On This Date in WWF History (Mar. 27): The Atlantic City Screwjob

Bret Hart gets screwed by Bad News Brown at "WrestleMania IV", then turns babyface.

I've got "Bad News" for Bret Hart if he thinks he can trust Allen Coage. On March 27, 1988, World Wrestling Federation (WWF) held its annual WrestleMania pay-per-view (PPV), this time at the Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

WrestleMania IV was being sold on its 14-man tournament for the vacant WWF Championship, which culminated in Randy Savage's epic win over Ted DiBiase in the final match. But there was another tournament style contest earlier that night that was significant from a historical standpoint, because it's widely recognized as one of the catalysts for Bret Hart's eventual face turn.

"The Hitman" was inserted into a curtain-jerking Battle Royal with 19 other wrestlers, ranging from the odd jobber to occasional main eventer. One of those men, "Bad News" Brown, would form an alliance with the Canadian to ensure they were the last two remaining.

After they accomplished that goal, both finalists sort of paraded around in celebration, which was preposterous, because the whole point of the match was to be the last man standing. It didn't stop Hart from standing around feeling satisfied -- just long enough to eat a Ghetto Blaster and get tossed over the top rope.

Hurt and betrayed, he stormed back into the ring and took Brown's obscenely large trophy and smashed it to bits. Again, not that it made any sense, but it sure was cool to watch.

Check it out, right here:

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