It was on this date in pro wrestling history (May 7, 1965) that a young man we would come to know and love, Owen James Hart, was born into the Hart wrestling family, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was the youngest of 12 children. His Dad, Stu Hart, was a Stampede Wrestling promoter and WWE Hall of Famer.
Although an avid wrestling in High School, Owen tried to escape the family business in his young adulthood, to no avail. Eventually, he would become one of the most famous Canadian professional and amateur wrestlers; having worked for several promotions, including his father's Stampede Wrestling, as well as New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and most notably, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) -- where he wrestled under both his own name, and ring name The Blue Blazer.
According to Owen's Wikipedia page:
"Hart was a one-time world champion: a one-time USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion during the USWA's partnership with the WWF; a two-time WWF Intercontinental Champion; one-time IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion; one-time WWF European Champion and four-time WWF World Tag Team Champion. He was also the winner of the 1994 WWF King of the Ring.
"Although he never won the WWF Championship, Hart challenged for the title and headlined multiple pay-per-views for the company during the 1990s. He has been cited by a number of peers as one of the WWF's greatest professional wrestlers.
"Hart died on May 23, 1999 when an equipment malfunction occurred during his entrance from the rafters of Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, U.S., at the WWF's 'Over the Edge' pay-per-view event."
The youngest Hart brother had an extremely impressive career during his all too short 34-years of life growing up inside the family business. Here is a timeline of his career path:
- Training and independent circuit (1986-1988)
- World Wrestling Federation (1988-1989)
- Return to independent circuit (1989-1991)
- World Championship Wrestling (1991)
- Return to World Wrestling Federation (1991-1999)
- The New Foundation (1991-1992)
- Feud with Bret (1993-1995)
- Team with The British Bulldog (1996-1997)
- The Hart Foundation (1997)
- The Black Hart and Nation of Domination (1997-1998)
- Teaming with Jeff Jarrett (1998-1999)
Among his many achievements over the course of his dozen or so years in professional wrestling was Owen's feud with his brother Bret. They won the Feud of the Year award from Pro Wrestling Illustrated and also garnered high praise from Dave Meltzer's Wrestling Observer Newsletter for their steel cage match at SummerSlam.
If you are new to the world of wrestling (or perhaps are a younger Cagesider) and are therefore somewhat unfamiliar with Owen, you can check out a video playlist of some of his finer moments, below. Or, for those of us who remember him and miss him on our screens each week, just simply watch for the fond memories:
On May 28, 2011, Owen was inducted into the Legends Pro Wrestling "Hall of Fame" by Jack Blaze in Wheeling, West Virginia at their LPW Hart & Soul Tour event. The award was accepted by his brother-in-law, Jim Neidhart, who was also inducted that night.
What say you Cagesiders? Do any of you remember any of these events from our Hart family wrestling history, or recall your Dads or Grandads talking about any of these moments over the years? Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comments below.
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