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.
14 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.
13 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.
12 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.
11 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.
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.
10 Why Owen Hart Is Not In The WWE HOF
The high profile members of the Hart Family still with us have made peace with WWE. Bret Hart makes occasional appearances for the company. Jim Neidhart is on Total Divas when the cameras follow the life of his daughter Natalya. Diana Hart Smith is even over her controversial stint of lashing out at everyone else.
9 Jim Neidhart Was In Same Jail As Charles Manson
An odd fact about a member of the Hart Family focuses on Jim Neidhart sharing prison time with a certain infamous name. Neidhart served a short three week sentence that happened to be in the same correctional facility as Charles Manson. His horrific actions saw him form a cult and mastermind numerous murders.
8 Substance Abuse Issues
The 80s and 90s time periods of pro wrestling featured dangerous amounts of drug and alcohol abuse by the wrestlers. Talent would freely exchange pills and various drugs backstage as if they were trading candy or baseball cards. Davey Boy Smith passed away at the young age of 39 due to a heart attack. An autopsy revealed that the death may have been caused from steroids, along with the overall effect of all the drugs used.
7 Dynamite Kid's Ties To Family
Dynamite Kid was a pioneer in the wrestling business by implementing a new in-ring style that would inspire many others. His smaller size saw Dynamite use aerial moves and hard hitting strikes to make up for being one of the smaller wrestlers of his era. Bret Hart had some of the best matches of his career in Stampede Wrestling against Dynamite.
6 Hart Foundation Ending Too Soon Due To Bret Leaving
The Hart Foundation was among the best things in WWE during the 90s. Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Davey Boy Smith, Jim Neidhart and Brian Pillman formed the anti-American stable that spoke up for the international fans. It was a dynamic idea that showed forward-thinking storytelling in many ways. All members were in the best places of their WWE careers.
The aftermath of the Montreal Screwjob caused all of the Hart relatives employed by WWE to want to leave. Bret Hart signed a huge contract to become a main event star in WCW. Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart left WWE and joined WCW within a few months. Owen Hart wanted to leave as well, but WWE refused to let him out of his contract due to how valuable he was to the company.
4 Teddy Hart Using Family Name
Teddy Hart's career is one of the more depressing tales in recent wrestling memory. Teddy had athletic ability with high flying moves never seen before and WWE signed him at a young age due to his potential. WWE saw Teddy’s ties to the Hart Family as a sign he came up the same way but could not be any more wrong.
3 Diana's Book
One of the most controversial actions by a Hart Family member saw Diana write and release her autobiography. Under the Mat featured stories from Diana absolutely trashing and implicating many members of the family. Diana told tales painting Bret Hart as an egomaniac, her ex-husband Davey Boy Smith as a reckless addict and even claimed her beloved mother was an alcoholic.
2 The Hart Dynasty Flopping
WWE tried to showcase the next generation of Hart wrestlers with The Hart Dynasty faction. Tyson Kidd, Harry Smith and Natalya were all positioned together as a team hoping to continue their family’s legendary history. Harry is the son of Davey Boy, Natalya is the daughter of Jim Neidhart and Kidd spent his childhood in the Hart home as a friend of the family.
1 Bret Hart's Vendetta Against Triple H
One current feud that still exists in the wrestling world is Bret Hart’s disdain for Triple H. The two never got along and Triple H actually suggested the idea of the Montreal Screwjob to Shawn Michaels and Vince McMahon. Hart has held on to the grudge for many years, with the occasional insult still being thrown towards Triple H’s way these days.
Bret has trashed Triple H as a person, wrestler and wresting mind. The term 4 out of 10 was used by Bret to describe Triple H’s wrestling career. Bret also claimed WWE is going to be in bad shape if Triple H is running the company after Vince McMahon steps down. The Hart Family wants to be in good graces for historical purposes. Active wrestlers like Natalya and Tyson also have to worry about Bret’s words impacting their careers. Everyone in the family likely wishes they could erase Bret’s rants. Even Bret has expressed regret and canceled his podcast due to this.
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