Gerald Brisco Describes Time Bret Hart Refused To Lose Big Match

Bret Hart waving a Canadian flag

WWE Hall Of Famer Gerald Brisco has described a time that Bret Hart refused to lose a tournament final, before the ‘Montreal Screwjob’ ever happened.

Gerald Brisco was discussing the incident on Bruce Prichard’s Something To Wrestle With podcast, during an episode which covered a number of past conversations about what happened at 1997.

In the discussion, Brisco recalled another time when ‘The Hitman’ wasn’t prepared to take the fall.

We were over in Bahrain, it’s a little island right off Saudi Arabia. We’re running an outdoor show there. This is probably the same year. We had a tournament. It came down to Bret and Undertaker as the main event. It wasn’t a title match, it was just a Bahrain tournament. Bret said, ‘I’m not going to drop the match here. I can’t get beat here.’

I’m thinking, we’re in the middle of nowhere. I asked Bret, ‘Why? It’s The Undertaker.’ He said, ‘There’s too many fans.’ Granted, there was a contingent of Canadian soldiers in attendance, so he was right in that aspect. There were some Canadian soldiers, but most of the people were native people there. It wasn’t like there were overwhelming Maple Flags flying there.

We’re 10,000 miles away from anywhere, and back in those days, there wasn’t any social media or anything like that. Of course, I made my phone call to Vince. Vince said, ‘Just get the match in the ring.’ When Undertaker comes in, he likes to know what he’s going to do so he can develop a game plan in his head during the course of the event.

Gerald Brisco remembers how The Undertaker was a consummate professional over the incident, whilst Vince McMahon had what turned out to be ominous words.

I’ve never told this story before. ‘Vince said talk to Taker. Just get the match in the ring. Do what you have to do, but get it in the ring. It’s the last night of the tour, get the hell out and come home. We’ll deal with it then. I tell Taker what’s going on. He said, ‘He doesn’t want to drop the title to me?’ I said, ‘No, he doesn’t want to drop it. There’s too many Canadians here.’

Taker looked at me with a look of shock with those piercing eyes of his that scared me to the bone. I said, ‘Well, what do you want to do? He said, ‘The hell with it. I’ll put him over.’ That’s the professional that Taker is. I approached Bret and said he’ll put you over.

He said, ‘Well, I don’t have to pin him. I can put the sharpshooter on him.’ I said, ‘Well you’re not going to put the sharpshooter on him. You’re going to pin him.’ So we worked out the match for VKM. That was my first example with Bret.

Brisco also spoke recently of how he was given “three days to live” after a hit was put out on him by a fellow superstar during his days as a wrestler.

With thanks to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.

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