Owen Hart died tragically at Over The Edge in 1999. It is a night nobody will ever forget, especially his wife Martha Hart. She is speaking about her husband’s tragic death as Dark Side Of The Ring is set to focus on Owen Hart’s passing in the finale their second season.
While speaking to CBS Sports, Martha Hart detailed everything that WWE did wrong that caused her husband’s death. She stated that WWE knew they were doing an unsafe stunt and even worked around suggestions not to try it.
“First of all, the stunt itself was so negligent,” Hart said. “They hired hackers they knew would do anything they wanted when they knew that proper riggers they had hired in the past had told them, ‘We won’t do this kind of stunt, it’s not safe.’ Everything about that stunt was done wrong. The entire set-up was wrong. The equipment was wrong — the harness, for example, was meant for dragging people behind a car. It was a stunt harness, but it wasn’t meant to suspend someone 80 feet above the ground.”
“What was happening to Owen when he was sitting in that harness is, his circulation was getting cut off and he couldn’t breathe. Then, the snap shackle that they used, that snap shackle is not meant for rigging humans. It’s meant for the sole use of rigging sailboats. It’s a sailboat clip that, by design, is meant to open on load. By the very design of the stunt, it was meant to fail, because the weight of Owen on that clip actually made it more likely it would open spontaneously.”
Owen Hart trusted WWE not to put him in any real risk. Martha Hart continued to explain how the people WWE brought on to do their job and protect her husband simply didn’t do as they were supposed to.
“Proper riggers have a few things they would never do. First, they would never do a stunt without redundancy. That didn’t happen; there was no redundancy. Second, they never, ever, let the talent have any control into the stunt. These guys were telling Owen, ‘This cord taped here, don’t pull it until you get to the ground.’ That would never happen; proper riggers don’t rig things this way. The other thing is, WWE is a billion-dollar company. Owen never questioned his safety. He thought for sure they were hiring people that knew what they were doing. He was putting his life in their hands, and they didn’t care. They didn’t have any regard for Owen’s life whatsoever. They went outside of qualified riggers that had good experience.”
Owen Hart will never be in the WWE Hall Of Fame. His wife won’t allow it. She stated that she won’t let WWE make any money off his name. Owen Hart’s family can’t control DVD releases or footage of him in the WWE Network.
It’s understandable that Martha Hart’s view of the situation hasn’t changed after all these years.