Bret Hart stated that he could have saved Owen Hart's life had he still been employed by WWE.
That might not have necessarily been the case.
To refresh your memory, Owen passed away on May 23, 1999. It was during this stint that he had brought back his Blue Blazer gimmick. He fell to his death during the Over the Edge pay-per-view while doing a stunt where he was to be lowered to the ring from the ceiling. An equipment malfunction had occurred.
At this point, Bret was already working for WCW. He had just turned heel and became an ally of the nWo. Bret had no choice but to go work for WCW since he had the infamous fallout with Vince McMahon and WWE.
Bret has stated that he would have been able to convince his brother to back out of the situation.
Various wrestlers have mentioned over the years that Owen was not a big fan of the Blue Blazer gimmick because he had to drop in from the ceiling for matches. Some have even said he was especially nervous on the night of his death.
Bret has to remember that his brother was a grown man. He was 34 years old at the time of his death. Owen was fully aware of the dangers of the stunt.
However, he still opted to go through with it. In wrestling, your position in a company is something that you try to protect. Owen was trying to do that by agreeing to go through with the stunt.
Also, had Bret been that concerned with the situation, then he could have also called him on the phone. You can still get your message across that way.
We all miss Owen, but Bret needs to let this part of it go in order to truly move on.
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