SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Owen Hart
Owen Hart Memories
I'm probably Owen's age and I can clearly remember seeing him for the first
time during the Stampede wrestling heydays. He was still smallish compared
to now but he was a great flyer back then....pulling off moves from the top
rope nobody in Stampede had seen before. Boy I sure miss those days of
SW...saw many future greats come up from there!!
Like with Bret I have been a long time fan of Owen .I can remember the
days when Owen dressed as the Blue Blazer , he was a good wrestler but
was never close to achieving the respect that his brother Bret had .It
came to a shock when he turned on Bret in 1994 but living the life as a
goody good didn't suit him.Owen began to reach the pinnacle of his career
all by himself.His spectacular style in the ring has put him in many
memorable matches but the ones I remember the most were his upset
victory over his brother Bret at Wrestle Mania 10 and Bret's sweet
revenge at Summer Slam 1994.Both men put one hell of a fight in both
matches and they could have gone either way.Now in 1997 he is the
Intercontinental champion and I think he has finally begun to receive
the respect that he deserves.
I would have to say without a doubt that Owen Hart is the best technical
wrestler in the WWF today. In his days with Stampede wrestling to his
present days as an intercontinental champion in the WWF Owen Hart shows
true professionalism and class in and out of the ring, much like his
I have only started to watch wrestling, when I saw Owen turning
on Bret. I knew something was wrong already in Survivor Series
when Owen was the only one to lose to Shawn's team and he
almost had a fight with Bret. From then, Owen turned into a major
heel, but about the only major heel who never got any titles,
although he proved his potential to beat the champion Bret Hart.
Only after some years, he brought "the only man who beat my
brother" Yokozuna and received glory. And now he's finally back
with his brother, having all the gold and maybe he'll finally have
the world title eventually.
I really like his special moves, aka the Enzugiri and Spinning Wheel
Kick (BTW: THAT'S his trademark finisher now, NOT the
Sharpshooter!). He gains the reputation of retiring people. First,
he made Shawn almost retire and now Steve Austin.
Anyway, with a little more push, Owen would finally get the
world title and finally get completely out of "Bret's shadow".
I also really like his, what I refer to as "winning" theme music.
So go Owen! Whoo!
The most memorable moment of Owen's career has to be when he dropped
Steve Austin on his head, almost put him out of wrestling for life, and
still lost the match. That just shows what a "jobber" Owen "The King of
Hearts" Hart is.
My most memorable owen moment was when he fought Stone Cold Steve
Austin. How many wrestlers do you know would have the compassion to
stop wrestling so he would not further injure the safety of another? I
wish all wrestler's had Owen's heart. He is the true King of Karts
I remember when Owen challenged Razor Ramon for the IC title. I cheered for him all by self. He won but Razor had the foot on the rope. Later a 2nd
ref came out and the match was restarted. Owen lost the match and his shot at being champ.
I think owen is the man. My favorite moment in wrestling and my favorite
Owen Hart memory is when Owen charged in from the crowd dressed in street
clothes to attack Shawn Michaels to defend his brother and family name
against the likes of the scummy D-Generation X. In my mind that showed
guts and honor and also that the Hart Family wont be shut down by Vince or
his washed up champ the no talent Shawn Michaels...
John "Hart fan" Ubdegrove
Owen Hart is my hero, He deserves the title 3:16 because he is the best
there is, the
best there was and the best there ever will be. He is the real Hitman in
the Hart family.
He also deserves to be the WWF champion because he has the charisma to
be a real
I think we all have to agree, that Owen's shining moment in the sun, as
of to date, would have to be Degeneration X. Where he would succeed to
show Shawn Michaels that he would not stand for such disgraceful
actions. Therefore, proceeding to come to the ring and knee Shawn
Michaels in the back. Then following him down, to continue the attack.
Beating him severely. The following night, once again appeared from
nowhere, and doing it again, without speaking a word. Owen leaped the
rail, in a single bound, and headed of into the crowd! Owen, if you read
these, All I can say is "Job well done! Let us see some more of that
power to appear from no where and put the DEGENERATE in his place."
The WWF King of the Ring tournament in 1994 still sticks out in my
mind.With HUGE stars like Bam Bam Bigelow, Mabel, and Scott "Razor
Ramon" Hall, in it, things really looked bleak for the 5'11, 227 lb
"Rocket" Owen Hart.Owen persevered against all odds, eventually pinning
Hall that night to claim the King of the Ring honours for the entire
next year. The smile on his face as he was crowned by Jim "Anvil"
Neidhart filled my heart with joy. On that magical evening,as he
proclaimed himself the "King of Harts", Owen claimed his rightful spot
in wrestling history.
DR. PLACID LASRADO
Owen has always been my hero. When he reunited with his family to
reform to Hart Foundation, he just showed how a nice man he is. I've met
him at a charity softball game in Montreal and all I can say is that
he's a true gentleman who reminds us of the fundamental values in life.
And as a wrestler, he's certainly one of the best I've ever seen, and
when he beat Bret at Wrestlemania, he proved without a shadow of a doubt
that he deserves all the cheers in the world...
Fanny Ray, Mtl.Canada
I have to say that all though I've always been a fan of the Harts, Owen
has always been my personal favorite. I have to say that my best memory
of him was during the family reunion with Bret, and Davey Boy. It was a
touching moment. And it showed what a high Class family the Harts are.
I grew up in Calgary so I remember Owen when he first started at
Stampede. He ran in to save one of his friends against Mike Shaw and JR
Foley. He cleaned house inside of a minute. He looked very impressive
as a 19 year old future star. It was't until a few years later, in
Yorkton Saskatchewan, I saw Owen wrestle Mike Shaw and realized this guy
would be heading to the WWF soon. He dominated Shaw throughout the
match, playing to the crowd and bodyslamming and suplexing Shaw with
great ease. Shaw looked outclassed and out wrestled. Owen signed my
program and my night was complete.
I met Owen Hart, here in Winnipeg on May 2nd 1997!!!! That was one of
the biggest thrills of my life!!! I was so scared to approach him...I
actually called my mother and told her that Owen Hart was sitting at the
table across the isle from me (I was at a restaurant) my mother said
"Don't you bug that nice man!!"......But, in the long run...I did, I
just had to, he was OWEN HART!!!! I got my picture taken with him, and
he put his arm around me (Wow, he was like a True....hmmmm..whats the
word...well, he was a nice guy...and nice to his fans!!!) I still have
the picture, I've showed it to everybody I know like 200 times. I
remember seeing Owen as the Blue Blazer, and as Owen Hart 'The Jerk' and
as Owen Hart 'The True Canadian'....Wrestling is coming back here to
Winnipeg soon, and I have front row!!!!! This is gonna be great!!!! OWEN
One of my personal moments about Owen was at Summer Slam '94
Bret annd Owen fought for the WWF title in a cage match .
Jim " the Anvil'' Neighart and Owen after when Bret won the match
them two chained the door shut and them two layed a beating on him
but Bruce , Davey Boy , Dean and Keith went after them !!
Another one was when he fought Stone Cold at Survivor Series
when he lost the title cause the Hart's didn't have much luck
that night , But the Canada team did beat the U.S..
I can remember when owen debuted in 1994 as the Blue Blazer. He was fueding
with Bret Hart and had won the King of the Ring. Now I can't believe the
destruction of the Hart Foundation. He is a true hearted wrestler because
he stands up for honor and TRADITION.
I Remember when Owen challenged his bro-in-law Bulldog and then Bret came out and
reunited them and formed the Hart Foundation. It was probably the greatest
moment in WWF history even better then the Undertaker and Kain because
they're really family and thats that.
I entered the "Worlds Most Famous Arena" of Madison
Square Garden, we just got finished singing the national anthem with Little
Richard....Owen Harts music started playing and I thought: WOW They are
letting Owen start off the biggest WWF event!!!!" I remembered as he wrestled
his brother Bret Hart ( who later in that evening won the WWF world title ).
And boy I knew the talent Owen had before this match, but after the match he
left me in "AWE" . I truly realized that this was just the beginning of a "
Bright" future for ( at the time Rocket ) Owen Hart!!!! I remember his victory
over Bret " Hit Man" Hart at Wrestlemania X....I remember being shocked just
like the rest of the Garden, I remembered being amazed.....From there on Owen
has won 3 WWF tag team titles, 2 WWF Intercontinental Titles, and is the
reigning World Wrestling Federation European Champion!!!!! And he is still
young!!!! I see Owen's future as being brighter than Bret's ever was and as
Bright as "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's will be!!! I remember saying to myself
that Wrestlemania X evening that if you have not experienced the WWF or Owen
Hart in person, then you have not experienced "The Black Hart" Owen
Why is Owen Hart wasting his time being the European Champion when he is
clearly World Title
material. Owen also shouldn't waste his time with Triple H when Shawn
Michaels has the big prize.
I hope that the WWF gives Owen a fair title shot and that Owen can win the
title. with Bret gone the
spotlight belongs to "THE KING OF HARTS" AND SOON THE WWF WORLD CHAMPION.
While I agree with many others in that highlights of Owen's career
include his victory over Bret, winning the 1994 KOTR, and winning the IC
title, I have other memories of Owen that I am surprised no one else has
mentioned. One of my favourite's was his performance at the towel match
during the 1994 Survivor Series. Although Owen wasn't an actual
participant in the match, I felt he stole the show. First by not
throwing in the towel to allow Bret to win, even as Mr. Backlund was
screaming in pain for the towel, then by tricking his mother into
throwing in the towel for Bret, and finally running back to the dressing
room, carrying the towel as though it were the WWF Championship title
itself. Another great moment in Owen's career, was when he made a
heroic return to the ring after being injured to get the pin over Steve
Austin in the 10-man tag match at the Calgary Stampede. Making this
even better, was that it happened in his hometown. Finally, another
memorable moment in Owen's career was a match that he actually lost on
Monday Night Raw to a far inferior wrestler Bob Holly. Many of you
would probably think that this is one of the lowest points in his
career. In some ways I agree. However, I think that this match shows
just what kind of sportsmanship Owen has, by agreeing to job to Holly so
that he could get a victory over a top superstar in Holly's hometown.
Somehow I doubt Shawn Micheals would have done the same. Hopefully
Vince will soon recognize who the greatest wrestler and all around human
being is in the WWF, and will award Owen with the WWF Championship.
Nick Maloney, Saint John, New Brunswick
My favorite memory of Owen is when he returned to the WWF at Degeneration X.
I was so glad when one of my three favorite wrestlers returned since Bret &
Davey Boy were gone. I'm glad that Owen is a fan favorite again after
Vince's stupid anti-american idea.
Matt Anderson, Elkader, Iowa
My favorite memory of Owen was his steel cage matches with Bret. It was
not good to see but the amount of talent in that ring was incredible! I
still see those matches as 2 of my top 5 favorite of all time. I was on
the edge of my seat the whole time and I have not seen a match like it
Owen Hart is a new person. Owen was not a favorite of mine when
he was with the Hart Foundation. He was such a follower and I hated
that. He always was a competitor and I hated that because I knew he could
do so much better. When the poor Bret Hart and the rest of the Hart
Foundation went to WCW, I lost a lot of respect for them. If Bret
thought he was so tough why did he not fight harder. Anyway I give Owen
a lot of credit for at least sticking things out. He is a great wrestler
who really stuck things out. Now look at him, he is wonderful and he is
at least his own person and I like him like this. Owen is one of my
favorites. Ggood luck to Owen in WrestleMania.
14 year wwf fan lisa
My favorite Owen Hart memory was when he was called out by Vince McMahon a
few week after Owen beat the hell out of Shawn "the idioton" Micheals. Vince
told Owen to come out and that he was ordering pro wrestling's biggest stud
to show himself. Owen verbally abused the "proud" owner of the WWF and at
the end of the interview, or whatever you want to call it, Owen grabbed
Vince by his collar and had a very big scowl on his face and Vince just
looked like he was about to lose control of his bodily functions. Owen
looked "pimp" in his street clothes and the sun glasses he was wearing fit
him perfectly as well.
My memory of Owen Hart when he beat that useless Rocky for the IC title.
Owen Hart is truly the greatest
Liz, Loren & Greg
I met Owen Hart AGAIN!!! In Winnipeg Manitoba on Easter Sunday, I went
to the Car and Truck show, just to meet him and get an autograph...(The
first time I met him, I didn't ask for an autograph...Silly Me!!) Well,
My friend Kris and I waited in a huge line FOREVER and I was so nervous
when I finally did get to go up and get his autograph...(I'm silly like
that) Well, he was a REALLY NICE GUY, and I made him an Easter Card, cuz
I felt really bad that he had to spend Easter away from home. He told us
that his family was with him and that was about it. It was so Rad
meeting Owen again, He is totally one of my favorite Wrestlers, and I
can now say that I have met him 2 times...WOW!!!! I am so happy about
that, I love the Hart's, they're just so cute and Canadian!!! Well I
hope that maybe one day soon, I will be able to write more Owen Hart
Memories, but thats all for now! OwEn RuLeS!
I think that Owen Hart is a great person BUT when he was coming out to
WRESTLE-MANIA no even noticed him they just wanted to see if they could get
Chyna in the hand ciffs.I don't think that was right. I went to see
Owen wrestle and he was going to wrestle HHH but they didn't sell enough
tickets to Owen wrestled D-Lo Brown. I was so mad but it was fun and i had
gotten an OWEN 3:16 T-shirt.
Samantha Gee, Carterville IL.
My favorite memory of Mr. Hanky Owen Hart is when he won the tag
team title with Yokozuna at Wrestlemania XI. I remember wondering who
his mystery partner was and thinking it was probably Curt Hennig or
another Hart Brother or something. He really showed me something by
being able to pin Bart Gunn after on of Yokozuna's leg drops. Great job,
---Crothchop Brady Hicks, Dudes With Attitudes. firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am a big fan of the Hart family I would like to say that you are number 1
in my eyes, also you the bast Wrestling today I hope you get this Owen and
your fan Tom Mahoney
I think that Owen Hart is a great person BUT when he was coming out to
WRESTLE-MANIA no one even noticed him they just wanted to see if they could
get Chyna in the hand cuffs.I don't think that that was right. I went to see
Owen wrestle and he was going to wrestle HHH but they didn't sell enough
tickets to Owen wrestled D-Lo Brown. I was so mad but it was fun and I
had gotten an OWEN 3:16 T-shirt.
Samantha Gee, Carterville IL.
I think Owen is one of the best wrestlers ever to step on the ring, also I
like Owen because he's not crap like DX(HHH, Shawn, and CHYNA. Owen is the
best damn wrestler ever to step in the ring.
I remember watching Owen Hart come into the WWF, with Koko B. Ware and
we all thought that he would just be a monkey on Bret's back, but Owen
has been quite successful himself. Owen has been given many different
gimmicks, but he has consistently been a great wrestler. Owen's
highflying, and submission specialties have brought him the
Intercontinental title, the European titles on his own. Owen has beaten
many of the top opponents in his years, including his own brother. Owen
may be the youngest member of the Hart Family, but he is the best, and
he is loved by many.
Joe Wood Petaluma, ca
My greatest memory of Owen Hart
is when he faced is brother in law Davie Boy Smith THE BRITISH BULLDOG
at the final of the tournament for the first European Champion. They were
Tag Team Champions. At was a great match and a great victory. It was great
to see Owen and Davey Boy waving the Tag Team and European titles together
in the air in front of the fans after the match.
My favorite and funniest memory regarding Owen Hart is when Bret had his
towel match and he was trying to get Stu to throw in the towel and Stu
slapped his hand and he rubbed his hand and decided to talk Helen into it
My fondest memory of Owen, who currently is the best wrestler in the WWF, was
when he made it to the finals of the european title tournament. him and the
Bulldog put on one hell of a fight, and even though he lost he still was the
winner to me. Also my other memory of Owen was when at Royal Rumble 1994 he
kicked Bret. i mean to this day I am Bret's biggest fan, but when Owen kicked
him it just showed that he was ready to come into his own; and by doing that he
baited Bret into Owen biggest triumph the victory at Wrestlemania X.
Rajan Kalra, NKalra8628@aol.com
When Bret hart told Owen that he is not a nugget but a black Hart.
I think Owen was at his best when he had the tag team championship belts
with the British Bulldog. He also did very well with the Hart
Justin Todd, Detroit, MI
Owen was one of the best scientific wrestlers ever.Despite the
disadvantage of his size, Owen's "never surrender" attitude gains my
respect. Owen seems to be more successful as a heel than a face.But my
predictions is that Owen will one day take over the place once held by
his bro,Bret "Hitman" Hart,at the top of the WWF.
Lee Chun Kit
I've been a fan of Owen for years. But my favorite memory of him was at "Over
the Edge". It was when DX thought they could use their same old dirty tactics
on D-lo Brown. Not that I have any love for D-lo, but it was so cool when HHH and
Billy put that pile driver on D-lo and they thought they had the match won.
Then mister high and mighty HHH got a big surprise. Namely Owen's elbow on his
neck. And this time his "bodyguard" wasn't there to save his sorry ass. Owen
picked him up and, on the same belt HHH stole from Owen, delivered Helmsley's
own move the pedigree and put him down for the count. And all the fans in the
arena were damn fools to boo him.
Because Owen had real fame while Helmsley was just living off of Shawn's.
I remember watching RAW IS WAR on July 13 from the Continental Airlines
Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Owen Hart and the Nation were angered by he
fact D-Generation X imitated the Nation. Though Owen thought it wasn't
funny, I thought that Jason Sensation's imitation of the "Black Hart" was
funny. As J.S. finished sharing imitations of Owen and other WWF wrestlers
(such as Owen's brother, Bret "The Hit Man" Hart et al.) with Jim Ross,
Jerry "The King" Lawler, and Shawn Michaels, Owen ran down the entrance
ramp, came to where J.R., King, and HBK were, and slapped J.S. in the face.
He soon gave J.S. the Sharpshooter. As he was doing that, the rest of the
Nation (Rock, Mark Henry, etc.) came out and told Owen to leave J.S. alone.
Owen shoved D'Lo Brown out of the way, and just then, DX came in, and that's
when it turned into a war!! Can't wait for Owen to return (as himself, no
The Blue Blazer) at RAW IS WAR on December 28 in Albany, N.Y.!
It is good to see Owen Hart dropping this blood-drawing, tough guy
attitude and going back to being the lovable whinner we all know and
love. When I saw Owen in the locker room at the recent In Your House
screaming to Austin "leave me alone, I'm retired!", I knew it wouldn't
be long before we saw the Owen of old. Owen was priceless as the King
of Harts or as the Slammy-Award Winning Owen Hart. I will never forget
the 3 months he spent wearing that cast around his forearm complaining
about his bad arm or the times he would claim to be "the best there is,
the best there was and the best there ever will be" despite his brother
using the same moniker. Owen was never meant to be a Steve Austin
type. He was at his pinnacle when he was the Hart crying for attention
and being a real loser about it. I anticipate seeing who this new Blue
Blazer is and how Owen is involved. "Who's in the shadow now?
I am only 16 but I have quite a few Owen Hart Memories.Such as when
Owen won the Intercontinental Title against Rocky Maivia in 1997. Owen
put up a good fight and won in the end. That is my favorite Owen Hart
I still remember that moment, Owen Hart wrestling against Shawn
Michaels for the WWF World Heavyweight Title in Raw is war. For
me, that was the best Owen's fight, he dominates all the fight with
all his moves include the Spinning wheel kick, and when he puts
Michaels in the Sharpshooter HHH hit the Rocket with a crutch,
Owen win the fight but not the title
I think Owen is great. I heard that some people like to call him "NUGGET".
That gets me mad. He is a good wrestler. Anyway I remember my brother Jeremy,(he is 7) turning on the TV to watch Honey I Shrunk The Kids TV show, and
Bret and Owen were on it. I thought that was COOL!!! That was one of my
My favorite memory off my favorite wrestler Owen Hart of all time
has to be when he beat the sad excuse for a wrestler Ken Shamrock right
in his owen home. Shamrock didn't even know what hit him
The best memory of Owen Hart is when he defeated Bret at Wrestlemania X.
I believe that that was Owen's shining moment and he clearly proved that
he was of equal talent to his brother. It seemed as if before
Wrestlemania X Owen was not getting the credit he deserved. He was a
shadow of the Hitman. But since Bret has left the WWF, Owen has taken on
the responsibility to maintain the Hart family name. And in my opinion,
I think he is doing a good job.
I remember Owen on the Wrestle Vessel Cruise when he was in Mexico buying Tee
shirts with his wife and children. It was nice to see him as a family man as
well as a great wrestler. I miss seeing Owen wrestle on television because my
hart, I mean, my heart is with his brother Bret. I promised Bret as well as
myself after the WWF and McMahon's screw of Bret I would never watch or have
anything to do with the WWF again. I have lived up to that promise. My
greatest wish came true for me on the cruise when I surprised Bret with the
birthday cake at his table. But another wish came true when I got talk to Mr.
Stu Hart on the cruise. I should have been watching the superstars play
volleyball but instead I talked to Stu. What a great man. Anyway I loved
meeting Owen too. He is a real nice guy.
Nancy Minton, ABretFan@aol.com, Laurel, Maryland
I was at WWF house show in Boston w/ my family. We were sitting in the box
seats and having a really great time. During intermission, Mankind walked
right into the box next to us, and he started talking to and hugging and
signing autographs for all the people in the box. I was really bummed because
we didn't get to see him. But then Owen Hart knocked on our door and we let
him in. He was really nice and signed autographs and took pictures w/ us and
asked us how we liked the show so far. He was really cool, and I really
enjoyed seeing him and talking to him. He said he was going to wrestle after
the intermission, and said to make sure that we cheered really loud for him
when he came out. We promised we would and we did. I'll never forget that
I think Owen is one of the best wrestlers there is! I mean come on,He has
all of the talent you need to the greatest superstar. I went to a wwf show
in Pittsburg and after the event he was near a water fountain and I got to
meet him! He is one of the nicest people I have ever met,he seems to be mean
on television but it's just an act.
Owen keep winning with Jeff!!!!!!!!!!!
Some people may say Owen is the real "Hitman" of the Hart family, but I think
he is the best technical wrestler of the whole wrestling world. The only
thing left for Owen to do now is win the WWF heavyweight title. Owen has
been the European, I-C, and tag team champs, and now Owen, just win the world
Owen, you are a great wrestler. Why he has to play a role like this, I
do not know. He was best in his Stampede days, and he should be a WWF
champion. I think that he is a great team wrestler as well. Best
memory, was when he and Bruce Hart, along with Bret Hart pummeled the
tar right out of Jerry Lawler. That was a memory never to be forgotten.
Derek M. Ellis
I remember first seeing Owen at a live event when I first started watching
wrestling. I really didn't know who he was. Then as he turned on his brother
in later months, I was a instant fan. I have followed his career since and he
has always been a favorite. Although I don't think he get's much respect
anymore, probably because all the stonecold new fans that don't realize he was
and still is one of the best wrestlers in the WWF. I think I will always
remember watching Owen get that win over Bret on Pay-Per-View.
I will always remember when Owen beat my favorite wrestler, Bret "the Hitman"
Hart at Wrestlemania X. But Bret won the WWF title that same night by beating
Yokozuna for his second WWF world title reign.
I will always remember Owen Hart for two things. First, his infamous
encounters like Jerry Lawler in '93. Those incredible moves really
impressed me and I've been an Owen fan ever since. And who can forget
the tag team title reign with the British Bulldog? They REALLY
dominated. I think that was the greatest reign ever after the Hart
In March of 1995 WWF was here in Denver for an event at the coliseum. It was
right in the middle of the fierce Bret Hart and Owen Hart rivalry. We always
went to the hotel they stayed in afterwards for autographs. Yeah so we are
hounds oh well, Owen was the only one who actually stopped and gave me an
autograph. Everyone else who stopped had a "My Stuff Don't Stink Attitude"
except Mo from Men On a Mission. But Owen was by far the nicest one and he
earned my respect for life.
Memories of Owen Hart after his death