• WWF Wanted Owen Hart To Carry Another Wrestler With Him During The Stunt At Over The Edge 1999
Owen Hart tragically passed away 22 years ago today at WWF’s Over The Edge pay-per-view in 1999, when he was coming down from the ceiling and fell from almost 80 feet to his death.
The Wrestling Observer reported that WWF wanted a second wrestler alongside Owen for the stunt:
“Originally they wanted Max Mini, the midget, the mini — they wanted Owen to be carrying him at the same time, but he said no. He was like ‘No way’.
Owen wanted to say no, but he had turned down so many angles that he felt ‘if I say no one more time they’re just going to bury me’. I don’t think they would ever fire him because he was too talented to fire for turning down an angle. [WWF] wouldn’t have been happy and they would have gone, ‘Ah this guy doesn’t want to do business’.”
Sadly, Owen lost his life, but Max was fortunate enough to make it safe out of the event.
• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (May 23, 1994) – Old School NWA Veteran Passed Away
On this day in 1994 we lost Old School NWA Veteran Ray Candy (aka Kareem Muhammad) at the age of 42 due to a heart attack.
Ray Candy wrestled for several NWA Territories during the 70s and 80s, such as Jim Crockett Promotions, Georgia Championship Wrestling (GCW), All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) and Championship Wrestling from Florida (CWF).
In 1983 & 1984, Ray wrestled as Kareem Muhammad and teamed up with Elijah Akeem as The Zambuie Express.
By 1988, he became known as Commando Ray, one half of yet another super-heavyweight Tag Team, The Commandos.
The Commandos had a very similar military based gimmick as Ray’s former Tag Team, The Zambuie Express.
† REST IN PEACE RAY CANDY
December 3, 1951 – May 23, 1994