It’s been twenty years since the death of Owen Hart.
Owen Hart was a professional wrestler, and when he fell to his death, it left many people with unanswered questions about what happened that day. There are some things we know for sure about this tragedy, but let’s look at what he did during his lifetime too.
Brief overview of Owen Hart’s life and career
Owen Hart was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada when his parents were visiting. He loved wrestling when he was a child and dreamed of becoming a professional when he grew up. He became interested when he saw children playing in the backyard when he was only six years old. That started when Hart received an inflatable wrestling outfit when he was in high school.
Hart joined the Canadian Wrestling Federation when he was 15 years old and debuted professionally when he was 18. He changed his name to “Owen James” when he arrived at WWE because there was already another wrestler with the same name contesting it.
Hart became one of the most popular wrestlers when he played a heel character, and when he played a face character, Owen was so well received that WWE tried to turn him into one to take advantage of his popularity. Hart won 40 titles during his career with WWE and showed off his great athleticism when he beat Shawn Michaels for the Intercontinental Championship in 1992 when both were faces. But when he won the European Championship in 1994, Owen became the only wrestler to ever hold both titles at once and was a record four times when Hart defeated Jeff Jarrett for the US Championship in 1996.
When did Owen Hart die?
He died in 1999 at the age of 34 during a pay-per-view event called “Over The Edge” when he fell from the rafters of Kemper Arena in Kansas City Missouri.
It began when a stunt went wrong when Hart was preparing to climb a rope and descend into the ring where he would play the character “The Blue Blazer.” He wore a mask when he went into the ring and when his pyrotechnics did not go off, he began to climb down when he realized that something was wrong.
Hart had made it about halfway through when there was a sudden change of plan when “The Blue Blazer” character would be knocked out by someone else in the ring instead.
What makes this even more tragic is the fact that his children were present at the event and watched him die. And when they looked up into the sky where their father had just plummeted towards them, all they could do was scream.
The legacy he leaves behind
Owen Hart was a well-liked wrestler when he died when he was 34 years old. He left behind his wife and two children when he died when the fall was planned to be part of the act when he performed as “The Blue Blazer.”
Hart’s legacy is not only in his wrestling but also when fans get autographs when they attend wrestling shows after all these years. Fans are still honoring him when they wear wristbands with his name when they wrestle. His death has not hurt his legacy that much because it has only made people more interested in watching matches that include wrestlers that take risks like Owen did.
Owen Hart’s death is still a very hot topic today when it comes to wrestling. It was because of this death that WWE wanted to make the ring safer and when you think about all the lives that have been saved by their policy, it can’t be an easy thing for them to look at. It’s going on twenty years now since Owen died and when you look back on the event, there are still some unanswered questions about how he died.