The Sun in the UK is featuring an interview with WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart where he talks about returning to Montreal last week and the scary moment involving Jerry Lawler suffering a heart attack.
“It was fitting, going full circle. I think it was important to do. I think it was more important than WWE or anyone realised. I think when they called me it was more to be there for Pat Patterson Appreciation Night than anything else — I love Pat and I’m a big fan of his — but it had more significance to me than that. The Montreal Screwjob was a famous, historical meltdown that in a lot of ways was my finest hour. WWE failed me on that day and buried the knife as far as they could. I think the little fisticuffs that happened afterwards with Vince was my finest hour. It’s not so much the physicality of it, but more that I stood my ground as a Canadian and as a professional. That reaction from the fans told me that I did do the right thing. These people wouldn’t feel the way they do right now and have that emotion 15 years later if I had done the wrong thing that day.”
Hart also discussed the incident with Jerry Lawler.
“It was a very dark moment. It had that eerie Owen Hart, live television feel where you thought, ‘What do you do?’. But in this case I tip my hat to WWE and Michael Cole. They did a great job of handling the whole thing. I thought the professionalism was on all levels. Oddly enough, if Jerry had had that heart attack anywhere else, he may not have made it. Because he had it right there at ringside, they had paramedics right there and they got to him right away. We almost lost Jerry. Maybe with WWE having gone through this situation with Owen, they were on top of it this time. They got Jerry back, got him the medical attention they needed and they saved his life. If anything I welcomed the little bit I had with Cena and Punk at the end of the show. It was a welcome distraction from it all. It took my mind off Jerry. I was very concerned and devastated by the whole thing, but I had forgotten about it for a few minutes. Jerry was in my thoughts the whole time, but it was nice to turn it off and know that in doing so all the right things were being done for him. I think we even knew when we went out there that his heartbeat had been restored and things were looking better. Things weren’t so dim.”