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This is a list of various things that took place in 1997.

Significant events

August

  • Gorilla Monsoon makes his final appearances in the role of WWF president, as Sgt. Slaughter is named Commissioner; the title of "president," which had been used in storylines only, is retired at this time. Monsoon, who is starting to suffer from failing health, begins making fewer live appearances at WWF events during the rest of his life; his final came a year and a half later at WrestleMania XV in 1999, just over six months before his death

November

  • 9 - The match that came to be known as the "Montreal Screwjob" takes place at the Survivor Series -- the card's main event, WWF Heavyweight Champion Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels -- at the Molson Centre in Montreal
  • 10 - In response to being outed as the catalyst behind the controversial finish to the Bret Hart-Shawn Michaels match the previous evening at the Survivor Series -- online criticism had begun almost immediately after Michaels was declared the winner of the match -- Vince McMahon, Jr. famously states, during an in-ring promo on WWF Monday Night Raw "Vince McMahon didn't screw Bret Hart. Bret screwed Bret Hart!", turning heel and transitioning himself into the "evil owner" persona that he continues to play to this day. McMahon also steps away from his longtime duties as the pro-face/objective play-by-play announcer (a role he had played for 26 years), his final (regular) appearance behind the mike coming a week before the Survivor Series, to focus on establishing his new character. Meanwhile, on WCW Monday Nitro, announcers Mike Tenay and Tony Schiavone strongly condemn the actions of McMahon and Michaels, effectively accusing them of double-crossing Hart

Retirements

Births

Unknown dates

June

Deaths

January

February

March

June

August

September

October

December

Debuts

  • Johnny Devine
  • Oscar Omar Puentes Molgado
  • Shannon Ballard
  • Batista
  • Billy Boy
  • Brothers of Destruction
  • Cancerbero
  • Chae An
  • CIMA
  • Rob Conway
  • Amy Crawford (Nitro Girl)
  • D-Generation X
  • Danny Daniels
  • Diana la Cazadora
  • Disciples of Apocalypse
  • Dragon Kid
  • Dudley Boyz
  • Evan Karagias
  • Bill Goldberg
  • Genny Goulet
  • Jay Hanna
  • James Storm
  • Al Katrazz
  • Tony Kozina
  • La Hechicera
  • Los Boricuas
  • Melissa Bellin
  • Michael Cole
  • Ernest Miller
  • Murray Cairns
  • Nathan Jones
  • New Age Outlaws
  • Paul Lloyd, Jr.
  • Rene Gomez
  • Ricky Banderas
  • Dean Roll
  • Rocky Romero
  • Ron Killings
  • Rudy Switchblade
  • Sangre Azteca
  • Shane Shamrock
  • Travis Shillington
  • Gene Snitsky
  • Tyson Dux
  • Gerardo Campos Poza
  • Xavier

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October

Events

January

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March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Pay-Per-View events

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Title changes

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