The legendary Jim Cornette has spoken about some of the notorious pranks of the late, great Owen Hart including the famous pizza telephone call carried out with brother-in-law Davey Boy Smith.
Owen Hart was not just a great professional wrestler, he was a first-class prankster behind the scenes from making Edge sell a napkin shot when he believed it would be brass knuckles, spiking Harley Race’s chilli with extra hot sauce which made an entire roster ill, taking Gangrel’s watch which he kept for months and placed back in the exact same spot in the same arena convincing the star that paranormal forces were at work and directing the animals for the famous Hog Pen Match to Vince’s office.
However, one of Owen’s most famous pranks is the hotel pizza call where he and Davey Boy Smith phoned a random room in an establishment they were staying to chastise them for not wanting any pizza.
Now, Jim Cornette has taken to his Drive-Thru Podcast in order talk about the prank in question as well as another of Owen’s regular tricks where he would have patrons out of bed at 3am to look for a fictional peeping tom:
“I’ve heard that recording, I heard him one time from the actual inn he was doing it on, I’ve heard some of Owen’s phone ribs from a few different directions. But yes, that’s a great one, I can’t remember what the circumstances were that they recorded it but…he wouldn’t even plan it a lot of the times, he just might be bored one night and he’d seen someone come in the lobby and he’s be like, ‘Ah, here we go.’ But that’s why I say I can’t remember the circumstances behind how this one actually got recorded and lives on.
But he would either drive the desk clerk to the brink in insanity or he would pretend to be the desk clerk and call one of the boys and drive them to the brink of insanity, pushing the pizzas on them. Owen would have guests in the hotel out in the hallways or on the breezeway looking for a reported peeping tom trying to be a good citizen. ‘Sir if you could just look around your corner, you know, next to the coke machine, see if there’s anyone standing around’, and at three o’clock in the morning you’d be walking around looking for f***ing peeping toms. Owen could do anything. But the pizza thing, it’s hilarious because when you’re listening to it you can tell it’s his voice ‘cus you know what you’re listening to but at two o’clock in the morning you get a phone call from some Hindu at the front desk, you’re not thinking and you go along with it. He could drive the boys insane.”
‘The King of Harts’ Owen Hart passed away on May 23, 1999, when he fell to his death from the rafters of the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, performing his entrance as The Blue Blazer.
Credit for the interview: Jim Cornette’s Drive-Thru