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Martha Hart Says WWF’s Cost-Cutting Shortcuts Led To Owen Hart’s Death

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• ON THIS DAY IN WCW HISTORY (May 18, 1991) – WCW World Championship Wrestling

On this day in 1991, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘World Championship Wrestling’.

This episode was pre-taped from the Center Stage Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW SuperBrawl I’ PPV.

The card of the show can be found here:

– Big Josh vs. Ned Brady

– Young Pistols vs. Mike Thor & Joe Cruz

– Nikita Koloff vs. Rick Ryder

– P.N. News vs. Tony Mello

– Freebirds vs. Tommy Angel & Tim Parker

– Dustin Rhodes vs. Randy Barber

– Ron Simmons vs. Jim Boss

• Martha Hart Says WWF’s Cost-Cutting Shortcuts Led To Owen Hart’s Death

Old School WWF Legend Owen Hart’s widow, Martha Hart, has been promoting the episode of Dark Side Of The Ring on her husband, which is set to air tomorrow night. She was recently interviewed by CBS Sports, where she said that she holds WWE responsible for her husband’s death.

She said that WWF took cost-cutting measures on performing the stunt, hiring unqualified personnel and setting off a domino effect of catastrophic choices. Martha named Bobby Talbert as the “hacker” hired after experienced rigger Joe Branam had refused to do the stunt.

Below is what Martha said:

“First of all, the stunt itself was so negligent. They hired hackers they knew would do anything they wanted when they knew that proper riggers they had hired in the past had told them, ‘We won’t do this kind of stunt, it’s not safe.’

Everything about that stunt was done wrong. The entire set-up was wrong. The equipment was wrong — the harness, for example, was meant for dragging people behind a car. It was a stunt harness, but it wasn’t meant to suspend someone 80 feet above the ground.

What was happening to Owen when he was sitting in that harness is, his circulation was getting cut off and he couldn’t breathe. Then, the snap shackle that they used, that snap shackle is not meant for rigging humans. It’s meant for the sole use of rigging sailboats. It’s a sailboat clip that, by design, is meant to open on load. By the very design of the stunt, it was meant to fail, because the weight of Owen on that clip actually made it more likely it would open spontaneously.

Proper riggers have a few things they would never do. First, they would never do a stunt without redundancy. That didn’t happen; there was no redundancy. Second, they never, ever, let the talent have any control into the stunt.

These guys were telling Owen, ‘This cord taped here, don’t pull it until you get to the ground.’ That would never happen; proper riggers don’t rig things this way. The other thing is, WWE is a billion-dollar company. Owen never questioned his safety. He thought for sure they were hiring people that knew what they were doing. He was putting his life in their hands, and they didn’t care. They didn’t have any regard for Owen’s life whatsoever. They went outside of qualified riggers that had good experience.”

She also said that Vince McMahon is a poor leader:

“When Owen died, they scooped him out like a piece of garbage and they paraded wrestlers out to wrestle in a ring that had Owen’s blood, where the boards were broken from Owen’s fall and where the guys could feel the dip in the ring from where he fell.

Just that disrespect and lack of respect for a human life that had just been lost. The fact that they didn’t stop the show is just appalling. Vince McMahon was a poor leader, and he failed because that talent was looking for leadership and he failed them.”

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