Fans and fellow wrestlers remember the legendary Owen Hart on the 22nd anniversary of his tragic death. A member of the famous Calgary-based Hart wrestling family, Owen was one of the most talented performers in the industry in the 1980s and 1990s. It all came to a sudden and gruesome end on May 23, 1999, when the 34-year-old died in the ring during a stunt that went wrong at a WWE pay-per-view event. Many consider the tragedy one of the darkest moments of pro wrestling, with an emotional impact that can still be felt to this day.
Putting a classic clip from his early days in a WWE (then WWF) match against Owen, WWE and AEW star Matt Hardy writes, “Saw Owen Hart trending today as it marks the 22nd anniversary of his tragic death. Owen was so nice to me as a bonus, which was rare at the time. Tremendous respect for a great man and performer who was way ahead of his time in both capacities regarding this biz. ”
Marc Mero, aka Johnny B. Badd and “Marvelous” Marc Mero, posted a behind-the-scenes photo at a WWF event in the mid-1990s. Along with Mero and Owen, the photo also features “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, Goldust, Terri “Marlena” Runnels and Jim Ross. In the caption, Mero writes, “A terrible tragedy happened on May 23, 1999. We lost not only a great wrestler but also a great man. Owen Hart died in a terrible fall in Kansas City.”
Owen’s tragic story was previously featured in a two-part documentary series Dark side of the ring. The official account for the Vice TV series posted a video of one of Owen’s friends telling a funny memory of the wrestler, writing, “Owen Hart is forever. His legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of his family, friends and family. fans. D “Lo Brown recalls an unforgettable rib that reflects his unique humor and kindness.”
“22 years ago, May 23, 1999, WWE wrestler Owen Hart tragically died in the Kansas Arena Live TV event,” reported journalist Gary Bobrovitz, who was a personal friend of Owen. “We lifted weights at BJ’s Gym in Calgary. Our children played together downstairs while their fathers pumped iron upstairs. He was a sweet, humble fellow. RIP My Friend. ‘
Many Owen fans also pay tribute. One wrestling fan wrote on Twitter: “Long live Owen Hart !! Gone but will never be forgotten, the first villain in pro wrestling that I liked and enjoyed. His style was a big influence on the next generation we see today. see RIP Owen. “
“22 years ago we lost a legend, one of the greatest of all time,” says someone else. But his legacy lives forever in our hearts. RIP Owen Hart, the true King of Hearts! ‘
A legendary behind-the-scenes prankster and phenomenal talent in the ring, everyone who knew Owen will always remember him. It’s hard to imagine what else we might have seen of Owen had he not left us in 1999, but his legacy still shines brighter than ever after more than two decades. Rest in peace, Owen Hart. You can see a lot more tribute messages on Twitter.