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The Hart wrestling family is a Canadian family with a significant history within professional wrestling.[1] The patriarch of the family was wrestling legend, WWE Hall of Famer and Order of Canada recipient Stu Hart (1915–2003).[2] An amateur and professional wrestling performer, promoter and trainer,[3] Stu not only owned and operated his own wrestling promotion, Stampede Wrestling, but also trained some of the most well known and successful stars in the contemporary wrestling industry including Edge, Chris Jericho, and Chris Benoit.[3] Two of his sons, Bret and Owen, also achieved fame and success in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE),[1] with many of the WWF's biggest storylines in the mid-1990s being built around Bret and Owen and their brothers-in-law.[4]

As of 2014 the only Hart actively working in WWE is Stu's granddaughter Natalie "Natalya" Neidhart, but Bret makes occasional guest appearances while WWE employs Dungeon graduates Tyson Kidd (also Neidhart's husband), and former world champions Chris Jericho, Christian and Mark Henry.

Children of Stu and Helen Hart[edit]

Bret Hart
  1. Smith Stewart (born November 28, 1948), retired professional wrestler.[1]
  2. Bruce Dennis Luis (born January 13, 1950), retired professional wrestler.[5]
  3. Keith William (born 1952), retired professional wrestler[6]
  4. Wayne Curtis Michael[7] (born 1953), professional wrestling referee[1]
  5. Dean Harry Anthony (January 3, 1954 – November 21, 1990), professional wrestler[1]
  6. Ellie (born 1955), married the wrestler Jim Neidhart[1] mother of Natalya Neidhart
  7. Georgia (born 1956), married the wrestler B.J. Annis.[1] mother of Teddy Hart
  8. Bret Sergeant (born July 2, 1957), retired professional wrestler.[8]
  9. Allison (born 1959), married to wrestler Ben Bassarab[1]
  10. Ross (born January 3, 1961), professional wrestler and wrestling promoter[1]
  11. Diana Joyce (born October 8, 1963), former wife of Davey Boy Smith (The British Bulldog)[1] mother of Harry Smith (Davey Boy Smith, Jr.)
  12. Owen James (May 7, 1965 – May 23, 1999), professional wrestler.[9]

Family history[edit]

The Hart family is one of the most well-known professional wrestling families in history. The patriarch of the family, Stu Hart was a professional wrestler and a trainer as well as the owner of Stampede Wrestling. Many of his children became professional wrestlers. He became involved with wrestling after retiring from his career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.[10] Stu began promoting wrestling in 1948 and operated Stampede Wrestling until selling it to Vince McMahon in 1984. In 1985, however, he decided to revive the promotion, which remained in operation until December 1989.[11] It was brought back again in 1999 by Bruce and Ross Hart and remains active today.[12] Stu Hart has been noted from training some of North America's most famous wrestlers, including André the Giant, the "British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith, Dynamite Kid, Junkyard Dog, and dozens more in addition to his own sons.[10]

Roddy Piper is a cousin of the Hart family.[citation needed]

Bret Hart has won the most wrestling championships of anyone in the family. He won his first title belt in the World Wrestling Federation while teaming with brother-in-law Jim Neidhart (Ellie Hart's husband) to form The Hart Foundation tag team. They had a feud with the British Bulldogs (Diana Hart's husband Davey Boy Smith and Bret Hart's sister-in-law's husband Dynamite Kid, who were first cousins in real life). On January 26, 1987, Hart and Neidhart defeated the Bulldogs to win the WWF Tag Team Championship.[13] After the Hart Foundation split up, Owen Hart began teaming with Neidhart as The New Foundation. Bret went on to have a successful career as a singles wrestler, holding the WWF Championship five times.[14]

The family connection played a role in two major WWF storylines. Four of the Hart brothers (Bret, Owen, Keith, and Bruce) formed a team at Survivor Series 1993.[15] Animosity began to build between Bret and Owen, and Owen turned on Bret at Royal Rumble 1994.[8] This led to a feud between the two brothers; Neidhart later became involved on Owen's side, while Smith sided with Bret.[16] The feud culminated with Owen costing Bret the WWF Championship. While Bret was defending the title against Bob Backlund at Survivor Series 1994, Owen tricked his mother Helen into throwing a towel into the ring to signify that Bret conceded defeat.[17]

Several years later, the Hart Foundation was formed again, this time as a stable of anti-American wrestlers. Bret and Owen reconciled, and they were joined by Neidhart, Smith, and Brian Pillman (Pillman was not related but had trained with the Hart family and was a friend of the family).[8][18][19] At the In Your House: Canadian Stampede pay-per-view in Calgary on July 6, 1997, the Hart Foundation won a five-on-five match against Steve Austin, Ken Shamrock, Goldust, and The Legion of Doom (Hawk and Animal).[20] Bret Hart left the WWF in 1997 after what has come to be known as the Montreal Screwjob,[21] while Owen died as the result of a failed stunt during his ring entrance at the Over the Edge 1999 pay-per-view.[22] Bret would eventually return to the renamed WWE in 2010 after settling his differences with the promotion.

Three of Stu and Helen Hart's grandchildren have begun careers in professional wrestling. Nattie Neidhart, daughter of Ellie and Jim, trained in Calgary and now wrestles for World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly the WWF) under the ring name Natalya. She was the first female from the Hart family to win Championship gold, when she won the Diva's Championship at Survivor Series 2010[23][24] Harry Smith, son of Diana and Davey Boy Smith, uses the name David Hart Smith and also wrestled for WWE.[23][25] Teddy Hart, son of Georgia Hart and BJ Annis, has also competed in WWE but was released by the company.[23][26]

Outside of wrestling[edit]

Helen Smith Hart was the daughter of noted marathoner and sprinter Harry J. Smith, a serious contender for the 1912 Olympics before an injury took him out of competition, by his Greek wife, Elizabeth "Ellie" Poulis Smith [27]

BJ Annis, husband of Georgia Hart and father of Teddy Hart has operated BJ's Gym in Downtown East Village, Calgary since constructing it in 1971.[28] In November 2011, his daughter Angie Annis staged an art exhibition at the gymnasium prior to the establishment closing its doors.[28]

In December 2011, Jade Hart, the eldest child of Bret Hart, launched a clothing line called Jade Hart Kimonos. Based out of Calgary the clothing line consists of hand made kimonos made from Canadian silks and other fabrics.[29]

Family tree[edit]

Stu Hart
Helen Hart
Bruce Hart
Ellie Hart
Bret Hart
Dean Hart
Diana Hart
Owen Hart
Andrea Hart
Jim Neidhart
Julie Smadu
Davey Boy Smith
Martha Hart
Jennifer Neidhart
Jade Michelle Hart
Harry Smith
(David Hart Smith)
Oje Edward Hart
Kristen Culbreth (nee Neidhart)
Dallas Jeffery Hart
Georgia Smith
Athena Hart
Natalie Neidhart
Alexandra Sabina Hart
TJ Wilson
(Tyson Kidd)
Blade Colton Hart
Smith Hart
Keith Hart
Wayne Hart
Georgia Hart
Allison Hart
Ross Hart
B.J. Annis
Ben Bassarab
Ted Annis
(Teddy Hart)
Matt Annis
Annie Annis
Angela Annis
Lindsay B Hart
Brooke B Hart
Bradley Annis

= deceased

Note that there are 4 great grandchildren


Hart & Soul: The Hart Family Anthology is a documentary produced and released by WWE Home Video in collaboration with Hart family members. The DVD chronicles the lineage of the Hart family beginning with the biography of patriarch Stu Hart. It gives a brief accounting of the lives of all twelve Hart children as well as parents Stu and Helen growing up in Calgary. It describes the deaths of Stu, Helen, Dean, Matthew, Owen, Brian Pillman and Davey Boy Smith with recollections from their loved ones. The DVD concludes with a feature on the Hart Dynasty and their future in WWE.

The bonus discs feature matches from Stampede Wrestling and WWF/WWE as well as candid home footage and interviews from the Hart family.

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Stu Hart's Hall of Fame profile". WWE. Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Stu Hart Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
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  5. ^ "Bruce Hart Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  6. ^ "Keith Hart Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  7. ^ CageMatch profile for Wayne
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  9. ^ "Owen Hart Profile". Online World of Wrestling. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
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  11. ^ Will, Gary. "Stu Hart". Canadian Pro Wrestling Page of Fame. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  12. ^ Pierson, Nova (1999-08-21). "Get ready to rumble! Stampede Wrestling returns". SLAM!Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  13. ^ "History of the Unified WWE Tag Team Championship: The Hart Foundation's first reign". World Wrestling Entertainment. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  14. ^ Will, Gary. "Bret "The Hitman" Hart, "The Rocket" Owen Hart, Bruce Hart & Keith Hart". Canadian Pro Wrestling Page of Fame. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  15. ^ Davies, 62.
  16. ^ Davies, 68.
  17. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2004). Tributes II: Remembering More of the World's Greatest Professional Wrestlers. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 10. ISBN 1-58261-817-8. 
  18. ^ Powell, John. "Hit Man dismantles The Patriot". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  19. ^ Platt, Michael. "Pillman's death followed strange behavior". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  20. ^ McNeill, Pat (2002). The Tables All Were Broken: McNeill's Take on the End of Professional Wrestling as We Know It. iUniverse. p. 263. ISBN 0-595-22404-0. 
  21. ^ Mooneyham, Mike (2007-06-24). "Hebner doesn't regret 'Montreal Screwjob'". The Post and Courier. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  22. ^ "Legal victory bittersweet: Martha Hart". SLAM! Wrestling. Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  23. ^ a b c Madigan, TJ (2003-04-30). "Carrying on the family business". SLAM! Wrestling. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  24. ^ "Natalya". WWE. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  25. ^ "David Hart Smith". World Wrestling Entertainment. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  26. ^ Martin, Adam (2009-04-07). "Teddy Hart on WWE release, AAA". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  27. ^ Erb, Marsha (2002). Stu Hart: lord of the ring, an inside look at wrestling's first family. ECW Press. p. 91. ISBN 9781550225082. 
  28. ^ a b McCoy, Heath (November 23, 2011). "Final days at B.J.'s feature artworks, not workouts". Calgary Herald. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 
  29. ^ Andrews, Kenai (January 13, 2012). "MMA Crossfire Friday File – Jade Hart wrestles with the art of the kimono". Canada.com. Postmedia News. Retrieved January 19, 2012. 


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