The Run That Got Away: “The Black Hart” Owen Hart Gimmick

Brian Damage

After the infamous ‘Montreal Screwjob’, Owen Hart took a brief hiatus from the WWE before returning at the final ‘In Your House’ PPV of 1997. When he returned, he became known as the ‘Lone Hart’ or ‘The Black Hart’ as he flew solo without his Hart Foundation comrades. Today we take a look at that run as the ‘The Black Hart’. Continue reading

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Great Ideas That Didn’t Last: The WWE Return of Matt Hardy

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Brian Damage

Throughout the history of pro wrestling bookers and promoters have always tried to come up with new, creative and innovative ideas to generate interest in their product. Some ideas have not only succeed but flourished. Others were DOA from the get go. Then there are those ideas which initially were innovative but for various reasons faded away. This latest ‘Great Ideas That Didn’t Last’ looks at one of those. Namely the WWE return of Matt Hardy. Continue reading

Strength in Numbers: The WWE Gang Wars

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1997 was a very interesting year in the history of the WWF. A very clear transition from the cartoon era into the Attitude Era with mixed results along the way. Today we look at a storyline that dominated much of 1997, the battle between Farooq, Crush and Savio Vega and their respective factions – and latterly The Truth Commission – during the Gang Warz. Continue reading