Hart tragedy re-examined
By GLENN COLE -- Toronto Sun
The tragic death of Calgary wrestling star Owen Hart still lingers in the minds of many fans.
On Wednesday, the TVO network will revisit the tragedy at 10 p.m. with The View From Here, The Life and Death of Owen Hart.
The program brings viewers close to the legendary Hart wrestling family and examines its youngest member's hopes and dreams, dashed by his fatal fall in Kansas City on May 23.
Through interviews with his family, co-workers and friends, you will get to know how special Hart was to them.
This is not a flashy, brash production. It is beauty and simplicity and the inclusion of some home videos adds an folksy touch. The film was produced and directed by Paul Jay and Sally Blake for High Road Productions, the same group that delivered the acclaimed Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows, which chronicled Bret Hart's sudden and bitter departure from the WWF.
The documentary on Owen is shorter (50 minutes), but it is well worth a look. If you can't see the show on Wednesday, it will be repeated Sunday, Nov. 7 at midnight; Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. on TVO. The U.S. Arts & Entertainment network also will air the show on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
BACK TO THE FUTURE: The regenerated De-Generation X already has created a stir in the WWF, one that may save the career of X-Pac, who had been lost in the shuffle. While it's still tough to sell Road Dogg and Mr. Ass as heels, X-Pac and WWF champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley are far better suited to a gang setting than as individual performers. There had been speculation about the move, though few thought it would happen this quickly.
HERE AND THERE: Bret Hart won his initial match in the WCW's championship tournament. Hart is expected to win the title here at Mayhem on Nov. 21 ... Surprised that Jeff Jarrett is back in the WCW? You shouldn't be. Jarrett soured on life in the WWF after Owen Hart died and while he enjoyed an Intercontinental title reign, the enthusiasm for the job he showed previously was gone ... The British Bulldog took the European championship from D-Lo Brown -- with some help, of course ... The Bulldog's former partner, Tom (The Dynamite Kid) Billington, has an autobiography called Pure Dynamite coming out on Monday. Further details are at www.dynamitekid.com.
OFF THE TOP ROPE: Nitro is getting better ratings numbers of late but last Monday's Nitro rating of 3.99, compared to Raw's 5.58 mark, shows the WWF continues to dominate the U.S. cable TV wars ... ECW has a pay-per-view card next Sunday from Buffalo featuring Mike Awesome against Masato Tanaka. Viewer's Choice will air the card beginning at 7 p.m. ... Both Chris Benoit and Chris Jericho will be in Toronto for autograph sessions on Nov. 20. Benoit is scheduled to be at Pizza Pizza at Kennedy and Sheppard at 11:30 a.m. while Jericho will be in Mississauga at Toys R Us at Hurontario and Eglinton West from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ... The AWF returns to active status Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. at Cactus Pete's, 462 Birchmount Road.