More details have been announced by AEW for the upcoming tournament to honour beloved wrestling legend, the late, great Owen Hart.
AEW previously announced a partnership that will see the company honour the late Owen Hart with a new tournament, as well as potential merchandise, gaming involvement and even action figures possible for the Canadian fan-favourite who tragically passed away over 20 years ago.
All Elite Wrestling confirmed a partnership with The Owen Hart Foundation via a press release, with the main on-screen implication being an annual Owen Hart Cup Tournament within AEW where the winner wins a cup called The Owen – honouring a man rarely seen without iconic trophies in his hands. The deal also includes merchandise/video game involvement.
The press release goes on to say that the alliance “incorporates opportunities to develop Owen Hart action figures” via AEW’s partnership with Jazwares, apparel, posters, and additional collectable merchandise.
Now the company have released more details about the prospective tournament that will see AEW stars compete for ‘The Owen.’
The company announced on social media that there will be both a men and women’s tournament to honour The King Of Harts with the finals of each tournament taking place at Double Or Nothing in May – the month that would mark the 57th birthday of Hart.
The #OwenHartCup men’s and women’s tournaments will take place in May, culminating with both finals at #AEW Double or Nothing with Dr. Martha Hart on hand to award the cups to the winners. We’ll have more on #TheOwen WEDNESDAY on #AEWDynamite
— All Elite Wrestling (@AEW) December 18, 2021
Owen Hart is regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers to never hold a world championship but held many titles throughout his career – including the Intercontinental Championship on two occasions, the European Championship once, and the Tag Team Championships on several occasions.
More fittingly, though, is that the Owen Hart Cup Tournament showcases one of Hart’s greatest accolades. A tournament specialist, The King of Harts won three knockout tournaments, including the 1994 King of the Ring.