The pro wrestling world mourned the loss of Owen Hart in 1999. The King of Harts fell to his death at Over The Edge pay-per-view event on May 23rd, 1999, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City. Owens’ death was announced by Jim Ross.

The WWE Hall of Famer recalled the bone-chilling experience during the latest episode of Grillin JR podcast. The legendary commentator said that he and Jerry Lawler had to re-live the incident when WWE returned to the venue in 2002.

Kemper [Arena] especially. I don’t know why we [WWE] went there. I’m not… because of what happened prior, the Owen [Hart] situation. I mean of all the arenas in America that we could have run, we ran Kemper and I don’t — I never have quite figured that one out but in any event, the crowd [at Backlash 2002] was responsive, it was representative, you know, got over 10,000 folks there, they were pumped up. I remember the crowd being involved.

But I also know that behind those tearful eyes sometimes in the crowd, that they were thinking about the last time they were there for a WWE event and it’s just challenging to get those thoughts out of your — and those images out of your mind… and for [Jerry] Lawler and I, nobody gives a sh*t about us but bottom line is-is that we had to relive it again too and considering I was the one that made the announcement that Owen had died, I carried those with me from all the way when it happened to going back. So, I don’t know. I just… selfishly, I wish we would have done it at another building.


AEW celebrated Owen Hart’s legacy in a major way by hosting the Owen Hart Memorial Men and Women’s Tournaments. Adam Cole won the men’s tournament by defeating Samoa Joe. Britt Baker won the women’s tournament.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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