Owen Hart wrestled for the World Wrestling Federation (1988-1989 & 1991-1999), Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling (1991), Calgary Stampede Wrestling (1986-1988 & 1989), Catch Wrestling Association (1990 & 1991) and New Japan Pro Wrestling (1988, 1989 & 1990), before passing away in a tragic accident during the WWF Over The Edge 1999 pay-per-view.
Ever since that tragedy, many people from within the professional wrestling business have expressed their lack of understanding, why Vince McMahon let the show continue after Owen fell and died in the ring.
During a recent episode of his weekly ‘The Snake Pit’ podcast, WWF Legend Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts stated that he also believes Mr. McMahon should’ve stopped the show.
Here’s what the 2014 WWE Hall of Famer said:
“I think, yes, he should’ve stopped the PPV.
A death in that ring should stop everything, just out of respect for the one that’s fallen.”
On the season 2 episode of Dark Side of the Ring titled ‘The Final Days of Owen Hart’, legendary WWF play-by-play commentator Jim Ross revealed that Owen raised some concern about doing that unnecessary stunt, that ended up costing him his life.
Here’s what J.R. said:
“I had a feeling that day, that Owen was not his normal exuberant enthusiastic self about what he was doing that night.
I remember saying something like, you know ‘better you than me, I don’t like heights’. He said ‘I don’t either’.
I think he was a little concerned, and look, he’s the one who’s gotta do it. Nobody could do it for him. There’s no stunt double.
There’s a couple little things he said and maybe more specific what he didn’t say led me to believe that he’s not totally down with this thing.”
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