But perhaps, the most underrated wrestler of all time was the biggest asset of the Hart Foundation; Owen Hart was one of the most extraordinary people, not only in professional wrestling but outside it.
With phenomenal in-ring skills and unparalleled charisma, Owen Hart soon became one of the biggest ‘smart mark’ favourites. I still remember watching Owen perform, and him becoming one of my very first favourites!
Owen Hart was never able to get out of his brother’s shadow, but his legendary matches against Bret at WrestleMania 10 and inside the steel cage at SummerSlam will always make anyone’s “Top 10″ list of greatest matches.
The overwhelming support Owen receives to this day cements his place as one of the true greats in the business.
To top it off, Bret Hart is and will always be known as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. He had a legendary career in professional wrestling, and although he is also a part of one of the most infamous incidents in professional wrestling history, Bret Hart achieved everything there is to achieve in the business.
So now the question remains, why are these members “unfortunate”? I had to sum up their careers to explain my point.
Starting off with Pillman; Brian was found dead in his hotel room on the night he was supposed to wrestle on a PPV, in Minnesota in the year of 1997. He left his wife, his college sweetheart who at that time was pregnant with Pillman’s baby. To make things worse, Pillman never got to know about his wife being pregnant.
Anvil disappeared from wrestling circuit and started getting into trouble with the authorities, and was recently arrested.
Davey Smith went to WCW and unfortunately hurt his back, thus getting addicted to pain killers which eventually led to his death in 2002.
Owen Hart fell to his death at Over the Edge at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City in 1999, leaving behind his wife and his two children.
To add to it, Bret had to retire from professional wrestling due to a concussion, and then suffered a devastating stroke.
Bret once famously said that he lost almost everyone he ever cared about in the business, along with Rick Rude and Mr. Perfect. One cannot help but feel bad reminiscing about the memories of the Hart Foundation, and what once was.