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Martha Hart vs. WWE lawsuit update



As World Wrestling Entertainment prepared for this weekend’s Wrestlemania XXVIII—which features a heavily hyped match between John Cena and wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—the company claimed a partial win in the latest round of its ongoing legal skirmish with onetime WWE star Owen Hart’s widow.

On Wednesday, Connecticut federal district court judge Stefan Underhill dismissed most of Martha Hart’s claims against the company, and dismissed all of her claims against WWE chairman and chief executive officer Vince McMahon and his wife, former WWE CEO and current Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon.

The WWE and the McMahons are represented in the case their longtime outside counsel, K&L Gates partner Jerry McDevitt, with an assist from Day Pitney. Martha Hart, meanwhile, is represented by Nixon Peabody partner Gregg Rubenstein.

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14 Responses

  1. Jake says:

    I love Owen, but I hate his wife.

  2. Kerry says:

    This puts Owen one step closer into going into the WWE Hall of Fame!

  3. xLx says:

    Can you really blame her for hating the industry and WWE? It literally stole her life with her husband away. It makes complete sense for her to be bitter. To not want his memory of wrestling to be out there because why?

    Fuck the fans. We’re part of the industry. We are part of the thing that took Owen away from her.

    I just wish Martha could find peace.

  4. Big L says:

    Could this lawsuit be part of why Natalya was given the farting gimmick?
    If so, I hope this win by WWE will get Nattie out of the doghouse and back into Diva Championship matches. She is BY FAR one of the best females on the Diva roster, and shame on Vince if he is taking it out on Nattie.

  5. AJ Starr says:

    I’m sorry, but Martha needs to get over herself.

    If Owen had become a firefighter like he always wanted to be, and he died in a fire… would she be suing every fire department in Calgary? What if he were a cop and got shot in the line of duty? Would she sue the PD? How about if he died in an airline crash? Would she sue the airline every few years?

    Point blank; When Owen signed his contracts, he gave FULL permission for them to use his likeness, footage, and everything else.

    Martha is just money hungry at this point.

    Want some proof she’s full of it? Look at Owen’s grave, it has a picture of him in his WRESTLING GEAR.

    She’s a hypocrite… period.

  6. -J- says:

    I miss owen, rip rocket.

  7. Trevelbond says:

    I tried reading Martha Hart’s book. Put it down about halfway through. It left me feeling very little sympathy for her. She went through a very public tragedy, and now seems to live for revenge. I don’t wish what happened to her on anybody, but she needs to take it upon herself to move on with her life.

  8. Mackdeezy says:

    AJ Starr

    Spot on, pal, spot on.

  9. Frank says:

    Owen deserves to go into the HOF next year for sure!!!

  10. raven12516 says:

    Pretty soon people will only think of Owen as “the guy who was killed in a tragic stunt” and not as “a great athlete and a great person.” I guess that is how Martha wants us to remember him.

  11. Kerry says:

    I’m going to play Devil’s Advocate for a minute and ask “Do you really think Owen would was worthy of being in a hall of fame if he hadn’t died in a tragic accident?” I can’t help but think that’s why most people say he should be in the WWE Hall of Fame. He was a good performer/wrestler, but was he really hall of fame material?

  12. John Smith says:

    To be honest, Martha has every right to be angry as a wife and mother should, but she is still selfish. The fans deserve to remember him and his legacy should be shared. By being in the Hall of Fame, he can be rightfully respected and it gives future fans a chance to reflect on his legacy too. Plus, imagine all the fans of him tuning into Sky Sports and finally seeing one of their childhood favourites get the recognition he deserves as part of an annual traditional ceremony created to honour the legends…

    WWE killed Owen. Just like Natalya today, Owen himself was in that very same Hart family doghouse. Remember when he refused to do that stupid angle with another female employee due to his marriage? WWE were annoyed, so they had him don the cape again, only that time they went too far. He should have handed in his resignation and went to WCW, Japan, whatever, when Bret asked him to. The tragic death of the man could have been prevented. Then after he was rushed out of the arena, they just carried on the event. Controversial move.

    WWE management are corporate bastards who try to cover their ass at every turn. Like when Guerrero died, they did what was seen as a good move when they began the wellness policy. It shows they wanted to prevent future industry deaths. OK. But then they degraded him, when they had Vickie introduced in classless sessions that actually served to mock Eddie. And after Benoit died, they fell on hard times because it put their wellness policy BS into doubt, but idiots always wanna blame roids or WWE as a whole, because a lot of people would say the owner of gerweck.net was an idiot for promoting a ‘fake’ sport on the Internet, when they are just full of themselves. Those people are honestly idiots that don’t have a clue.

    WWE however, are NOT a desirable place to be, it seems. WWE quite honestly do not care about the deaths of Owen, Eddie or Benoit anymore. They have actually at one point or another, degraded the legacy of all three of these great, great wrestlers, either by doing it politically, on live television, in documentaries, or by other means! So, Martha is 80% right…

  13. Jake says:

    @xLx

    If you ever watched a Hart documentary (be it Bret, Foundation, or Stu based) Martha has always been explained as hating wrestling, even before Owen’s accident. Him dying was just the unfair validation she needed to blame something she already hated as being no good.

    Sorry, Owen wrestled for his family and died for his family. All she’s doing now is taking away Owen from the fans that loved and supported him for stupid, selfish reasons.

  14. MoNo says:

    @ Kerry
    The WWE hof is total bs.

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