Followers and fellow wrestlers are remembering the legendary Owen Hart on the twenty second anniversary of his tragic dying. A member of the well-known Hart wrestling household primarily based out of Calgary, Owen was some of the gifted performers within the enterprise through the Nineteen Eighties and 90s. All of it got here to a sudden and horrific finish on Could 23, 1999, when the 34-year-old fell to his dying within the ring throughout a stunt gone unsuitable at a WWE pay-per-view occasion. Many think about the tragedy to be amongst professional wrestling’s darkest moments, leaving an emotional impression that is nonetheless felt to at the present time.
Posting a traditional clip from his early days in a WWE (then WWF) match in opposition to Owen, WWE and AEW star Matt Hardy writes: “Noticed Owen Hart trending right now as it is the twenty second anniversary of his tragic passing. Owen was so variety to me as an additional, which was uncommon then. Large respect to an excellent man & performer, who was forward of his time in each capacities because it pertains to this biz.”
Marc Mero, aka Johnny B. Badd and “Marvelous” Marc Mero, posted a picture from behind the scenes at a WWF occasion within the mid Nineties. Together with Mero and Owen, the photograph additionally contains “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin, Triple H, Goldust, Terri “Marlena” Runnels, and Jim Ross. Within the caption, Mero writes, “A horrible tragedy occurred on this date Could 23, 1999. We not solely misplaced an excellent wrestler however an excellent man. Owen Hart died in a horrible fall in Kansas Metropolis.”
Owen’s tragic story was beforehand featured in a two-parter on the documentary sequence Darkish Aspect of the Ring. The official account for the Vice TV sequence posted a video of considered one of Owen’s buddies telling a humorous reminiscence of the wrestler and wrote: “Owen Hart is eternally. His legacy lives on within the hearts and minds of his household, pals and followers. D’Lo Brown remembers an unforgettable rib that captures his one-of-a-kind humor, and kindness.”
“22 years in the past Could 23 1999 WWE wrestling star Owen Hart tragically died in Stay TV occasion at Kansas Area,” posted journalist Gary Bobrovitz, who was a private good friend of Owen’s. “We lifted weights at BJ’s Gymnasium in Calgary. Our youngsters performed collectively downstairs whereas their Dads pumped iron upstairs. He was a candy humble man. RIP My Pal.”
A lot of Owen’s followers are paying tribute as effectively. One wrestling fan wrote on Twitter, “Lengthy reside Owen Hart!! Gone however won’t ever be forgotten, the primary dangerous man in professional wrestling that I appreciated and loved. His model was closely influential on the next era that we additionally see right now RIP Owen.”
“22 years in the past, we misplaced a Legend, one of the greatest of all time,” says another person. “However his legacy stays alive inside our hearts for eternity. RIP Owen Hart, the true King of Harts!”
A legendary prankster behind the scenes and an exceptional expertise within the ring, everybody who knew Owen will all the time keep in mind him. It is onerous to not think about what else we could have seen from Owen had he not left us in 1999, however his legacy nonetheless shines extra brightly than ever after greater than 20 years. Rest in peace, Owen Hart. You’ll be able to see many extra tribute posts on Twitter.