Remembering Owen Hart 20 years to the day of his tragic passing

Owen Hart

On May 23, 1999, tragedy struck inside the Kemper Arena in Kansas City.

Owen Hart was all set to make his way to the ring to challenge The Godfather for the Intercontinental Championship.

Under his Blue Blazer moniker, Hart was to descend from the rafters, much in the style of then-WCW legend Sting, but it did not go as planned.

The entrance was tested around six months ago with a different harness, but the harness Hart used malfunctioned as he flew down from the top of the arena.

It was there that Hart fell around 25 metres and hit the ring ropes, the impact in which caused his untimely death at the age of 34.

Hart was supposed to win that night, in what would have been the third Intercontinental Title reign of his career.

WWE chose to controversially go on with the show, and fans in attendance did not know of Hart's condition, and subsequent passing, until they left the show.

Many fans though will remember Jim Ross' upsetting announcement when the news filtered through of Hart's death.

But his death should not be the way in which Hart should be remembered.

Hart was a fantastic technician inside the squared circle and had a classic feud with his brother Bret, and received a five-star rating from Dave Meltzer for their Steel Cage match at SummerSlam 1994.

After partnering up with The British Bulldog, the Hart brothers would re-unite as part of The Hart Foundation in 1997, and he would soon break out to become a singles star by winning his first Intercontinental Title from Rocky Maivia - who would go on to have a decent career himself.

Owen Hart passed away far too soon at the age of 34 in 1999

Owen stayed with the WWE after Bret left for WCW following the Montreal Screwjob, and mainly worked as a comedy character in his final days as The Blue Blazer.

For all his efforts and accomplishments in WWE, Hart duly deserves a place in the Hall of Fame.

But that isn't going to happen anytime soon.

Martha Hart, Owen's widow, objects to the company using her late husband's image and wants nothing to do with them, and Mark Henry tried to reason with her during his own speech in 2018.

Until there's a shift in attitude from Martha's end, there will be no Owen Hart in the Hall of Fame, but it is where he belongs and WWE fans can hope that there's a happy ending.

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