Owen James Hart famed as Owen Hart was a Canadian-American professional and amateur wrestler. He had worked for several promotions including Stampede Wrestling, New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Owen received most of his success in the WWF, where he wrestled under both his own name and the ring name The Blue Blazer. He died on May 23, 1999, due to injuries suffered following an equipment malfunction and subsequent fall from the rafters of Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, during his ring entrance at the WWF’s Over the Edge pay-per-view event at the age of 34.
Martha (Owen Hart’s Wife) Doesn’t Want Owen Hart Inducted Into The WWE Hall Of Fame
It’s been 21 years since beloved WWE superstar Owen Hart’s tragic and untimely passing. Hart’s life, career, and untimely death were documented in the season two finale of Vice’s Dark Side of the Ring documentary, which aired Tuesday. Performing in his Blue Blazer gimmick, Hart was set to face The Godfather for the Intercontinental Championship. For his entrance, Hart was to be lowered from the rafters and into the ring. But there was a malfunction with the harness line, and Hart was accidentally triggered too early. Medical personnel quickly attempted to revive Hart, but it was too late. Given his career accomplishments, in-ring work, legacy, and incredible contributions to the wrestling industry, there’s no questioning that Hart enjoyed a Hall of Fame-like career. But Martha Hart explained in an interview with Forbes that she simply won’t allow WWE to induct him into the Hall. “I would never let a company I held responsible for Owen’s death, try to honor him, especially with a fake Hall of Fame that doesn’t even really exist,” she said. “And there’s not even a hallway of fame. It’s not real. It doesn’t exist. There’s no place you can go and visit and it’s there. “It’s just all made up and make-believe and it’s all done for the sole purpose of making money because they just have a show where they have a celebration and you know, it’s just absurd.” Following Owen’s death, Martha filed a wrongful death lawsuit against WWE, and they reached an $18 million settlement.
How was the Cause Of Death of Owen Hart?
On 23rd May 1999, Owen Hart died in Kansas City, Missouri during the Over the Edge pay-per-view event where Owen Hart was set to fight ‘The Godfather’ for a title match for the Intercontinental Championship, he was supposed to make a superhero entry into the ring, in resonance with his new ‘superhero persona’, to be exhibited to his fans. He was in the process of being lowered via harness and grapple line into the ring from the rafters of Kemper Arena for a booked Intercontinental Championship match against The Godfather. While being lowered into the ring, Hart fell 78 feet (24 m), landing chest-first on the top rope (approximately a foot from the nearest turnbuckle), throwing him into the ring. He was transported to Truman Medical Center in Kansas City. While several attempts to revive him were made, he died due to his injuries. The cause of death was later revealed to be internal bleeding from blunt force trauma.
- Being considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time by many industry colleagues.
- Being widely regarded as one of the best in-ring performers in the WWF; Fox Sports dubbed him a “genius”.
What is the birthplace of Owen Hart?
Owen Hart was born on 7th May 1966 in Alberta, Canada; his birthplace/hometown. His real name/birth name was Owen James Hart. His nationality was Canadian and his ethnicity was Mixed. His race was White. He was born to his father; Stu Hart who was a former wrestler and his mother; Helen Hart who was a house maker. The Hart family was big and Owen grew up with 11 siblings (Smith, Bruce, Keith, Wayne, Dean, Ellie, Georgia, Bret, Alison, Ross, and Diana) and a few of his brothers went on to make a career in wrestling. He was of Greek descent through his maternal grandmother and Irish through his maternal grandfather. His father was mainly of Scots-Irish descent but also had Scottish and English ancestry. Because his mother, Helen, was born in New York, Hart was a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. The book by Owen’s wife titled ‘Broken Harts’ reveals that Owen wasn’t really keen on making a career in wrestling initially but bent on his father’s wishes and all through the middle and high school, he trained hard to make a career in professional wrestling. His father Stu gave him tips and tricks of succeeding in the ring, this kept Owen going and by the time he was out of High school, he had already transformed into a beast of a wrestler. His horoscope sign was Taurus and his religion was Christian.
How was Owen Hart’s Wrestling Career?
- Owen Hart was trained in his father’s Hart Dungeon and worked for his father’s federation, Stampede Wrestling
- In 1986, he teamed with Ben Bassarab and won the Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship.
- The success of the team and Hart’s in-ring skills earned him Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Rookie of the Year Award in the year 1987.
- His high flying fighting style and the reliance on technique more than the strength worked well for Owen at the New Japan Pro Wrestling in the year 1987 where he ended up defeating big names there such as Keiichi Yamada, Hiroshi Hase and more.
- In May 1988, he became the first non-Japanese wrestler to get his hands on the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship.
- In the summer of 1988, he grabbed WWF’s attention and got introduced in the ring with the moniker the Blue Blazer which was done by WWF to hide his identity as the younger brother of Kevin Hart (his brother and a prolific wrestler by then).
- He broke into the WWF as The Blue Blazer (initially The Blue Angel), with his early appearances seeing him defeat the likes of Terry Gibbs, Steve Lombardi, and Barry Horowitz.
- The Blue Blazer made his pay-per-view debut at Survivor Series ’88, teaming with The Ultimate Warrior, Brutus Beefcake, Jim Brunzell, and Sam Houston against The Honky Tonk Man, Greg Valentine, Outlaw Ron Bass, Bad News Brown and Dangerous Danny Davis.
- He continued to wrestle in the midcard, defeating enhancement talent but often falling short against other name talents; he lost to Ted DiBiase on the 11th March 1989 Saturday Night’s Main Event XX and was defeated by Mr. Perfect at WrestleMania V.
- In his early appearances at WWF, he went on to perform good enough, but gradually, his style got in the eyes of his opponents, and he faced several defeats.
- He also divided his time between Japan and the USA for different promotions and eventually in October 1991, WWF re-signed him.
- He also debuted in World Championship Wrestling’s self-titled TV show on 16th March 1991, the first of five TV matches he competed in, all of which were against preliminary talent such as Mark Kyle.
- One of the bouts saw him, team, with Ricky Morton.
- He was reintroduced with his real name this time without his mask and entered the ring with the name ‘The Rocket’.
- At Survivor Series in the year 1993, Bret Hart assembled a team of brothers, including Owen, against Shawn Michaels and his team of ‘Knights’.
- They lost when Owen accidentally collided with Bret during the match which led to a small-time feud between the two brothers and later they patched up and formed a tag team and in a title match against ‘The Quebecers’ in 1994 Royal Rumble where the brothers again entered in a dispute and as a result of this another feud started.
- In the Wrestlemania 10 match against his brother, he pinned him down to secure a victory.
- In the same evening, Bret went on to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, which enraged Owen and several clashes between the two brothers followed, in form of both tag team matches and singles.
- At the 1994 SummerSlam, the brothers were face to face again in a steel cage match, which Bret won.
- He then lost the title in several close matches, and the feud between the brothers went uglier when he interfered in a title match between Bret and Diesel, which cost Bret his title at Royal Rumble 1995.
- At Wrestlemania 11, he teamed up with Yokozuna for the Tag team championship match and defeated Shawn Michaels and Diesel for the title victory, a title which they held for half a year after that, before losing it to the same team of Shawn and Diesel.
- He fought through 1996, in mostly tag team matches and started a rivalry with his brother in law Davey Boy Smith, which lasted on and off for an entire year, before settling down with formation of the new Hart Foundation and Owen quickly won the Intercontinental Championship at the beginning of 1997.
- He lost the title to Stone Cold Steve Austin in August 1997.
- His feud with DX, the team of Shawn Michaels and Triple H, took a considerable chunk of his time, and after getting interfered in a match against Shawn Michaels, Owen challenged Triple H for the European Championship and won it.
- He also teamed up with Jeff Jarrett in 1998 and the two went on to participate in several tag team matches together.
- On 25th January 1999, in the midst of the Blue Blazer angle, Hart and Jarrett defeated Ken Shamrock and The Big Boss Man for the tag team title.
- The pair successfully defended the belts against Test and D’Lo Brown at WrestleMania XV.
- They lost the titles to the team of Kane and X-Pac on the (pre-taped) episode of Raw that aired on 5th April 1999.
- However, Hart and Jarrett continued to team together until Hart’s death in May during the Over the Edge pay-per-view event.
- In June 2010, Martha (Owen’s wife) filed a lawsuit against the WWE over WWE’s use of Owen’s name and likeness as well as personal photos of Hart’s family in the Hart & Soul WWE DVD, as well as the failure to make royalty payments.
- The matter was scheduled to go to trial in June 2013 before the settlement was reached in April 2013 for an undisclosed amount.
- The WWE released Owen: Hart of Gold on DVD and Blu-ray on 7th December 2015 in the United Kingdom, with the United States, release the day after.
Championship / Achievements / Records / Accomplishments / Awards of Owen Hart
George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
- Class of 2018 (Posthumous Inductee)
Legends Pro Wrestling
- LPW Hall of Fame (Class of 2011)
Prairie Wrestling Alliance
- Prairie Wrestling Alliance Hall of Fame (Class of 2010)
New Japan Pro-Wrestling
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Editor’s Award (1999)
- Feud of the Year (1994) vs. Bret Hart
- Rookie of the Year (1987)
- Ranked No. 10 of the top 500 wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1994
- Ranked No. 66 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the “PWI Years” in 2003
- Ranked No. 84 of the top 100 tag teams of the “PWI Years” in 2003 – with Davey Boy Smith
- Stampede British Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- Stampede Wrestling International Tag Team Championship (1 time) – with Ben Bassarab
- Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
- Stampede Wrestling Hall of Fame (Class of 1995)
World Wrestling Federation
- WWF European Championship (1 time)
- WWF Intercontinental Championship (2 times)
- WWF Tag Team Championship (4 times) – with Yokozuna (2), The British Bulldog (1) and Jeff Jarrett (1)
- King of the Ring (1994)
- WWF World Tag Team Championship Tournament (1997) – with The British Bulldog
- WWF Intercontinental Championship Tournament (1997)
- 30 Man Royal Rumble (January 17, 1994)
- Slammy Award (3 times)
With whom Owen Hart was Married to?
Owen Hart was a married man. He met Martha Joan Patterson during High School and they both dated for many years before getting married in July 1989. The couple also had two children (Kids) and Martha said in many interviews that he was a warm man, so much in love with his family and profession. The name of their children is; Son: Oje Edward Hart (born March 5, 1992) and Daughter: Athena Christie Hart (born September 23, 1995). In the year 2002, his widow-wife Martha Hart wrote a biographical book on Owen Hart, titled ‘Broken Harts’, and expressed the pain of losing her loving husband. The book went to become a bestseller and also explored several unheard details of Owen’s life and career. Prior to his death, the duo was living a happy life. His sexual orientation was straight and he was not gay.
How much is Owen Hart’s Net Worth?
Owen Hart was a professional wrestler. His net worth was estimated to have $14 Million before he died as per sources. Hart did make a lot of money during his career, working with several wrestling foundations. He was an established athlete in the industry with a lot to offer, as a player or a trainer. Whereas his exact salary is unknown. Prior to his death, he was satisfied with his earnings. There is no information regarding his cars and house.
How tall was Owen Hart?
Owen Hart was a very handsome person with a charming smile and a glowing face. His body build was strong and bodybuilder. He had a tall height of 1.78 m and his body weight was 103 Kg or 227 lb. His other body measurements such as chest size, waist size, biceps size, and more are unknown. His eye color was blue and his hair color was blonde.