This a three part article on the day the WWE stood still. Each article will talk about three wrestlers' deaths that changed the WWE forever.
"The Blue Blazer" Owen Hart was set to take on the Godfather for the intercontinental title during the 1999 Over The Edge pay-per-view. Owen was ready to drop in to the ring as a superhero via a cable, but it snapped. Hart crashed into the ring and was pronounced announced dead that night.
Monday Night Raw the next night will be remembered for decades to come as the show paid tribute to one of the best the industry has ever seen.
Mark Henry, Jeff Jarrett, HHH, Chyna, Mick Foley, and many more sports entertainers recorded testimonials as they remembered Hart for the funny, sweet, and great person he was. Many of them said the most important thing in his life was his family and he was as great a father as he was a wrestler.
Owen Hart was the brother to Bret Hart and came from one of the greatest families in wrestling history. He won the IC, European, and Tag titles and also won the 1994 King of the Ring beating Razor Ramon in the finals.
Hart has still not been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame but I hope to see him there in 2010.
Hart made us mad at him, smile at him, be so proud of him, and most importantly he touched our hearts.
You are not a nugget, not a "black hart," but the great Owen Hart.
It has been nearly nine years since his passing and it is hard to think about Hart not here because he would most likely still be in the ring.
God Bless Owen.