Highlights From Bret Hart & HBK "Signing Of A Lifetime" With Video & Attendee Reactions

Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels hosted "The Signing of Lifetime" Friday night from Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. The event opened with a meet and greet with fans and was proceeded by a question and answer session.  Below are the highlights followed by video and attendee reactions:

  • The infamous "midget skit" that aired after the Montreal Screwjob on Monday Night Raw was brought up. Michaels revealed it was an idea of Vince Russo and Hart said he wished he had a better ending in the WWF than that.
  • Both Hart and Michaels agreed that Owen Hart and "Macho Man" Randy Savage should be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
  • Bret Hart said his dream opponents would have been Kurt Angle and John Cena. He said he would have given Cena the best match he ever had. Michaels revealed his dream opponents as Ricky Steamboat or Harley Race.
  • Hart said he would have vacated the WWF Championship the night after Survivor Series 1997 on Monday Night Raw had the screwjob not happened.
  • Shawn said some of his favorite matches of his career included the Iron Man Match against Bret Hart and the Ladder Match against Razor Ramon.
  • Michaels admitted to turning down storylines after his return to the WWF in 2002 that involved cursing because he didn't feel comfortable as a born again Christian.
  • Bret said if he was working Wrestlemania 29 on Sunday he would want to face Cena. Michaels said he'd like a match against Daniel Bryan or CM Punk.
  • Hart feels there is too much talking and not enough wrestling in WWE currently. Shawn admitted he doesn't watch much anymore and is trying to catch up on all the TV he missed while on the road.

Video of the event is located at this link or embedded below:

Attendees noted the event, promoted by Big Time Wrestling, was disorganized and oversold but Shawn and Bret were polite and personable.

  • George Waldman

    It was very disorganized. I was first on line. According to the people who ran it, they said that we were going to go around the right wall, go up the steps to get our photo taken, go down the steps on the other side, walk down the opposite wall, exit the room, wait outside until everybody had their picture taken, come back in the same way, get the autographs, leave again, and finally come back in, take the seats we wanted, and do the Q&A. Then they changed their minds. They had us filling up the room by having us take seats starting in the back. At the beginning of this new plan, they said they were going to let us wait outside the room after they had the back five rows filled. They obviously changed their minds again because the whole room filled with people. when they finally got done with the photo ops, they told us to start lining up for the autographs. Just when they got done with the photo ops, they said they were going to do the Q&A, and then do the autographing row by row starting from the back. Luckily, I was already waiting at the head of the line, along with a long line of people behind me. If I was running the event, I would have done the Q&A first, with everybody seated where they wanted to be. That portion would have lasted about an hour. Then, I would have done the photo ops and autograph session together to save time, also row by row, but starting from the front.

  • Nostaljack

    He wouldn’t curse in 02 but he was perfectly willing to do it this past Monday night. Go figure…