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Owen Hart (1965-1999)

      

Real Name - Owen James Hart
Lifespan - 5/7/65 - 5/23/99
5'10" 220 lbs. - Calgary, Alberta

Athletic Background - Wrestling (University of Calgary), Baseball, Football (High School)

Teacher(s) - Stu Hart

Professional Background - Stampede(`86-`88), New Japan(`88), WWF(`88-`89), WCW(`90), CWA(`90), UWA(`91), WWF(`91-`99), USWA(`93)

AliasesOwen James, Blue Blazer

Groups - Camp Cornette, Hart Foundation, Nation of Domination

Peak Years - `91-`96


Finisher(s) - 
- Sharpshooter
- Enzugiri
- Screwdriver
- Moonsault

Favorites -
- Missile Dropkick
- Speedy Belly-to-Belly
- Flying Elbowdrop
- Gutwrench Suplex
- Spin Wheel Kick


Ringwork Rating - 

 Move Set10 
 Science
 Aerial
 Power
 Strikes


Intangibles Rating - 

 Entertainment
 Selling
 Bumping
 Carrying
 Heat
 Legacy


Place in History - Owen Hart is pro-wrestler who is looked back upon with mixed emotions and mixed thoughts.  He was an extremely talented worker practically from his debut and maintained a high level of in-ring skill throughout his career.  He was able to work some notable programs with many big stars throughout his career, but Owen Hart was never really a major drawing card.  His story, like Chris Benoit’s, is that of a world class worker who was highly regarded by his peers, achieved a respectable level of success all over the world and worked his way to the upper tier (if only for a moment), although their tragic end seems to taint all that.  For those who first saw Owen Hart in his formative years, it was no secret he was going to be a top flight worker.  The things he was bringing to the US and Canada in his early years were things that only the odd fan may have seen through videotape. Stu Hart cites Owen's ability to pick up moves instantly for that part as Owen was probably among the best highflying workers of his era. Coming from a strong amateur background, he used that as well and was seemingly the complete junior. Despite his innovative style, no one in the US saw money in him for some time.  For pure in-ring ability, Owen Hart is truly one of wrestling's most unsung talents.  When the WWF finally brought him back, he struggled to find his place, but eventually he turned heel on his brother Bret and they worked a program that provided the struggling WWF with some of the best matches in the world.  When Bret eventually turned heel himself, the Hart Foundation had some real drawing power and significance and Owen was part of that formula.  As an obnoxious heel, Owen Hart was able to have some memorable feuds with Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin and others while forming some great teams with Yokozuna and the British Bulldog.  His antics on-screen though are nothing compared to his ribbing among the boys, which is legendary.  Unfortunately, politics plagued Owen for the remainder of his career and life.  A man who was certainly ahead of his time, he would have had an impressive legacy.  Sadly his life came to a tragic end in 1999 in what is one of the most horrific events in sports history.  A fatal fall robbed the wrestling world of a great man who offered so much and never got what he truly seemed to want in return. So is often the stories of great men.  Since his death, his widow’s bitterness toward the sport and the WWF, the manipulation of the tragedy by a number of individuals and the WWE’s inability to fully put his McMahon-Hart rivalry in the past has done nothing to lessen the sting of this terrible event.
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