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    WWE Hall of Fame Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    WWE will be inducting the original Hart Foundation – Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart and Jimmy Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday 4/6

    By Mike Johnson on 2019-02-04 15:22:00
    World Wrestling Entertainment will be inducting the original Hart Foundation – Bret Hart, Jim Neidhart and Jimmy Hart into the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday 4/6 in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center, PWInsider.com has confirmed with multiple sources over the last 48 hours.

    We are told that the current plan is for the original trio to be inducted. Heel referee turned wrestler “Dangerous” Danny Davis, who later joined the original Foundation and teamed with them at WrestleMania III is not currently scheduled to be inducted we are told.

    The 1997-era Hart Foundation faction, which also included Owen Hart, Brian Pillman and Davey Boy Smith will not be inducted at the ceremony either, likely due to the legality of honoring Owen Hart as his estate remains at odds with WWE for all the obvious reasons. While there will obviously be some fans upset with that decision, WWE is stuck in a no-win situation when it comes to honoring Owen Hart and this is probably the only course of action they could realistically take.

    The original Hart Foundation tandem was put together in WWF in 1985 after Vince McMahon purchased Stampede Wrestling from Stu Hart, bringing in several wrestlers from the territory in at the request of Stu, as they were family members. The decision was made to put brothers-in-law Hart and Neidhart together and place them with the unrelated Jimmy Hart, who had come into the company from Memphis Wrestling. They officially debuted as a team on 4/20/85, defeating Mario Mancini and S.D. Jones on WWF TV and quickly became a cornerstone of the company’s tag team division during that era.

    The mixture of Jimmy Hart’s jabber, Bret Hart’s technical finesse and Neidhart’s brute strength proved to be a great combination as the two were regularly in the mix as one of the top tag teams in the company. They held the WWF Tag Team Championships on two occasions, once as heels and later as babyfaces before the team was broken up. They had a tremendous feud with the British Bulldogs as well as one later with Demolition and made memorable appearances at WrestleMania II and III before the decision was made to turn Bret Hart into a babyface singles star the following year at WrestleMania IV.

    Bret Hart, now 61-years old, would go on to become one of the definitive singles talents for the company in the 1990s with multiple WWF Championship runs and WrestleMania main events. Following the Montreal Screwjob in November 1997, he would go on to WCW, where he would also win their World title but not be used as a strong as he had been in WWF. Hart would officially retire (quite prematurely given his level of stardom) in 1999 after suffering a terrible concussion from an errant, stiff kick while wrestling Bill Goldberg.

    Although Hart remained at odds with WWE for many, many, many years, he agreed to be inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2006 in Chicago by Steve Austin with Hart giving an amazing Hall of Fame speech where he talked about his life growing up in and performing in professional wrestling. He would finally return to WWE in January 2010, leading to a WrestleMania match against Vince McMahon and several other wrestling appearances, including a final match at Madison Square Garden as part of a “Bret Hart Tribute Night.” Hart has made appearances for the company since in non-wrestling roles. Hart has overcome a number of health issues in recent years, including a stroke and cancer.

    Following Ric Flair, Bret Hart will become the second multi-time WWE Hall of Famer, having been initially inducted himself in 2006. The next day, Hart declined to appear at WrestleMania 21, although it’s unlikely he will turn down the same opportunity at WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium.

    After the initial incarnation of the Hart Foundation disbanded for good, Jim Neidhart would go on to have a number of WWF roles, including tag team partner for Owen Hart as the New Foundation, color commentary for WWF’s then-syndicated weekly shows and even performing as the masked “Who” enhancement character. When the 1997-era version of the Hart Foundation was formed, Neidhart (who had been aligned with Owen Hart as heels) reconciled on-screen with Bret Hart and would work as an enforcer for the group. The highlight of the 1997 run was the In Your House: Canadian Stampede PPV, headlined by a ten-man tag that saw the Hart Foundation receive thunderous ovations in Calgary for a bout that had incredible old school territory crowd head. Neidhart would follow Bret to WCW after the Montreal Screwjob.

    In recent years, Neidhart made cameo appearances on Raw for milestone episodes and was regularly featured on Total Divas as his daughter, Natalya, is now a cornerstone member of the WWE women’s roster and cast member of that WWE reality series. Neidhart, who had been battling Alzheimer’s Disease, passed away last year at the age of 63.

    Jimmy Hart, now 76-years old and one of the best mouthpieces of all time in professional wrestling, would continue to manage a number of wrestlers over the years as a heel before turning babyface in 1993 and becoming aligned with Hulk Hogan. He and Hogan have been inseparable since in real life and to this day, Hart will often travel with Hogan on the road. Hart worked as a manager and producer in WCW, putting together WCW Saturday Night towards the latter end of WCW’s existence.

    After WCW closed, Hart attempted to launch the XWF promotion, which ran for several years and had its TV tapings later aired on PPV and released on DVD. Hart also appeared for Impact Wrestling and Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling, among other companies and projects. A musician before he was brought into pro wrestling by Jerry Lawler, Hart has been responsible for some of the most remembered wrestling themes in history and continues to be a tireless ambassador for pro wrestling. Today, he operates Jimmy Hart's Hall of Fame Bar and Tiki Deck in Daytona, Florida and still appears regularly at wrestling conventions and independent shows, carrying his trademark megaphone when making appearances.

    Jimmy Hart will also become a two-time WWE Hall of Famer and will become the first manager in WWE history to receive that honor. Hart was originally enshrined in 2005 in Los Angeles by Jerry Lawler.

    We are told that a contingent of Hart family members will be coming in to New York City for the ceremony over WrestleMania 35 weekend. The Hart family patriarch, the late Stu Hart, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona with Bret Hart inducting his father and the Hart family accepting the honor as a group.

    The Hart Foundation name continues to be active as Davey Boy Smith’s son Harry and Bret Hart’s nephew Teddy use it alongside Brian Pillman Jr. and are the current Major League Wrestling tag team champions, having won them over the weekend in Philadelphia from Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr.
    Cool to see Jim get in, but it's sad it is after he passed. With Bret and Jimmy Hart already in, it's basically just Jim getting in.

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    Re: Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    Why not just induct Neidhart on his own? It's not like anyone would have anything to say about that.

    Inducting the Hart Foundation like this would just lead to questions about Owen, plus making Bret and Jimmy Hart 2x HOF. Seems silly to me.

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    Re: Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    Quote Originally Posted by Shock View Post
    Why not just induct Neidhart on his own? It's not like anyone would have anything to say about that.

    Inducting the Hart Foundation like this would just lead to questions about Owen, plus making Bret and Jimmy Hart 2x HOF. Seems silly to me.

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    Yeah it's bizarre, they have had lesser talents get in previously.

    They could have just had Nattie induct him, it was pretty simple.

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    Re: Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    Just realised that if this is the tag team induction then that's the British Bulldogs rumour dead in the water

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    Similarly as 2008 with Ric Flair, I find the idea of inducting someone multiple times just to induct a tag team or faction to be fairly stupid. Neidhart would have been a perfectly fine low level induction and you could have still have Bret and Jimmy Hart be the ones to induct him to get them involved.

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    The only thing I can think to justify all 3 instead of just Anvil on his own going in is if WWE are really struggling to tie down a big name for a headliner so they needed to bring in Bret.

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    Re: Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    Yeah seems like a cop out to me.


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    Re: Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    I’m guessing they are trying to get Bret and fami to talk Owens widow into giving the OK for him to be inducted with a full Hart Foundation and this is the only part they can confirm at this time


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    Re: Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    Quote Originally Posted by JakeYourBooty View Post
    I’m guessing they are trying to get Bret and fami to talk Owens widow into giving the OK for him to be inducted with a full Hart Foundation and this is the only part they can confirm at this time


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    Last July Bret blasted her for trying to erase Owen's legacy, don't see him being the one to convince her. You never know though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    Last July blasted her for trying to erase Owen's legacy, don't see him being the one to convince her. You never know though.
    That I didn’t know. Guess I’m wrong


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    Quote Originally Posted by JakeYourBooty View Post
    That I didn’t know. Guess I’m wrong


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    Sorry meant to write Bret, I can see both sides of the argument.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    Sorry meant to write Bret, I can see both sides of the argument.
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    Re: Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    The article does say that they have no intention of inducting any members of the 1997 Foundation or even poor Danny Davis, though I'm sure things could change. For what it's worth, I don't recall ever reading anything that says Martha has ever changed her stance on WWE attempting to exploit Owen's name for profit. She was certainly adamant that they were doing so when they released the DVD a couple of years back. I can't imagine she'd sign off on an Owen induction into the Hall of Fame given they'd be able to profit off of that as well.

    However, Bret being on hand to deliver a speech about the Foundation will surely include mentions of Owen so that may be the closest we ever get.


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    It does seem like they're testing the waters, but yeah, this does cheapen and trivialise Jim Neidhart's induction. It wouldn't have been too much of a stretch for him to be an individual mid-tier inductee, instead of having to share the spotlight with two existing inductees who've already received ample recognition.


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    I don't see how this is testing the waters for an Owen induction. If they were, they would be inducting an entire group of the Hart Foundation along with Davey Boy, Pillman, and seeing whether or not they can sneak Owen in at the last minute. This is simply a means of having a bigger induction than simply The Anvil.

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    i wonder who else is goin in. I love to see someone like Taker get in


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    Hopefully Bam Bam gets in this year.

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    Re: Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    Heard they were trying again to have The Rock as the main headliner which is why it could be why they're taking so long announcing the first inductees.


    Would love it if the whole Hart Foundation were inducted as it would include Bulldog and Owen who should have been in already

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    Makes you wonder if Big Dave is still on the books if they haven't announced him by now.

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    Re: Ongoing WWE Hall of Fame 2019 Discussion and Announcements *Spoilers*

    Quote Originally Posted by Necro View Post
    Hopefully Bam Bam gets in this year.
    It would be a perfect induction considering the proximity of the event to his hometown.


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