With Wrestlemania season now in full swing, wrestling fans look towards arguably the two biggest events of the wrestling calendar year, the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania, and the WWE Hall Of Fame ceremony.
The WWE HOF has become an integral part of year and superbly highlighted the careers of the men and women that sacrificed their bodies for our entertainment. However, there is a dark cloud that looms over the HOF that the industry attempts to downplay with each year, that being as to when Owen Hart will be inducted in to the HOF.
Wrestling marks around the word will agree that Owen is more than eligible for induction and not just as re-compensation for that fatal night in Kansas City.
It is an unfortunate fact that much of Owen’s superb body of work is overshadowed by his untimely passing (as is the way with many celebrity deaths) however he should forever be commended for his technical and high-flying athleticism and his fortitude to help maintain honour and prestige to the WWF/E’s tag team division having legit tag-title runs with Davey Boy Smith, Yokozuna and Jeff Jarrett.
Regrettably, the issue concerning Owen’s induction is still problematic despite the ever-growing fan support for it to happen especially following his brother Bret’s induction back in 2006.
In consequence to this fan support, The Rocket has since often been subjected to lists of the “greatest wrestlers never to win a world title” alongside other big names such as Ted Dibiase, Jake Roberts, Scott Hall and Mr Perfect.
Though these names are practically synonymous with the main event, in truth Owen’s is not one that belongs with them as he lacked the allure and charisma that one needs to become a household name.
His brother Bret was no genius on the mic but Owen was just plain awful when it came to cutting promos despite his tremendous efforts in the ring.
If the incident at Over The Edge had not occurred and Owen Hart had continued on with the WWE, it’s fair to imagine that he would have inevitably been appointed as the company’s top jobber; a seasoned worker that could have a good match with anyone used to elevate up and coming talent.
Similar to how Finlay was main-eventing back in 2005-6, Owen would be placed in big substantial feuds but without any championship value.
The point of this blog was not to diminish the achievements of Owen’s career, rather to acknowledge his true position in wrestling and not declare it as something greater as a response to his violent death.
Let the record stand, Owen Hart was a great wrestler, but championship material he was not.