Bret "The Hitman" Hart
"The Rocket" Owen Hart
Bruce Hart & Keith Hart
Most successful member of the Hart family, holding every major WWF belt.
A 5-time WWF champion -- matching the record set by Hulk Hogan.
Was calling himself the best pro wrestler in the world when few others
would have agreed, but rose to the challenge and showed an amazing drive
to "walk the talk." Never backed down from going head-to-head with acclaimed
wrestlers like Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels, although his eagerness to trash
those wrestlers publicly didn't win him many fans.
Indisputably one of the best North American wrestlers of the 1990s -- both in ring skills and
popularity. And he became awesome with the microphone too. Was the wrestler
who proved -- after the Hulk Hogan era -- that wrestlers didn't have to be
huge monsters to be over with the audience.
Had his first pro match in 1974 at the age of 16.
Bret was the object of a huge bidding war between the WWF and WCW in 1996.
Nearly went with WCW before accepting a 20-year deal with WWF. The deal only
lasted a year before Bret left the WWF for WCW in one of the most acrimonious splits
Bret and Owen both hold dual Canadian-American citizenship (their mother,
Helen, is from the U.S.).
"The world's best technical wrestler."
"The best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will
(Bret Hart describing himself)
- 2-time (at least) Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight champion (Calgary), 1978-79
- 5-time Stampede International tag champion, 1978-82
- 6-time Stampede North American champion, 1980-83
- 2-time WWF tag champion, with Jim Neidhardt, 1987, 1990-91
- 2-time WWF Intercontinental champion, 1991-92
- 2-time WWF King of the Ring champion, 1991,93
- 5-time WWF champion, 1992-97
- WWF Royal Rumble co-champion, 1994
- 4-time WCW U.S. champion, 1998-99
- WCW tag champion, with Goldberg, 1999
- WCW champion, 1999
Champion junior heavyweight wrestler in Japan and tag team champion in the
WWF. Very quick and agile. Most memorable match in North America was a
victory over his brother Bret. Wrestled as the masked Blue Blazer
in the WWF in 1988 (he had made some appearances in the WWF as Owen
James in 1986).
Nicknamed "Kamikaze" in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter in 1987
for his daring aerial style at the time. Was recognized as a future
star immediately -- hailed by some observers as being better than Bret
while still in his rookie year.
Held the WWF tag title with Yokozuna, Davey Boy Smith, and Jeff Jarrett.
Was a member of the tag teams High Energy (with Koko B. Ware)
and the New Foundation (with Jim Neidhart).
- Stampede International tag champion, 1986
- Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight champion (Calgary), 1986
- 2-time Stampede North American champion, 1987-88
- IWGP Junior Heavyweight champion (New Japan), 1988
- USWA Unified champion (Memphis), 1993
- WWF King of the Ring champion, 1994
- 3-time WWF tag champion, 1995-99
- 2-time WWF Intercontinental champion, 1997
- WWF European champion, 1998
Bruce Hart & Keith Hart
Other wrestling members of the Hart family who were very successful in
Calgary, but not well known outside Alberta until brother Bret made
it big in the WWF.
Bruce began wrestling in the early 70s. Short but agile. He formed a
successful tag team with Brian Pillman called "Bad Company" that won
the International tag belts twice in Calgary in 1987.
In 1982-83, he won the same title twice with Davey Boy Smith.
Keith started wrestling in the mid-70s. He and brother Bret as a team held
the tag belts four times in the late 70s. Keith cut back on wrestling
when he became a fire fighter. He won a big lottery in Alberta in 1985.
Oldest brother Smith Hart also wrestled. He and Bret held the
WWC Caribbean tag title in Puerto Rico in 1978. Smith was recently in
Cambridge, Ontario to open a
Hart Brothers wrestling school.
Ross Hart has also wrestled and worked as a promoter in Alberta.
- 4-time Stampede International tag champion, 1982-88
- 6-time (at least) Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight champion (Calgary), 1982-89
- 7-time Stampede International tag champion, 1977-86
- Commonwealth Mid-Heavyweight champion (Calgary), 1980