Can’t they all just get along? Over the years, the Hart Family has had one feud with each other after another. They’re one of the most successful wrestling families of all time and few have come close to challenging their legacy, but for some reason they just can’t get along no matter what. One of the most vocal critics is of course Bret Hart himself, and since he gets more attention than any other member, he’s back with a new interview, talking about his family.
Bret recently appeared on the In This Corner podcast to discuss a variety of topics, including the death of his brother Owen in 1999. Owen fell from the rafters in the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri as part of a failed stunt. Bret accused Owen’s widow Martha of destroying Owen’s legacy by keeping him completely away from WWE in all areas. Here are some highlights, with transcription courtesy of Foxnews.com:
On Martha Separating Owen From WWE
“I think Martha, Owen’s widow, she’s a very obtuse, square-headed person. I think she’s done more to erase my brother Owen’s memory than she ever did to remember him. “I think it really bothers me that the fans that loved Owen so much didn’t get a chance to remember him. You do these kind of things for people are here, left to remember them.”
On Wanting Owen In The Hall Of Fame
“I mean Owen, it would never matter to him if he was in the Hall Of Fame, but I think that you know it would mean a lot to different family members in my family. I know Mark Henry, as an example, gave a strong speech or talk this year about getting Owen into the Hall Of Fame and I totally agree.”
And On The WWE Hall Of Fame
“You look at some of the people in the Hall Of Fame and some of these celebrities in there (…) there’s a lot of people who belong in the Hall Of Fame who are not in it. If it turns out that the WWE is going to keep becoming Hall Of Fame that caters to suck-ups and people that are in the company that they owe a favor to who never contributed to the business as wrestlers I question the whole Hall Of Fame itself and I wonder if there will ever be a real Hall Of Fame that caters to just the wrestlers for their contributions.”
How can you not like this guy?
Opinion: I’m of two minds on this. I understand Bret’s stance as he wants his brother to be remembered. That’s perfectly understandable and there are a lot of Owen fans who would love the chance to honor his memory one more time. However, at the same time, Martha doesn’t have her husband anymore and her kids don’t have a father anymore because of a dumb stunt that WWE decided to do. How accepting are you going to be of a company that did something like that to your spouse? I don’t think Owen needs to be wiped out of WWE’s history, but I get Martha’s stance.
Do you think Owen should be in the Hall of Fame? What is your favorite Owen match? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 27 wrestling books. His latest book is the NXT: The Full Sail Years Volume III: From Dallas To New Orleans.
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