Smith Hart

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Smith Hart
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Smith Hart in 2011.
Birth name Smith Stewart Hart
Born (1948-11-28) November 28, 1948 (age 68)[1]
Long Beach, New York, United States[2][3]
Residence Barrie, Ontario, Canada[4]
Spouse(s) Maria Rosado (m. 1979; d. 1998)
Children 5, including 1 stepchild[5]
Family Hart
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Smith Hart
Stu Hart[6]
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Billed weight 221 lb (100 kg).[1]
Billed from Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Trained by Stu Hart
Debut 1973[7]
Retired 1991

Smith Stewart Hart (born November 28, 1948) is a Canadian-American former professional wrestler and a member of the Hart wrestling family. His parents were Stu and Helen Hart. Smith was the first of their twelve children, being one of their eight sons, Bruce, Keith, Wayne, Dean, Bret, Ross and Owen followed him. He wrestled for the majority of his career in Canada but also worked shortly in other countries and is best known for his time in Stampede Wrestling and for his appearances for WWE.

Early life[edit]

Hart was born in New York and is a dual citizen of the United States and Canada.[2][8][9]

He is of Greek descent through his maternal grandmother and Irish through his maternal grandfather.[10][11][12][13] His father was mainly of Scots-Irish descent but also had Scottish and English ancestry.[14][15]

When he was less than a year old his mother, Helen Hart, suffered an automobile accident while pregnant with his younger brother Bruce. As a result, he was sent to live with his maternal grandparents, Harry and Elizabeth Smith, for almost two years.[16]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

As a wrestler[edit]

He wrestled in his father's Stampede Wrestling promotion and in Puerto Rico's[17] World Wrestling Council, as well as trips to Japan, England, Germany and the Netherlands.[18] He also helped out behind the scenes at Stampede Wrestling.[19]

Stampede, Japan and National Wrestling Alliance[edit]

In 1973 Hart debuted for his father's promotion Stampede Wrestling in a tag team match with Bob Pringle against Joe Tomasso and Super Hawk in Regina. He later went on that same year to working in matches with Frank Butcher.[20] Late that year he also tag teamed with his brother Bruce against Frank Butcher and Kim Klokeid.[21]

In 1974 Hart began working for the Japanese promotion International Wrestling Enterprise, he first worked in a match against Katsuzo Oiyama in Sagamihara.[22] Hart was sent to Japan primarily to train since his father wanted him to get more experience and discipline.[23] Hart's brother Bret has stated that Hart suffered through a lot of stress and was unhappy during this period. Hart has claimed that his time in Japan caused the breakup with his then girlfriend and mother of his first child, Marla.[24]

From 1977 to 1980 Hart worked wrestled in collaboration with Stampede wrestling and the National Wrestling Alliance in matches against Gordon Ivey, Jim Custer and Steve Novak among others.In this period he also was in a three-man tag team stable together with his brothers Bruce and Keith, they wrestled and defeated Bud Osborne, John Foley and Ray Osborne.[25]

Stampede Wrestling and World Wrestling Council[edit]

In late 70s Hart traveled to Puerto Rico together with his younger brother Bret.[26][27][28] They won the WWC Caribbean Tag Team Championship together. Hart met his wife Maria while working in Puerto Rico.[29]

In the early 80s Hart worked for Stampede Wrestling where he mostly participated in singles matches against wrestlers such ad Otis Young, Bill Jodoin, T.G. Stone and Joe Tomasso but also in a lot of tag team matches with his brother Keith against people such as Kerry Brown and the Cuban Assassin. He also tag teamed with brother in-law Jim Neidhart regularly against Carlos Peron, José Peron, Duke Myers and Texas Red Miller. Outside of that he at times worked in three man tag teams with Dan Kroffat and Barabas were they competed with Fidel Castillo, José Peron and Carlos Peron.[30]

Hart continued to wrestle in Puerto Rico and in Montreal in the late 80s after Stampede Wrestling was shut down and sold to WWE.[23]

Independent circuit[edit]

On June 24, 2011 Hart wrestled for the Great North Wrestling promotion in a match which he lost against The Spoiler.[31] On May 24, 2013 he returned once again to the ring at the Grange Hall arena in Lefroy, Ontario in a match for Pure Wrestling Association where he defeated Mad Braddock. He was there together with his stepson Mike who also wrestled at the event.[32]

Appearances for WWF/E[edit]

At the 1994 SummerSlam event Hart and his brothers can be seen attempting to climb the cage in which Bret and Owen Hart had their match.[33][34]

On March 28, 2010, Hart made an appearance at Wrestlemania 26 to help his brother Bret defeat Vince McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match. The storyline was that McMahon had paid off Smith and all the other Hart family members to betray Bret, but they all doubblecrossed him and helped Bret win the match.[35]

Hart also appeared on WWE television at his father Stu's Hall of Fame induction together with his sibling.[36]

As a promoter[edit]

On November 6, 2011 Smith brought back Stampede Wrestling in Barrie, Ontario.[37]

In February 2013 Smith became an executive member of the Victory Commonwealth Wrestling board of directors along with "Soulman" Ricky Johnson, uncle of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He has since made many appearances for the company under both the VCW and Hogtown Pro Wrestling names.

In April 2014 Hart announced that David Benoit, the son of late wrestler Chris Benoit was to make his in ring debut for the Hart Legacy Wrestling promotion on July 18 in a tag team match with Chavo Guerrero.[38] Hart claimed that Benoit had been trained by his nephew David Hart Smith.[39] The match was later canceled in May when Chris Jericho informed Guerrero that David did not have any formal training. Hart had told different versions to the two men, to Guerrero he had said that David had received training for the match but had also told Jericho that David would not be wrestling, just involved in a storyline.[40][41][42][43]

He was at one point booker for the Canadian-based Great North Wrestling company.[1]

Other work in wrestling[edit]

Hart opened a "Hart Brothers Wrestling School" in Cambridge, Ontario which has trained many wrestlers including the Highlanders.[44][45]

On November 19, 2013 Smith joined PWMania.com as a columnist.[46]

Other media[edit]

In 2011 Hart appeared the Canadian show Dragon's Den, Season 6 Episode 4.[47]

Personal life[edit]

On January 21, 2016, Hart announced on his Twitter and Facebook profile that he had been diagnosed with both prostate and bone cancers. He is also in the progress of writing his autobiography.[4][48] Two weeks later via his Facebook, his brother Bret Hart revealed that he had prostate cancer.[49] Smith's cancer has spread to his hip,[49] when the disease is restricted to the prostate, the survival rate is rather high[49][50][51] but Hart's initial cancer therapy was unsuccessful, requiring chemotherapy.[52] As of February 7th 2017, Hart has been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer and his prognosis gives about one year left to live.[53]

Family[edit]

Main article: Hart wrestling family

Hart has five children, including a stepson named Michael Herweg and two biological sons named Matthew Herweg and Chad Pointen, as well as two daughters Tobi McIvor[54] and Satania Ecstasy "Tanya" Hart.[5][55][56][56][57]

Hart also has six grandchildren, three granddaughters from his oldest, Tobi, named Amanda, Jessica and Isabelle,[58] and two grandsons named Lakken and Ashwin Stelzner from his stepson Michael, who also has a stepdaughter named Havanna Stelzner.[59]

Two of his sons, Michael and Matthew have started a career in wrestling.[60][61][62][63][64][65][66]

Legal issues[edit]

In the 1978 Hart was attending the Oktoberfest in Germany together with Tom Billington and his brother Bruce to represent Stampede Wrestling in an international wrestling tournament, when Hart was called out he entered the ring with a Hitler mustache and performed a Nazi salute in an attempt to play a joke on the other wrestlers.[67]

Hart's youngest son Chad was raised by his maternal grandaunt Kathie Pointen and her husband Vern after a court found Smith to be unfit to raise Chad.[68]

After the Hart House was sold in 2003 he refused to move out and hid inside it. He had used the family mansion as a rent house to make money and was unwilling to give it up. Even after the doors and windows were barricaded he managed to enter through the balcony and had to eventually to be escorted out by police.[69]

Hart is one of 96 known people on an Alberta Justice website who owe a combined $6.6 million in court-ordered Maintenance Enforcement Program (MEP) payments to spouses and children.[70]

In wrestling[edit]

Wrestlers trained[edit]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b Surviving The Dungeon Extra: Ross Hart on The Hart Siblings (1 of 2)
  3. ^ The Official Fan Page of Smith Hart: "Today my heart goes out to all those effected by the tragedies of 9/11. I was born in Long Beach, Long Island and consider myself a native New Yorker." Cf. https://www.facebook.com/smith.hart.5/posts/164047037011845
  4. ^ a b smith.hart.5: "Profile" Cf. https://www.facebook.com/smith.hart.5
  5. ^ a b Carey, Ian (January 20, 2007). "Hart Foundation: The Next Generation". WRESTLING COLUMNS. Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  6. ^ WWC: Pierre "Mad Dog" Lefebvre vs. Stu Hart (1983)
  7. ^ "Smith Hart General Information". wrestlingdata.com/. 
  8. ^ Martha Hart; Eric Francis (2004). Broken Harts: The Life and Death of Owen Hart. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 84 pp. ISBN 978-1-59077-036-8. 
  9. ^ "An open letter to Shawn Michaels". http: canoe. May 17, 1997. 
  10. ^ Hart, Bret (2007). Hitman: My real life in the cartoon world of wrestling. Ebury Press. p. 8 pp. ISBN 9780091932862. 
  11. ^ Letawsky, Craig (2002-05-07). "Ask 411 - 5.07.02". 411wrestling.com. 
  12. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 16 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  13. ^ Heath McCoy (2007). Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling. ECWPress. p. 30 pp. ISBN 978-1-55022-787-1. 
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  23. ^ a b Giri, Raj (February 13, 2012). "Smith Hart Talks His Career, Family, Montreal, WWF Buying Stampede & Much More". Interview. WrestlingInc.com. Retrieved 2016-05-25. 
  24. ^ "I regret to announce the passing of the mother of my oldest daughter Tobi and the grandmother to our 3 grand children Jessica Steed, Amanda Steed and Isabelle.". Smith Hart official. Facebook.com. February 7, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Smith Hart: Matches". cagematch.net. 
  26. ^ Pat Laprade & Bertrand Hebert. Mad Dogs, Midgets and Screw Jobs: The untold story of how Montreal shaped the world of Wrestling. ECW Press. ISBN 9781770902961. Smith and I teamed up for a six-minute TV match with Frenchy Martin and Michel Martel, the hottest heel team in the territory had ever known. 
  27. ^ Hofstede, David (1999). Slammin': Wrestling's Greatest Heroes and Villains. Toronto: ECW Press. p. 106. ISBN 1-55022-370-4. 
  28. ^ Davies, Ross (2001). Bret Hart. Rosen Publishing Group. ISBN 0-8239-3494-2. 
  29. ^ Hart, Bret (2007). Hitman: My real life in the cartoon world of wrestling. Ebury Press. p. 46 pp. ISBN 9780091932862. 
  30. ^ "Smith Hart: Matches". wrestlingdata.com/. 
  31. ^ "Great North Wrestling: GNW". cagematch.net. 
  32. ^ "Pure Wrestling Association: PWA". cagematch.net. 
  33. ^ Ben Undelson (2013). Fiction. A Nostalgic Guide to Growing up with the WWF. lulu.com. p. 329 pp. ISBN 978-1-304-10190-7. 
  34. ^ Droste, Ryan (July 3, 2015). "WWE news: ex-wife of British Bulldog petitioning for his induction into WWE Hall Of Fame". Inquisitr. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  35. ^ "Bret Hart def. Mr. McMahon in a No Holds Barred Match". WWE. March 28, 2010. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  36. ^ Bret Hart and the Hart family speak on behalf of Stu Hart
  37. ^ http://www.hartgrapevine.com/
  38. ^ "David Benoit, son of Chris Benoit, to make wrestling debut for Hart Legacy Wrestling on July 18th". kocosports.net. 
  39. ^ "Chris Benoit's Son Making His Pro Wrestling Debut In Tag Match With Former WWE Star". pwmania.com. 
  40. ^ "David Benoit's Pro Wrestling Debut Cancelled Amid Controversy; Chavo Guerrero Pulls Out of Event & Chris Jericho "Furious"". wrestlezone.com. 
  41. ^ "Update: The Latest on the David Benoit Smith Hart Situation, How Jericho Got Involved, Why Chavo Backed Out of the Match & Much More". wrestlezone.com. 
  42. ^ "David Benoit's pro wrestling debut cancelled under strange circumstances". cagesideseats.com. 
  43. ^ "Smith Hart Comments On David Benoit's In-Ring Wrestling Debut Being Canceled". sescoops.com. 
  44. ^ D'Amour, Mike. "WWF rumour 'disgusting'". SLAM! Sports. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  45. ^ Rennie, Steve (2005-03-29). "Highlanders set sights on WWE". ! Sports. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  46. ^ "Smith Hart is now writing for PWMania.com". Online World Of Wrestling. December 5, 2013. 
  47. ^ "Hart Bros. Wrestling". cbc.ca. 
  48. ^ @SmithHart1: "I regret to announce that I have been diagnosed with bone and prostate cancer" Cf. https://twitter.com/SmithHart1/status/690218354544623616
  49. ^ a b c Beck, Greg. "Both Harts deal with cancer". Wrestlingnews.co. Retrieved February 4, 2016. 
  50. ^ Dave Meltzer (Feb 1, 2016). "BRET HART FIGHTING PROSTATE CANCER". f4wonline.com. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 
  51. ^ Dave Meltzer (Feb 8, 2016). "WRESTLING OBSERVER NEWSLETTER: BRET HART DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER, NAKAMURA'S FINAL NJPW MATCH". f4wonline.com. Wrestling Observer Newsletter. 
  52. ^ Beck, Greg (May 12, 2016). "Smith Hart To Undergo Chemotherapy Treatment". WWE NEWS. WrestlingNews.co. Retrieved 2016-05-31. 
  53. ^ White, Ryan (February 7, 2017). "Hart brothers, Bret and Smith, champion for prostate cancer screenings". calgary.ctvnews.ca. NEWS Calgary. Retrieved 2017-02-11. 
  54. ^ Hart, Bret (2007). Hitman: My real life in the cartoon world of wrestling. Ebury Press. p. 31 pp. ISBN 9780091932862. 
  55. ^ Hart, Bret (2007). Hitman: My real life in the cartoon world of wrestling. Ebury Press. p. 188 pp. ISBN 9780091932862. 
  56. ^ a b Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 24 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  57. ^ Hart, Bret (2007). Hitman: My real life in the cartoon world of wrestling. Ebury Press. p. 528 pp. ISBN 9780091932862. 
  58. ^ The Official Fan Page of Smith Hart: "I regret to announce the passing of the mother of my oldest daughter Tobi and the grandmother to our 3 grand children Jessica Steed, Amanda Steed and Isabelle." Cf. https://www.facebook.com/smith.hart.5/posts/950255021724372
  59. ^ From the front row with Mike Hart; 18:41
  60. ^ "HART FAMILY LAUNCHES NEW PROMOTION, LIVE IN THE OLD HART HOUSE AND MORE NEWS". PWInsider. 
  61. ^ "RINGSIDE REMEMBRANCES — THE HART DYNASTY". 1wrestling.com. April 14, 2010. 
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  63. ^ "Family Matters". canadianprowrestling.com. April 7, 2014. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
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  65. ^ "Canadian Results (2010)". Online World Of Wrestling. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  66. ^ "RESULTS FOR "HALLOWED"". mpw.web44. Mecca Pro Wrestling. October 29, 2011. Retrieved 2016-04-14. 
  67. ^ Heath McCoy (2007). Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling. ECWPress. p. 140 pp. ISBN 978-1-55022-787-1. 
  68. ^ Hart, Diana; McLellan, Kirstie (2001). Under the Mat: Inside Wrestling's Greatest Family. Fenn. p. 21 pp. ISBN 1-55168-256-7. 
  69. ^ Heath McCoy (2007). Pain and Passion: The History of Stampede Wrestling. ECWPress. p. 288 pp. ISBN 978-1-55022-787-1. 
  70. ^ Dykstra, Matt & Passifium, Bryan (January 9, 2016). "Member of Calgary's Hart family on list of 96 Alberta delinquent family support debtors". NEWS ALBERTA. Calgary Sun. 
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