All Elite Wrestling announced today that they have entered into a relationship with The Owen Hart Foundation, a nonprofit charity which provides “a vast range of assistance and opportunities to individuals in need across the world,” to honor the legacy of the late Owen Hart. One of the ways AEW and the OHF are planning to do this is with the launch of the Owen Hart Cup Tournament to air on AEW television. The winner of the tournament will win a Cup known as “The Owen”.
In addition to the tournament, AEW and the OHF will create and sell original Owen Hart merchandise. Owen will also be in the upcoming AEW video game.
“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.”
Martha Hart, Owen’s widow, had this to say about the partnership:
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.
Martha has infamously refused WWE’s attempts to honor Owen, rejecting offers for him to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. This is a big step forward in making sure that generations to come know of Owen’s greatness.
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