7. Kevin Dunn Gave Jim Ross Ten Seconds To Announce Hart’s Death
If you have read Jim Ross’ book you may have heard this bone-chilling story already. When Owen fell from the ceiling of the Kemper Arena at Over The Edge 1999, Jim Ross was forced to fill air. The WWF aired shots of the crowd and of the announce table while Owen was being worked on in the ring. He was soon wheeled out and taken to an ambulance.
Jim Ross was given the unfortunate task of announcing that Owen Hart had passed away but the shocking part of the story is how he was told. Ross was told he needed to give an update on Owen’s condition only he hadn’t been told any information. He asked the producer Kevin Dunn what the update was and Dunn replied “He’s dead. And you’re on in 10, 9, 8…”. Live programming is a difficult medium. Decisions have to be made very quickly but to not allow Ross time to process this news before broadcasting to thousands of people is very hard to excuse.
6. Martha and Oje Hart Went Up On The Catwalk Afterward
After the events of Owen’s death occurred, Martha Hart went into action. She allowed herself to mourn but she told herself to be strong and she promised a day of reckoning would come for those responsible. It was revealed that she and her son Oje took a trip to Kansas City to see the site of Owen’s death.
Both she and Oje walked up on the catwalk to see where the accident took place. Their descriptions are chilling as they talked about looking over the rail of where Owen stood, seeing how far he fell before he hit the ground.
5. The Clip Holding Owen Hart Was Built For A Sailboat
Perhaps the most shocking moment of the whole documentary was the reveal of the clip used to hold Owen Hart. Martha still had the clip in her possession and gave details on the make and nature of its origin.
She said this was a different piece of equipment than Owen had used previously and this was meant to be used on a sailboat. The clip was designed to hold up the mast of the boat and to be released with six pounds of pressure. When showing the clip she exclaims at how small the piece of metal was that was meant to hold the weight of his body. She and Oje both said that WWF could have used proper equipment if they were careful.
4. The Hart Family Was Divided Over The Lawsuit, Some Stole Legal Documents
The Hart Family has always been dysfunctional. If you have read Bret Hart’s book, you know the strain Owen’s death put on the family. Martha discussed the lawsuit she filed against the WWF and she made sure to note that not all members of the Hart Family were supportive.
Jim Cornette explained that because a number of members of the family likely still hoped to get jobs from WWF in the future, some of them did not want to have the family at odds with the company. Bret Hart’s book named Jim Neidhart’s wife Ellie as one person in particular who did not want WWF blamed.
Martha also mentioned that some members of the family were silent on the issue. Meanwhile, others went so far as to steal legal documents from her and hand them to the WWF. None of the other members of the Hart Family were interviewed for the documentary.