August 8, 2009
Hart Dynasty courting hometown cheers
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun
Forget all the smug mannerisms you've seen from the Hart Dynasty on Smackdown! Forget that they're supposed to be heels and you're supposed to boo them.
When the curtains open, the music hits and the spotlight shines down on David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd and Natalya Neidhart Tuesday in Edmonton (the rest of Canada will see it Friday night on The Score) ... cheer like hell.
Cheer not only because these are good Canadians, not only because they're the next generation of our nationally treasured Hart family ... cheer because they've worked their asses off to get to this level.
"It's going to be a huge night for us," says Natalya, daughter of Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart and Ellie Hart and granddaughter of Stu Hart. "It feels like we've come full circle, like we've finally made it.
"It's been so much of a journey, so much of a climb to get here. I wish my grandfather could be here to see it. We're the last students of the Hart dungeon. It's been a struggle, regardless of the family ties. It would have been easy for the family to make a phone call, but it's not like that. We had to work to get here. And this is where we want to be."
"There's a chance they might actually like us in Edmonton," says Kidd (T.J. Wilson).
"But it could be that there's some dissension between Edmonton and Calgary (where they're from). It's a surreal feeling to be doing what we're doing. It's very scary, but it's very fun."
Kidd actually wrestled a WWF dark match in Calgary when he was just 16. Smith (real name, Harry -- son of Davey Boy Smith and Diana Hart) was in that match, on the other side.
"We were all under 18," says Kidd. "We didn't know anything at the time. The year after, I started going to Bret's house every day. We put in miles and miles on the road. And it all comes down to Tuesday in Edmonton. I'm so excited."
Kidd says the Hart Dynasty is an extension of the Hart Foundation.
"To me, a lot of factions run their course, but the Hart Foundation never finished. They never had a full run. We're a continuation, but we're going to make our own path, too."
For Neidhart, her career began to take shape when Trish Stratus rose to wrestling stardom.
"I was surrounded by wrestling when I was growing up. There were rings in our yard and there was the dungeon. Divas didn't exist. When Trish came in, she changed the face of women's wrestling. She helped reinvent what women do in this industry. She made me go, 'Whoa, this is what I want to do.'"
"Tyson, David and myself, we're the last of a dying breed," she says. "We've travelled the world. We're relentless. We won't stop until we achieve what we want to do.
"My grandfather told me: "You'll never work a day in your life as long as you love what you do.
"And I'm so happy. I love this. I love what I'm doing."
And Tuesday is a chance for Albertans to show their love, to welcome home three of their own, three of our own.
Tim Baines is the Sports Editor for the Ottawa Sun and can be emailed at Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org.