Is there any other instance of a ‘Montreal-type’ situation taking place or nearly taking place? In Japan maybe? We hear about the standoffs, refusals to job, and general bickering about match results, but was there ever another instance in a wrestling promotion in which that kind of outcome either came about or nearly occured? Thanks
Uh, to say the least, YES. That’s why everyone came to warn Bret about getting screwed, because this kind of shit happened ALL THE TIME back in the day. I don’t have a list handy because it would take forever, but Montreal was mainly notable for being the first time it happened on live TV in the so-called “modern era”, when wrestling was supposed to be out of the smoky bingo halls and run by a more sophisticated group of aristocrats instead of the skeevy promoters who would do that sort of thing in the past. That used to be why the NWA would favor guys like Lou Thesz, who could take care of themselves if some two-bit promoter decided he wanted to do an unauthorized title change in his territory. I mean, would you want to go in there and try to shoot on Terry Funk?