Bret Hart Says He’s Frustrated With Owen Hart’s Exclusion from the WWE Hall of Fame

Posted by Steve Carrier on Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

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In a recent interview with 660News, Bret Hart relayed his frustration with late brother Owen Hart’s exclusion from the WWE Hall of Fame.

“You know, it’s time to remember what he was. He was a great wrestler, and WWE fans around the world remember Owen, everyday. And, they ask me, everyday. It’s kind of childish,” said Hart.

Hart noted to the radio station that he’s considering writing a book chronicling the life of Owen, who died on May 23, 1999 at a WWE pay-per-view event when an equipment malfunction occurred during his entrance from the rafters of Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.

F4WOnline.com reported last November that some WWE employees were lobbying for Hart to be enshrined at this year’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which took place on April 6 at Madison Square Garden. The enshrinement did not materialize, and may not ever because his widow, Martha Hart, would not allow it, according to brother Smith Hart.

“Because she blames the wrestling business in its entirety for his death,” he revealed in a Twitter post last year. “She is the sole owner of his estate. With Martha, there will never B a way, perhaps his kids may eventually make the choice. But that’s at least 20 yrs in future.”

In April, Martha reached a a settlement with WWE in her lawsuit over royalties and the use of her husband’s image. Terms, however, were not disclosed.

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  • delrvich

    Perhaps downplaying HHH’s wrestling talent wasn’t a good idea?

    • Jay

      It has nothing to do with that.WWE wanted him in but his wife said no

      • delrvich

        Then he shouldn’t complain about that.

        • Jay

          He never blamed the WWE here.He is just frustrated i am sure at Owens ex wife

          • Mel Weber

            I agree. I think that’s who he was talking about when he said “It’s kind of childish”.

        • Tiberio

          lol why are you on here complaining about others complaints?!

          • delrvich

            menso, why are you on here asking about others comments?

          • Tiberio

            why are you on here complaining about others complaints?! lol I’m commenting on a comment, which is all commenting is for ;-)

          • delrvich

            lol. well, now I’m about complaining about your comment about why I’m complaining in the first place!

  • allan mccann

    Owen loved pro wrestling so much. Here would love to be in any hof

    • Ralph Ramos

      I read Bret Harts 1st book. Judging from what he said, I don’t believe Owen was happy about the tragedy or the settlement, which I believe was around $20 million plus royalty payments for whatever videos Owen came out in and the WWE profited from.
      It is true that he was treated like crap, most likely due to Bret Hart spitting at and punching out Vince McMahon at The Montreal Screw job. He forced poor Owen to make a fool out of himself with the Blue Blazer character. What a jerk.
      Bret Hart said that, in a dream, Owen expressed his anger and frustration at him, saying that “My life is only worth $20 million!!” to him (And this was like 3 months before the settlement ever took place).
      The WWE was horrible to him. Nobody should ever be forced to do unjust things and risk their lives for payback for other’s bad deeds, although Bret did what everybody would’ve wanted to do in the same situation. I agree with both brothers. Owen’s life is worth far more, and he should be in the HOF (Although he deserved far more when he was still alive).

      • Rosita Smith

        Hey, you don’t believe Owen was happy about the tragedy or settlement? I know you meant his wife but I couldn’t resist.His treatment had more to do with, I shouldn’t say this but I have a feeling, Shawn Michael’s envy rather than Brett’s behavior. Owen could wrestle rings around them both and even Brett admitted Owen was better than him. Curt Hennig never got a decent push while Hogan was chapion. Hogan always came back and won but that’s just how it is sometimes.

  • Rosita Smith

    Hey,
    She’s not his ex-wife but his widow. I don’t think ex-wives fight this hard to protect their ex husband’s memory. He meant alot to her and WWF?E treated him poorly. He was afraid of heights and he was never going to get the push or recognition he deserved. She doesn’t want the wrestling promotion that mistreated him to benefit from him posthumously.

  • Mike Arienti

    Martha is still blaming the business or she’d realize Owen in WWE’s HoF would mean his estate gets more money and his two kids get a bigger college fund.

    • Rosita Smith

      Hey, big deal and I know people don’t get it but I’ll try to explain. She’d trade all she has just to have Owen alive and well. Money doesn’t matter much when you lost the person you loved and they aren’t around to share it. The year that he died Martha and Owen were planning to buy a new house.Owen was afraid of heights but WWE made he do that crazy thing anyway. They never were going to give him a fair shake so I don’t see why he couldn’t have been that ridiculous character on the ground.They showed him disrespect throughout his career and made him do something that he didn’t want to do just to add humor to their show. It turned out to be one of the worst tragedies in sports and now they want to honor him. They could have honored him by respecting his talent rather using him for a cheap laugh. Let him rest in peace.

      • Mike Arienti

        Yes, but he’s dead and she can’t get him back so she may as well do her best to take care of their children and it seems to me she’s looking a gift horse in the mouth..



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