The legacy of Owen Hart still lives strong with fans fondly remembering the greatness he’d showcase in the ring. Owen became one of the breakout stars of the New Generation Era during a tremendous feud with his brother Bret Hart. The versatility of Owen in the ring saw him delivering technical wrestling masterpieces, aerial moves, and generally flawless storytelling during his matches.
We will look back at the matches to stand out most from Owen’s career. The performances here all give you the instant proof that he was one of the best wrestlers of all time. New fans fall in love with his work while older fans watch them back with excitement. Find out just which of the bouts made him an iconic superstar. These are the top ten matches of Owen Hart's career officially ranked.
10 Owen Hart vs Steve Austin (Summerslam 1997)
The Summerslam 1997 showdown between Owen Hart and Steve Austin is remembered for the brutal ending, but it was a great match leading up to that. Owen’s piledriver botch resulted in Austin suffering a horrible neck injury and having to win by roll-up.
Fans may forget that they were on pace to have a classic before the injury. Owen was playing a great heel in the role to help elevate Austin up the card as the next major main eventer. The match had a tremendous start with a memorable finish.
9 Owen Hart vs Triple H (WrestleMania 14)
Triple H and Owen Hart entered a rivalry shortly after the Montreal Screwjob. Owen was trying to get revenge for his brother going after D-Generation X. The biggest singles match between Triple H and Owen saw them facing off for the European Championship at WrestleMania 14.
Chyna provided some help for Triple H to score the win and retain his title. This ended up being quite compelling and one of Owen’s better WrestleMania matches. Despite the issues between the Hart family and Triple H, Owen was able to execute a great match with The Game.
8 Owen Hart vs Jushin Thunder Liger (New Japan: April 28th, 1991)
One of the most unique matches in Owen Hart’s library featured him facing off with Japanese legend Jushin “Thunder” Liger. The match came during Owen’s stint in New Japan in between his short time released from WWE.
This dream match came before Owen was a major star, but it showcased his potential. Many fans believe this was the best version of Owen since he didn’t hold anything back. Owen kept up with one of the top Japanese wrestlers for an underrated classic.
7 Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith vs Shawn Michaels and Steve Austin (Raw: May 26, 1997)
The tag team of Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith found amazing success together in WWE. They played great heels as the brothers in law often cheated to get an advantage. Two of the most popular singles wrestlers teamed together to face them.
Steve Austin and Shawn Michaels made a fun short-term team and had a classic match against Smith and Hart during the May 26th episode of Raw. All four guys were on their A-game this night for a must-see match. Austin and Michaels scored the win to become the new WWE Tag Team Champions.
6 Owen Hart vs 123 Kid (King of the Ring 1994)
Owen Hart was one of the few upper level WWE stars that could shine in any role given to him. Many wrestlers would have complained about only having 3 and a half minutes for a major PPV match. Owen and 123 Kid were in this situation during the semi-finals of the 1994 King of the Ring tournament.
Both men went hard from start to finish not wasting a single second. Owen defeated 123 Kid in what may be the best match in WWE history under 5 minutes. The win helped Owen advance to the finals and eventually become the 1994 King of the Ring winner.
5 Owen Hart vs Bret Hart (Summerslam 1994)
The big payoff to a long feud between Bret and Owen Hart came at Summerslam 1994 in a steel cage match. Bret defended the WWE Championship against his brother with fans hanging on every second of the match.
They went with the story of each man trying to escape the cage with the excitement never ending. Bret and Owen even received a five-star rating from Dave Meltzer for this match. The win would go to Bret retaining the title, but Owen proved he could deliver great performances in the world title picture.
4 Owen Hart vs Davey Boy Smith (Raw: March 3, 1997)
The tag team of Owen Hart and Davey Boy Smith were forced to face off in singles action. Both wrestlers made it to the end of the tournament to crown the first-ever European Champion. The finals would see them going one on one during an episode of Raw in Germany.
Smith and Hart were given the time and platform to deliver a classic match in the main event of Raw. The win would go to Smith as the right choice to become the first European Champion. Owen had one of the best performances of his career putting over his brother in law.
3 Owen Hart vs Shawn Michaels (In Your House 6: Rage in the Cage)
Shawn Michaels put his WrestleMania 12 title shot on the line against Owen Hart at In Your House 6: Rage in the Cage. The winner was going to challenge Bret Hart at WM for the WWE Championship. Owen did a great job building the suspense with fans genuinely unsure of the winner.
Michaels and Owen were both performing at an extremely high level entering this match. It was their best work together in an instant classic. Michaels would win the hard-fought contest to move to WM and eventually become the WWE Champion.
2 In Your House: Canadian Stampede
The infamous main event from In Your House: Canadian Stampede is the peak moment for the Hart family in wrestling. Countless relatives attended the show to witness the Hart Foundation face off against five of the most beloved faces in WWE. This match included Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, Jim Neidhart, Bret Hart and Davey Boy Smith vs Animal, Goldust, Hawk, Ken Shamrock and Steve Austin.
Despite playing heels to the United States audience, the Hart Foundation received overwhelming cheers at this event in Canada. Owen had one of the best performances of his career and scored the winning pin on Austin. The visual of Owen holding his son and a Canadian flag while surrounded by his loved ones is the imagine most associated with his career.
1 Owen Hart vs Bret Hart (WrestleMania 10)
The best match of Owen Hart’s career was the one that made him a star. Bret Hart faced off against his brother Owen in the opening match before having a main event title shot later in the show vs the winner of a Yokozuna/Lex Luger title match.
Owen however used Bret’s opening match as a way to prove he was ready for the main event scene. Both wrestlers told a remarkable story in the ring that was one of the best matches in WWE history at the time. Owen won the match in shocking fashion to upset his brother. Bret still won the WWE Championship later in the night with his brother jealously watching from afar in a beautiful visual.