Tony Khan has partnered with Owen Hart’s widow, Martha Hart, to create the first ever Owen Hart Cup tournament. Martha has been waiting for the right opportunity to lend her husband’s name back to the world of professional wrestling. Soon it will be a reality.
The finals for the tournament will take place at the Double or Nothing PPV in May. Khan recently talked to Mike Johnson of PW Insider. He shed some light on the reasons for the finals falling on that date.
Khan noted that Martha Hart’s teaching schedule in Canada made it tough for her to participate if the show were held at another event. Double or Nothing takes place in Las Vegas. That makes it an easy trip for Dr. Hart.
“Talking to her about how the legacy of Owen would be treated, I told her we would make it a top priority to make sure we would do something that would have great impact on the fans, but also where she could participate. She’s a teacher in Canada and with her teaching schedule, we looked at AEW events. Double or Nothing is one of the most important shows we have.
It’s where the company began, and it’s very fitting that on the three-year anniversary of our first AEW show, we will crown Owen Hart (Cup) winners. I discussed it with Martha and I thought it would be cool to treat the Owen like other prestigious cups in sports. For example, Wimbledon, there is a men’s and women’s winner.
Martha thought this was excellent and was in favor of it. The Owen will crown a men’s and women’s tournament winner and there is no better place than Double or Nothing. I had considered Revolution, it’s also a huge event, but Orlando is not as close to where Martha live as Las Vegas. Also, March is not as conducive to her personal calendar with her teaching schedule as May.”
AEW has begun to hype the men’s and women’s tournaments on television. On Wednesday’s Dynamite, a video package was shown to honor Owen Hart. Tony Khan is hoping he can make his legacy proud. Martha is showing an incredible amount of faith that he will do just that.
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December 27, 2021 5:00 pm