AEW has partnered with the Owen Hart Foundation and will hold a tournament bearing his name in the future.
AEW has partnered with The Owen Hart Foundation and will hold The Owen Hart Cup as well as honoring the late star’s legacy in other ways.
AEW has released a statement detailing a new partnership with The Owen Hart Foundation. The charity, which was set up by Owen’s widow Martha Hart, was established to help people in need in Owen’s name. AEW will now work alongside the charity and will be putting a number of things in place to keep Owen’s name alive in the wrestling business.
As well as helping Martha and the OHF continue to help people around the world, AEW will be holding the first-ever Owen Hart Cup. The Owen Hart Cup will be an annual tournament where the winner will receive a cup named The Owen. No further details about the tournament, including when the first one will take place and who will be involved, have been revealed at this time.
AEW’s partnership with the OHF and the Hart family will also include the production and distribution of all-new Owen Hart merchandise. A few products were created following the Dark Side of the Ring episode on Owen’s death, but this sounds like it might be a step beyond although again, not many other details have been disclosed.
What is mentioned right at the end of the statement is the inclusion of Owen Hart merchandise in the upcoming AEW console game. While not mentioned specifically, that could mean Owen is a playabale character in the game. If so, it would be the first time the former Intercontinental Champion has been in a wrestling game since 1999’s WWF Attitude.
WWE has probably wanted to sell Owen merchandise and even include him in video games. However, Martha blames the company for his death and has said on multiple occasions that she doesn’t want them making any more money from his legacy. Either Martha and Owen’s children are okay with AEW benefitting from Owen’s legacy since the company has no affiliation with WWE, or everything made through their partnership will go directly to the Owen Hart Foundation.
Below is the AEW release about their partnership with the Owen Hart Foundation and The Owen Hart Cup:
AEW and The Owen Hart Foundation Enter Into
A Relationship to Honor World Renowned Wrestler Owen Hart’s Legacy
September 20, 2021 – All Elite Wrestling (AEW) and The Owen Hart Foundation (OHF), a
nonprofit charity which provides a vast range of assistance and opportunities to individuals inneed across the world, are collaborating to honor the legacy of late wrestler Owen Hart, a
beloved figure in the professional wrestling community and beyond. This collaboration includes
launching the annual Owen Hart Cup Tournament within AEW, which will see the winner receive
a Cup known as “The Owen,” as well as the production and distribution of unique and original
Owen Hart merchandise, including specified retail goods as well as the upcoming AEW console
This alliance incorporates opportunities to develop Owen Hart action figures via AEW’s
partnership with Jazwares, apparel, posters, and additional collectable merchandise. Owen Hart
is survived by his wife, Dr. Martha Hart, who spearheads The Owen Hart Foundation with a
mission of providing global aid to at-risk communities (e.g., scholarships, housing, various forms
international assistance, food drives, backpack giveaways and Christmas projects).
“AEW’s relationship with the Hart family dates back to our inaugural pay-per-view event, Double
or Nothing in 2019, and Owen’s influence is still felt today,” said Tony Khan, AEW CEO, GM and
Head of Creative. “To extend his memory and his legacy even further through this agreement is
a powerful and meaningful moment for the entire wrestling community.”
“The Owen Hart Foundation is extremely pleased to partner with AEW in this wonderful joint
venture to honor Owen’s substantial international wrestling career and the lasting influence he
and his craft has had in the sport. AEW’s Owen Hart Cup Tournament serves as a tremendous
tribute to Owen and provides an incredible way for professional wrestling enthusiasts to
celebrate his work in a most fitting way. We trust that Tony Khan and his amazing AEW team
will do a brilliant job with this highly anticipated project. This OHF/AEW partnership is my
special gift to all of Owen’s magnificent loyal fans who forever remember him and his inspiring
repertoire of talents,” said Dr. Martha Hart.
About The Owen Hart Foundation
The Owen Hart Foundation was established in 2000 in memory of celebrated world-renowned
Canadian wrestler Owen Hart. Our mandate is ‘Education’ and our goal is to help provide opportunities worldwide for hard-working people who have limited resources but unlimited
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