• “I don’t know that Steve Austin would’ve had the same effect” – Bruce Prichard On What Would’ve Happened If Bret Hart Left The WWF In 1996
On a recent episode of his weekly ‘Something To Wrestle With’ podcast, WWF Legend Bruce Prichard spoke about the potential state of the World Wrestling Federation in 1996, had Bret Hart accepted Eric Bischoff’s first offer and left.
Here’s what the former Brother Love had to say on how the WWF landscape would have been like if Bret left for WCW in 1996:
“That’s a crazy what-if because if you look at not just the business aspect of it, but also the creative aspect of it and what became of Bret returning and what became of all that strife and the whole Mr. McMahon character emerging from the Montreal Screwjob. So, it’s hard to tell. It really is hard to tell.
I think Steve would have been pushed up, and I don’t know that Steve would’ve had the same effect that he had later had he not had Bret and the whole Canada vs. USA thing later on to work with.”
As we all know, Bret Hart eventually left the WWF in November 1997 after Vince McMahon informed him that he couldn’t afford Bret’s contract and also ended up screwing The Hitman on his way out, in what all of us remember as the infamous ‘Montreal Screwjob’.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 10, 1983) – WWF Championship Wrestling
On this day in 1983, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Championship Wrestling’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Agricultural Hall in Allentown, Pennsylvania and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments involving the 1983 WWF Superstars.
Here’s the match-card:
The Invaders vs. Bill Dixon & Rene Goulet
The Iron Sheik vs. Jimmy Jackson
Paul Orndorff vs. Chuck Tanner
The Masked Superstar vs. The Tonga Kid