Owen Hart, otherwise known by his wrestling name “the Blue Blazer”, seemed destined to be a wrestling legend from the very start. Born the youngest of 12 children to an iconic Canadian wrestling family headed by Stu and Helen Hart, Owen loved the sport every bit as much as his family. Although he possessed an interest in other career paths, after attending the University of Calgary on a wrestling scholarship Owen Hart started a professional career in wrestling in 1986. His star rose quickly in th
Owen Hart was known for two things in particular in the wresting community; his love of daring and his love of humor. He kept his friends and colleagues laughing and at times his fans as well and he was never one to shy away from a challenging stunt. He wasn’t just show however, he was skill and a true champion, winning numerous wrestling titles across the board. Sadly however, his talents for daring and comedy ended up playing a role in his death.
Exactly what caused Owen Hart’s fall from the harness prematurely ended up being hotly contested. The stunt required an improvised quick-release harness which was the center of the controversy. Some claimed that the harness simply malfunctioned. Others speculated that Hart accidently triggered the quick-release harness while dealing with his cape and his act of being entangled in the wires. What was rather undeniable however was the fact that the harness Hart used simply wasn’t meant for the weight of a full grown male but was designed to move and secure smaller objects. Some degree of mystery may always remain as to exactly what caused the harness to release when it did.
The issue of the accident in the Owen Hart death also ended up having legal ramifications. Mere weeks after the tragic event Owen Hart’s family filed a lawsuit against the WWF. They maintained that the stunt was too dangerous and was not well planned. A settlement was reached in 2002 and the Hart family received 18 million dollars. The manufacture of the harness Owen used was dismissed from the lawsuit and the blame was placed solely on the WWF.
There were other controversies about the Owen Hart death as well. For example, the fans at the event in Kansas City were not told that Owen had died and the remainder of the event went on as planned, as though nothing had happened. Other controversies were also to come, such as the use and rights to Owen Hart’s name in association with the WWF.
Owen Hart was survived by his wife, Martha, and two children ages 7 and 4. The night of the stunt he was to wrestle for the Intercontinental title against “The Godfather”. His body was transported to Calgary, Alberta where he was buried at Queens Park Cemetery.