Owen Hart’s widow Martha Hart said that she doesn’t want WWE profiting from her husband’s memory which is why she doesn’t want The WWE to induct Owen Hart into their Hall Of Fame, but Owen is now in The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall Of Fame.
The recent induction ceremony that took place at The Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in Waterloo, Iowa included Owen Hart in this year’s list of inductees. Davey Boy Smith Jr., Diana Hart, Bruce Hart, Ross Hart & Keith Hart all attended the event to accept the award in Owen’s honor. Hart’s widow Martha was not at the ceremony. Bret “The Hitman” Hart was also inducted into The George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame back in 2006, but he did not attend Owen’s induction because he was in attendance at The UFC Event in Calgary.
Bret Hart commented on Owen Hart’s widow in a recent interview with CBS Inside The Ropes saying that, “I think she’s done more to erase my brother Owen’s memory than she ever did to remember him.”
Martha Hart responded to Bret’s comments with a public statement saying that, “The suggestion by Bret Hart that I am ‘erasing’ the memory of my late husband, Owen Hart, is reckless, irresponsible, and clearly untrue.”
Owen’s widow Martha went on to say that, “Bret’s comments are rooted in the fact that I have steadfastly refused to work with the WWE to exploit Owen’s image for commercial gain. Owen was an incredible entertainer and I know that his many fans around the world enjoyed his wrestling career immensely. I encourage them to continue to do so. But I am firm in my belief that the WWE was responsible for Owen’s death. As a result, I cannot and will not support any efforts by the WWE to profit from Owen’s memory.”
Other inductees included in the class of 2018 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall Of Fame Ceremony are Booker T, Bruiser Brody, Ben Askren, Koji Miyamoto and Dan “The Beast” Severn.
Adam Pearce, who was the master of ceremonies for the event said that, “It’s crowds like this, rooms like this, ceremonies like this that will continue to perpetuate the love and respect for our business.” You can check out The Hart Family accepting Owen Hart’s award in his behalf in the tweets below:
The Hart Family accept the induction of Owen Hart into the 2018 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Hall of Fame pic.twitter.com/LTv7iz6BOe
— David Lagana (@Lagana) July 29, 2018
The Hart Family honoring their brother and uncle Owen Hart at the @wrestlingmuseum! pic.twitter.com/SI2GSDKptF
— Rob Schamberger (@robschamberger) July 29, 2018
Very cool to be a part of this moment! Owen Hart inducted into @wrestlingmuseum Hall of Fame! pic.twitter.com/MeE052siub
— Danny Cage (@TheDannyCage) July 29, 2018
Our master of ceremonies, @ScrapDaddyAP: “It’s crowds like this, rooms like this, ceremonies like this that will continue to perpetuate the love and respect for our business.” #Thesz pic.twitter.com/v6aEB69isj
— Dan Gable Museum (@wrestlingmuseum) July 29, 2018