The history of the Hart Family has made them one of the most important families in the wrestling industry. Bret Hart was the biggest star becoming a massive draw for the WWE as the face of the company for a short time period. This opened up opportunities for others to have longer careers in the WWE. Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart all worked with Bret for years and had great tenures for the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. The other brothers such as Bruce, Smith and Keith struggled to stand out and were unable to follow their relatives to the WWE.
Stu Hart was the head of the family, training all of his sons and helping his son-in-laws develop the tools to making in the WWE. Diana Hart was the sibling of Bret and the wife of Davey Boy, making WWE choose to hire her as an on-air character for quite some time. The next generation of Harts features names like Natalya, Harry Smith, Tyson Kidd and Teddy Hart. This rich history is celebrated, but there have been many ugly moments over the years. We’ll look at the dark side by revealing fifteen things the Hart Family hopes you forget about.
15. Family War
The biggest issue in the Hart Family took place when everyone turned on each other. Wrestling is a political business that can cause conflict between the best of friends and it carried over to family. There were public issues between the Hart siblings at some point during their careers. Some of the less successful Hart siblings turned on the more successful ones out of bitterness.
Owen Hart was reportedly the only one to keep peace with everyone until his untimely death. The other siblings all developed disdain for each other over the years. At WrestleMania XXVI, when Bret defeated Vince McMahon, gave us one of the final moments where the Hart Family would all appear together in the spotlight before their drama continued back in Canada. Everyone has their own lives but Smith, Bruce and Bret still exchange insults at various points in the public eye.
14. Jealousy of Bret
A great deal of the Hart Family drama surrounded Bret Hart’s rise to fame. All of the Hart’s were big deals in Calgary with their history there, but Bret took it to the next level by becoming the WWE Champion and the first big star following Hulk Hogan’s departure. Smith and Bruce felt like he didn’t go to bat for them enough to land jobs in the WWE along with Owen, Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart.
Their jealousy of Bret made him a target of his relatives. Diana Hart Smith even criticized Bret, calling him selfish for refusing to put over Shawn Michaels, leading to the entire Montreal Screwjob fiasco. WWE was no longer the home of the Hart’s and the siblings of Bret lashed out against him for that. That part of the family history is one they likely wish could be erased.
13. Diana Cheating Rumors
One of the more salacious rumors regarding the Hart Family focuses on Davey Boy Smith’s wife, Diana Hart. The stories have surfaced that Diana slept with Shawn Michaels and attempted to enter a relationship with Steve Austin behind Davey Boy’s back. Diana has never admitted to this, but the siblings of Bret and Owen all wanting to get big contracts from the WWE as well could add credence to the story.
Michaels was the biggest star in the company at the time and Austin was ascending to surpass him. Diana ranted against Bret, causing tension between the Hart Family and the WWE, showing just how much she cared about having a role with the company. Hopefully the rumors were, false but the fact that Diana has a controversial reputation in wrestling would make it plausible.
12. Vince McMahon Buying Out Stampede Wrestling
Vince McMahon taking the WWE national led to him aggressively going after many territories. One of the companies that Vince managed to legally obtain was the library of Stampede Wrestling owned by Stu Hart. Stu promoted shows in Calgary bringing in some huge stars to face the top names in Canada. Andre the Giant was one of the major draws Stu booked often during his prime.
Bret Hart earned his reputation for being a pristine in-ring worker with his Stampede work. WWE has used Stampede matches of Bret vs. Dynamite Kid in numerous DVD projects over the years. Stu being one of the major promoters to sell his history to McMahon is not one of the things that most want to associate with the Hart legacy.
11. Hart Brothers School of Wrestling Scam
Stu Hart trained numerous talented wrestlers that went on to become future stars of the industry. The training went on in the legendary Hart Dungeon in his house. This has led to confusion with other wrestlers doing their training at the Hart Brothers School of Wrestling. Chris Jericho and Lance Storm trained there, but quickly found out Hart Brothers did not mean Bret or Owen.
Bruce, Smith and Keith were the ones trying to make extra money by having the school under the Hart name. Young wrestlers were swindled into thinking they would train with WWE Superstars, Bret and Owen. They ended up getting treated poorly by lesser known Hart brothers that very rarely even visited the school. It was a total scam that shamed the Hart name for a cash grab.