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The Hart wrestling family is a Canadianmarker family with a long history associated with professional wrestling. The patriarch of the family is wrestling legend Stu Hart, amateur and professional wrestler, promoter, and trainer. The patriarch, Stu Hart, not only owned and operated his own wrestling company, he also has trained some of the most well known and highly respected stars in the wrestling industry including Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Edge among others. His sons Bret and Owen Hart also achieved world wide fame in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). Many of the WWF's biggest storylines in the mid-1990s were built around Bret and Owen and their brothers-in-law.

Children of Stu and Helen Hart

  1. Smith (born 1949), former professional wrestler.
  2. Bruce (born 1950), former professional wrestler.
  3. Keith (born 1952), wrestler and firefighter
  4. Wayne (born 1953), wrestling referee
  5. Dean (1954-1990), Canadian professional wrestler, referee
  6. Ellie (born 1955), married the wrestler Jim Neidhart
  7. Georgia (born 1956), married the wrestler and firefighter B.J. Annis. She is currently employed in Calgary at The Cookbook Company
  8. Bret (born 1957), a former WWF and WCW wrestler. Bret has four children with his first wife Julie, whose sister, Michelle was married to Tom Billington, better known by his ring name of Dynamite Kid.
  9. Alison (born 1959), married to wrestler Ben Bassarab
  10. Ross (born 1961), wrestling producer and part-time wrestler
  11. Diana (born 1963), married to wrestler Davey Boy Smith , real-life first cousin of Dynamite Kid, until 2000. Her book Under the Mat about life in the Hart family was removed from bookstores only weeks after its release in November 2001, following a lawsuit by Owen Hart's widow Martha over the contents
  12. Owen (1965-1999), WWF wrestler. Died in a failed stunt


Family history

The Hart family is one of the most well-known professional wrestling families in history. The patriarch of the family, Stu Hart was a professional wrestler and a trainer as well as the owner of Stampede Wrestling. Many of his children became professional wrestlers. He became involved with wrestling after retiring from his career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Stu began promoting wrestling in 1948 and operated Stampede Wrestling until selling it to Vince McMahon in 1984. In 1985, however, he decided to revive the promotion, which remained in operation until 1989. It was brought back again in 1999 by Bruce and Ross Hart and remains active today. Stu Hart has been noted from training some of North America's most famous wrestlers, including André the Giant, the "British Buldog" Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, Junkyard Dog, and dozens more in addition to his own sons.

Bret Hart has won the most wrestling championships of anyone in the family. He won his first title belt in the World Wrestling Federation while teaming with brother-in-law Jim Neidhart (Ellie Hart's husband) to form The Hart Foundation tag team. They had a feud with the British Bulldogs (Diana Hart's husband Davey Boy Smith and Bret Hart's sister-in-law's husband Dynamite Kid). On January 26, 1987, Hart and Neidhart defeated the Bulldogs to win the WWF Tag Team Championship. After the Hart Foundation split up, Owen Hart began teaming with Neidhart as The New Foundation. Bret went on to have a successful career as a singles wrestling, holding the WWF Championship five times.

The family connection played a role in two major WWF storylines. Four of the Hart brothers (Bret, Owen, Keith, and Bruce) formed a team at Survivor Series 1993. Animosity began to build between Bret and Owen, and Owen turned on Bret at Royal Rumble 1994. This led to a feud between the two brothers; Neidhart later became involved on Owen's side, while Smith sided with Bret. The feud culminated with Owen costing Bret the WWF Championship. While Bret was defending the title against Bob Backlund at Survivor Series 1994, Owen tricked his mother Helen into throwing a towel into the ring to signify that Bret conceded defeat.

Several years later, the Hart Foundation was formed again, this time as a stable of anti-American wrestlers. Bret and Owen reconciled, and they were joined by Neidhart, Smith, and Brian Pillman (Pillman was not related but had trained with the Hart family). At the In Your House: Canadian Stampede pay-per-view in Calgary on July 6, 1997, the Hart Foundation won a five-on-five match against Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust, and The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal). Bret Hart left the WWF in 1997 after what has come to be known as the Montreal Screwjob, while Owen died as the result of a failed stunt during his ring entrance at the Over the Edge 1999 pay-per-view.

Three of Stu and Helen Hart's grandchildren have begun careers in professional wrestling. Nattie Neidhart, daughter of Ellie and Jim, trained in Calgary and now wrestles for World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the WWF) under the ring name Natalya. Harry Smith, son of Diana and Davey Boy Smith, uses the name David Hart Smith and also wrestles for WWE. Teddy Hart, son of Georgia Hart and BJ Annis, has also competed in WWE but was released by the company.

Family tree

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References

  1. Davies, 62.
  2. Davies, 68.


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