Earlier this week we reported that AEW had announced that it had reached an agreement to partner up with the Owen Hart Foundation. With this partnership, AEW will be able to use Owen Harts likeness for merchandise including action figures and will feature the late superstar in the companies upcoming console videogame. It was also announced that the company would be holding a tournament in honor of Hart.
During a recent episode with Busted Open Radio, Khan opened up about the upcoming Owen Hart Cup. He said that many wrestlers will want to win “The Owen,” and he has some big things up his sleeve for matches in that tournament as well.
“This is going to be a tremendous event. It’s a great partnership with Martha Hart and the Owen Hart foundation. Martha is a very principled woman, to say the least. She is a very intelligent woman. She thought long and hard about this, and we talked for a long time about this. I talked to Martha about this for over a year on a regular basis. She put a lot of thought into it, and we put a lot of thought into it. That’s how this came together. She’s a really good person, and I think she wanted to make sure we’re good people too. I really like Martha a lot. You can’t say enough great things about the legacy of Owen Hart, how much it means to so many of us, and what a great opportunity this is to celebrate his life. We’ve had this in the works for a long time.”
“The Owen, I think, can be a very special prize in wrestling. I think people are going to want to win The Owen. I believe we will really establish that as a very special thing in AEW, and a very special annual tradition. I’m excited to tell people more about that. I’ve got a few match announcements and a few big booking plans up my sleeve that I’m excited for people to find out about. That’s all coming I think in due time, and the Owen Hart announcement is really, really big for us. When we get through this huge night tonight on Friday Night Rampage, I think next week we will have a lot of cool stuff when the dust settles.”
It is a good thing that Hart’s family will finally allow the wrestling community to celebrate the life of the late talent.
As many know Hart was a huge start for the WWE during the ’90s and is a part of the Famous Hart Family that includes patriarch Stu hart, brother Brett hart, and brother-in-law Jim”The Anvil” Neidhart, and “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith. Owen hart Tragically passed away on May 23, 1999, during a live WWE PPV after a harness malfunctioned and Hart fell to his death. Since then the wife of Owen Hart has distanced her husband’s name from the company as she has placed much if not all of the responsibility of her husband’s death on the WWE.
On November 2, 2000, Martha Hart was awarded 18 million dollars after the WWE settled a lawsuit that the widow had filed against the company.
It will be exciting to see how AEW runs The Owen Hart Cup Tournament.
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