Owen Hart's widow has recently refuted comments made by Bret Hart who claimed her actions are erasing the memory of her late husband.
The death of Owen Hart is one of the most tragic things to have happened in pro wrestling history. At Over The Edge 1999, Hart fell from the ceiling of an arena while riding a zip wire to the ring. His injuries were so extensive that he passed away shortly after. Almost 20 years later and that night unsurprisingly is still ever present in the memories of many in the industry.
Many fans and wrestlers alike believe that Owen should be in the WWE Hall Of Fame. However, his widow, Martha Hart, refuses to work with WWE and will not let the company induct him as she still blames them for her husband's death. As recently as this year's WWE HOF ceremony, recent inductee, Mark Henry made a tearful plea to Martha and her family to let WWE induct Owen.
Martha continues to stand by her decision, however, and recently Owen's brother Bret Hart vented his own feelings on the whole situation. The Hitman told the In This Corner podcast that "she’s done more to erase my brother Owen’s memory than she ever did to remember him." Pretty strong words from the former WWE Champion and Martha has responded in kind via a press release.
"I am firm in my belief that the WWE was responsible for Owen’s death. As a result, I cannot and will not support any efforts by the WWE to profit from Owen’s memory," Martha wrote. She also went on to write that her and her two children, the son and daughter of Owen, believe that they have spent the last two decades of their lives immortalizing the former WWE Superstar via The Owen Hart Foundation. You can check out the statement in its entirety at Pro Wrestling Sheet.
When the topic of Owen Hart ever comes up, it makes the so-called present day problems like Roman Reigns being pushed for too long and Brock Lesnar not showing up on Raw feel pretty insignificant. Clearly, Owen deserves a spot among pro wrestling's elite in the WWE Hall Of Fame as much as anyone else in the business, but if his wife and children don't want that to happen, then it won't.