At one point wrestling prognosticators predicted that Owen would be the first Hart brother to be a World Champion. Needless to say, that didn’t happen, but when fans say that he was just as talented as his older brother Bret, few can argue.
Owen was initially a great high flyer, but he combined that with a solid ground game that truly made him one of the best grapplers to watch. His heel turn in 1994 brought out a personality that few fans knew he had and by then he was a complete performer. Sadly, he is best known for his tragic death of which the wrestling world has still not fully recovered from. There is a very good chance he won’t get in, as his widow; Martha blames the WWE for his untimely death. This may be an induction the WWE might be afraid to do, no matter how much they may want to.
The Bullet Points:
The King of Harts
The Blue Blazer
Key Championships Held:
Stampede North American Heavyweight (2)
NWA Pacific Northwest
IWGP Jr. Heavyweight
WWF World Tag Team (3) (1w/Yokozuna, 1w/The British Bulldog, 1w/Jeff Jarrett
Why He Will Get In:
He was a great wrestler and was beloved by his peers
Why He Won’t Get In:
His widow, Martha, has a serious grudge against the WWE.
Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)
1. Showed he has star potential by winning the Stampede Title and emerging as the top star in that regional promotion (1/19/87)
2. Proved his worth in Japan by winning the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title over the talented Hiroshi Hase (5/27/88)
3. Pinned Bret in the opening match at Wrestlemania X (3/20/94)
4. Lost to Bret in a Steel Cage Main Event Match at Summer Slam (8/29/94)
5. Lost to the British Bulldog in a great match to crown the first European Championship (2/21/97)