AEW announces Owen Hart Cup Tournament to honor former WWE wrestler

Written by Doug Rush

AEW announces Owen Hart Cup Tournament to honor former WWE wrestler.

It’s been 22 years since the tragic death of Owen Hart. Perhaps the saddest death in wrestling.

On Monday, AEW announced a new relationship with the Owen Hart Foundation that will look to honor Hart’s legacy.

Not only are the entering this collaboration to honor Owen Hart, but the Owen Hart Cup Tournament has also been announced as well.

Since Owen Hart’s death at Over the Edge in May of 1999, the Hart family and especially Hart’s widow Martha, did not want him in the WWE’s Hall of Fame. Her and her children’s reasoning was explained in the episode of Dark Side of the Ring that aired last year.

Before he unfortunate death in 1999, the 34-year-old Hart was a decorated wrestler with many accomplishments; multiple time WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion and the 1994 King of the Ring winner.

Some of Hart’s best matches of his career were against his older brother, WWE Hall of Famer, Bret Hart. Their Wrestlemania 10 opened in Madison Square Garden is considered the best opening match in Wrestlemania history.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.

In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.

After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.

In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.

Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.