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The first members of the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame (SPOILER)

The 2019 WWE Hall of Fame will feature The Hart Foundation according to PWInsider.com’s Mike Johnson.

At this point, the members to be inducted will be the original incarnation of Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart and Jimmy Hart.

It seems that Owen Hart will not be part of that group due to Martha Hart’s opposition. On that subject, Bret Hart wrote the following statement last year urging Hart’s wife to reconsider:

“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.”


  • The Random Reader

    I read rumors that Dave Batista will be inducted this year’s Hall of Fame

  • CC

    Same deal as Flair and the Horsemen. He is in solo and as part of the group.

  • Darrin Tyler

    ? I thought Jim and Bret was already in?

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    I’m not defending Vince in the slightest, but the way Martha is going about it she’s basically ruining his legacy for everybody and just after money. Even Bret himself has said he disagrees with Martha and wants to see his brother inducted so Owen can be remembered and honoured by the fans, where Martha is just erasing his legacy altogether

  • Rinn13

    The Hart Foundation, the original tag team, was huge for their era, multiple time champions. So yeah, of course they’re going to go into the HOF as a Tag Team over the short-lived heel stable from 1997. Davey Boy does belong in, as does Pillman and Owen. But Owen’s deal with his wife is complicated. The only real issue here, is that they should have inducted this tag team before Jim died.

  • Rinn13

    Lemme guess kid, you’re one of those who thinks the current WWE product is far better than any previous era?

  • Will Henderson

    he had a HOF worthy career, would had been in much sooner had he not died. his wife won’t let his death go cause she view WWE was actual murderers when it was (easily preventable) freak accident that killed him.

  • Adam graves

    Congratulations !!! if there was a HOF for morons then you would be it’s first inductee. I bet you are holding out for Roman reigns to be inducted into the WWE HOF this year to rite !!!

  • Yespage

    “Stupid cow”? Her husband died in a completely preventable (and needless) stunt entrance. That oddly is a hot button with some people. What exactly does Owen get with an induction? Applause from a large crowd on one night, that he’ll never hear… inducted by the people who put him in the position that got him killed.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    If they’re going to induct the Hart Foundation then they should surely do it as a group with Bret, Jim, Davey, Pillman and Owen? I mean Davey Boy deserves to be Inducted on his own but given his relationship with Tom Billington it’s unlikely WWE will ever induct the bulldogs sadly, and we all know Owen should be in on his own but that stupid cow Martha is just ruining it for everybody so maybe a group induction is the way to go

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    The Dirt sheet is so stupid I mean if you didn’t know they are talking about Bret Hart and Jim Anvil something is not right with you.

  • Grant Thomson

    They couldn’t just induct Anvil and have Bret/Nattie accept?

  • CC

    What the hell are you on?
    Regardless of what you feel about him, what he contributed to the industry was immense.
    He more than deserves two entries.

  • Lol at Bret gonna be a 2 time HOF’er, he doesn’t even deserve one