Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels ushered in a new era of professional wrestling for WWE following the departure of larger-than-life characters such as Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage to rival WCW.

Hart and Michaels had mutual respect for each other until The Heartbreak Kid’s involvement in harmful escapades like drugs negatively influenced their relationship.

The camaraderie hit rock bottom at Survivor Series 1997, when Vince McMahon ordered Earl Hebner to end the WWE Championship match between two of his biggest stars at the time in controversial fashion, effectively creating what would be known as the “Montreal Screwjob.”

Hart and Michaels were profiled by The Ringer on the 25th anniversary of the screwjob. The Hitman revealed when he decided to patch things up with his bitter rival, noting that he had a change of heart after seeing Michaels’ incredible WrestleMania match with The Undertaker.

“We had our issues over the years. But I watched Undertaker and Shawn Michaels wrestle at one of the WrestleManias. Even then, I had such a bitterness towards Shawn, but I had to admit it was one of the greatest matches I ever watched. That’s where I ended up deciding to make friends with Shawn and bury the hatchet and all that. It was very truthful, that little storyline with me and Vince and Shawn.”

Hart and Michaels would end up appearing together during an episode of Raw from 2010, publicly burying their hatchet to the relief of many fans and wrestlers who grew up idolizing the WWE Hall of Famers.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab is a news writer at Ringside News. He has been an avid fan of professional wrestling since 2000. His earliest memories of pro wrestling involved The Rock taking on The McMahon-Helmsley faction in 2000. Outside of his writing responsibilities, Manik is a fan of fiction, thrillers, comics, manga and anime. He’s an occasional journalist and likes to spend his free time watching movies and reading stuff about politics, science, medicine, etc. Manik also enjoys jogs in the park and workouts in the gym.  Manik is also a big of rock bands including Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Metallica, Drowning Pool, Breaking Point, and Skillet. His current favorite wrestler is Kazuchika Okada and his favorite wrestler of all time is The Rock.

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