Ahmed Johnson wrestled for WWE from his debut with the promotion in 1995 until his departure in early 1998. He had a forgettable run in WCW before fading into the United States independent scene. Johnson retired in 2003 and has worked in wrestling as a trainer with Harlem Heat since. You can check out the entire interview below.

What do you think of Ahmed Johnson’s take on the Montreal Screwjob and the Kliq? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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