RIDGEWOOD, NJ - FEBRUARY 10:  Shawn Michaels attends a book signing for "Wrestling For My Life" at Bookends Bookstore on February 10, 2015 in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
A Look Back At Shawn Michaels' Feud With Bret Hart
The feud between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart is remembered as one of the most legendary in WWE history. After mutually beneficial tag team feuds, HBK and Hart were friends even when they began their singles career, with "The Hitman" admitting, "I considered Shawn one of my better friends. We were tight back then."
However, in 1997, the two clashed at WrestleMania XII in a 60-minute Ironman match for the WWF title, which Michaels captured in 61 minutes and 52 seconds during the sudden death phase. However, soon afterward, tension started rising backstage and things escalated drastically as the two got into an intense altercation.
Various unsavory rumors and shots were thrown between Hart and Michaels, culminating in the infamous Survivor Series 1997 in Montreal, Canada — also known as Montreal Screwjob. Vince McMahon ended the match prematurely in Michael's favor without Bret's knowledge, and the betrayal stung him.
Hart said on his way to join WCW, "They don't care about what you did yesterday. They only care about what you did for them today." He stayed away from WWE for years until the January 4, 2010 episode of "RAW," where Hart and HBK reunited to bury "the hatchet" and make amends after spending a decade without contact.