The legendary Hart family of professional wrestling needs no introduction to true and long-time fans. The legends like Bret Hart, Owen, The British Bulldog and so many others from that stable paved the way for technical mat wrestlers that came afterwards. AEW is paying tribute to Owen’s legacy with a tournament and fans are excited.

So many of them were taken way too soon, as was Owen Hart, who unfortunately met his end while performing a cable stunt with WWE back in 1999. The terrible occurrence and moment in professional wrestling history was of course highly publicized and it was because of those events that his wife, Dr. Martha Hart, had issues forgiving WWE.

This led to her not wanting to cooperate with the promotion for projects based on her husband’s life and achievements in the ring. These issues were also highly publicized. Bret Hart, Owen’s brother, was very vocal in disagreeing with Martha. He wanted his brother’s achievements to be seen by later generations of wrestling fans.

Of course, that never meant that Martha Hart didn’t want her husband’s pro wrestling legacy to be remembered though, because she has no problem working with AEW, it would seem. One twitter user was adamant about keeping the night about honor, respect and talent…which was pretty much what Owen’s matches were always about. This Twitter user said:

“I truly hope the Owen Hart Cup is kept separate from storylines. Have it be about honor, respect, and talent. Much like Brodie Lee night was. And when it’s over, don’t create storylines about ppl complaining they lost or defending the cups.”

The announcement of the Owen Hart Cup is of course old news by now and the fact that it will be a cup for both men and female competitors has had the in-ring legend trending on and off since the announcement was made by Tony Khan.

Of course for pro wrestling fans, Owen Hart or the rest of the Hart Foundation doesn’t really need an excuse to trend, but many are elated that this is happening, quite obviously. Who knows how people will react when Double Or Nothing takes place and winners are announced. Should be a special night indeed.

Domenic Marinelli

Domenic Marinelli is an author and freelance writer/journalist. Some of his work has appeared in The Sportster, E-Wrestling News, Pro Wrestling News Hub, The Recipe, babbletop.com, Guilty Eats, Par Ex News, CFL News Hub, Daily DDT, XFL News Hub, as well as other print and internet publications. He is the author of Generic V, Summer of the Great White Wolf, His Old Tapes (stories & poetry), and so many others. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He's an avid reader and loves hiking.

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