March 11, 2007
New Hart Foundation rising?
By BILLY POWERS - Calgary Sun
As a young boy in Edmonton, I used to ask for my weekly allowance of $1.25 on Tuesdays because that was the night Al Oeming staged his pro wrestling card in the Alberta capital.
It cost that much to get into the Sales Pavilion so I had to sneak on a bus both ways to make it happen but got very good at it. For several years I believed what people like Sky High Lee, Gorgeous George, Seelie Sumara and Al (Mr. Murder) Mills were doing was real.
Later, I would watch Stampede Wrestling regularly from the days of Dave (Pig Farmer) Ruhl and Archie (The Stomper) Gouldie and so on because it was phony but legitimate entertainment.
What brings this up is this week I ran into Ted Annis, a nephew of Bret and grandson of the late Stu Hart. This young man, who wrestles as Teddy Hart, has some big plans. Would you believe a New Generation Hart Foundation? Annis, who has muscles where I didn't know there were muscles, is going to team with Harry Smith, the son of the late, great British Bulldog Davey Boy Smith. Also in the action will be Nattie Neidhart, daughter of original Hart Foundation member Jim Neidhart and her boyfriend T.J. Wilson to introduce yet another angle to the professional wrestling game.
Annis, the son of B.J., who was Stu's son-in-law, excels at dangerous acrobatics. In fact, he told me "my mother won't even watch me and she grew up with wrestling." He got help from The Hitman in negotiating a WWE deal with Vince McMahon and Annis says once his contract with MTV is up, it will be full speed ahead. If it comes about, maybe I'll start watching again.