Former WWE Ref Jimmy Korderas Discusses “Montreal Theory”
On November 9, 1997, pro wrestling was changed forever thanks to the events of what has now become known as “The Montreal Screwjob”. But did Vince McMahon really “screw” Bret Hart or where they secretly on the same page, or perhaps even co-conspirators? It’s a question that has been posed off and on since the incident took place, but has seen new life thanks to the “Montreal Theory” DVD, which analyzes & debates the possibilities, scenarios, and reasoning behind Montreal being the most well-orchestrated storyline in wrestling history.
The DVD itself sees comments from several big names, including Jerry “The King” Lawler, Kevin Nash, Raven, Steve Corino, Jerry Jarrett, Kevin Kelly, Tammy Sytch, and even archival footage of Shawn Michaels and a quote from Earl Hebner. It has been mentioned by everywhere from Bleacher Report to WWE.com. But so many more voices need to be heard. Since its release, several high profile stars, past and present, have chimed in with Theories of their own, ranging from the highly conservative to the wildly skeptical.
Shortly following the 16th Anniversary of the Screwjob, I sat down with Jimmy Korderas over the phone, a man who spent 22 years with WWE, to get his take on whether he thought Bret could have been in on the Screwjob the whole time.
The answer is not as easy to provide as you may think.
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92.5 Phoenix FM Interview courtesy of Wrestleview Radio – http://www.wrestleviewradio.com/2013/09/29/international-desk-86/
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Online World of Wrestling – http://www.onlineworldofwrestling.com/2013/06/29/oww-radio-montreal-theory-dvd-producer-joe-dombrowski/
DVD Review by our friends at Pro Wrestling Ponderings – http://www.pwponderings.com/2013/04/30/the-montreal-theory-dvd-review/
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Earlier this week, the staff at WWE.com released an article examining eight “urban legends” within its annals of history. Curiously, one of the topics profiled was the legend of Bret Hart being secretly in-the-know about the events surrounding the infamous “Montreal Screwjob” at the 1997 Survivor Series, a scenario profiled extensively in the new two-disc DVD set “The Montreal Theory”, which was released in early April of this year at MontrealTheory.com.
The WWE article (which seems to use descriptions lifted straight from the “Montreal Theory” trailer & synopsis), concludes the theory to be false, calling those that subscribe to an alternative theory as “relatively insane” and comparing them to the likes of Alex Jones. The entire article is available right now at this link – http://www.wwe.com/classics/classic-lists/8-wwe-urban-legends/page-7
“Montreal Theory” producer Joe Dombrowski was quick to offer comment upon discovering the writing, and had the following to say -
“No offense to anyone on the .com team, but if Vince & Bret WERE in secret collusion all these years, they definitely wouldn’t blow their cover to the website staff. That’d be major, major news. I certainly don’t fault them for writing that, but my question is why is it so ‘relatively insane’ to hold an alternative point of view to the official story? Why are people so quick to ridicule others for thinking outside the box and against the grain? What are we supposed to do? Accept everything at face value and never doubt anyone? From politicians to news media to corporations — none of them have agendas?
I stand by the “Montreal Theory” – maybe Bret was in on what happened, and maybe he wasn’t. I can’t prove either one. But there’s still a lot of awfully interesting questions that need addressed before I can say there was no way Bret didn’t know about it in advance. Why did a documentary film crew get an all-access pass to document all of this and with some mighty convenient timing? Why did Bret ignore warnings from several in the locker room and obvious unusual behavior, such as Vince sitting at ringside the whole match? Why is there documented evidence that Bret & Vince discussed the exact finish that happened (punch to Vince included) a week before the match? Why does Jerry Lawler, and several other people who were there, publicly admit they don’t believe what happened was legitimate? Why does Montreal fit perfectly in a linear narrative of events as far as what made the most sense to everyone’s characters? And what about the fact everyone came out of Montreal technically getting the result they wanted, and everyone made a ton of money from it? It’s all very VERY convenient. I’ll admit, it could very well possibly be a disproportionately large amount of coincidences one after the other. But is it “insane” to think it’s TOO convenient? I don’t think so.
Fans, skeptics, and on-lookers alike are encouraged to watch “The Montreal Theory” for themselves. We give you both sides – the argument for the conspiracy and the argument against it. It’s up for the viewer to decide. I want the people to form their own opinion. And never stop asking questions. Never, ever stop asking questions.”
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Julie Hart, ex-wife to Bret Hart, and perhaps best remembered from the “Wrestling With Shadows” documentary recently acknowledged the Montreal Theory in a recent interview. Below are her comments courtesy of Inside the Ropes.
“Thoughts on the Montreal Theory DVD
It’s funny, two weeks ago my son Blade and I saw this post that someone had put up about it. I was like “Oh my god, are you serious?!” It’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard. You shouldn’t have wasted your money producing this conspiracy theory. I think those people should have interviewed the people who were around Bret like me or my kids. If they had interviewed us and asked us what it was like after Montreal happened….There’s no way it was a work, not afterwards, not the way Bret reacted, the way he was, when he went to WCW. You could see the change in him, Bret’s not that good an actor, he’s not Robert De Niro. There’s no way he could’ve hidden it.
Why she thinks Bret didn’t work in WCW
Because of what happened in Montreal. His spirit was broken. And we were going through the whole separation thing at the same time. So you add that on, the relationship ending. How much could a person take. That’s what pisses me off so much about that DVD, you know, they didn’t go to the right people to ask. If they’d spoken to us, they wouldn’t have a DVD. I know when I read it with my son Blade, Blade was just beside himself because you know it affected Blade a lot, it affected our family. The impact from Montreal affected our family in many, many, many ways and I don’t think people really understand how much.”
Response from “The Montreal Theory”:
“While I certainly don’t blame those that have such a passionately negative view on what is a very emotional and controversial story to tell, its important to remember that the DVD assumes nothing! We give you every side of the story we can and let the viewer decide for themselves! No agendas, politics or force-feeding involved. We hit it from all sides!
While we did not speak directly to any members of the Hart Family in the making of this DVD, we do acknowledge the impact the incident had on the entire Hart family, including a quote from Julie Hart on a recent podcast where she explains there was, in her opinion, no way it could have been a work. We chose to not focus on the negative and somber after-effects of Montreal, though they are an integral part of the story that necessitated, and received, mention in our story.”
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PJ Polaco (better known as Justin Credible) chimes in with his own “Montreal Theory”…
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