Watching the Austin/McMahon rivalry episode on network and the mention Montreal so here's a quick one:
If Madusa never shows up on Nitro and drops the Women's Title, does Vince screw Bret? Vince was obviously paranoid because of the Madusa/Nitro situation. He and Bret were close for nearly 15 years. Can we kinda sorta thank Madusa for helping spark the Mr. McMahon character?
I think it was certainly a contributing factor, but a minor one. Madusa wasn't actually going to drop the belt on the way out anyway, she was basically fired (her contract expired and she wasn't offered a new one) and it was more that the company stupidly forgot to ask for the belt back. It's not like she was supposed to come in for a RAW in December and drop the title to Aja Kong and screwed them over. There had been a rough plan for that title change at Royal Rumble but that was out the window by December.
So yes, Vince would definitely have still screwed Bret at Montreal.