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WWF rumour 'disgusting'

By MIKE D'AMOUR -- Calgary Sun

The widow of a Calgary wrestler killed during a World Wrestling Federation stunt said she's hurt and disgusted that members of her husband's family will attend a WWF match in Calgary tonight.

Hart family members are expected to be at the Raw is War event and are expected to be discussing a new business deal.

"There is that rumour and I believe it's true," Martha Hart told the Sun.

"If anyone from (the Hart family) were to go to the show it would be disrespectful and disgusting."

Hart's husband, Owen, was killed when a high-wire stunt went awry during a 1999 Kansas City bout. Martha sued the WWF and last year reached an out-of-court settlement worth millions of dollars.

The tragedy left her to raise the couple's two young children alone.

"I don't understand the family meeting with the WWF," she said.

According to industry reports, the Hart family wants to see an affiliation with the wrestling giant, owned and operated by Vince McMahon.

Smith Hart, who trains wrestlers, told the Sun he has no hard feelings about the WWF and will indeed be ringside tonight.

The family patriarch Stu Hart told SLAM! Wrestling on the CANOE website that he would be open to meeting with the WWF.

"I have no axe to grind with Vince," he said.

"I haven't been officially invited yet, (but) if he wants me to be introduced ... I'd say, 'please, Vince, if you get a chance, just for old times' sake, give me a plug.' "

That bothers Martha.

"Whatever their motivation is, it's hurtful to me," she said.

There were also rumours Owen's brother and wrestling legend Bret "The Hitman" Hart would be coaxed out of retirement by the WWF.

But Martha said the idea was out of the question.

"I talked to Bret a few days ago and I can tell you he would never have anything to do with the WWF."

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