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Stu supports Bulldog's comeback
By NOVA PIERSON -- Calgary Sun

 Calgary's wrestling patriarch said he wouldn't want to hold Davey Boy Smith back from entering the ring again -- even after the tragic death of Owen Hart.

"It'd be like telling a hockey player like Wayne Gretzky to find another vocation. 'All I can do is play hockey,' " said Stu Hart.

Davey Boy Smith told the Sun last weekend he was working out and hopeful for a return to the wrestling ring after hurting his back last year.

That's even after the May 23 death of Owen Hart -- Smith's brother-in-law and Hart's son -- who fell while attempting a dramatic entrance to the ring in a Missouri arena.

Hart said he wasn't surprised to learn that Smith wants to return to wrestling.

"I don't know what the hell (Smith) could do if he doesn't go back," said Hart. "There's nothing that could compete with that."

Hart said it was likely the best shot Smith had at making a good living.

"When Davey is is good shape he's a pretty good attraction."

And Hart said he himself has made wrestling his whole life.

"Wrestling helped me a whole lot. It gave me a lot of confidence in myself. It's been a way of life for me since 1949," Hart said.

But the whole family is still reeling from Owen's sudden death at Kansas City's Kemper Arena during a World Wrestling Foundation match.

His widow, Martha, said she will keep quiet her thoughts, after she and Owen's parents filed a wrongful death suit last month.

Among the 13 defendants are the WWF and its chairman Vince McMahon.

"Owen has died and there is nothing I can do to bring him back," she said during a June 15 press conference. "But one hope above all is that his death will not be in vain. I believe those responsible should be held accountable under the law."

And Hart said Owen's death has been felt worldwide.

"I must have a couple black garbage bags filled with cards from people all over the world," he said of the condolences.

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