Suffering From a Hart Attack
April 16, 2004 by Botmaster4lyfe
The first time I heard about Teddy Hart was from an online buddy who was
watching the Super X-Cup Tournament on NWA-TNA on September 3, 2003. He said
that Teddy Hart is going to be a big name in this business. He has nothing
but talent. I asked if he was a legitimate Hart (related to the Hart family
in any way) or if he was just using the Hart name to get over. Turns out he was
a Hart, so I knew that what my buddy was saying would be true.
The next time I heard publicity on Teddy Hart was on the complete other end of
the spectrum. November 1, 2003. The famous Ring of Honor Scramble Cage match
in which Teddy did several unplanned spots and put the other wrestlers at risk.
Hart was immediately hated by all wrestling fans, including me. I even sent in
a short rant that was posted in Mark Rose's column "Teddy Annis, son of a
Hart" (Which was a great column). I, just like almost every single other
wrestling fan, hated Teddy Hart.
But that was before I actually SAW him in the ring. Recently, I downloaded and
watched Teddy Hart vs Jonny Storm from the Super X Tournament. I then
downloaded the full Super X Tournament and watched Teddy Hart vs Juventud
Guerrera. And I was amazed. Hart was not as good as everyone said he was, he
was BETTER. He had a good superstar look, could take the match to the mat when
needed, and was an incredible high flier (He has one of the best Asai Moonsaults
I've ever seen) So now I'm rather conflicted. And this leads to the point
of this column:
I really, really WANT to be a Teddy Hart Fan.
I do. I want to be able to cheer Hart. I want to hold up a sign that says
"Nothing but Hart". I want to mark out for his Shooting Star Press (The
Hart Attack). But the fact is it just seems like I can't. After
everything Teddy Hart has done, after all the people he's pissed off, after
all the bad publicity it's hard to bring myself to cheer for Hart.
Why do I want to be a Hart fan you might ask? After everything he's done?
Simple: Teddy Hart has every single thing a young up and coming wrestler could
ever ask for. When he said in interviews that he's ultra talented, while
other fans are saying he's nothing but an arrogant asshole, I kind of
agree with Hart. Look at the facts. Hart is only 23 years old and can already
do crazy high flying moves that it takes many wrestlers years to master. Hart
has a superstar look that make people remember him, which many young stars
don't have. But there is one thing that Hart has that almost NO other young
stars have: the name recognition. When a wrestling fan sees the name
"Hart", it is associated with all around talent. They associate it with
Bret and Owen Hart, two of the top stars in WWF history. They associate it with
Stu Hart, who has trained some of the best wrestlers today. When they see the
Hart name, wrestling fans associate it with pure and utter talent. That is one
of the best things that any young superstar who wants to make a name for himself
could ask for, and Hart has it.
But there's more. Take all the negative publicity he's gotten. Columns,
interviews, commentaries, everything. Sure, it's all negative, but it's
like Hart himself said in an interview: if all people want to do is trash
talk him, he doesn't care because it all is publicity for him. Positive or
Negative, it's publicity. It's like Chris Benoit. Back in ECW, he broke
Sabu's neck. I'm sure that there was publicity saying that he's reckless
in the ring, but that botch gave him the nickname "The Crippler" which
stayed with him for years. Publicity is Publicity is Publicity, no matter if
it's negative or positive. Hell, anyone reading this column has probably
heard of Teddy Hart, and why? Because of the negative publicity he's gotten!
So that's why I want to be a Teddy Hart fan. He's talented, he is well
known from the publicity he's gotten, and he has nothing but potential for the
future. But like I said, it's hard to be a Teddy Hart fan. After what he did
in NWA-TNA, no selling Juventud's finish. What he did in Ring of Honor, no
selling another finish and doing several unplanned spots, putting all the other
wrestlers in major danger. So I can't cheer for someone who does that. I
can't mark out for someone who claims in interviews that he's the greatest
thing since sliced bread (We all know that's not true. The greatest thing
since sliced bread is Spanky's finisher).
But let me end by saying this: Teddy Hart can still change. He's still
relatively young, so he can erase everything that has happened. If he
legitimately apologizes for everything he's done, if he starts acting
professional in the ring, and if he no longer acts like he's God's gift to
professional wrestling, then he can start being popular. And if that happens, I
will be the #1 Teddy Hart fan. Mark my words.
And THAT, my friends, is a dose of Bottitude for ya.
Joe Joe writes:
Nice column. I agree with most of what you said. Although recently I've heard more praise for Teddy than hate. I'm not surprised by this though because most wrestling fans change their minds frequently. As for Teddy having a big future I think he could as long as he straightens some up. What Teddy did was horrible and could've caused severe injury. Hopefully no one else tries nor thinks they can get over by doing dangerous unplanned spots.
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