Jim 'The Anvil' Neidhart has revealed all about the legendary backstage fight between Bret Hart and Vince McMahon after the Montreal Screwjob at Survivor Series in 1997. According to Neidhart, there was a "dogpile" in the locker room when 'The Hitman' knocked out McMahon.
Speaking on Talk Is Jericho, Neidhart said he was watching his former Hart Foundation partner's back during the Survivor Series main event, but had no idea what was due to transpire. The match was a WWF (now known as WWE) Championship bout between Hart and Shawn Michaels.
The match ended when Michaels put Hart in the Sharpshooter finishing move. Ring officials, at the behest of McMahon, rang the bell, even though Hart had not submitted. McMahon's reason for the double-cross was due to his fear that Hart, who was scheduled to move to rivals WCW, would take the title with him.
"I was like everybody else. I was 'what the hell's going on here?' So I basically just came out [to the ring] and watched Bret's back a little bit and that was about it." Neidhart said. "I remember being in the ring watching Bret break everything."
"I was right next to him. It was like Bret was sitting over on one side of the locker room. Here comes Vince and they got right into it, right into a big fight there, so everybody piled on top. It was a huge dog pile. Yeah, in the dressing room," he said.
The former Oakland Raider also revealed that Hart helped him move to WCW in 1998, where he got paid "so much money to do absolutely nothing".
"Oh yeah, I really liked [WCW]. To go to these things and get paid a really decent salary, and then, not wrestle, it's like 'wow, do these guys know what they're doing? I don't think so.' Something tells me. I get paid a lot of money just to stand here in the locker room and drink beer at night," he said.
Neidhart also said the 59-year-old Hart was a "great tag partner" with whom he "never disagreed about anything".