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WWE legend Bret Hart accuses late brother's widow of erasing wrestling legacy
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https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/celebrity/w...li=BBnbfcL


I'm not 100% sure where I stand on this situation. One part of me really agrees with Bret. I think wrestling fans really want a chance to fondly remember Owen's in-ring contributions.

But there is another part of me that thinks Bret should be keeping family business in the family, and not in the press. Martha has kids by Owen that don't need to hear their uncle calling their mom names. And there is another part of me that says, it's Martha's legacy now that Owen is gone, and she has a right to hold it back from the rest of the world if that is what she wants.

In any case, wrestling fans, I doubt this is the last we hear of this story....
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It's not Martha's legacy at all. I think Owens kids would love to see their Dad honored in the Hall, and have his matches chronicled in blu ray sets and whatnot.

Martha is denying history. It unfair to wrestling fans. It's unfair to her kids, and it's unfair to Owens memory.
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Well, for the sake of argument, we don't know what the kid's opinion of the matter is. They are both adults, and have the right to speak up if they choose. We are both making assumptions here, my assumption is that Martha is speaking on behalf of her and the kids.
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This is not a new opinion from Bret. Bret’s said in the past he hasn’t been happy with how Martha tries to keep Owen to herself. I can’t imagine this is the way Owen would like his legacy to be treated either.

As to Bret’s complaints about the WWE Hall of Fame he should address them to Vince. Vince decides who goes in. Other people i’m sure offer suggestions, but in the end if Vince says “Yes” they’re in and if he says “No” they’re not.

I see Bret brings up Demolition and though I think they deserve a spot, they are currently part of a class action lawsuit against WWE. Expecting WWE to honor them at this point is laughable.
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dmc23, can you share the details as you know them about this lawsuit? I am unfamiliar with it, but intrigued.

His view of the expectation for qualifications for the Hall, I agree with you. Vince is the guy for this, and the qualifications are 100% unknown. But there already is a Hall of Fame for those that expect tried and true wrestlers only, and that is the Cauliflower Alley Hall of Fame. If Bret feels there should be more focus on those performers, he should promote it. It really is a home for the legacy of wrestling skill over well..... whatever Vince uses to decide.
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http://www.wrestlinginc.com/wi/news/2016...e-lawsuit/

Been about 2 years since it was filed and it probably won’t be over soon. The crux of the lawsuit is about CTE.
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That's interesting, thank you for the link!
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Bret Hart
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This past week, I have received multiple requests for comment regarding my recent interview on a podcast and the rebuttal made by Dr. Martha Hart. First of all, I want to express my disappointment in both the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald for running a gossip-style article and making it front page news when there are more pressing issues in the world to highlight. You are better than that. I listened back to the interview in question and I specifically want to address Martha's comments about my words being "cruel, reckless, irresponsible, and hurtful".

Stampede Wrestling was an institution in the city of Calgary. Wrestling was our family business. My brothers and I either wrestled for my father Stu or worked behind the scenes. Fans packed the Victoria Pavilion every Friday night for decades. Martha has seemed to have forgotten that she attended those same shows before she met Owen. She was, by definition, a wrestling fan. That same group Martha appears to look down upon and ignore.

Earlier this year, Mark Henry took time during his WWE Hall of Fame induction to specifically address Martha. With tears in his eyes, Henry pleaded with her to allow Owen to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. My nieces and nephews were in the audience with tears in their eyes as he expressed how much he deserved to be there with his peers. Fans have told me they had tears in their eyes when they watched the moment on television. Those same fans Martha sat side-by-side with at Stampede Wrestling and WWE events. Those same fans that donate to the Owen Hart Foundation and helped make it what it is today because they remember the joy he brought to their lives and not by how he died. Those royalty checks she receives from the company she says she doesn't want any part of? Those are also from those same fans. To her, their tears do not matter. To me, that is cruel and hurtful.

It is true that Martha and I were close at one time. I was right by her side after Owen's death until she received her settlement from WWE and proclaimed me a "pest". Martha later declared herself and her children Harts in name only, called us all "black sheep", and ceased contact with the rest of the Hart family. She further isolated from us when we all came together in 2010 to honour our father Stu being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and participated in a DVD that celebrated our family (Hart & Soul). Owen's children do not have a relationship with his brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, and cousins. One of my nieces, in fact, named her son Owen after him. I do not know Oje and I wouldn't know Athena if she walked passed me on the street. Owen's children only know of their father's family by what is told by their mother, whatever that may be, painting us all with one broad brush. To block Owen's children from knowing their father's family, to me, is cruel, reckless, and irresponsible.

Owen's tragic accident almost 20 years ago changed our family forever. Martha lost her soulmate and her children lost their father. You have to remember, however, that I also lost my brother. My children lost their uncle. My grandchildren will only know him through pictures and stories. His peers lost a close friend who filled them with endless laughter through long periods on the road. The fans lost someone that they lovingly connected to. Martha is not alone in her loss and grief.

The Owen Hart Foundation is a wonderful charity that has raised millions of dollars and has helped many people in its 19 year history. I am not disputing or denying that whatsoever. I disagree, however, that it should be the sole outlet to remember Owen by. This is not just about Owen being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. This is about his wrestling career, his wrestling legacy, his contribution to the business that he loved and honouring that contribution. Owen Hart was a world-renowned professional wrester, and a damn good one. He was part of the foundation that our family name was built on not just in the city of Calgary but all over the world. For Martha to want to rewrite history, to refuse to acknowledge or recognize his great wrestling career, to brush off what he, myself, and my father did as "that fake stuff" is wrong.

Owen Hart was a wrestler. The next generation deserve to know how great he truly was.

I am happy to hear that my brother Owen will be inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame on July 28 in Waterloo, Iowa. My father and I are past honourees. While I will not be in attendance, the Hart family will be well-represented with my brothers Ross, Bruce, Keith, sister Diana, and my nephew Harry Smith accepting the honour on his behalf. Thank you to the Board of Directors for recognizing his wrestling career, his contributions to the wrestling business, and his legacy. I'm sure the event will be filled with laughter, tears, and an overall appreciation for the man that he was. I can only hope that this is only the beginning.

Bret Hart x
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LF, you need to provide a link for that.
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there was no link, it came from fb, along with a pic of the hart family. said mobile upload and posted on his (Bret's) FB page.


if you gotta take it down because of no link. thats np at all. i will understand.. i completely forgot about the link. i;ve always put a link down. didnt matter where it came from.. my bad and apologies!
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(8 hours ago)LordFerg13 Wrote: there was no link, it came from fb, along with a pic of the hart family.  said mobile upload and posted on his (Bret's) FB page.


if you gotta take it down because of no link. thats np at all. i will understand.. i completely forgot about the link. i;ve always put a link down. didnt matter where it came from.. my bad and apologies!

http://thechairshot.com/2018/07/bret-har...-response/
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