Former WWE producer and wrestler Steve Lombardi, aka The Brooklyn Brawler, not too long ago recalled what occurred when Bret Hart fought Shawn Michaels backstage.
Hart and Michaels disliked each different in actual life on the peak of their on-screen rivalry in 1996 and 1997. The WrestleMania 12 essential occasion opponents as soon as legitimately tried to fight behind the scenes at a WWE occasion, prompting Lombardi to get entangled.
In an interview with James Romero of WSI, the 62-year-old stated Hart and Michaels might hardly transfer because of the small quantity of house backstage:
“I’m the precise one who got here out and instructed the brokers that Bret and Shawn are going at it,” Lombardi said. “The humorous factor about it’s they had been within the bathe. They each grabbed each different’s hair as a result of they each had lengthy hair, in order that they had been stagnant. They actually could not do something as a result of they can not go nowhere as a result of they’re holding their hair, however they hated each different.” [8:54 – 9:20]
Hart famously refused to lose in opposition to Michaels at Survivor Series 1997, resulting in the Montreal Screwjob incident. The latter confirmed in 2022 that he was now good associates with his former rival.
Steve Lombardi on Bret Hart’s in-ring type
Many followers and wrestlers view Bret Hart as one of the proficient in-ring performers of all time. Steve Lombardi crossed paths with The Hitman greater than a dozen occasions between 1984 and 1993.
Lombardi by no means had any points working with Hart, however he all the time knew he had been in a battle after their matches:
“Bret Hart labored cosy. I will not name it stiff, however when he kicked you within the abdomen, he kicked you within the abdomen. It damage. But he wasn’t reckless, he wasn’t harmful.” [3:03 – 3:14]
One of their most notable encounters occurred on December 13, 1993, when Hart defeated Lombardi in a four-minute match on RAW.
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