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[The Owen Hart Tragedy]

[Column by Kirsty Quested]
[The King of Harts
]

Owen Hart: Wrestling With Angels

title History

  •  Stampede International Tag Team title w/Ben Bassarab defeating Duke Myers and Kerry Brown (August 9, 1986);
  • British Commonwealth Mid Heavyweight title defeating Les Thornton (October 25, 1986);
  • North American Heavyweight title defeating Makhan Singh (January 19, 1987);
  • North American Heavyweight title defeating Makhan Singh (April 10, 1987);
  • IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title defeating Hiroshi Hase (May 27, 1988);
  • USWA Unified World Heavyweight title defeating Papa Shango (June 21, 1993);
  • WWF King of the Ring 1994;
  • WWF Tag Team titles w/Yokozuna (April 2, 1995);
  • WWF Tag Team titles w/Davey Boy Smith (September 22, 1996);
  • WWF Intercontinental title defeating Rocky Maivia (April 28, 1997);
  • WWF Intercontinental title defeating Farooq -tournament- (October 5, 1997);
  • WWF European title defeating Goldust (January 26, 1998);
  • WWF Tag Team titles w/Jeff Jarrett (January 25, 1999);

Owen Hart Career Highlights

Young Owen Hart

  • Owen Hart was the youngest child of legendary Stu Hart, and his wife Helen Hart.
  • Owen Hart was trained by his father in the infamous Dungeon in the basement of the Hart Mansion in Calgary.
  • 1986: Owen Hart actually wrestled as early as 16 years of age under a mask in small towns in Western Canada filling in for no-shows.

Stampede Wrestling

  • May 30, 1986: Owen Hart officially debuted in his father’s Stampede Wrestling promotion.
  • August 9, 1986: Owen Hart and Ben Bassarab defeated Duke Myers and Kerry Brown for the International Tag Team title.
  • October 3, 1986: The Viet Cong Express defeated Owen Hart and Ben Bassarab for the International Tag Team titles.
  • October 25, 1986: Owen Hart defeated Les Thornton to win the British Commonwealth Mid Heavyweight title.
  • August 7, 1987: Gama Singh defeated Owen Hart to win the British Commonwealth Mid Heavyweight title.
  • January 19, 1987: Owen Hart defeated Makhan Singh for the North American Heavyweight title.
  • January 30, 1987: Makhan Singh defeated Owen Hart to recapture the North American Heavyweight title.
  • April 10, 1987: Owen Hart defeated Makhan Singh to once again capture the North American Heavyweight title.
  • May 6, 1988: Makhan Singh defeated Owen Hart to win back the North American Heavyweight title.

New Japan Pro-Wrestling

  • 1988: Owen Hart went on a tour with Antonio Inoki’s New Japan Pro Wrestling promotion.
  • May 27, 1988: Owen Hart defeated Hiroshi Hase for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title.
  • ~~~Owen Hart becomes the first western-based wrestler to hold that particular title.
  • June 24, 1988: Shiro Koshinaka defeated Owen Hart for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight title in Osaka, Japan.

World Wrestling Federation – The Blue Blazer

  • Owen Hart returned to North America where the World Wrestling Federation showed interest in him.
  • Owen Hart signed with the WWF and wrestled under a mask as The Blue Blazer to protect his identity as a “Hart”.
  • ~~~Owen did not want to be associated with his brother, IC champion Bret Hart, choosing to make a name for himself.
  • April 2, 1989 – WrestleMania V: Mr. Perfect (Curt Hennig) defeated The Blue Blazer (Owen Hart).
  • Owen Hart eventually departed the WWF after growing frustrated with his lack of push.

On the Road Again

  • Owen Hart then hit the road, wrestling in Mexico, Canada, Japan, Europe.
  • While wrestling in Mexico, Owen Hart lost the mask of The Blue Blazer to El Canek.

World championship Wrestling – Owen Hart

  • March/April 1991: Owen Hart worked several Television tapings with World championship Wrestling.
  • March 14, 1991: Owen Hart and Brian Pillman and Junk Yard Dog beat Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin and Dan Spivey.
  • March 16, 1991: Brian Pillman and Owen Hart defeated Freebirds (Michael Hayes and Jimmy Garvin).
  • March 18, 1991: Brad Armstrong and Owen Hart defeated Mr. X and Kevin Sullivan.
  • March 22, 1991: Owen Hart defeated “Beautiful” Bobby Eaton.
  • April 4, 1991: Owen Hart defeated El Cubano.
  • April 6, 1991: Owen Hart defeated Joe Cruz.

The World Wrestling Federation – The NEW Foundation

  • October 1991: Owen Hart returned to the WWF, and formed a tag team with Jim Neidhart, known as “The New Foundation“.
  • ~~~Due to constant comparisons to the original Hart Foundation, the New Foundation never got a break.
  • ~~~Niedhart left the WWF, and Owen joined forces with Koko B Ware as the team “High Energy“.
  • March 21, 1992 – Superstars: Owen Hart defeated Doug Somers.
  • April 11, 1992 – Superstars: Owent Hart defeated Barry Horowitz.
  • May 2, 1992 – Superstars: Owen Hart and Koko B. Ware defeated Tom Bennett and Duane Gill.

The World Wrestling Federation – High Energy

  • November 24, 1992 – Survivor Series: The Headshrinkers defeated High Energy (Koko B. Ware and Owen Hart).
  • 1992: Owen Hart suffered a knee injury, and when he returned, his tag team partner was gone.

United States Wrestling Association

  • “The Rocket” was born when Owen Hart was sent to the United States Wrestling Association in Memphis.
  • June 21, 1993: Owen Hart defeated Papa Shango for the Unified World Heavyweight title in Memphis.
  • July 5, 1993: Jerry Lawler defeated Owen Hart to capture the USWA Unified Heavyweight title in Memphis.

World Wrestling Federation – Owen Hart

  • February 1, 1993 – RAW: Owen Hart and Koko B. Ware defeated Mike Sharpe and Glen Ruth.
  • June 14, 1993 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated Dan Dubiel.
  • October 4, 1993 RAW: Owen Hart competed in a 20-Man Battle Royal for the WWF Intercontinental title.
  • October 11, 1993 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Scott King.
  • November 24, 1993 – Survivor Series: Bret and Owen and Keith and Bruce Hart took on Shawn Michaels and his Knights.
  • ~~~Owen Hart scored three out of the four pinfall eliminations representing his family before getting eliminated himself.
  • ~~~The remaining Harts went on to win the match, but a jealous Owen came back to the ring to confront his brother, Bret.
  • November 29, 1993 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Chris Duffy.
  • December 1993: Owen worked things out with his brother Bret and they decided to form a tag team shortly after.
  • December 20, 1993 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Mike Bell by Submission.
  • January 17, 1994 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Terry Austin by Submission.
  • James Dezelich wrote (On December 17, 2009): In 1994, at the WWF house shows leading up to the 1994 Royal Rumble, The team of Bret and Owen had defeated the Quebecers during one of the shows for the WWF Tag Team titles. I was at the Show in Madison Square Garden on 1/17/94 and during the match, the Harts came down with the title belts, the match was ultimatly won by the Quebecers and they became the Tag champions again. This can also be confirmed by the PPV broadcast shows a snipet of the win from MSG before the match..on a side note that same night (1/17/94) they held a Royal Rumble style match and Owen was the winner of it.
  • January 22, 1994 – Royal Rumble: The Quebecers defeated Bret and Owen Hart by referee stoppage to retain the Tag Team titles.
  • ~~~The match ended due to an injury by Bret Hart | Owen snapped and attacked Bret’s injured knee!
  • ~~~Bret Hart miraculously went on to win the Royal Rumble much to the jealousy of brother Owen Hart.
  • Owen Hart claimed that it was Bret who wanted him to wrestle under a mask in the WWF so he wouldn’t steal the spotlight!
  • Owen Hart began a campaign to get Bret to wrestle him one-on-one, but Bret consistantly refused to fight his brother.

World Wrestling Federation – Bret vs. Owen

  • February 7, 1994 RAW: Owen Hart defeated John Paul by Submission.
  • March 7, 1994 RAW: Owen Hart and Crush defeated The Smoking Gunns by Submission.
  • March 20, 1994 – WrestleMania X: Owen Hart defeated Bret Hart in one of the classic matches in WWF history.
  • ~~~Later that night, Bret “The Hitman” Hart defeated Yokozuna w/Mr. Fuji to capture the WWF Heavyweight championship.
  • ~~~Owen rightfully thought it should have been him, since he defeated big brother Bret earlier in the night.

World Wrestling Federation – Hart Family Feud

  • March 28, 1994 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Mike Freeman by Submission.
  • April 25, 1994 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Rich Myers.
  • May 7, 1994 – Superstars: Owen Hart defeated John Paul.
  • May 16, 1994 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated Tony Roy.
  • May 23, 1994 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Doink The Clown.
  • June 16, 1994 – King of the Ring: Owen Hart defeated Tatanka in the 1st round of the King of the Ring Tournament.
  • ~~~Owen Hart defeated The 1-2-3 Kid (2nd Rnd) | Owen Hart defeated Razor Ramon in the Finals to win the King of the Ring!
  • ~~~Jim Neidhart made his return to the WWF helping Bret Hart defeat Deisel and retain his WWF Heavyweight title.
  • ~~~Jim Neidhart later showed up and assisted Owen in defeating Razor Ramon in the finals of the King of the Ring.
  • ~~~It became clear that Jim Niedhart was working for Owen, making sure Bret kept the title so Owen would get his shot.
  • July 18, 1994 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated Reno Riggins.
  • August 15, 1994 RAW: The 1-2-3 Kid defeated Owen Hart by disqualification.
  • August 29, 1994 – Summer Slam: Bret Hart defeated Owen Hart in an intense “Steel Cage” match.
  • ~~~Davey Boy Smith, Jim Niedhart and several Hart brothers got involved at the end of this heated match.
  • ~~~This sparked a series of fantastic Owen Hart and Jim Niedhart vs. Bret Hart and British Bulldog tag team matches.
  • October 10, 1994 RAW: Owen Hart defeated John Chrystal by Submission.
  • November 28, 1994 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated John Paul.
  • January 9, 1995 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Razor Ramon by disqualification.
  • January 28, 1995 – Superstars: Owen Hart defeated Scrub.
  • February 25, 1995 – Superstars: Owen Hart defeated Gary Scott.
  • February 27, 1995 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Larry Santo by Submission.
  • March 27, 1995 RAW: Bret Hart defeated Owen Hart by Submission in a No Holds Barred Match.
  • 1995: The family feud finally died out and Owen Hart looked for other competition in the tag team division.

World Wrestling Federation – Owen Hart and Yokozuna

  • April 2, 1995 – WrestleMania XI: Owen Hart and Yokuzuna (mystery partner) defeated the Smoking Gunns to win the Tag Team titles.
  • April 10, 1995 RAW: Bret Hart and 1-2-3 Kid and Bob Holly defeated Owen Hart and Yokozuna and Hakushi.
  • April 17, 1995 RAW: Owen Hart and Yokozuna defeated 1-2-3 Kid and Bob Holly.
  • April 22, 1995 – Superstars: Owen Hart and Yokozuna defeated John Chrystal and Leroy Howard.
  • May 6, 1995 – Superstars: WWE Tag Team champions Owen Hart and Yokozuna defeated The Headshrinkers to retain.
  • May 8, 1995 RAW: Bart Gunn defeated Owen Hart.
  • June 5, 1995 RAW: Owen Hart vs The British Bulldog ended in a Draw.
  • July 15, 1995 – Superstars: Owen Hart and Yokozuna defeated John Crystal and Mike Khoury.
  • July 17, 1995 RAW: Owen Hart and Yokozuna defeated Jim Dimitre and Gus Kantarrakis.
  • July 31, 1995 – RAW: Owen Hart and Yokozuna vs Savio Vega and Razor Ramon ended in a no contest.
  • August 7, 1995 RAW: Owen Hart and Yokozuna defeated Savio Vega and Razor Ramon.
  • September 9, 1995 – Superstars: Owen Hart and Yokozuna defeated AC Connor and Tony Williams.
  • September 18, 1995 RAW: Yokozuna and Owen Hart defeated Men on a Mission (Mabel and Mo).
  • September 24, 1995 – In Your House III: Owen Hart and Yokozuna lost the WWF Tag Team titles to Diesel and Shawn Michaels.
  • ~~~The decision is reversed because the British Bulldog was subbing for Owen and Owen was the one who was pinned.
  • September 25, 1995 RAW: The Smoking Gunns (Billy and Bart Gunn) defeated Yokozuna and Owen Hart.
  • October 9, 1995 RAW: Yokozuna and Owen Hart and British Bulldog defeated Diesel and Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker.
  • October 23, 1995 RAW: Owen Hart won a Battle Royal.
  • October 30, 1995 RAW: Razor Ramon defeated Owen Hart by disqualification.
  • November 11, 1995 – Superstars: Owen Hart defeated Angel Deguera.
  • November 20, 1995 RAW: Owen Hart vs Shawn Michaels ended in a No Contest when Shawn Michaels collapsed in the ring.
  • ~~~Owen Hart whacked Shawn Michaels with a kick to the back of the head, causing him to collapse and was stretchered out.
  • December 2, 1995 – Superstars: Owen Hart defeated Matt Hardy.
  • December 11, 1995 RAW: Owen Hart defeated Jeff Hardy.

Owen Hart and British Bulldog

  • 1996: Owen joined forces with his brother-in-law, Davey Boy Smith and was managed by Jim Cornette.
  • January 15, 1996 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated Marty Jannetty.
  • June 10, 1996 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated Yokozuna.
  • June 17, 1996 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated Marc Mero.
  • August 19, 1996 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated Davey Boy Smith by count-out.
  • September 22, 1996 – In Your House X: Owen/Bulldog defeat the Smoking Gunns for the WWF Tag Team titles.
  • September 23, 1996 – RAW: Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith defeated Shawn Michaels and Pshycho Sid.
  • ~~~May 26, 1997: Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels defeat Owen/Bulldog to win the tag titles.
  • At this point Clarence Mason became the manager of the Owen and the Bulldog.
  • ~~~Bulldog got more and more popular among the fans, while Owen got more unpopular.
  • Royal Rumble 97: Owen “accidentally” eliminated the British Bulldog from the royal rumble match.
  • Bulldog fired Clarence Mason after he lost a match to Crush, who was also managed by Mason.
  • ~~~Owen tried to convince Bulldog that it was wrong, but he couldn’t.
  • February 1997: Davey Boy Smith defeated Owen Hart in the finals of a tournament to crown the FIRST European champion!
  • February 17, 1997 – RAW: Owen Hart defeated Flash Funk.
  • 1997: Owen was defeated by Tiger Ali Singh in the finals of the Kuwait Tournament.
  • Slammy Awards 1997: Owen “won” another Slammy.
  • The tension between Owen and The Bulldog continued to build.
  • March 10, 1997 – RAW: The New Blackjacks defeated WWE Tag Team champions Owen HArt and Davey Boy Smith by disqualification.
  • March 24, 1997 – Raw is War: Owen and Bulldog had to fight the Headbangers for the titles.
  • ~~~Bulldog and Owen got in a fight at the end of the match.
  • ~~~Owen demanded a shot at the Bulldog’s European title at the following Raw is War.
  • March 31, 1997 – Raw is War: Owen and Bulldog fight to a No Contest.
  • ~~~Bulldog was about to use a chair on Owen, and Bret Hart appears and pleads with the two not fight any more.
  • ~~~Bret says that their Family has feuded for the amusement of the fans for too long.
  • ~~~The trio embrace inside the ring.
  • April 7, 1997 – RAW: WWE Tag Team champions Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith defeated The Godwinns.

The Hart Foundation

  • The Hart Foundation is reborn! Bret, Owen and Bulldog were eventually joined by Jim Niedhart and Brian Pillman.
  • The Hart Foundation targeted top babyfaces Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels.
  • April 28, 1997 – Raw is War: Owen Hart defeated Rocky Maivia for the WWF Intercontinental title.
  • May 12, 1997 – RAW: WWE Tag Team champions Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith defeated The Headbangers.
  • May 19, 1997 – RAW: Bob Holly defeated Intercontinental champion Owen Hart in a non-title match.
  • May 26, 1997 – Raw is War: Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels defeated Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith to win the WWF Tag Team titles.
  • June 9, 1997 – RAW: Sid Vicious defeated Intercontinental champion Owen Hart in a non-title match.
  • June 16, 1997 – RAW: Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith defeated The New Blackjacks.
  • June 23, 1997 – Raw is War: I. C. champion Owen Hart defeated Hunter Hearst Helmsley and Goldust in a three-way-dance to retain the title.
  • June 30, 1997 – Raw is War: Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith vs The Heabangers ended in a no contest.
  • July 6, 1997 – Canadian Stampede: Hart Foundation defeated Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust and The Legion of Doom.
  • ~~~Owen pinned Steve Austin and this ingnited a major feud between the two.
  • July 7, 1997 – Raw is War: Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith defeated Kama Mustafa and Faarooq.
  • July 14, 1997 – Raw is War: Dude Love and Steve Austin defeated Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith to win the tag team titles.
  • July 21, 1997 – Raw is War: Bret Hart, Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith defeated Steve Austin, Dude Love and The Undertaker in a flag match.
  • August 3, 1997 – Summerslam: Steve Austin defeated Owen for the Intercontinental championship.
  • ~~~Owen botched a pile-driver, dropping Austin right on his head, and injuring his neck in the process.
  • ~~~Austin struggled to his feet where Owen allowed him to roll him up for the pin to complete the planned finish.
  • ~~~Austin was later stripped of the title due to his injury.
  • August 4, 1997 – Raw is War: Dude Love defeated Owen Hart.
  • August 11, 1997 – Raw is War: The Patriot and Shawn Michaels defeated Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith.
  • August 18, 1997 – Raw is War: Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith defeated The Legion of Doom.
  • September 1, 1997 – Raw is War: The Patriot defeated Owen Hart by disqualification.
  • September 8, 1997 – Raw is War: Owen Hart defeated Goldust by disqualification.
  • September 15, 1997 – Raw is War: The Patriot defeated Owen Hart.
  • September 22, 1997 – Raw is War: Owen Hart defeated Brian Pillman by disqualification.
  • October 5, 1997 – Badd Blood: Owen Hart defeated Faarooq to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental title.
  • October 6, 1997 – Raw is War: Intercontinental champion Owen Hart defeated Hawk.
  • October 13, 1997 – Raw is War: Intercontinental champion Owen Hart vs Faarooq ended in a no contest.
  • October 20, 1997 – Raw is War: Intercontinental champion Owen Hart vs Shawn Michaels ended in a no contest.
  • October 27, 1997 – Raw is War: Ahmed Johnson defeated Intercontinental champion Owen Hart by disqualification.
  • November 9, 1997 – Survivor Series: Steve Austin defeated Owen AGAIN to win the Intercontinental title.
  • ~~~After the Montreal Screwjob, Owen was unhappy and tried to get out of his contract.
  • December 29, 1997 – Raw is War: Owen Hart defeated WWE champion Shawn Michaels by disqualification.

The Black Hart

  • Degeneration X: Owen returned attacking WWF champion Shawn Michaels at the conclusion of the event.
  • Royal Rumble 1998: Owen was attacked by Jeff Jarrett on his way to the ring, Owen later attacked Jarrett.
  • January 26, 1998: Owen defeated Goldust (disgused as Hunter Helmsley) and was awarded the WWF European title.
  • March 2, 1998 – Raw is War: Mark Henry defeated European champion Owen Hart by disqualification.
  • March 7, 1998 – Raw is War: Barry Windham defeated European champion Owen Hart by disqualification.
  • March 17, 1998 Raw is War: Hunter Hearst Helmsley defeated Owen to recapture the European belt with help from Chyna.
  • March 29, 1998 – WresteMania 14: Owen is defeated by Hunter Helmsley for the European title with help from Chyna.
  • April 6, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen Hart defeated Intercontinental champion Rocky Maivia by disqualification.
  • April 20, 1998 – Raw is War: Hunter Helmsley and The New Age Outlaws defeated LOD 2000 and Owen Hart.
  • April 26, 1998 – In Your House – Unforgiven: Owen is defeated by Hunter Helmsley with Chyna suspended above the ring in a cage.
  • ~~~After the match, Owen looked straight into the camera and shouted

“Enough is Enough, and it’s Time for a Change!”Enough is Enough and it’s Time for a Change

  • April 27, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen and Shamrock vs Rock and DLo ended when Owen joined the Nation of Domination.
  • ~~~Owen turned on Shamrock and put him in the Sharpshooter.
  • ~~~When officials talked Owen into releasing the hold, he jumped on Shamrock and bit him in his ear!
  • ~~~When the officials pulled him off, Owen’s face was smeared in blood.
  • Owen Hart and Rocky Maivia became co-leaders of the Nation of Domination and began a bitter feud with Degeneration X.
  • May 4, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen Hart and Rocky Maivia defeated Steve Blackman and Faarooq.
  • May 11, 1998 – Raw is War: European champion Hunter Hearst Helmsley vs Owen Hart ended in a no contest.
  • May 18, 1998 – Raw is War: WWE Tag Team champions The New Age Outlaws defeated Rocky Maivia and Owen Hart to retain the titles.
  • May 25, 1998 – Raw is War: NWA World champion Dan Severn defeated Owen Hart by disqualification.
  • June 1, 1998 – Raw is War: The Nation fought DX in a elimination match, when suddenly Ken Shamrock appeared and attacked Owen.
  • June 8th, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen defeats Too Cold Scorpio to qualify for the King of the ring.
  • ~~~Also on the show, the Nation attacked Shamrock only to be stopped by Dan Severn.
  • June 15th, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen and Mark Henry vs Dan Severn and Ken Shamrock was a NO CONTEST when DX interfered.
  • June 22nd, 1998 – Raw is War: NWA World champion Dan Severn defeated Owen Hart in a KotR qualifying match when X-Pac used a chair on Owen.
  • ~~~Owen had seven staples put into his head, which was used as a setup for their match at King of the Ring.
  • June 28, 1998 – King of the Ring: XPac defeated Owen Hart after Chyna delivered a DDT on Owen.
  • June 29, 1998 – Raw is War: Ken Shamrock defeats Hunter Helmsley and Owen in a three way.
  • ~~~After the match, Owen puts the figure four around the ringpost on Shamrock.
  • July 13, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen and Rocky Maivia are defeated by Hunter Helmsley and X-Pac.
  • Fully Loaded 1998: Owen defeated Shamrock in a Submission match that took place in the Stu Hart’s Dungeon in Calgary.
  • July 27, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen is confronted by Dan Sevren and Ken Shamrock, but Severn ends up attacking Shamrock!
  • August 2, 1998 – Sunday Night Heat – Owen and Rocky Maivia defeated Kane and Mankind to earn a shot at the WWF Tag Team champions.
  • August 10, 1998 – Raw is War: Kane and Mankind defeated Steve Austin and The Undertaker, The New Age Outlaws and Owen Hart and Rocky Maivia in a 4 corners tag team match to win the titles.
  • August 17, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen Hart vs Ken Shamrock vs Dan Severn in a triple threat match ended in a NO CONTEST.
  • ~~~Shamrock had Owen in the Ankle Lock Toe Hold, Severn put on a choke on Shamrock, the referee ruled a NO CONTEST.
  • ~~~Owen and Dan Severn left together.
  • August 30, 1998 – Summerslam: Owen Hart was defeated by Ken Shamrock in a Lion’s Den Match.
  • ~~~Dan Severn appeared to abandon Owen during this match.
  • September 14, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen was defeated by Hunter Heurst Helmsley (IC Champ).
  • September 21, 1998 – Raw is War: Val Venis defeated Owen Hart by disqualification.
  • September 27, 1998 – Breakdown: Owen defeated Edge.
  • September 28, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen vs Dan Severn ended in a no contest.
  • ~~~During the match, Owen botched a tombstone piledriver and injured Severn’s neck (a worked storyline).
  • October 5, 1998 – Raw is War: Edge defeated Owen Hart by forfeit. Owen comes to the ring in street clothes and apologizes for the incident with Severn and then leaves.
  • ~~~Later Michael Cole caught up with Owen, who stated that it was over.

The Return of the Blue Blazer

  • October 12, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen made a return as the Blue Blazer, attacking Ken Shamrock and Steve Blackman.
  • October 19, 1998 – Raw is War: The Blue Blazer once again attacked Steve Blackman.
  • November 2, 1998 – Raw is War: Dan Severn wanted to confront Owen, who claimed that he had retired.
  • ~~~Severn wanted to know who Owen thought he’s fooling by parading around as the Blue Blazer.
  • ~~~The two men got into an altercation, which brought down Steve Blackman, ran off Owen.
  • ~~~Later Blackman attacked Owen again, but this time the Blue Blazer appeared to make the save!
  • November 16, 1998 – Raw is War: Blue Blazer and Jeff Jarrett were defeated by Goldust and Steve Blackman by disqualification.
  • ~~~After the match, Blackman tried to remove the Blazer’s mask but failed.
  • November 30, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen attacked Goldust, the Blue Blazer showed up and attacked Owen?
  • ~~~The Blazer then unmasked and revealed himself to be Steve Blackman!
  • December 6, 1998 – Sunday Night Heat: Owen stated that he was coming out of retirement to fight Steve Blackman.
  • December 13, 1998 – Rock Bottom: Steve Blackman defeats Owen Hart by Countout when Owen walks backstage.
  • December 14, 1998 – Raw is War: Blue Blazer took on Goldust, during the match Jeff Jarrett ran down to help the Blue Blazer.
  • ~~~Steve Blackman also interfered and revealed that Owen was infact the Blue Blazer (at least that night).
  • ~~~Owen got his revenge as he later blasted Blackman with a guitar during a match with Jeff Jarrett.
  • December 21, 1998 – Raw is War: Owen hart did commentary during a Blue Blazer/Steve Blackman match.
  • ~~~Goldust ran down and unmasked the Blazer revealing Jeff Jarrett!

Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett

  • Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett formed a tag team after this.
  • January 3, 1999 – Sunday Night Heat: Owen and Jeff defeated tag champs Shamrock and Bossman in a non-title match.
  • January 10, 1999 – Sunday Night Heat: Owen took on Blackman in a Lion’s Den Match refereed by Dan Severn.
  • ~~~During the match, Severn ripped off his neck brace and attacked Blackman!
  • January 11, 1991 – Raw is War: Owen and Jeff Jarrett defeated the New Age Outlaws to gain a shot at the WWF Tag Team titles.
  • January 25, 1999 – RAW IS WAR: Owen and Jeff Jarrett defeated Ken Shamrock and Big Bossman to win the WWF Tag Team titles.
  • ~~~Owen and Jeff were helped by an “african american” blue blazer! (it was actually koko b ware).
  • February 14, 1999 – St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: Owen and Jeff Jarrett def D-Lo Brown and Mark Henry to retain.
  • March 8, 1999 – Raw is War: Owen was defeated by DLo Brown in a Steel City Street Fight.
  • March 15, 1999 – Raw is War: Owen and Jeff defended their titles against the Public Enemy with success.
  • WrestleMania 15 – Owen and Jeff defeated Test and D-Lo to retain.
  • March 29, 1999 – Raw is War: Owen and Jeff defeated the Legion of Doom to retain.
  • April 5, 1999 – Raw is War: X-Pac and Kane defeated Owen and Jeff for the WWF Tag Team titles.
  • April 12, 1999 – Raw is War: Owen and Jeff vs The Acolytes was ruled a NO CONTEST when The Ministry interfered.
  • April 25, 1999 – Backlash: Owen and Jarrett lost a number one contenders match to the New Age Outlaws.
  • April 29, 1999 – Smackdown!: Owen was supposed to take on Val Venis, but instead it was the Blue Blazer, who took on Venis.
  • ~~~With Jarrett and Debra at ringside the Blazer was able to get the win.
  • ~~~After the match the Godfather wanted to induct Debra into his ho stable, but the Blazer and Jarrett beat him down.
  • ~~~Later in the interview the Blue Blazer claimed that the WWF needed a hero.
  • ~~~The Blazer reminded everyone to say their prayers, eat their vitamins and drink their milk!
  • May 17, 1999 – Raw is War: Val Venis and The Godfather defeated Blue Blazer and Jeff Jarrett.
  • May 23, 1999 – Over the Edge: The Blue Blazer (Owen Hart) was scheduled to win the Intercontinental title from the Godfather.
  • ~~~That never happened.
  • ~~~The Blazer was supposed to make a super-hero entrance being lowered from the ceiling.
  • ~~~However, something went terribly wrong and Owen fell from the roof and plunged to his unfortunate death.
  • ~~~Owen landed on the corner of the ring head first. RIP

The Life and Death of Owen Hart

  • May 24, 1999 – WWF RAW IS OWEN: The WWF dedicated an entire show to the memory of Owen Hart.
  • ~~~Included emotional comments from various WWF Superstars (out of character) and shared Owen stories.
  • ~~~Every wrestler who appeared on camera during the show wore a black arm band with the initials “OH” on it.
  • ~~~Even over on WCW Nitro, wrestlers such as Chris Benoit paid tribute to his friend by wearing the arm band.
  • May 31, 1999 – Owen Hart’s funeral at Mcinnis and Holloway Funeraln Chapel in Calgary.
  • ~~~In attendance: Members of the Hart Family, Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, The Funks, and many WWF and WCW wrestlers.
  • ~~~Thousands of fans gathered outside the chapel to pay tribute to their fallen hero during the ceremony.
  • ~~~Owen was laid to rest at the Queens Park Cemetery | Owen is survived by his wife Martha and two children.
  • Written by Martha Hart: I am a lighthouse, lonely but strong, I reach out to help people, weather the storm, some are lost souls, some in dismay, my lights helts to guide them, out of harms way.
  • October 4, 1999 – Nitro: Bret Hart defeated Chris Benoit in an Owen Hart Tribute match at Kemper Arena.
  • October 2002: Martha Hart published a book about the life of Owen Hart – Broken Harts in Canada.
  • Dave Meltzer wrote via www.WrestlingObserver.com (June 22, 2010): Martha Hart, the widow of Owen Hart, filed a suit today in U.S. District Court in Hartford against World Wrestling Entertainment, as well as Vince and Linda McMahon, claiming the company and the McMahons violated their lawsuit settlement agreement of 2000 by continuing to use Owen Hart footage and his likeness. Hart claimed that in the lawsuit settlement, the McMahons agreed to no longer use Owen’s name, likeness and footage in anything associated with the company, which has been violated numerous times over the past ten years. Martha Hart said she didn’t realize until this past year that the company had used Hart’s likeness and name in videos, websites, television shows and print materials. She is asking WWE from being barred by the court of using Owen’s name and likeness and is looking for unpaid royalties, damages based on a breach of the lawsuit settlement, copyright infringement and is claiming deceptive trade practices.
  • Mike Aldren wrote (June 23, 2010): Martha Hart, the widow of Owen Hart, who was killed in a 1999 stunt gone wrong while performing for WWE, has filed another lawsuit against the company, claiming they used Owen’s image without her permission in over thirty videos and various publications since his death 11 years ago. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and former CEO Linda McMahon are also named as defendants in the suit filed Tuesday morning at U.S. District Court in Hartford, Connecticut. “I was shaken to learn earlier this year that they have been using Owen’s name and likeness in videos, websites, television programs and print material without my knowledge, much less my approval,” Martha Hart said Tuesday at a press conference in Hartford. “In addition to being grossly insensitive to me and my children, it is in direct violation of the final contract Owen signed with the WWE before his death.” Martha, 43, is demanding that WWE stop selling products baring the name of her late husband. She is also seeking unpaid royalties for uses of Owen’s image, along with unspecified damages, attorneys’ fees and other relief. Gregg Rubenstein, Martha’s Boston-based attorney, asserts that when Owen died, essentially his WWE booking contract was terminated, and therefore a provision of that contract would mean control of Owen’s legal name and likeness reverts to the wrestler, or in this case, Martha, as executor of his estate. WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt, yesterday described Martha’s suit as “a cheap political stunt” without merit timed for publicity against Linda McMahon’s Senatorial campaign. A statement released by the WWE legal department read: “The lawsuit by Martha Hart is nothing more than pure political orchestration. This claim has nothing to do with the tragic accident in 1999. It pertains solely to the use of intellectual property, which is not typically brought to the media’s attention through a pre-emptive press release, a dedicated website (www.marthahartsueswwe.com) and a press conference before the filing of the suit. This case has no more merit than the one Martha Hart unsuccessfully brought against WWE recently in Canada, which was dismissed and Mrs. Hart was ordered to pay WWE’s counsel fees.” The later statement was in reference to an injunction Martha filed earlier this year seeking to prevent the sale of WWE’s Hart and Soul Anthology DVD. “Martha Hart does not have some exclusive right to tell the story of her husband,” McDevitt told the Hartford Courant. “He was a public figure ? he was part of WWE.” McDevitt added that WWE holds a copyright on the likeness of Owen and that he will always remain part of pro wrestling history. “His death was widely reported. (Martha) wrote a book about it. Everybody that Owen’s life touched has their right to tell their version of the Owen Hart story and he’s a part of the WWE’s history.” Martha, meanwhile, insists that her suit is not politically motivated. “This has nothing to do with Linda’s political career,” she told reporters at her press conference. “Although, that said, certainly as a voter, I would think that people should certainly question the moral character of this action.” Owen Hart, 34, wrestling as the Blue Blazer, fell 78 feet to his death when an equipment malfunction occurred during his entrance from the rafters of the Kemper Arena in Kansas City on May 23, 1999 at WWE’s Over the Edge pay-per-view. Martha sued the company for wrongful death but settled the case out of court for $18 million in 2000. WWE later settled with the maker of the harness equipment for $9 million. And because the company’s insurance carrier paid around $11 million, it’s believed that WWE actually profited on the settlement. In recent years, Martha has used more than $2 million of her money to establish the Owen Hart Foundation; a Charity to help with college scholarships for children with special needs. She largely separated herself from the majority of the Hart family, and has criticized some family members who continued to work for the WWE after Owen’s death. She also sued her sister-in-law Diana Hart-Smith in 2001, over Diana’s book, Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling’s Greatest Family, for what she claims included inaccurate and irresponsible statements about her and her family. As a result the book was pulled from circulation.Jim Ross wrote about the Martha Hart lawsuit at www.jrsbarbq.com: “I am not a lawyer, have never played one on TV, and know zilch about this untimely legal matter. Nonetheless my personal opinion is that the timing of this legal posturing is questionable specifically as it relates to Connecticut politics. Plus, I have never recalled WWE ever doing any thing but honoring Owen’s legacy and certainly not ‘exploiting’ it in a negative light. Owen Hart is one of the most requested guys who fans want to see inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
    We get dozens of emails off and on all year or whenever the HOF topic is discussed. Does this legal mindset mean that if WWE ever decided to induct Owen into the Hall of Fame that he so richly deserves that there would be more litigation? Should the threat of a lawsuit deprive Owen Hart of an honor that many feel that he deserves? Contrary to any litigation, present or future, Owen’s legacy isn’t going to be forgotten and nor should it. Now you can see why I’m not a fan of politics. It seems that in today’s political world tactics like this are the norm.
    Again, this is only one guy’s opinion and I certainly do NOT represent WWE but it saddens me to have my memory jolted this morning of my late friend in a manner such as this.”