Jim Ross takes a shot at WWE
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 2351
The tragic death of Owen Hart still remains one of the darkest pages in the history of WWE and pro-wrestling in general. The former Canadian performer passed away on May 23, 1999, during the WWE pay-per-view 'Over the Edge' in Kansas City.
His character was that of Blue Blazer, who was increasingly assuming the connotations of a clumsy, bizarre and even quite an unlucky superhero. The idea of ââthe evening was to let him drop from the ceiling hanging from a rope, with the athlete who would have had to descend for more than 20 meters, and then release on the fly and tumble into the ring, with a sketch funny enough for the fans in the arena.
But something went wrong and Owen fell to the ground from a height of about 24 meters, practically dying on the spot. Fortunately, there are no videos depicting Hart's fall, with the exception of the official cameras for recording the show (footage that was never made public).
Unfortunately, Jim Ross had the unfortunate task of informing fans of the disappearance of their idol, practically live, while backstage Owen's colleagues were already desperate.
Jim Ross opens up on Owen Hart
In his last speech on the microphones of his Grilling JR, the historical voice of the WWE commentary, Jim Ross wanted to return to the fact that WWE has not avoided reappearing at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, where Owen Hart tragically died, with the AEW reporter who in fact stated: "I don't know why WWE is coming back there again.
Not me... because of what happened, Owen's situation. I mean all the arenas in America they can go to, we go to Kemper and I don't - I never said that but at every event, the audience (like at Backlash 2002) was proactive, it was representative, you know, over 10,000 people there, making a huge noise.
And I remember the very involved audience. But I also remember that behind the scenes, many were with tears in their eyes and many times even in the audience, because they were thinking about the last time they went there to a WWE live event and fighting with that memory is really very bad - with these images that come back to your mind...
and for Jerry and me, no one ever gave a shit about him and I had to relive the whole scene every time, considering I'm the one who had to announce that Owen he was dead, I have carried this with me since it happened until today.
So I don't know. I think it's just... selfishness, I just think we could have done all these events in another arena."