WWE Hall Of Famer The Godfather has opened up about the night Owen Hart tragically lost his life at a WWE event in 1999.
Going into Over The Edge 1999, The Godfather was the reigning WWE Intercontinental Champion and was scheduled to defend the title against Owen Hart, known at the time as The Blue Blazer. As part of his entrance, Hart was to descend to the ring from high in the arena, but tragedy struck when a problem with the harness equipment saw Hart fall over 70 feet to the ring below.
In an interview on the ‘It’s My Wrestling Podcast’, The Godfather looked back on the fateful night and spoke about how he found out about the tragedy.
“I never saw what happened. He was to come out first. And then I was going to come out with the girls. So on his entrance, I was hyping up the girls. I think it might have been Bruce Prichard or somebody who was sitting at the gorilla I don’t remember, but I just remember them saying, ‘Owen fell.’”
“I’m like, ‘Owen fell? What do you mean?’ Then everything unfolded. I didn’t see him until they rolled him to the back. I don’t even like to think about it. Great guy. I hung out with him all day that day. We were talking about the match. He practiced whatever he was doing. It’s a shame that the world lost such a great talent, such a great person.”
He went on to recall how decent a person Owen Hart was, and how he helped him find his way around on overseas tours.
“Let me tell you, I mean everybody knows about his ribs and all that stuff, but Owen was one of the most decent people. When I went to Japan for the first time, he showed me how to get around.”
“When I went to Germany for seven months, he showed me how to get to the gym, and order food, some of the lingo. Just a great guy man, great guy. It’s a shame he’s gone.”
AEW has recently established a partnership with The Owen Hart Foundation that will see an annual tournament dedicated to Hart, with the winner receiving a trophy to be known as ‘The Owen.’
H/T to Sportskeeda for the above transcription.