November 14, 2012
Can’t believe it’s been 15 years since the WWF Montreal “Screw Job”. In THOROUGH detail, here’s what legendary pro wrestling reporter Dave Meltzer wrote at the time:
It will go down in history as the single most famous finish of a pro wrestling match in the modern era. Twenty or thirty years from now this story, more than any famous wrestler jumping promotions, more than any prominent death, and more than any record setting house, will be remembered vividly by all who watched it live, and remembered as legendary from all who hear about it later. Through the magic of video tape, the last minute of this match will live forever and be replayed literally millions of times. But the story of what led to those few seconds starts more than one year ago, far more reminiscent of the dirty con man past of the industry than the current attempted facade of a multi-million dollar corporate above board image those in the industry like to portray outwardly that it has evolved into
October 20, 1996: Bret Hart was in a hotel room in San Jose, Ca, hours from making the biggest decision of his life – who would win the biggest bidding war in the history of pro wrestling. He had pretty well leaned toward staying with the World Wrestling Federation despite a much larger offer from World Championship Wrestling, but had changed his mind a few times over the previous two weeks as each side presented new offers. In the waning hours, Eric Bishoff and Kevin Nash were trying to convince him to change his mind and how great life was with an easier schedule. Bischoff was offering big money and a shot at becoming a movie star, a goal Hart had been pursuing while in semi-retirement. McMahon was offering him, in the now immortal words of Arn Anderson, not just a spot but the top spot in the company, and almost literally to be WWF 4-life.
Many close advisers of Hart’s tried to tell him going to WCW was the best move for his present, and more importantly his future after wrestling. But largely out of loyalty, and that obviously wasn’t the only factor involved, he declined the offer. McMahon, not to lose a very public fight, offered him the famous 20-year contract where he’d, after retirement in about three years, become almost a first lieutenant when it came to the booking process. Hart would earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $1.5 million per year as an active wrestler, and a healthy but far lesser figure working in the front office for the 17 years after retirement as an active wrestler. As part of McMahon’s offer, he also was going to allow Hart to explain live on television his decision making process, should he sign with WCW.
On Mandatory, comedian Rob Fee went undercover to see how much guys would put up with to try to meet a hot girl on OKCupid:
In the first question she confesses to what seems to be a serious hit-and-run. Why would you show any interest in her? Under favorites, she admits her illiteracy, calls it “Two and One Half Men,” lists Geico commercials as one of her favorite shows, and professes love for “Bon Jorvi.” Next up, on “The six things I could never do without,” we get the mention of a dead father with September in parentheses – whatever that means – some bizarre proverbs, and then, #4 just says YOLO. Finally, she spends a lot of time thinking about kids! That’s creepy! She doesn’t have kids and says she doesn’t want kids but ONLY thinks about kids. Fellas, run.
So, by reading that bio you would assume most guys steered clear right? No. Not at all. Within 6 hours, my profile had been viewed over 400 times and 39 guys had messaged me.
Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt and say they didn’t really read the bio. They just saw a cute girl and went for it. I’m not saying that’s smart but I’m just hoping for their sake they didn’t read that trainwreck of a description and think “OK yeah! This is what I’ve been searching for!”