Today in Pro Wrestling (Dec 4): Hart Family Dungeon Honored

Today in Pro Wrestling History: On DECEMBER 4, 2012, the legendary Hart Family home, known for training numerous famous wrestlers and fondly referred to as “The Dungeon,” was declared an official heritage site by the City of Calgary in Canada.

Today in Pro Wrestling History (December 4): The Hart Family Dungeon Becomes a Landmark.
Today in Pro Wrestling History (December 4): The Hart Family Dungeon Becomes a Landmark.

Today in Pro Wrestling History (December 4): The Hart Family’s Dungeon Becomes a Landmark

Mayor Naheed Nensi recognized the Hart Mansion as a landmark. Purchased by Stu Hart in 1951, the house became the headquarters of Stampede Wrestling.

The house’s basement, known colloquially as “The Dungeon,” gained legendary status in the wrestling community. It was here that Stu Hart trained hundreds of wrestlers, many of whom went on to achieve fame and success in the industry. The rigorous training sessions held in The Dungeon became a rite of passage for aspiring wrestlers and were known for their intensity and effectiveness.

The Hart Family home’s significance extends beyond its role in wrestling. It symbolizes the growth and development of professional wrestling in North America, particularly in the Western Canadian region.

The home has been featured in numerous media outlets, including interviews, television reports, and notably in the Bret Hart bio-documentary “Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows,” which provides a glimpse into the life of one of Stu Hart’s most famous sons and the impact of The Dungeon on his career.

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