The Story of "The Black Hart" Owen Hart

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When Bret Hart left the WWF after Survivor Series 1997, the other members of the Hart Foundation had a decision to make. Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart decided to go to WCW with Bret while Owen Hart was stuck in the World Wrestling Federation. Owen could've stayed at home, but his lengthy WWF contract meant that he wouldn't be able to seek work elsewhere. And so, Owen Hart returned to the WWF in December of 1997. Owen was repackaged as "The Black Hart", the sole survivor of the Hart Foundation, and he initially set his sights on Shawn Michaels, the man who was instrumental in the "Montreal Screwjob".
The WWF had an incredible oppurtunity to make a main event player out of Owen Hart due to the circumstances surrounding Bret's exit, and at first it appeared that the company where going to give Owen a chance. Owen surprised everyone when he showed up at the D-Generation X pay per view towards the end of 1997, but in no time at all, Owen was moved into a rivalry with Triple H. Hunter Hearst Helmsley soon got injured, and Owen's push was seemingly over before it got started. This video looks at the return of Owen Hart following the 1997 Survivor Series and Owen's repackaging as "The Black Hart".
Topics covered include:
00:00 - Owen Hart & The Montreal Screwjob
05:08 - Owen Returns to the WWF
07:02 - The Owen Hart / Vince McMahon interview
11:12 - Owen Hart vs Shawn Michaels on Raw
14:08 - Owen begins his rivalry with Triple H
17:27 - Enough is Enough
- Loads More
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  1. Laurence
    3 ditë më parë

    It would have made more sense and been much more epic if it had been Owen Hart who had the title shot against Shawn at the Royal Rumble rather than the Undertaker. Following HIAC that really should have been the end of the feud between HBK and Taker. Taker's focus should only have been with Kane, and logically after the Montreal Screwjob Owen and HBK were prime for a real feud and a pay-per-view match. I'm not sure if Owen should have gone over and won the title because my feeling with Owen is that he wasn't interested in being the world champion. He saw wrestling as job, once he had done his match he wanted to go home and be with his family. I don't think he had the passion that Bret and HBK had, and so perhaps couldn't have cared less to be the top man in the company. Maybe I read this in Bret's book.

  2. Christopher L
    Christopher L
    4 ditë më parë

    I believe that stone cold had a big part in holding owen back. Whether it be the office doing it because he almost paralyzed their future or Steve Austin himself

  3. Rio Ducci
    Rio Ducci
    7 ditë më parë

    Imagine if he lived thru the attitude era and ruthless aggression to meet angle in the ring. Usa vs canada best in the world or how many other greats he could have wrestled.

  4. Kyle McKay
    Kyle McKay
    9 ditë më parë

    This was his best character.

  5. JR Christopher
    JR Christopher
    9 ditë më parë

    If the wwf wasnt all about crotch gestures and fart jokes at that point i think owen could have been a top guy. Because apparently owen was the best real life pranker in the back. And that could have transfered over but when you have hbk crying everytime hes supposed to put someone over and hhh about to be with Stephanie no one had any chance but austin

  6. Todd Sleezer
    Todd Sleezer
    22 ditë më parë

    It should be considered a criminal act, never giving Owen Hart a run with the heavyweight title. ESPECIALLY after Montreal... and especially after Vince lost the entire Hart Foundation to WCW. Owen STAYED. He continued to work for Vince, when he could've just sat home. He earned a run with the strap, and he had the talent in spades. Like I said... a criminal act. RIP Owen Hart. You most certainly were NOT a nugget.

  7. Jordan Dupont
    Jordan Dupont
    23 ditë më parë

    BEST Vid AB The BLACK HART... It started w VKM/OWEN having that Intense confrontation AB " REAL LIFE.. " He was getting OVER... Instead of doing an emotional match for the WWF Title at the RUMBLE 98, Booker's decided to put TAKER into the Title Match w/SHAWN. This was a time where WWF was Struggling with fresh, young, talented New Guys on Top. OWEN Woulda been perfect to be one of the New Top Guys I'm the Attitude Era... INSTEAD he has one damn t.v. match on RAW w/ HBK on RAW... Missed $$$$ Opportunity.. ESPECIALLY OVER SEAS...

  8. Todd Cribbs
    Todd Cribbs
    23 ditë më parë

    Here's my point you will never get to see Owen Hart in the Hall of Fame because of what Vince McMahon hold at over the edge and Kemper Arena with him going down and he weighs over a hundred pounds at least and has something on the thing that only holds 6 lb so think about that

  9. George Ducady
    George Ducady
    24 ditë më parë

    Imo...Owen was the better wrestler and was better at promos than Bret could feel the emotion behind Owen and his journey to step out of his bigger brother casted...he could’ve been a multiple time wwf(e) champion...but then tragedy struck...regardless of who is truly to blame (I believe it was split between McMahon and the operator of the harness) Owen Hart was and will always be the best...

  10. azapro911
    28 ditë më parë

    WWF didn't make the most of Owen here, but no other white guy could have joined the Nation and make it work.

  11. kingofkings69ner jr
    kingofkings69ner jr
    29 ditë më parë

    One reason why Owen didn't get a run with the belt during late 97 to early 98 was because Austin didn't want to work with him anymore

  12. Gr8teful Dawg
    Gr8teful Dawg
    Muaj më parë

    What could have and should have been, Owen was taken too soon. My favorite wrestler of all time who never got the chance he so deserved.

  13. Jon Sprong
    Jon Sprong
    Muaj më parë

    Just another career ruined by the clique.

  14. Jake Pearl
    Jake Pearl
    Muaj më parë

    HBK might have saved his back in that casket match..BUT Owen did spike Austin on his head.

  15. AVFCAM
    Muaj më parë

    I don’t know how Vince sleeps at night...his decisions and pettiness essentially led to Owen’s death. If he’d not mistreated Owen post Screwjob, which he did because he wanted to show he was bigger than the Hart’s, if he’d not made him take on that ridiculous Blue Blazer gimmick again, which he most likely did to punish Owen for refusing an angle, he likely wouldn’t have been repelling from the rafters at Over The Edge.

  16. michael scriver
    michael scriver
    2 muaj më parë

    I name my son after this man

  17. OptimumTaurus
    2 muaj më parë

    Owen Hart was always one of my favorites. As a kid I thought it was cool I shared a birthday with him but I always watched him closely throughout his career. RIP Owen, you are gone but you won't be forgotten.

  18. Urvy1A
    2 muaj më parë

    Basically, Owen in the Nation makes him the first SJW, since the Nation’s gimmick was black supremacy

  19. planescaped
    2 muaj më parë

    That Owen Hart Stone Cold tag team match against HHH and the New Age Outlaws is literally the first wrestling match I can remember seeing.

  20. Maybach Rob
    Maybach Rob
    2 muaj më parë

    Owen was always my favorite hart

  21. Michael Paiva
    Michael Paiva
    2 muaj më parë

    You already know Shawn was politicking behind the scenes and in Vince's ear saying " we just finally got 1 Hart out of the company, and now you want to put the strap on another Hart?!?...hell no im done feuding with " the Hart's , let him and HHH go at it, but H has to come out on top and make sure we keep Owen in check...HEY why don't we bring back the goofy Blue Blazer gimmick lolololol yea we should do that instead Vince 😉 ".....or something to that effect 🤔

  22. Michael Paiva
    Michael Paiva
    2 muaj më parë

    Lmfao! I forgot about that " Owen 3:16 - I just broke your neck " 😂😂😂. But the injury was not funny at all , but at this Time Austin had recovered as best he could for the most part, making the shirt funny as hell

  23. Bobby Farmer
    Bobby Farmer
    2 muaj më parë

    I love owen hart black hart gimmick and was hoping to see him as wwe champion,but it didn't happen. I love his tag team run with Jeff Jarrett.

  24. oSo_KewL WIT_IT
    oSo_KewL WIT_IT
    2 muaj më parë

    Owen: yea Shawn fuk you. 3mins later Owen: oh shyt Wwe: owen dead 😂

  25. Andrew Flood
    Andrew Flood
    2 muaj më parë


  26. W P
    W P
    2 muaj më parë

    Vince screwed Bret and Vince killed Owen.

  27. Cobra Vorlicek
    Cobra Vorlicek
    3 muaj më parë

    Owen Hart should have been wwe champion

  28. uuhh that guy again
    uuhh that guy again
    3 muaj më parë

    Owen didn't get his push because of HBK and HHH kissing Vince's ass. How many wrestlers never got the push because HBK and HHH wanted to be centre of attention

    3 muaj më parë

    They should have launched Owen. I would have had him join Vince later on and challenge Austin after Mania. It would have made more personal because he broke his neck verses having Austin\Foley

  30. Black Rose 123
    Black Rose 123
    3 muaj më parë

    Honestly Stone Cold probably had a big part in stopping Owen's push too

    1. Ultra Instinct 94
      Ultra Instinct 94
      15 ditë më parë

      I think so too

  31. ChampionChief 41
    ChampionChief 41
    3 muaj më parë

    Had Owen Hart lived as the Black Hart, he would been a multiple time WWE Champion and cemented his place in the WWE Hall of fame. He would had been Universal, US, and 24/7 Champion. What could've been? RIPOwenHart

  32. xlixity
    3 muaj më parë

    Owen and Goldust are the only guys I feel genuinely gave way more than they got.

  33. Marvin De Leon
    Marvin De Leon
    3 muaj më parë

    This was a burial job.

  34. MoJo LoLo
    MoJo LoLo
    3 muaj më parë

    Stating that "Vince McMahon has just a little bit of an ego" is like saying ((This space reserved for hilarious future punchline that I will undoubtedly think up and edit in))

  35. UK Paranormal Study
    UK Paranormal Study
    3 muaj më parë

    R.I.P. you legend!

  36. Gigglemania Runnin’ Wild
    Gigglemania Runnin’ Wild
    3 muaj më parë

    Thanks for the great videos I love them and their quality, will you be doing one on Raven?

  37. Firestar Hart
    Firestar Hart
    3 muaj më parë

    WWE has absolutely NO EXCUSE. Owen Hart should've been WWE Champion. Everyone else could've waited their damn time. They dropped the ball in more ways than one, and it's a travesty.

  38. 1979mattant
    3 muaj më parë

    I love Owen and in an ideal world, I wish he would have gone out to personally injure either HHH or HBK (The two biggest scumbags in wrestling) then get himself fired and he would have gone to WCW and would still be alive today.PS I wish HHH or HBK were in a feud with Owen instead of Stone Cold and they took that botched piledriver instead.

    3 muaj më parë

    There are many fans that felt like Owen Hart was the best wrestler in the family = ME 100%

  40. Hollywood guy
    Hollywood guy
    3 muaj më parë

    this is proof that shawn was an asshat.. even today nothing changes

  41. Hollywood guy
    Hollywood guy
    3 muaj më parë

    No renegeades huh.. they why is there a retribution.. makes no sense.. vince is out of touch

  42. NEMO fishZ
    NEMO fishZ
    3 muaj më parë

    The Hart of gold owen hart should have been used to much better :(

    3 muaj më parë

    Y don't u do any tna

  44. Paul Carpenter
    Paul Carpenter
    3 muaj më parë

    Great 2k 22 story mode

  45. Paul Carpenter
    Paul Carpenter
    3 muaj më parë

    Owen vs edge at breakdown

  46. Quantao Boxing
    Quantao Boxing
    3 muaj më parë

    Johnny from Cobra Kai

  47. slopyj81
    3 muaj më parë

    The black heart gimmick was awesome they should of stuck with it

  48. Gamingtrucker1
    3 muaj më parë

    Those punches at the DX ppv looked stiff.

  49. Teaspoons World
    Teaspoons World
    3 muaj më parë

    I often wondered if Owen was setup. Or murdered, I bet Vince has alot of demons, I wonder how he sleeps at night

    1. Gq Smoove
      Gq Smoove
      3 muaj më parë

      It's known that he doesn't

  50. The Wrestler
    The Wrestler
    3 muaj më parë

    I can't be the only one that thinks he looks like Big Bossman in the thumbnail. RIP to both of them.

  51. David Michael
    David Michael
    3 muaj më parë

    Not the ring i got in 94 for sure

  52. David Michael
    David Michael
    3 muaj më parë

    Next model has tiny ropes on the turnbuckle pads and canvas

  53. ctrlaltdel64
    3 muaj më parë

    Owen knew what he was doing when he dropped the tombstone on his ass, and it came back to him 7 fold.

  54. steven imeson
    steven imeson
    3 muaj më parë

    owen was the real hitman LOL vince!!

  55. Nigel Thorpe
    Nigel Thorpe
    3 muaj më parë

    Owen heart pinned triple h when the nation of domination vs DX tag team match Owen heart beat triple h with the pedigree you forgot to mention excellent video though mate 👍

  56. Sean Ashmead
    Sean Ashmead
    3 muaj më parë

    4:33- Sometimes that light is from a freight train.

  57. zackvanhalen
    3 muaj më parë

    It wouldn't have made any sense to make Owen the champion at that time (late 97/early 98). Clearly, Stone Cold was the man, and the company was building towards Austin vs. Michaels at WM 14. That was the big money match, and if Owen would have beat Michaels for the title prior to 14, then Austin beating Michaels for the title wouldn't have meant nearly as much. And you definitely couldn't have had Austin vs Owen at WM 14. Post Wrestlemania, the company was completely centered around Austin and McMahon, as it should have been. I think Owen was used correctly. He was great in mid card angles where he could either be serious or comedic. I think he was best used in comedic roles because that was true to his personality. He wasn't a "black heart". He was a lovable, funny guy.

  58. jb888888888
    3 muaj më parë

    I'm not usually one to point fingers, but the Black Hart joining NOD seems very Vince Russo-esque.

  59. Krendall2
    3 muaj më parë

    Why are so many analysts and reviewers of the WWE from the UK? WhatCulture, Cultaholic, Wrestlelamia, OSW, etc. I know it's WORLD Wrestling, but still, it seems odd. I mean, I can't think of a UK company that is mostly reviewed by Americans.

  60. De Bo
    De Bo
    3 muaj më parë

    Everybody screwed up by not hiring Bruce Hart.

  61. Randyman Maximus
    Randyman Maximus
    3 muaj më parë

    This time period is hard to think about. Just angers me so much

  62. Sean Abbins
    Sean Abbins
    3 muaj më parë

    Thank you for doing this video. I always thought the "Black Heart" character was abandoned too quickly, as I had been a fan of Owen Hart and liked that he seemed to be getting a main event push. The story made sense and had that touch of reality that enhanced the story. I thought they would push the Owen-Michaels feud further and I was looking forward to it. As to your explanation as to their motive and keeping the Michaels-Austin feud hot for Wrestlemania; this was often the problem with WWF booking. They were so focused on pay per views and it gave their story arcs a sense of being contrived and also predictable. When a hot angle grew organically, they wouldn't go with it, if it got in the way of their plans to have the pay per view main events that drew the most money. Perhaps it did earn them money, but it often weakened the product in the months leading up to Wrestlemania because it got so predictable and dull. I personally would rather have seen an Owen-Michaels feud and Wrestlemania main event, even if it meant Austin would be involved with other angles.

  63. Andrew crouch
    Andrew crouch
    3 muaj më parë

    Wrestling bios great videos they all are what ever you make but what would be nice to see if you could ever do one a story all about the wwf wrestler called nails not many people mention him like but yer he was in Wrestling for about 2 to 3 years be nice to no more about is time in Wrestling and your definitely the man who could do that thought ide mention it ok cheers ill keep a look out anyway on your page keep the amazing work up that you do ok buy 👍

  64. FreedomBeanSteve
    3 muaj më parë

    When I rewatched the 96-98 raws I couldn’t believe how over Owen was right after Montreal. UnfortunTely he didn’t get the support from the office (and michaels probably out the Kabash on it S well)

  65. GlassBarbecue _
    GlassBarbecue _
    3 muaj më parë

    If only Shawn had been the one to die coming from the rafters and wrestlemania 12!

  66. Matthemania
    4 muaj më parë

    He low key started looking like jon moxley

  67. Oscar Dahmer
    Oscar Dahmer
    4 muaj më parë

    Love Owen Hart.

  68. Mike Oxmall
    Mike Oxmall
    4 muaj më parë

    Owen Hart had the talent to beat Shawn michaels

  69. alex samain
    alex samain
    4 muaj më parë

    you were right on about the hindsight view of shawn v owen instead of shawn v taker ... shawn doesn't hurt his back .. owen doesn't die..

  70. Cavillier1970
    4 muaj më parë

    I'm beginning to wonder if Vince screwed /F-ed over Owen cause he's a petty, vicious dictator just because Bret spat on him, for the Screwjob. If this is the case then Vince should burn in Hell when he dies.

  71. LunaticReason
    4 muaj më parë

    Such a missed opportunity with Owen, he deserved so much better. Really sad and upsetting what happened to him.

  72. quarantine &bored
    quarantine &bored
    4 muaj më parë

    Felt like the black hart gimmick was buried the moment he came back after the Montreal screwjob. The fact that he attacked Shawn michaels after the match at the degeneration X pay per view and no sold the ending proved that they weren’t going to put Owen over. And then hhh kept beating Owen over and over without any offense didn’t help either.

    4 muaj më parë

    Owen Hart... pure talent! I was lucky enough to meet him and Bulldog at Wembley Arena when I was a young lad. Such a sad end to an amazing talent!

  74. Alex Thorn
    Alex Thorn
    4 muaj më parë

    As much as I love your work, I can't even make it through this video. Along with Pullman and guys like Jericho, Benoit and malenko, I can't bring myself to care or be interested in Owen Hart. He didn't speak like a star, look like a star or wrestle like one.

  75. ЦАР душан СРБ
    ЦАР душан СРБ
    4 muaj më parë

    Owen was a great wrestler he had great technical skills !!! R. i. P.

  76. IronFire Gaming
    IronFire Gaming
    4 muaj më parë

    Can you cover the Nation's feud with Dx?

  77. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf
    4 muaj më parë

    Thank you for this @wrestlingbios Owen’s Black Heart persona is my personal favourite.

  78. Podcast Of Champions
    Podcast Of Champions
    4 muaj më parë

    His big drawback was indeed his mic skills. They just couldn't sell him as a legitimate top guy even if his in ring ability and potential storyline could. He sounded weak, which is unfortunate because other than that, you're totally right, everything else was there for a solid push.

  79. JackG79
    4 muaj më parë

    Man.. i was always a huge fan of the black heart. The outcast... of the family. The black sheep! Been dealing with it mu whole life as well JG

  80. Bill Atkinson
    Bill Atkinson
    4 muaj më parë

    Do Jeff Jarrett

  81. RisCannon
    4 muaj më parë

    Amazing video on my favorite wrestler of all time

  82. General Khan
    General Khan
    4 muaj më parë

    Owen would've been better off going to Japan.

  83. Charles Davis
    Charles Davis
    4 muaj më parë

    Sadly as we all know, He gave his life for the company that basically s..t on him I feel because of Bret.

  84. CJStrongheart
    4 muaj më parë

    Would have been the best story line ever

  85. Mike Jason Baeza
    Mike Jason Baeza
    4 muaj më parë

    Owen was so much better than Triple H. Wtf man. Terrible.

  86. LBDJ The Third
    LBDJ The Third
    4 muaj më parë

    Best sub on ALfirst.

  87. Alan Montoya
    Alan Montoya
    4 muaj më parë

    So I haven’t watched wrestling in years. Literally.... I always watch your vids and others on the old time dudes. So nostalgic and rad. I love Owen Hart. Poor dude. He really did deserve a shot...

  88. hey buddy
    hey buddy
    4 muaj më parë

    the one dude WWE made their biggest mistakes with

  89. Mitch
    4 muaj më parë

    WWE is the king of missed opportunities and wasted potential.

  90. nickybullvol82
    4 muaj më parë

    Long live Owen Hart miss you

  91. CellGames
    4 muaj më parë

    Crazy how this video pinpointed the exact moment I started watching wrestling.

  92. Raven Blaze
    Raven Blaze
    4 muaj më parë

    R I P Owen I miss him

  93. Brandon League
    Brandon League
    4 muaj më parë

    Owen should have been WWE champion.

  94. Louis Wales
    Louis Wales
    4 muaj më parë

    He looks like Orange Cassidy in that thumbnail

  95. MissNWO
    4 muaj më parë

    Wish they would have kept the gimmick going when he did that promo on Vince that was one of the greatest shoot promos he was so popular with the fans

  96. Mark Masters
    Mark Masters
    4 muaj më parë

    Owen gave Rock a great rub. That's why the Rock does the sharp shooter

  97. Michael Chandler Keaton
    Michael Chandler Keaton
    4 muaj më parë

    WWE blew it with Owen. Owen was elite. Probably Shawn crying backstage screwed him. Owen was especially hot right after the screwjob. Yet, he ends up dying from a stupid stunt as the wretched and silly midcard "character" the Blue Blazer. Shame.

  98. Braden Blosser
    Braden Blosser
    4 muaj më parë

    Apparently he and Vince reconciled later on since the game persona given to Triple H was intended for Owen Hart

    1. Jorge Munoz
      Jorge Munoz
      3 muaj më parë

      I believe the Game gimmick was a rip off of the Franchise gimmick from shane douglas in ecw for hhh in wwf 99.

  99. Luke McInerny
    Luke McInerny
    4 muaj më parë

    "Seriously wronged his brother" That's a matter of perspective my friend lol

  100. MrGHLover107
    4 muaj më parë

    Black hart was the prelude to stone cold steve austin character