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 Posted: Thu May 23rd, 2019 02:16 pm
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Wow, it's hard to believe it was 20 years ago today that Owen Hart was killed at the Over the Edge PPV.  It seems like just yesterday in a lot of ways, in other ways it seems a lot longer.  The entire landscape of WWE and wrestling was so completely different back then.

I wasn't watching the PPV live.  I remember I was tuning into a Jesse Ventura made-for-TV movie that was going to air on one of the networks that night (I think CBS).  Ventura had just become governor and was hot and they slapped this piece of shit together and it was just awful.  But right before the movie came on, there was a brief 30-second news break advertising the 11:00 PM news that night and they said Owen had died in the ring and "stay tuned after the movie for full details".  That was very fortunate synergy for them.  I was still a few months away from getting the Internet at home I think, or otherwise I don't remember going online at all, I was just shocked and called one of my friends who I knew was watching the PPV to find out what happened.  The next day, it was front page news everywhere.  The NY Post ran a particularly tasteless pic of Owen's body in the ring, which was no surprise.

I also remember that Bret Hart was supposed to wrestle Kevin Nash or someone on The Tonight Show the following night, and Jay Leno mentioned during his monologue that the wrestler who died was Bret's brother so the segment was obviously cancelled. 



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I was at home. Wasn't watching the show and didn't have internet but I know I heard about it that night. I can't remember how I found out, but I assume it came from a DC-area friend of mine who had watched the show and called me up.



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A John Pollock podcast about Owen's last day.

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/post-wrestling-w-john-pollock-wai-ting/e/60834429

Jim Ross's podcast dropped today, covering the PPV and the tragedy in detail.

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/westwood-one-2/the-jim-ross-report/e/60951457



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I know I was watching the PPV live but I can’t remember if it was at my house or at a friends.



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Franchise wrote: I know I was watching the PPV live but I can’t remember if it was at my house or at a friends.I don't see how any wrestling fan can possibly not remember exactly where they were at when Owen was killed.



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I was at home watching on TV. When they said he'd fallen, and had an extended amount of time panning the crowd while EMTs were working in the ring, it was clear this was something serious, especially when Jerry Lawler remarked that things didn't look good after returning from the ring. After they said he'd died, I watched for a bit, then went to take a shower, having started watching right from coming in after running and having originally planned to do so after the show. Once that was done, I returned to the TV which had been left on and was surprised to see that the card was still going, so I watched the rest, feeling rather surprised that they still showed the Vince McMahon ambulance angle and noting how odd it seemed for it to be business as usual with Val Venis having the hots for Nicole Bass and the finish of the Steve Austin vs. Undertaker match.

I was fine with the show going on at the time. I never believed in the "we had to or the fans might riot" garbage that got thrown out in a few places by the WWF and its supporters. If fans had been told Owen was dead and the show was called off with refund and/or rescheduling info to be put out during the coming week and then things wrapped up with a 10 bell salute, the fans would have chanted for Owen and then quietly gone home. However, with pro wrestling having carny roots, I took to heart the idea that the show must go on and was okay with things. I similarly had no trouble with the WWF airing Smackdown two days after 9/11 although knew at once that Stephanie's comments that day, while honestly well meaning, were as tone deaf as could be. Two decades later, the Over The Edge PPV should have been stopped with the key matches shown for free on Raw eight days later with the next night's Raw maintained as an Owen Hart memorial.

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Heenan Fan wrote: Franchise wrote: I know I was watching the PPV live but I can’t remember if it was at my house or at a friends.I don't see how any wrestling fan can possibly not remember exactly where they were at when Owen was killed.
Well shit I guess I’m not a fan. 



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I guess not?



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I just listened to the JR podcast on the Over The Edge PPV. Not much too it IMO. Not bad, but nothing I didn't know already except for Ross and Lawler couldn't attend Owen's funeral because they had to do voiceovers for that night's taped RAW.

I don't know if this show was in the can before Ric Flair went into the hospital or not, but Conrad (who I like) just seemed tired and it seemed he had other things on his mind. I actually liked the Pollock podcast slightly better, believe it or not. Pollock is average at best, but he is a thousand times better when he's not working with that useless cocksucker Dan.



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I saw the PPV live. Definitely a surreal moment.



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I wasn't ordering wwf ppvs and don't remember what I was doing. But I heard about it the next day.

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Bret Hart tweeted this poem:

“I thought of you with love today but that is nothing new.  I thought of you yesterday and days before that too.  I think of you in silence as I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame.  Your memory is my keepsake with which I'll never part.  God has you in His keeping.  I have you in my heart.”

Others remembered Owen on Twitter:

Ken Shamrock: "Not just today, I try to remember Owen Hart every day. Owen was a friend to so many, quick to lend a hand, provide encouragement or even just a simple smile. Owen has left a lasting impact on us all, far beyond the wresting landscape and I'm proud to see that legacy continue."

Jerry Lawler: "20 years ago today the world lost Owen Hart. We miss you, Owen. R.I.P."

Mick Foley: "We lost Owen Hart 20 years ago today. Long live the two-time slammy winning King of Harts"

Beth Phoenix: "Thinking of Owen’s family today."



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