Thursday Headlines: WWE and Martha Hart Settle Lawsuit
Seemingly out of nowhere, PW Torch is reporting that the WWE and Martha Hart - WWF Superstar Owen Hart’s widow - have reached a legal settlement regarding the use of Owen Hart’s likeliness in WWE products. The settlement ends a nearly three-year legal battle between Martha and the WWE. Numbers have yet to surface, and it’s as of now unknown whether or not Owen’s likeliness will be used in future WWE products.
While it seems unlikely that Martha Hart would allow Owen’s likeliness to be used by the WWE considering her strong feelings regarding the McMahon family (she has spoken publicly about their exploitation and profiting off of the death and tragedies of their performers), I sincerely hope that she will consider a mutually beneficial relationship. As painful as it may be for her and her immediate family, Owen Hart was a major part of the WWF in the mid-90’s, and there are millions of fans who would love to celebrate his life.
I’m talking about Owen Hart’s inclusion in the WWE Hall of Fame. I know, I know. We complain all the time about the WWE Hall of Fame’s basis for selection. For every Mick Foley, there’s a Donald Trump. For every Ron Simmons, a Drew Carey. Still, the Hall of Fame is in place to recognize great achievers as well as great role players. Owen Hart was both. He provided substance to events with his superior in-ring abilities, and held his own at the top of the card, when he feuded with brother Bret Hart in 1994. His Summerslam cage match with Bret is still considered one of the all time greats.
I understand Martha’s dislike of WWE and the McMahons. She and her children lost so much of their lives when Owen died in May of 1999. But there are those of us who wish to honor his contributions to professional wrestling - a business he spent his entire life involved in. A place in the WWE Hall of Fame, alongside his brother Bret, would be beneficial to all involved. Lets hope there can be an agreeable compromise between the two. (PW Torch)
Remember all that uproar surrounding the end of this week’s Raw? About how Paul Heyman dressed up as Paul Bearer and CM Punk dumped the ashes of Undertaker’s urn on Taker, and then smeared it all over his face and chest? And remember how everyone got all red in the face when it sounded like William Moody’s son, Michael, was upset with the WWE? Well it turns out everyone may have gotten their panties in a wad for nothing. The WWE released this text from Michael Moody:
Hey. I woke up in time to watch the tail end of the show. What you explained would happen happened. Which is fine. Just it was a little difficult to watch it play out. I put a message on Facebook last night saying that we approved it but it wasn't what I envisioned. That I didn't have anything to say. Well woke up this morning and that quote is being used all over "media outlets". For the record. I was fine w it. Was hard to watch but y'all are professionals and I trust. (Wrestling Inc)
Fans need to step back and consider what they’re complaining about. The WWE, CM Punk, Paul Heyman, and The Undertaker aren’t doing anything out of the ordinary. This is the WWE. This is what happens in the WWE. William Moody was a father, a friend, and brilliant worker. Paul Bearer was a character. Is the use of Bearer in a storyline tacky? Sure. But this is professional wrestling, if you don’t like tacky, why are you watching?
Just step back and consider how this story is going to end - with The Undertaker beating the shit out of CM Punk and honoring the memory of his “father” Paul Bearer. That’s the payoff. This isn’t Bully Ray using a hate-filled slur. This is professional wrestling as usual. Lighten up and enjoy the show.
In an interview with Wrestle Talk TV, Hulk Hogan gave his opinion on Triple H taking on new executive responsibilities within the WWE. Essentially, Hogan believes in Triple H’s executive abilities. I’d go into more detail about Hogan’s opinion but, who really cares? Why would anyone consider Hogan’s opinion important? He’s only been an anchor for TNA over the past few years. So instead of giving some deep analysis of Hogan’s thoughts on Triple H, here’s a picture I found online that I really like:
In an interview with Busted Open Radio, Michael Cole discussed the increased effort and troubles with being a part of a three hour Raw. Cole admits to a lack of focus as the show runs on, as well as decreasing crowd enthusiasm. Of course, I discussed this very topic a week ago! Funny how that works, eh? Excellent. (SEScoops)
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