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Jeff Jarrett became one of Owen Hart’s closest friends before his tragic passing, but Jarrett didn’t realize how his friend’s death affected him so heavily until years later. Double J joined Steve Austin on the latest episode of “Broken Skull Sessions” to talk about the entirety of his pro wrestling journey up until this point. Halfway through the episode, Austin asked Jarrett about those moments surrounding that heartwrenching evening on May 23, 1999.

“I didn’t realize how bad it affected me until 19 years later when I got into the darkest part of my life and it all came out,” Jarrett said to Austin. “When it went down, cause I remember it like it was yesterday, he left his house on a Saturday. We were going to All-State Arena, Chicago live event, sold out … but he got there late.

“We were working against Edge & Christian. I’m dressed, Edge & Christian are dressed, we were supposed to go over the match. And Owen comes in and he hears it, and he says, ‘Jeff, come here.’ We get in a little bathroom stall, and he pulls out of his tights these red noses,” Jarrett said. “He wants to play a rib on these kids and throw this together, and me and him got red noses on.”

Jarrett also recalls Hart having fun with Bradshaw and Steve Blackman that Sunday morning as well. He then goes into detail about a WWE ticket person named Matt Miller, whom Hart was friends with, letting him know that it was time to go up in the rafters. Hart left and Jarrett knew he had about 15 minutes to get ready for his match.

Earlier than expected, Miller came back to tell Jarrett that Hart fell and Jarrett’s time to go out was now. Jarrett initially thought that Hart just hurt his knee, and recalls doing his promo and getting to the ring for his mixed tag match.

“They wheel him back, and Francios is on top of him and there’s a whole mass of people going, and I finish the promo and Owen goes that way with the whole medical scene and they tell us to go this way. We go, Steve, go down the aisle. It’s all a blur, but the one thing I’ll never forget, [I] get up in the ring like we do and feel the ropes, but the top rope’s really loose, and I walk over in that corner and there was the divot, and that’s when the whole kind of thing went into, ‘He didn’t just break his knee.’ Cause I thought Matt Miller said, ‘Hey man, he fell,’ and I immediately go, ‘Oh man, his knee’s screwed up, they had to stop the match.’ I’m not thinking the worst at all,” Jarrett said.

“I come through the curtain and Matt and the police officer were there, and I said, ‘I want to go now,’ and they knew it, and I told the cop, ‘Where are you going to be?’ He said, ‘I’m right there.’ I ran up for whatever reason and grabbed my bag and jumped, and went back into the cop car and we’re hauling ass down the road, and I’m knocking on the plexiglass, ‘Officer,’ and he didn’t want to answer. ‘Hey dude, can you help me? I know you obviously can’t say anything but what am I stepping into here?’ Steve, he looked over his shoulder and that’s when he goes, ‘It’s not good.’”

Jarrett talked about the sadness of going through all the events of the week following Hart’s passing, including “WWE Raw” the night after and Hart’s funeral. All that being said, there was never any time to process the intense emotion of it all.

“In a week’s time, we were kind of all back to work. ‘You okay, Jeff?’ ‘Oh, I’m fine.’ Like, a lot of us, it’s what we did. Well, 19 years later when I get into treatment and they sort of drill down on that, man, a flood of emotions came out. So it affected me in so many ways that I had no idea,” Jarrett stated.

“Knowing Owen and the kind of guy he was, and it affected me for a lot of years that I had no idea. I can’t even imagine. It’s one thing [to Austin], you’re closing the show. There was not a right or wrong decision. I would have hated to be in Vince’s shoes. To be put in those circumstances on so many levels, it was – a night we’d all like to forget.”

AEW announced the annual Owen Hart Tournament and a trophy named “The Owen” for the winner. Jim Cornette recently hit back at the detractors criticizing AEW for this decision.

A certain section of fans believe that AEW is using Owen‘s legacy to make money. Jim Cornette, one of the most knowledgeable wrestling historians of all time, rightfully slammed those thinking this way:

“They are giving Owen’s widow a palatable way to do all the things that fans have wanted, for him to have merchandise and be featured in video games, be recognized, keep his memory alive. Owen Hart Cup, hopefully they won’t put it on Jelly Nutella or our little dog pockets for heaven’s sake. But she’s doing everything that they’ve wanted, just not with the company responsible for the situation to begin with. As my mother would say, people would complain if you hung them with a brand new rope. What more do you want? You ain’t going to get nothing folks, I’m talking about all the people bitching about this,” Jim Cornette said.

AEW has developed a reputation for respecting its fans and talent. Throughout Brodie Lee’s illness and tragic passing, the promotion’s conduct was exemplary, as stated by stars like CM Punk and Bryan Danielson.

According to Cornette, Owen’s widow, Dr. Martha Hart, rightfully trusts Tony Khan to carry forward Owen Hart’s legacy. The former WWE manager believes that Martha is completely justified in distancing herself from WWE and preferring AEW:

“You’re not gonna get any Owen Hart cause Martha is against it and rightfully so with the WWE, so you are going to get a bunch of Owen Hart with AEW, that’s not AEW capitalizing on Owen Hart or however it was phrased, that’s AEW, finally there’s another promotion with national TV and a reach that is preferable, that’ll treat Martha’s family more respectably and more responsibly than the WWE did and be able to merchandise the products and put his name out there in front of a whole new audience or the people who liked him so why would anybody be critical about the Hall of Fame, give me a break.” Jim Cornette continued. “They are acting like getting in the WWE Hall of Fame is like getting on the last spaceship when the meteor is coming, it’s ridiculous. It’s still a marketing and merchandising show, it’s not gonna make a difference in your overall career whether you are recognized as a great or not because you are going into a company run Hall of Fame,” Jim Cornette said.

One of the biggest stories in wrestling this past week was the announcement of AEW partnering up with Martha Hart and the Owen Hart Foundation to both honor Owen Hart and to create the Owen Hart Cup Tournament, to be better known as ‘The Owen.’ In his weekly appearance on Busted Open Radio, AEW President Tony Khan talked about the tournament and the partnership.

“This is going to be a tremendous, tremendous event and it’s a great partnership with Martha Hart and the Owen Hart Foundation,” Khan said. “Martha is a very principled woman, to say the least. She’s a very intelligent woman, and she thought long and hard about this, and we talked for a long time about this. I talked to Martha about this for over a year on a regular basis. She put a lot of thought into it. We put a lot of thought into it and that’s how this came together. She’s a really good person and I think she wanted to make sure we’re good people too. And I really like Martha a lot, and I just can’t say enough great things about the legacy of Owen Hart and how much it means to so many of us.

“What a great opportunity this is to celebrate his life. We had this in the works for a long time. The Owen, I think can be a very special prize in wrestling. I think people are going to want to win the Owen, and I believe we’ll really establish it as a real special thing in AEW. A really special, annual tradition. I’ve got a few match announcements and a few big booking plans up my sleeve that I’m excited for people to find out about. And that’s all coming in due time. The Owen Hart announcement is really big for us. When we get through this huge night for us, I think next week, we’ll have a lot of cool stuff when the dust has settled.”

So how did Khan and Martha Hart get to talking? According to Khan, it was a top AEW star who narrated the Owen Hart episode of Dark Side of the Ring that made the introduction between the two sides in order to get the ball rolling.

“Chris Jericho introduced me to Martha, and without that introduction, I don’t think this would be happening,” Khan said. “I really appreciate Chris. And I’m just very thankful he made that introduction to Martha.”

Following AEW filing for the “King of Harts” trademark earlier in the year, Tony Khan’s promotion has now officially entered into a working relationship with The Owen Hart Foundation.

As part of this agreement, AEW will host the annual Owen Hart Cup Tournament, with the winner of said tournament receiving a cup known as The Owen.

Elsewhere, this deal will see the production of “unique and original” Owen Hart merchandise, Owen action figures from Jazwares, the inclusion of Hart in the upcoming AEW console game, and plenty more.

In the press release that accompanied this huge news, Owen’s widow Martha stated how this agreement was her “special gift to all of Owen’s magnificent loyal fans”.

Following last year’s Dark Side of the Ring episode spotlighting the tragic death of the two-time Intercontinental Champion, Owen Hart merchandise was released on Pro Wrestling Tees. Prior to that, Martha and her children had distanced themselves from anything to do with the wrestling world since the devastating loss of Owen back in 1999 at the age of just 34.

Hearing that Owen Hart will be honoured in AEW is fantastic news for wrestling fans, and it’s clearly an indication of how much faith Martha and her family have in Tony Khan’s promotion that this alliance is now in place.

You can find the full press release on all of this below:

All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and The Owen Hart Foundation (OHF), a nonprofit charity which provides a vast range of assistance and opportunities to individuals in-need across the world, are collaborating to honor the legacy of late wrestler Owen Hart, a beloved figure in the professional wrestling community and beyond. This collaboration includes launching the annual Owen Hart Cup Tournament within AEW, which will see the winner receive a Cup known as “The Owen,” as well as the production and distribution of unique and original Owen Hart merchandise, including specified retail goods as well as the upcoming AEW console video game.

This alliance incorporates opportunities to develop Owen Hart action figures via AEW’s partnership with Jazwares, apparel, posters, and additional collectable merchandise. Owen Hart is survived by his wife, Dr. Martha Hart, who spearheads The Owen Hart Foundation with a mission of providing global aid to at-risk communities (e.g., scholarships, housing, various forms international assistance, food drives, backpack giveaways and Christmas projects).

“AEW’s relationship with the Hart family dates back to our inaugural pay-per-view event, Double or Nothing in 2019, and Owen’s influence is still felt today,” said Tony Khan, AEW CEO, GM and Head of Creative. “To extend his memory and his legacy even further through this agreement is a powerful and meaningful moment for the entire wrestling community.”

“The Owen Hart Foundation is extremely pleased to partner with AEW in this wonderful joint venture to honor Owen’s substantial international wrestling career anùd the lasting influence he and his craft has had in the sport. AEW’s Owen Hart Cup Tournament serves as a tremendous tribute to Owen and provides an incredible way for professional wrestling enthusiasts to celebrate his work in a most fitting way. We trust that Tony Khan and his amazing AEW team will do a brilliant job with this highly anticipated project. This OHF/AEW partnership is my special gift t

Former WWE announcer Todd Pettengill once approached Owen Hart backstage and asked for an apology. Why? Well, the ‘Toddster’ wasn’t too chuffed with how pushy and physical Owen had been during his 1994 King Of The Ring coronation, and he wanted to let the wrestler know about it.

To his credit, Hart immediately apologised – he didn’t realise he’d been too over-the-top and rough with Pettengill. Owen had no problems saying sorry, and promised that he’d be more considerate if they ever worked with one another in a similar angle again.

Todd told this story on ‘That 90s Wrestling Podcast‘, and says he appreciated how gracious Hart was about the incident afterwards. Pettengill didn’t want any heat with the locker room, but he knew he had to stand up for himself and prevent that sort of thing from happening in the future.

Owen apologised, explained that he was just caught up “in the heat of the moment”, and said he’d “never do that again”. Todd thought that was classy, because it would’ve been easy for Hart to laugh and brush the announcer off.

As a guest on the latest episode of The Kurt Angle Show Podcast, Ken Shamrock spoke about being approached by Vince McMahon to sign with WWE in 1997. The former UFC star talked about the decision to join the company labeled as “The World’s Most Dangerous Man.” He said that he would not have signed if he was not able to be himself.

“That’s why I had the meeting with Vince because I had other options out there,” Angle said. “I got calls from All Japan, New Japan, WCW and I never heard back from WCW but I was definitely very cautious on how I wanted to be portrayed going into it. Not having an understanding of not using another character but how they would use that other character. When I came in, Vince wanted to use me as me and I remember thinking this will be interesting, to use everything I know in the wrestling ring.

“I had an understanding of how wrestlers fought because I was one first. I knew there was going to be some trust issues going into the locker room and getting inside those ropes. As soon as me and Vince talked and we went over all the details and all the things he wanted me to do, I was going to do something with the Nation [of Domination] so we did that and it seemed to peak some interest. Vince said let’s get you started and let’s get this contract done, I was happy with the contract and it was really built on the strengths and if I did well, I was going to do well.

The IMPACT wrestling star took to Twitter in March to take credit for introducing tapouts to WWE, showing his submission style of wrestling. Shamrock continued to speak about why he ultimately left the WWE in 1999, citing issues involving the death of Owen Hart and Bret Hart being screwed over at Survivor Series 1999 as the main reasons. The former UFC star said that started his mistrust with WWE and he felt a lack of security working there.

“I think there was a lot of insecurity on my end when they did the thing with Bret Hart and then the thing with Owen and then they did the little skit thing with the Road Warriors where he fell off the big screen and then we saw a body fall behind it,” Angle said. “It just felt like it was hurting, to see a guy that you knew you worked with, was down in Calgary with him and he falls from the rafters. They did the screwjob with Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, then they do a little skit where the Road Warriors, I think it was Hawk, fell off the screen and you see a body hit the ground. Everything that I was taught going into the WWF was that you had to trust people and that when you went into the ring, the guy across from you, you had to trust he would do his job and you were going to do yours, the announcers were going to do their jobs and so on. It just felt like it came apart.

“I felt like my trust and the security I felt I had was just disappearing. It felt like there was no foundation there for me. I’m not saying this is true, I’m saying this is what I was feeling. I was going to be destroyed, I was going to get ruined and what if something happened to me in the ring because somebody wanted to do something. Doors were now open to do that and it was just a lot of un-trust on my part. Not to say any one person did anything to build that, I think it was just a culmination of a bunch of things that had happened that made me feel like I wasn’t wanted anymore.”

Wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart recently sat down for an interview on an episode of Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker.

During the interview Hart discussed his favorite opponents from his career. Hart said that while Owen Hart is a close second, that it is Curt Hennig who takes the top spot. Hart also discussed Curt Hennig working their match at SummerSlam 1991 hurt in order to put over “The Hitman,” which isn’t the only time that Mr. Perfect went out of his way to give Hart a great match.

“I’ll always say this about Curt, if I could’ve wrestled one guy again, it would’ve been Curt,” shared Bret. “He was my favorite opponent ever. My brother Owen is a close second. But, [Curt and I] had such a bond and chemistry together whenever we went out there, no matter the circumstances, no matter how [much] we travelled that day, whether you got stuck in an airport for 8 hours and you were completely wiped when we got the dressing room. I can remember a lot of times with Curt we’re getting ready to go out there and it’s like, ‘I’ve got nothing in the tank. I’m completely burned out, I’m exhausted.’

“And you go out there, and the crowd starts to cheer, and then in about five minutes you’re giving them a five-star match. You’re laying out all the stops, you give them everything that you have. And I was like that with Curt. And I think there was a growing respect we started having for each other. Curt really loved working with me, and I loved working with Curt. And if you really look at my rise to the top, it all starts with Curt Hennig.

“He was the guy that, even though he was injured too with his back, he was never going to miss SummerSlam [1991] because he wanted to do that for me. He wanted to help elevate me to the next level. I had such a respect for Curt and we had such a great friendship. He’s one of those guys I never forget [about] that first match. Trusting me, being there for me, and sacrificing so much with his back injury. He could’ve said, ‘You know what, I can’t make it that day and I’m going to take a few months off.’ But he came back specifically, and came back hurt, to deliver that match with me.”

When discussing legendary matches from his career, Hart also talked about his match with Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 8. He says he was nervous that Piper would have a lot of bad ideas for the match, but that they ended up being on the same page. Hart also revealed it was Piper who came up with the part of the match where Piper debated hitting Hart with the bell.

“That was Roddy’s [idea], Roddy gets full marks for [that],” said Hart. “We worked out the match very roughly. [I] didn’t see Roddy a whole lot in those days. He was on one circuit and I was on another circuit. And then we did get to meet each other in, I believe it was, Moncton, New Brunswick of all places, where we could sit down and sort of talk about the match, and start to put this match together.

“And I was kind of dreading it, because I loved Roddy, and I was very close with Roddy. Then I started worrying, ‘What if Roddy gives me a bunch of really lousy ideas and I don’t like it?’ Like, how do I tell a guy I love and have so much respect for that I don’t like that idea? I hadn’t been in that situation very many teams. It’s like, do you speak up, do you not speak up?

“And I was sort of, kind of, a control freak too. I had a sort of set idea of how I thought the match should go. And we sat down in a restaurant in New Brunswick, and I said, ‘What do you think?’ Then Roddy goes, ‘This is what I have in mind, this is what I was thinking.’ And he started telling me his ideas on how the match should go [and] the pace of it. Anyways, we had the exact same script. . .I remember listening to it and it’s like, ‘I’m in agreement with all of that, like everything. Let’s do it exactly like that, that’s exactly what I was thinking.’ And [we met] without flushing out all the details of what the story was going to be, just sort of the arc of the story. And it was very harmonious.”

Hart also recalled that he was apprehensive of the famous spot that ended the match with Piper. He said he was nervous that Piper wouldn’t be able to protect himself during the fall, and that Hart could’ve broken his neck.

“And as far as the match went, the pinning thing at the end with the sleeper hold, and me pushing off the top turnbuckle with my feet, that was a move that Roddy thought of, or created,” recalled Hart. “Because I’d never seen it done anywhere else, but he came up with that idea. And I can remember saying, ‘Okay. . . we can do that.’ But I’m a 240-pound man pushing off the top turnbuckle, and you’ve got your hands around my neck. And all I can do, as a 240-pound man, [is fall] with all [my] weight on your face from that height, straight back. And you can’t break your fall because your arms are around my neck, you’ve got a sleeper hold on me.

“I remember saying, ‘It’s a dangerous move. I could break your neck, or at least break your nose, or knock all your teeth out, or something. That’s a hard fall to take.’ And whenever I watch it back, you watch how Roddy takes that bump flat on his back, all my weight right on his face. And it was a gutsy call, and it was a very generous thing he did for me in that match. And I loved the match, and I loved its voice.”

Hart went on to talk further about Roddy Piper and how talented he was. He compares Piper to Hennig in regards to how they opened the door for his career. Hart then went on to say that a lot of other wrestlers didn’t have as much interest in elevating future talents.

“Roddy, like Mr. Perfect, Roddy was a guy who was going to open the door for me, he was going to hold the door open for me to help me get to the next level,” Hart remembered. “A lot of wrestlers hadn’t done that for me, and some would never do that for me. Roddy was a guy, that’s what I love about Roddy, he was a guy that was going to try and open the door for the next generation.

“There’s a lot of guys like Hulk Hogan, Jake Roberts, and Ultimate Warrior, guys like that, who never held the door open for anybody. As soon as their careers ended, they slammed the door shut and never did anything for anybody, for whatever reasons. But Roddy Piper was a guy that opened the door for the next generation, and I never forget that.”

On the latest episode of 83 Weeks, Eric Bischoff spoke about the creation of the nWo and how that took the Monday Night Wars to another level. Bischoff mentioned how he took a lot of top stars from WWE, but also spoke about two big names that he never got to sign.

In 1995, Owen Hart and Yokozuna formed a tag team and won the WWF Tag Team Championships. The two superstars had historic singles careers, both having marquee matches at WrestleMania, including Yokozuna main eventing two. Bischoff spoke to WCW’s interest in both Owen Hart and Yokozuna.

“Not on Owen Hart,” Bischoff said. “Primarily because he wasn’t available. He hadn’t reached out to us, he was under contract, especially at this point we weren’t very anxious to get ourselves in any kind of tortious interference situation with regard to approaching WWE contracted talent. Not out of any lack of desire to have someone of Owen’s caliber on our roster, but it just wasn’t possible therefore there was no consideration for it or reason to talk about it.

“With Yoko, I’m sure there were at some level conversations about hey, what if? I wonder if this is possible, I think he might be interested. There were those conversations I’m sure, I would not have been a part of them. I don’t remember anybody in a serious way coming to me and saying ‘Hey, we have an opportunity to get this guy, if we can, would you be interested?’ That level of conversation never occurred but I’m sure that there was some dialogue in WCW offices about at least inquiring about the opportunity.”

There had often been rumors that Shawn Michaels was signing WCW after his WrestleMania 14 match with Stone Cold Steve Austin. On numerous occasions, both Michaels and his former “Kliq” buddies Kevin Nash and Scott Hall would acknowledge each other on opposing wrestling shows. Jim Ross, who was the former Head of Talent Relations for WWE during that time, shared that Vince McMahon overpaid Shawn Michaels to stay at home during his four year hiatus from the company to avoid him jumping ship to WCW.

On a previous podcast, Bischoff spoke about having no interest in Michaels and reiterated his point again on this episode. The former WCW President said having Michaels, Scott Hall and Kevin Nash in WCW at the same time would have been a bad idea.

“He was a basket case,” Bischoff said. “Nobody in their right mind would want to bring that, especially to WCW. I have all the respect in the world for Shawn Michaels today, but I wouldn’t want him anywhere near me or my roster back at this point. He had issues man, he’s talked about them, he’s written books about it, he’s very transparent about it.

“Yeah, he was great but especially because we brought Scott [Hall] and Kevin [Nash] in [to WCW]. I was even more convinced that I didn’t want Shawn anywhere near WCW once Scott and Kevin came in. I mean it was hard enough as it was, could you imagine bringing in Shawn Michaels before he cleared himself up and got his head straight and he found god, found his religion and really cleaned his act up. But prior to that point? Nah, I don’t care how good he was.”

Continuing to speak about Michaels in WCW, Bischoff said he never had the idea to take him over Scott Hall or Kevin Nash in the creation of the nWo. The former WCW President said the nWo never would have worked with Michaels because the origins of his idea for the group were of former members of WCW coming back to spite the company.

“It would not have occurred to me because Shawn had never been in WCW,” Bischoff said. “The idea wouldn’t have come together in my own mind initially, before I even talked to Scott or Kevin seriously when I knew I was going to be having conversations with Scott or Kevin, that was the premise, that was the idea, that was the catalyst that became nWo for me. I don’t think the idea would have popped into my head if it was Shawn.

“If Scott and Kevin weren’t there and Shawn would’ve been available, I don’t think the risk of bringing Shawn in would’ve been quite as high because Scott and Kevin wouldn’t have been [in WCW]. I may have considered that, but I can tell you that I don’t think the idea would’ve percolated in my skull for anybody other than Scott and Kevin.”

Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Bret “The Hitman” Hart joined the panel on WWE’s The Bump to celebrate the legacy of The Hart Foundation in observance of WWE’s legendary tag team history throughout the years. Hart began his interview by discussing how he and Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart came up with the iconic stable.

“Well, we knew each other working in Stampede Wrestling – he was my brother-in-law. We really didn’t have plans to go together,” Bret Hart revealed. “When we first saw each other, we were happy to see each other. It was like we were two guys in prison that knew each other. Once we sort of formed The Hart Foundation, we really combined so many great qualities together. Jim was always the power guy; he was really quick and strong. I went in there and did a lot of the technical kind of stuff with a faster tempo. Jim could work with all of the bigger guys, and I could work with all of the smaller guys.

“We really had great chemistry in the sense that as tag team goes, we could wrestle any tag team. Not many teams could do that. As The Hart Foundation, we could go big or small and still have a great match. Jim was always on the ball. Every single day with Jim was a treat. He made me laugh throughout my whole career. He was so much fun to be around. I’m just so glad they didn’t have iPhones back then [chuckles].”

Looking at their cohesiveness during their time together from 1987-1991, the Hart Attack became a household favorite finisher among fans and wrestlers today. With Hart’s speed and Neidhart’s versatility, both men could capture their strengths in their final finisher, which sent hundreds away during their time together. Hart explained how both men came up with this move.

“You know, it came from me using a running clothesline in Calgary. I remember thinking about it, and it was a lot of things Jim and I did,” Hart began. “Jim was a 280-pound man. To launch him like a missile, you know, 10-15 feet across the ring, was a serious consequence. So many things we did as a team including, the Hart Attack, were great team wrestling.”

Although he and Neidhart’s partnership was as solid as any tag team could be, Hart was asked if he could’ve picked another tag partner to have had back then, who would he have chosen. He went with his favorite rival, his younger brother, and in-ring sensation, Owen Hart.

“It would’ve been a great team with Owen, especially after we wrestled and feuded together,” Hart stated on who outside of Jim Neidhart he wanted to team up with more. “We had such good chemistry. He knew my style and vice versa. We knew how well we worked against each other. But we also started to realize how well we could have worked together as a team. If for any reason, I had to find a different tag partner, Owen would have stepped in pretty easily. We had such a great relationship as brothers that being teamed up together wouldn’t have been a problem for either one of us.”

With the Hart royalty intact to this day, Bret found himself in awe when he saw his niece Natalya pick up the Women’s Tag Team Championship with Tamina last month. He knows for a fact that Jim Neidhart and Tamina’s father, Jimmy Snuka, would be so pleased to see their daughters carry their legacies forward for future generations to witness.

“It’s funny how it gets all revived. To me, it’s a message to everybody to never give up on your dreams,” Hart powerfully stated. “I think there’s a new life and new blood pumped in there with Nattie and Tamina. I think they’re going to make a great team and surprise everyone by being around for a long time.

“I think ‘The Anvil’ would be proud of Nattie for not only just winning the tag titles but how she’s carried herself throughout her whole career. Jimmy Snuka would be so proud of Tamina for hitting it out of the park like she has been for the last year or so. It’s a great story and an honor for them.”

It’s been nearly two weeks since Natalya Neidhart captured the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships with Tamina Snuka. Appearing on Oral Sessions with Renee Paquette, Natalya revealed that the team came together after being pitched to her by husband TJ Wilson (Tyson Kidd). It also occurred after a bigger plan for Natalya fell through.

“I was supposed to go into a big rivalry with Sasha Banks early in the year,” Natalya revealed. “And everything changed when Bianca won the Royal Rumble. I was so excited about wrestling Sasha because I think Sasha is one of the greatest women’s wrestlers in the world, if not the best. And I was just so excited about it. And TJ said to me ‘you and Tamina need to be a tag team. You guys are going to be perfect together.’ TJ pulls out a picture and is like ‘look at your family’s history. Look at Owen with Yokozuna. Look at the Headshrinkers, look at the Bulldogs, look at the Hart Foundation, look at all your family’s lineage, look at all the greatness you and Sarona’s family have done together. You guys should be a tag team, you should pitch it.’

“I went from being really sad about not working with Sasha, because I had all these ideas and Sasha and I were planning a lot together and we were so excited and Sasha lit in this fire in me in just wanting to wrestle so much. And then all of a sudden I had this new fire in me. I was like ‘I really want to work with Sarona. I really want to team with her.’ And TJ was the kind of inspiration behind it. I went to Tamina and was like ‘hey I’m going to go and pitch this’ and we were off to the races.”

Natalya then talked about pitching the idea of the team to Vince McMahon. She described it similarly to how she pitched Vince the Hart Dynasty stable when she first joined WWE, which she revealed Vince wasn’t too keen on.

“I basically convinced the powers that be ‘give us a chance. Let us show you what we can do,’” Natalya said. “Whenever I’ve pitched anything to Vince he’s always given me a chance, he’s always heard me out, he’s always let me show him even if he didn’t agree with it. When we were the Hart Dynasty, the Hart Dynasty was never supposed to be. I went to Vince in Nashville and I said to Vince ‘I have an idea.’ He said ‘okay, what is it?’ He actually didn’t want to go with it. I said ‘please just give me a chance. Let me show you, let us show you what we can do.’ And he goes ‘Nattie, because you came to me, I’m going to give you a chance.’ And he did.

“It was very similar to what happened with myself and Tamina. We showed him, we hit a home run with every single opportunity we were given. We focused on every single detail, we focused on every single performance. It was so fun to take Tamina and transform her from being somebody that was unselfish, in the shadows, mama bear of the locker room. She was very comfortable wearing the costume she would always wear and I was like ‘let’s do something totally do different. Let’s give you a fresh coat of paint. Let’s do this, let’s do that.’ And we did that. We just changed everything. We changed her gear, we changed her look, it was just so fun to transform. As we were doing that the powers that be were seeing ‘wow, these girls are having so much fun.’ They could feel it. They could feel the energy and the enthusiasm and it became this great project. And here we are.”