After being in attendance for the tragic passing of Owen Hart, Jim Ross has recalled being left in tears after a recent meeting with his widow Martha.
The 1999 Over The Edge pay-per-view saw the unfortunate and tragic passing of the great Owen Hart. Jim Ross was responsible for informing the viewing audience at home of the sad news, holding himself together as he delivered the line nobody wanted to hear.
To honour the memory of the former Intercontinental Champion, All Elite Wrestling held the inaugural Owen Hart Foundation Tournament, the finals of which for both the men’s and women’s brackets occurred at Double or Nothing. In attendance was Owen’s widow Dr Martha Hart, who delivered a heartwarming speech.
Backstage at the 29 May event, Jim Ross was able to catch up with Martha, a situation that he’s claimed left him in tears. The WWE Hall of Famer spoke fondly of his and Martha’s interaction on his Grilling JR podcast (h/t Wrestling Inc.):
“I had a chance in the little green room environment in there, to sit and chat with Martha. I did exactly what I told myself I was not going to do and that was cry. I couldn’t help it and so it was very emotional. She was a gracious and glorious host, shall we say, of this event.”
Double or Nothing saw Adam Cole and Dr Britt Baker, D.M.D emerge victorious in the inaugural tournaments, besting Samoa Joe and Ruby Soho, respectively. Both were presented with trophies and championships that honoured ‘The King of Harts’.
Jim Ross would continue, believing that Owen Hart could be both a great babyface and a great heel:
“He’s one of the top four or five workers I ever was around. He could be a great babyface, he could be a great heel.”
Owen Hart will continue to be honoured by All Elite Wrestling, with the Owen Hart Foundation Tournaments slated to continue as a yearly tradition, while he’ll also feature on the roster for AEW’s upcoming console video game, Fight Forever.