Bret Hart is a WWE Hall of Famer, and his in-ring skills earned him all the fame and recognition a pro wrestler would ever want. However, he truly changed after what transpired during The Montreal Screwjob. Interestingly enough, Hart and Earl Hebner have now reconciled and become friends.

The Montreal Screwjob remains one of the most controversial incidents in pro wrestling history, as it is still talked about to this very day. This is largely due to everything that transpired backstage after the incident.

Bret Hart eventually made his way to WCW but did not get to do much there. His career also ended prematurely after a match against Goldberg, something he still hasn’t let go of.

While speaking with Steve Fall, Earl Hebner talked about his book titled “Earl Hebner: The Official Story.” He also talked about the Montreal Screwjob, where Hebner was the referee that called for the bell in the first place. Hebner revealed that he and Bret Hart have now reconnected and even become friends.


I have a merch shirt that says ‘Damn right I did.’ And a lot of people want me to say, Can you write on it ‘I screwed Bret?’ I go, ‘No. I can’t do that.’ A while back, maybe three or four years ago, I would do it but Bret and I made up. And before my brother passed, we were at a house show, or indie show and he was there and he called us into the ring and he put us over like big time. So now Bret calls me now and then and I’ll call him and we got a good relationship back and I’m not gonna screw it up by writing something over a dumb ass shirt. It’s gonna destroy our friendship.

For a long time it honestly it bothered me. It was bad for me, you know, cuz I carried it with me for a lot of years. We met one time an airport, and I wanted to talk to him and he said, ‘I don’t want to talk to you.’ … I said, ‘can I talk to you for a minute?” He goes, ‘I don’t want to talk.’ I said okay, so I let it go and that was it. And as time went on, you know, it finally worked out well. We got to see each other [and] communicate…” 

Bret Hart also claimed that punching Vince McMahon was the greatest thing he ever did. The incident not only led to the birth of the Mr. McMahon character, but it also had lasting effects on the careers and mentalities of many wrestlers in the industry. Regardless, the incident will continue to be talked about forevermore.

What’s your opinion on this wholesome story between Bret Hart and Earl Hebner? Are you glad they are friends now? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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