There have been many deaths in the professional wrestling community over the years, and they’re never easy for anyone to take. One of the hardest for wrestling fans may be the death of Owen Hart at WWF/WWE Over The Edge on May 23, 1999. It has been 20 years since he fell from high above the ring and hit the ropes, which led to his death. Yet, two decades later, fans are still remembering the iconic legend.
Fans watching at home did not see the fall of Owen Hart who was playing the role of the Blue Blazer at the time. A backstage promo was playing at the time, but those in attendance did witness everything as Hart fell nearly 80 feet from a suspension rig and landed hard on the top rope and into the ring.
Hart’s injuries severely wounded him and he was rushed to a hospital where he later died from blunt force trauma to the chest. It still remains one of the most horrific moments in professional wrestling history, and there are those who still discuss their memories from that tragic day.
POST Wrestling released an audio documentary looking back at Owen Hart’s career and mostly on that night at Over The Edge. There are comments from many who knew Owen as well as those who were in the arena that night when the accident occurred.
On the actual 20-year anniversary of Owen Hart’s death on Thursday, many took to social media to remember and honor him.
20 years ago today, Owen Hart tragically passed away during the Over The Edge PPV.— Wrestling Travel (@WrestlingTravel) May 23, 2019
There will never be another like him. Rest In Power, Owen ???????????? pic.twitter.com/oxhUEbBKfM
It's been 20 years since the passing of Owen Hart. My most fond memory was seeing him face Bret Hart at a house show. Their chemistry together was unmatched.— HeelByNature.com (@HeelByNatureYT) May 23, 2019
Amazing talent! pic.twitter.com/OLNd0XH1gP
20 years ago today, Owen Hart fell to his death during an entrance stunt at just 34 years old.— Bleacher Report WWE (@BR_WWE) May 23, 2019
RIP to a legend. pic.twitter.com/qoUd9DXrvK
May 23, 1999. We not only lost a great wrestler but a great man. Owen Hart died in a tragic fall at the Kemper arena in Kansas City, MO. Gone but never forgotten. Pictured on the WWF Wrestle Vessel with @TheTerriRunnels, @dustinrhodes @JRsBBQ @steveaustinBSR @TripleH pic.twitter.com/ffcu3G5XEn— Marc Mero (@MarcMero) May 23, 2019
At the time of his death, Owen Hart was only 34-years-old and truly in the prime of his wrestling career. He had won the WWF European Title once, Intercontinental Championship twice, and Tag Team Title on four separate occasions.
Due to cameras rolling at the time of his fall, there is footage of Owen Hart’s accident at Over The Edge. Former WWF/WWE announcer Kevin Kelly once spoke of the footage, which is in the WWE Archive in Stamford, Connecticut. That footage has specific instructions on it which state “never to destroy, view, or duplicate.”
That same warning message is on the footage from a match in 1999 where Darren “Droz” Drozdov was paralyzed in the ring.
Watching live on PPV was horrible. On this day 20 years ago, the tragic accident happened that killed Owen Hart. What a sad time. He’ll be remembered forever. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1GFlmtM5Qi— Gorilla Position (@WWEGP) May 23, 2019
Owen Hart is a member of one of the biggest wrestling families that have ever existed in history. His feud with his brother Bret “Hit Man” Hart will go down as one of the most iconic programs in WWF/WWE or anywhere. Twenty years ago, the world lost a truly great wrestler, superstar, friend, family member, and person in a moment that fans will never be able to forget.