Stu Hart passed away this week. This news greatly saddens me. And no, I’m noy going for a Rich “Lowtax” Kyanka inverted tribute, this is true heartfelt sadness.
Stu Hart was, back in the day, a great wrestler, and was often used by regional promotions as the shooter who keeps cocky, burly challengers believing the kayfabe. I’ve never seen one of his matches, considering he wrestled in, like, the 60s, but I do know that he invented a great submission maneuver, the sharpshooter.
But Stu Hart’s matches aren’t what he will be missed for. His contributions to the business extend into our generation much more than most could imagine. Stu started a wrestling school called ‘the dungeon’ in which his sons, Bret “the Hitman” Hart and the late Owen Hart trained. Through the years, he trained many athletes, including Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Brian Pillman, Davey Boy Smith, the Dynamite Kid, Lance Storm and many others. All of these people are great mat technicians and truly wrestlers at heart, unlike some of the losers who know three moves that seem to get all the attention nowadays. Stu’s legacy lives on in his prized students, who continue to entertain each and every one of us.
I am saddened for Bret Hart as well, who has lost so many people over the years, including his brother Owen, his good friend Curt Hennig, also known as Mr. Perfect, his brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith, and his mother. Now, he finds himself unable to wrestle due to brain damage and a stroke, and mostly alone, outside his wife and kids. My heart goes out to one of my favorite wrestlers, a Canadian national hero, and one of the most dedicated performers in the business.
Stu Hart’s passing sadly marks, for me at least, the end of the old-school wrestlers who trained all the favorites from the 80s WWF to today. Match quality won’t necessarily go down with the newcomers, but that old-school stiff style of days gone by will never really come back, much to my chagrin.
You will be missed, Mr. Hart. May your legacy live on in your grandson Teddy, and all your students.
I’ll thank wrestling detractors to refrain from making offensive comments towards Mr. Hart’s profession in this thread.