According to WWE‘s official website, Bret Hart will make his return to Monday Night Raw tonight when the show emanates from Centre Bell in Montreal. This will be Hart’s first televised appearance at the arena since “losing” the WWE Championship to Shawn Michaels at the 1997 Survivor Series.
Montreal has become something of an infamous city in WWE lure. Ever since Bret was famously double-crossed by Vince McMahon, Shawn Michaels and Triple H, it seems that something newsworthy happens every time the company ventures into Centre Bell. It is “bizzaro world,” after all.
There was news aplenty on Sept. 10, 2012, the last time Raw was held in the city. It was on that night that Jerry Lawler suffered a legitimate on-air heart attack, collapsing at the announcer’s table during a tag team match between Team Hell No (Daniel Bryan and Kane) and the Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young). Lawler wrestled earlier in the evening, teaming with Randy Orton against CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler.
In truth, Montreal is a great wrestling city with some of the best and most knowledgeable fans in the world. Pro wrestling is held to a very high standard, and the fans will let you know it if they feel your performance isn’t up to snuff. Not unlike Madison Square Garden in New York City, performing at Centre Bell can be extremely challenging.
Bret Hart is no stranger to performing in high intensity situations, and the crowd in Montreal should be delighted by his return. Their reaction to “the Hitman” should be a highlight of the program, if not the highlight. It will be interesting to hear what Bret has to say regarding his old haunt and to see if he will be used to further any of the major storylines.
Will tonight’s show be added to the annals of historic Montreal wrestling programs? History is on our side.