WWE Hall Of Famer The Godfather has recalled how he found out about the tragic accident that cost Owen Hart his life at a WWE show in 1999.
At Over The Edge 1999, Owen Hart was due to face The Godfather for the WWF Intercontinental Championship. Portraying The Blue Blazer, Hart descended to the ring but tragedy struck when a problem with his release button saw Hart fall over 70 feet to the ring below.
Speaking on the It’s My Wrestling Podcast, Hart’s opponent on that evening The Godfather recalled the awful events and how he found out something had gone very wrong:
“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.”
The Godfather went on to praise Owen Hart for his generosity and recalled Hart helping him out when he went on tours overseas:
“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 announced a partnership with The Owen Hart Foundation that will see Hart memorialised in a tournament, with the winner receiving a trophy to be known as ‘The Owen.’