[Owen Hart Gallery]
[The Nation Gallery]
[Hart Family Gallery]
[Hart Foundation Gallery]
[Kings of the Ring Gallery]
[Canadian Wrestlers Gallery]
[The Owen Hart Tragedy]
[Column by Kirsty Quested]
[The King of Harts]
Owen Hart: Wrestling With Angels
||Owen Hart (1965-1999)
||May 7, 1965
||May 23, 1999
|Height & Weight:
||5'10" - 227 lbs
||May 30, 1986
||Owen James (WWF)
The Blue Blazer (WWF)
"Slammy Award Winning"
"The King of Harts"
"The Black Hart"
Spinning heel kick
Stampede International Tag Team title w/Ben Bassarab defeating Duke Myers & 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 -tourniment- (October 5, 1997);
WWF European title defeating Goldust (January 26, 1998);
WWF Tag Team titles w/Jeff Jarrett (January 25, 1999);
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..
May 30, 1986: Owen Hart officially debuted in his father's Stampede Wrestling promotion..
August 9, 1986: Owen Hart & Ben Bassarab defeated Duke Myers & Kerry Brown for the International Tag Team title..
October 3, 1986: The Viet Cong Express defeated Owen Hart & 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..
The WWF & 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, WWF Champion Bret Hart, choosing to make a name for himself..
April 2, 1989 - WrestleMania V: Mr. Perfect defeated The Blue Blazer..
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
March/April 1991: Owen Hart worked several Television tapings with World Championship Wrestling..
March 14, 1991: Owen Hart & Brian Pillman & Junk Yard Dog beat Michael Hayes, Jimmy Garvin & Dan Spivey..
March 16, 1991: Brian Pillman & Owen Hart defeated Freebirds (Michael Hayes & Jimmy Garvin)..
March 18, 1991: Brad Armstrong & Owen Hart defeated Mr. X & Kevin Sullivan..
March 22, 1991: Owen Hart defeated Bobby Eaton..
April 4, 1991: Owen Hart defeated El Cubano..
April 6, 1991: Owen Hart defeated Joe Cruz..
The World Wrestling Federation
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"..
November 24, 1992 - Survivor Series: The Headshrinkers defeated High Energy..
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..
Hart Family Feud
November 24, 1993 - Survivor Series: Bret, Owen, Keith & Bruce Hart took on Shawn Michaels & his Knights..
~~~Owen Hart scored three out of the four pinfall eliminations 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..
December 1993: Owen worked things out with his brother Bret and they decided to form a tag team shortly after..
January 22, 1994 - Royal Rumble: The Quebecers defeated Bret & 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..
March 20, 1994 - WrestleMania X: Owen Hart defeated Bret Hart in one of the classic matches in WWF history..
~~~Later that night, Bret Hart defeated Yokozuna to capture the WWF Heavyweight championship..
~~~Owen rightfully thought it should have been him, since he defeated Bret earlier in the night..
June 16, 1994 - King of the Ring: Owen Hart beat Tatanka, 1-2-3 Kid & Razor Ramon to win the King of the Ring!
~~~Jim Neidhart made his return to the WWF helping Bret Hart defeat Deisel and retain his WWF title..
~~~Jim Neidhart later showed up and assisted Owen in defeating Razor Ramon in the finals of teh KotR..
~~~It became clear that Niedhart was working for Owen, making sure Bret kept the title so Owen would get his shot..
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 the match..
~~~This sparked a series of fantastic Owen & Niedhart vs Bret & Bulldog tag matches..
Owen Hart beat Bret Hart in a Lumberjack match after Niedhart attacked Bret, but a 2nd referee reversed the decision..
1995: The family feud finally died out and Owen Hart looked for other competition in the tag team division..
Owen Hart & Yokozuna
April 2, 1995 - Wrestlemania XI: Owen and Yokuzuna (mystery partner) defeat the Smoking Gunns for the WWF Tag Team titles..
In Your House III: Owen & Yokozuna lose the Tag Titles to Diesel & Shawn Michaels..
~~~The decision is reversed because the Bulldog was subbing for Owen and Owen was pinned..
1996 - Monday Night Raw: Owen Hart vs Shawn Michaels..
~~~Owen hit Michaels with a kick to the back of the head, causing him to collapse and was stretchered out..
Owen Hart & British Bulldog
1996: Owen joined forces with his brother-in-law, Davey Boy Smith and was managed by Jim Cornette..
September 22, 1996 - In Your House X: Owen/Bulldog defeat the Smoking Gunns for the WWF Tag Team Titles..
~~~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 & 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 tourniment to crown the FIRST European champion!
1997: Owen was defeated by Tiger Ali Singh in the finals of the Kuwait Tourniment..
Slammy Awards 1997: Owen "won" another Slammy..
The tension between Owen & The Bulldog continued to build..
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..
The Hart Foundation
The Hart Foundation is reborn! Bret, Owen & Bulldog were eventually joined by Jim Niedhart & Brian Pillman..
The Hart Foundation targeted top babyfaces Steve Austin & Shawn Michaels..
April 28, 1997 - Raw is War: Owen Hart defeats Rocky Maivia for the WWF Intercontinental Title..
Summerslam 1997: Steve Austin defeated Owen for the Intercontinental title..
May 26, 1997 - Raw is War: Owen & Bulldog are defeated by Steve Austin & Shawn Michaels for the WWF Tag Team Titles..
June 23, 1997 - Raw is War: Owen defeats Hunter Heurst Helmsley & Goldust in a three-way-dance..
Canadian Stampede: Hart Foundation defeated Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust & The Legion of Doom..
~~~Owen pinned Steve Austin and this ingnited a major feud between the two..
Summer Slam 1997: 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..
October 5, 1997 - Badd Blood: Owen Hart defeated Faarooq to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental Title..
Survivor Series 1997: 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..
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 17, 1998: Hunter defeated Owen to recapture the belt with help from Chyna..
WresteMania 14: Owen is defeated by Hunter Helmsley for the European title with help from Chyna..
April 20, 1998 - Raw is War: Hunter Helmsley and The New Age Outlaws defeated LOD 2000 and Owen Hart..
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 & Shamrock vs Rock & 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 & Rocky Maivia became co-leaders of the Nation of Domination and began a bitter feud with Degeneration X..
June 2nd, 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 & Mark Henry vs Dan Severn & Ken Shamrock was a NO CONTEST when DX interfered..
June 22nd, 1998 - Raw is War: Owen was defeated by Dan Severn 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..
King of the Ring 1998: XPac defeated Owen Hart after Chyna delivered a DDT on Owen..
June 29, 1998 - Raw is War: Ken Shamrock defeats Hunter Helmsley & 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 & Ken Shamrock, but Severn ends up attacking Shamrock!
Sunday Night Heat - Owen & Rocky Maivia defeated Kane and Mankind to earn a shot at the WWF Tag Team Champions..
August 17, 1998 - Raw is War: Owen 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 & Dan Severn left together..
Summerslam 1998 - Owen 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)..
Breakdown 1998: Owen defeats Edge..
September 28, 1998 - Raw is War: Owen had a match with Dan Severn..
~~~During the match, Owen botched a tombstone piledriver and injured Severn's neck (a worked storyline)..
October 5, 1998 - Raw is War: 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 & 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 & Jeff Jarrett were defeated by Goldust & Steve Blackman by DQ..
~~~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 & Jeff Jarrett
Owen Hart & Jeff Jarrett formed a tag team after this..
January 3, 1999 - Sunday Night Heat: Owen & Jeff defeated tag champs Shamrock & 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 & Jeff Jarrett defeated the New Age Outlaws to gain a shot at the WWF Tag Team Titles..
January 25, 1999 - RAW IS WAR: Owen & Jeff Jarrett defeated Ken Shamrock & Big Bossman to win the WWF Tag Team Titles..
~~~Owen & 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 & 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 & The Godfather defeated Blue Blazer & 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 & Death of Owen Hart
May 24, 1999 - WWF RAW IS OWEN - The WWF dedicated an entire show to the memory of Owen Hart..
~~~Including comments from WWF Superstars (out of character) and shared Owen stories..
~~~Every wrestler 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's funeral at Mcinnis and Holloway Funeraln Chapel in Calgary..
~~~In attendance: Members of the Hart Family, Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, The Funks, and dozens of WWF & WCW wrestlers..
~~~Thousands of fans gathered outside the chapel to pay tribute to their fallen hero..
~~~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 2002: Martha Hart publishes a book about the life of Owen Hart -- Broken Harts in Canada..