WWE Legend Bret Hart has expressed his pessimism that the upcoming Owen Hart documentary retrospective will not be the success it could be.
Speaking to Live Audio Wrestling & The Fight Network’s John Pollock this week, the Hitman put the blame on his brother’s widow Martha as the reason why the DVD box-set may not be as successful as hoped.
Hart, 58 said: “I’m looking forward to it but I’m not really optimistic that it’s going to be a great job."
“Martha [Hart] handcuffed them so much. I don’t know if they’re even allowed to use any pictures from the past.
It’s a poorly done DVD because of all the restraints and the limitations that Martha put on it.”
Owen Hart tragically passed away in 1999 after a stunt went wrong during his entrance from the rafters of the Kemper Arena in Kansas City live on Pay-Per-View during the WWF’s (now WWE) Over the Edge show – his death was not shown on the broadcast.
His widow Martha sued the WWF and in November 2000 a settlement was reached for $18 million.
Since the lawsuit, Owen’s name and likeness have been very sparse in use, rarely acknowledged on television or shown in any video packages, he also hasn’t appeared in any of the WWE video games or had official action figures made of him since the fatal accident.
When WWE did acknowledge him in the Hart & Soul DVD about the Hart family released in 2010, Martha sued for the use of Owen’s name and likeness as well as use of personal family photo’s of Owen, this time the issue being settled for undisclosed amount out of court in April 2013.
Bret believes however, she has taken the wrong approach to remembering his late brother and her late husband:
“I think Martha’s taken the wrong approach and she should understand that, you know, we all miss Owen....I lost a brother, I lost a great friend and maybe one of the closest people I knew on this earth.
“I want to celebrate his career, I want to watch his matches back – not just with me, but with everybody he worked with.
“His time with WWE, they got so much footage and so many great memories with Owen, and here she is standing in the way of that saying, ‘Nobody can see these videos. No one should see anything that brings back any of his career.'"
“They couldn’t use any pictures from his childhood, they couldn’t use anything from Stampede Wrestling.
“They had so many restraints. Even the interviews, the questions that they did with me were so bullsh*t. The whole thing was so bullsh*t that sure, there’s an Owen Hart DVD, but it’s the sh*ts.”
Hart, who himself has had a very turbulent relationship with WWE due to his infamous departure in 1997, said that he believed the company had the best intentions when making the DVD and that it is only the restraints that will limit it.
“I think WWE maybe had good intentions, but I’m not very impressed with the quality that it’s going to be. I haven’t seen it, I’m not optimistic but I’m hoping that it’ll be better than I think.
“I’m not really gonna hold up hope that it’s gonna be as great as it should be, and I feel bad because that’s Martha’s fault.”
Owen – Hart of Gold is to be released in early December 2015.