UNDER THE MAT by Diana Hart
In Loving Memory of best friend and brother
Owen Hart ? 1965-1999
Diana and Owen were my little blonde palominos. Of all my 12 kids, they had the most to offer. I remember them doing back flips and front flips right in my living room in front of Andre The Giant, Dory and Terry Funk and Lou Thesz. I was so proud of them especially because they were self-taught. That is why I am so impressed with her writing this book and sharing with the world her life in the wrestling industry. It?s her life and she has a right to talk about it, the same right anyone else in my family has.
In my eyes Di is the perfect human specimen, no knobby elbows, thin hair or odd teeth. She was and always has been a wonderful, beautiful girl. I never knew Di to be anything but sensible and practical and she has a genuine love for wrestling. She was the first one I called when I got word that Owen had been killed in Kansas City after falling from a harness during a tragic wrestling stunt.
It hasn?t been easy for her growing up female in a male-dominated household and sport. But she did end up working for the WWF with her brothers Owen and Bret and she was an integral part of the career of her husband Davey Boy Smith (The British Bulldog) ? I know someday she?ll end up managing her son Harry who has inherited all of our family?s athletic genes and his mother?s stunning looks.
Life has continued to give her a few hard knocks. Being a straight shooter in every way has got her into a lot of trouble. But Di never backs down from the truth even when people don?t like it. Parts of this book may not make everyone in the wrestling world happy but it?s high time someone who?s paid her dues, sings the blues.
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