Following one of the most controversial moments in professional wrestling history, the locker room got way too real when Bret Hart knocked out Vince McMahon.
McMahon worked with Shawn Michaels and Earl Hebner to “screw” Hart out of his WWE championship live on pay-per-view in his home country of Canada.
In a recent story Hart penned for Sports Illustrated, the former champ reflected on the career of the Undertaker and talked about how his leadership resulted in Hart having the chance to knock out the boss.
“I punched out Vince McMahon in the locker room, but the only reason Vince was in the locker room was because of Undertaker,” explained Hart. “Undertaker pounded on Vince’s door after the ‘Screwjob.’ He said, ‘Get your ass down to that dressing room and explain yourself’, and Vince wouldn’t have listened to anybody else.”
Hart noted when he left WWE in 1997, it was Undertaker he looked to to run the locker room:
“I wrote ’Taker a letter when I left,” revealed Hart. “I said, ‘You have to be the voice of the dressing room and the leader now that I’m gone.’
“I always felt that I was the leader of the dressing room and looked after everything. If guys had a problem, they could come to me and I’d go to Vince and say, ‘This guy has a problem, maybe you can help him.’ Then ’Taker stepped in and became that guy. A lot of times he had to straighten out guys like Shawn Michaels and stand up for the other wrestlers. Undertaker was always a force in the dressing room.”
Hart would go on to work in WCW before his career was cut short due to a kick to the head at the hands of Goldberg.
Undertaker would go on to finish his career in what is expected to be the final match of his career at WrestleMania 33 against Roman Reigns.