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8. Coach Recalls Being In The Arena For Over The Edge 1999 (The Night Owen Hart Died)
During a recent appearance on Eric Bischoff’s “Bischoff on Wrestling” podcast, former WWF/E employee Jonathan Coachman talked about being in the arena for WWF Over The Edge 1999 and discussed his experience of being there live in attendance:
“The WWE gave me seventh row tickets to the show. For whatever reason… and Eric, I think back to all of these little details. I gave my briefcase to my photographer. Keep in mind, this is at a time when sports guys did not have cell phones yet. We didn’t have pagers yet. They just didn’t think we were important enough. News reporters were just starting to get cell phones in their cars. We are only talking seventeen years ago.
People act like cell phones have been around for decades. So, I go in to the show. We were having a good time and thank goodness there was an interview up on the screen. It all went black and all of a sudden you hear this, “Wham!” The floor kind of shakes and the lights come up and Owen Hart is laying there. All of a sudden this chaos happens and there was a doctor in front of me and I said, “What do you think is going on?” He said, “I have no idea.”
None of us knew what had happened. That night I get back to my station to pick up the briefcase that I had given to the photographer. I walked in and I said, “Guys, I’m not sure but I think something may have happened out there tonight.” They looked at me like, “Are you kidding me right now? Where have you been?” I had no knowledge. I had no way of knowing.
I ended up staying at work all night and all of these shows started calling, “Do you have any footage? Do you know what is going on?” I did my own local show in the morning. Told everyone what I knew. Just like I am telling you right now. Good Morning America calls two seconds later.
So I was on Good Morning America and then Larry King calls me maybe an hour later. I ended up doing 15-16 radio interviews and that night I was on Larry King Live with you and Jesse “The Body” Ventura.”
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