10 Fascinating WWE King Of The Ring 1997 Facts

8. Vince Made Bret Aware Of His "Financial Peril" Days Before The Show


In a book, this would be called "foreshadowing". On June 2, six nights before the King of the Ring pay-per-view, a weary and still-injured Hart had a serious discussion with the boss in regards to the 20-year contract that "The Hitman" signed the previous October. Hart quoted the words, "financial peril" from Vince's state-of-WWE assessment, adding that Vince claimed the next six months would, "make him or break him."

It has since been up for debate just how serious the troubles were (if there were any at all), or if it was a matter of Vince having buyer's remorse in signing Hart to that front-loaded deal. McMahon floated the idea of restructuring Hart's contract, promising to pay him the bigger money later on when WWE would presumably be more financially solvent.

The tip of the iceberg had breached the horizon.


Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.