Coliseum Corner: King of Harts! Remembering the Late, Great Owen Hart

February 14, 2013 by Dan Duffy

Hey Video fans, it’s time for another dose of Coliseum Corner. In this edition we will be re-visiting a few of the late, great Owen Hart’s forgotten matches and be talking about perhaps, his most successful night in his great run as a WWF Superstar.

WWE WWF Owen Hart

Now it’s a given that we will never forget Owen’s tragic death and we know there’s little to no chance of ever seeing The King of Harts taking his rightful place in the WWE Hall of Fame, and the same goes for a DVD release of his storied career. On the bright side, Owen Hart left a tremendous legacy and Coliseum Video brought to you some of his greatest moments.

In 1988, Owen Hart made his debut in the WWF as the Blue Blazer. Disguised under a blue mask, it was never acknowledged that he was the younger brother of Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart. Although he didn’t stick around for too long, you can view a few of the Blazer’s matches on Coliseum Video releases, most notably High Flyers, the 2nd annual Survivor Series, and WrestleMania V.

In late 1991, Owen Hart returned with his face and real name exposed. We also learned that this newcomer was to tag with his brother in law to form the New Foundation. Dubbed ‘The Rocket’, Owen showed off his high flying, exciting skills and won the fans over with his colourful outfit and big smile. The New Foundation only made it to one CV release (Royal Rumble 1992).

Fast forward to the spring of 92, Owen Hart had found a new partner in Koko B. Ware and High Energy was born. In this first match featured, we see an action packed 8-man tag team match.

 
High Energy & The Natural Disasters VS The Beverly Brothers & Money Incorporated – July 21 1992 (Wrestling Grudge Matches)

WWF Grudge Matches Coliseum Video In this match (a Coliseum exclusive) it’s fair to say that High Energy were the least decorated team of the four. However, these men made the match exciting. Owen and Koko provided the pizazz, the high flying enjoyable moves. The disasters brought the power and dominance. Their opponents fared well, but on this day Money Inc and the Beverlys were beaten. Owen shared the spotlight with seven other men, but greatness always shines through as he proved here.

 
WWF High Energy Owen Hart

 
‘The Rocket’ Owen Hart VS Rick ‘The Model’ Martel – September 29 1993 (Bloopers, Bleeps and Bodyslams)

WWF Bloopers Bleeps Bodyslams Coliseum Video This Coliseum exclusive brought to you ‘The Rocket’ as a singles wrestler attempting to make his way up the ranks. Fan favourite and loyal brother to Bret, Owen met the conceited Martel. Short as this match was, both men knew how to entertain. Such pretty moves, Owen was dominated. Just when it looked like he might have a chance, The Hitman’s arch nemesis Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler rushed to the ring and attacked him while he was recuperating from Martel’s assault. Unable to get back into the ring, Owen lost via count out.

 
WWF Owen Hart vs Rick Martel

 
Within two months of this match, Owen grew tired of being in the shadow of his brother’s success. At Survivor Series, Bret discovered the frustrations inside his younger brother. They soon reconciled but it wasn’t long before ‘The Rocket’ showed that dark side by attacking his brother at the 1994 Royal Rumble. At WrestleMania, Owen was finally given the opportunity to step out of his brother’s shadow and that he did. Owen Hart beat his brother and former WWF Champion Bret Hart. This was to become his launching pad.

 
King of the Ring – Owen Hart competes in the KOTR Tournament – June 16 1994

WWF King of the Ring 1994 Coliseum Video After qualifying for the King of the Ring, Owen entered the quarter finals against Tatanka. With a 15 minute time limit, there wasn’t much time to secure his place in the next round. Both men used their abilities to create an enjoyable match, but it was the youngest Hart who would score the pin, cleverly countering the sunset flip.

In the semi-final, he met the 1-2-3 Kid. Attacking the Kid before the bell, Owen gained an early advantage. In this beautiful display of aerial moves and sound technique, Owen secured his place in the final with his brother’s finishing move, the Sharpshooter.

 
WWE Owen Hart King of the Ring

 
The final saw ‘the Rocket’ versus ‘the Bad Guy’. Razor Ramon had also made it to the final and the winner would become King of the Ring. There was more at stake in this bout. These men showed more ability and more fight here. When it looked like Razor was going to clinch it, Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart (who had returned that night in Bret’s corner and cost him a victory) rushed to ringside and assaulted the bad guy. Owen recovered and delivered a big splash to win the King of the Ring. At his coronation Owen declared himself the King of Harts.

 
Owen Hart & Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart VS Bret ‘Hitman’ Hart & The British Bulldog – October 19 1994 (Wham Bam Bodyslam)

WWF Wham Bam Bodyslam Coliseum Video At the height of the Hart family feud, the anvil and the King of Harts had formed an alliance that wasn’t too popular with WWF fans. As brothers, Owen and Bret with their brother in laws competed in a match that was shot exclusively for Coliseum Video. This match was a heated affair to say the least, with the crowd on the edge of their seats. All four men used their skills and abilities to make for an exciting match. In the end it was the Bulldog (with help from Bret) who would roll up the King of the Ring for the victory.

 
WWF Owen Hart British Bulldog

 
Through the mid-nineties, Owen Hart became a major player in the WWF. Underestimated for many years, he featured on many magazine covers, video releases and console games. The King of Harts usually had one of the best matches on the card and achieved multiple championships. Owen created a legacy that is remembered today. So get those Coliseum Videos back in your VCRs and relive some of the youngest Hart’s best moments.

WWE In Memory of Owen Hart

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  1. David says:

    I would love for Owen Hart to be in the HoF, but unfortunately i feel as long as Martha is alive, i don’t think she will ever allow his name in the WWE HoF.

    The heat with Bruno and Vince was different, basically Bruno didn’t like the direction WWE was going and hated the Attitude era.

    With Martha, her husband died in a freak accident that was avoidable, but WWE still pushed Owen to do the stunt even though he didn’t want to. I don’t blame Martha at all for hating WWE, but i think enough time has passed for the fans to see what a great superstar Owen was and the fans deserve to see his accomplishments recognized.

  2. Savio says:

    Enough already with all these hart themed sets. I quit coming to this site for a little while because of this and I come back to find it again. There are other far more important legends like Austin, flair, hbk, hhh, dusty, race, steamboat, horsemen, etc. yet all I see when I come here is hart photos and threads.

    Where’s the balance.

    You have a potentially great site here. The only holding it back is your love for some guys and the way you ignore others far more significant. If you want a great site, leave the fandom out of the equation.

    • KarlKayfabian says:

      Potentially? Sorry, I don’t love every fantasy concept, coliseum corner, or everyone’s opinion on here. But this is a top 3 wrestling-related site in my opinion, and what is great is all the inside, exclusive information as well as the creative effort by the various people who contribute here. If this sight has failed to reach your obviously unreachable expectations then I suggest you start your own wrestling dvd information site.

    • Dan Duffy says:

      Savio, we did the blog on Bret Hart to go with his DVD that is coming out. There has been mention of him because it is DVD news. The same goes for the 2part In Your House. There hasn’t been much mention of Owen Hart maybe one or two matches before this. As for people to consider, you make some good suggestions, but I have already had a blog on HBK and mentioned him plenty of times. You must be his biggest fan. You can’t please them all, but thanks for your feedback.

    • Daniel Bee says:

      The site content is primarily news and we report news on all the upcoming WWE DVDs in equal measure. I don’t know where you are coming from with the Hart comment. Bret’s Dungeon Collection DVD is upcoming, so of course there are articles about it. The Coliseum Corner and Fantasy Concept columns like this are quite few and far between and they haven’t really focused on the Harts either.

      Take a look for yourself.

      http://wwedvdnews.com/category/site-features/marks-fantasy-concept/

      http://wwedvdnews.com/category/site-features/coliseum-corner/

  3. SRB says:

    Owen… Horribly underrated.

  4. KarlKayfabuan says:

    I heard Owen (as The Blue Blazer) had a superb match vs Barry Horrowitz at the LA Coliseum in ’88 or ‘ 89.

  5. NickP says:

    Long live “The Rocket”, “King Of Hearts”, 2-time Slammy Award Winner Owen Hart

  6. John says:

    He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame!

  7. Mark D says:

    Remember when everyone said Bruno Sammartino would never be in the WWE HOF (including himself)? It’s wrestling so never say never…

    • neverAcquiesce says:

      The difference being that Owen, obviously, doesn’t have a say now. The decision solely lies with his widow and she places the blame on her husband’s death on the company and does not (and probably will never) want him to be inducted. He may someday, but, in my opinion, only when his estate passes into, presumably, the hands of his children.

  8. Marco says:

    One of the most overrated wrestlers of all time. (His death was a tragedy, don’t get me wrong!)

    • Harry Faversham says:

      He was underrated in my opinion. I don’t think there is much he couldn’t do. But he wasn’t consumed by wrestling and some may get the impression that because he could coast so easily that he wasn’t so skilled, but nothing could be further from the truth. He just wasn’t striving to be the main event, but he certainly had the skills to pay the bills. Bear in mind that he was used as a half jobber at first as the Blue Blazer, then in tag teams half the time and then after Bret left was used very poorly. I also don’t think anyone can blame him for taking wrestling less seriously after the montreal incident when Vince McMahon refused to release him from his contract and he didn’t agree with some of the attitude era storylines. By that time he was wanting to retire. But when Owen was given the chance to truly shine and his heart was into it, I don’t think there were many better. So I have to defend him. The King of Harts!!

    • Harry Faversham says:

      The Wham Bam Body Slam match is on the Dungeon Collection blu ray exclusives. I’d also like to add that there is a Blue Blazer vs. Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase match on the Best of Staurday Night’s Main Event VHS. Its a good but very short match up and its a shame they didnt include it on the SNME 3 disc set.

    • Daniel Almeida says:

      Marco what do you know about wrestling??Owen Hart overrated?!Please…

    • neverAcquiesce says:

      I suggest you watch his match with Kid at KOTR ’94 and see how truly underrated he was. Or any of his matches with Bret where anyone can see he more than held his own.

    • Austin 3:16 says:

      You must be talking about Eddie Guerrero, because Owen was very underrated both post and prior to death.

  9. neverAcquiesce says:

    One of my favorite pieces of wrestling memorabilia is the Owen Hart tribut magazine they sold in ’99. And I just ordered a swank Owen 3:16 shirt the other day. Long live the King of Harts.

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