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The Ghost of WWE Wrestler Owen Hart
Kansas City, Missouri
On May 23, 1999, one of the most tragic events in WWE happened at the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. Everyone that watches wrestling knows exactly what I’m talking about. It was the day that Owen Hart, WWE legend Bret Hart’s brother, died.
It was one wrestlings most popular era’s during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. An era known as the attitude era in the WWE had ratings going through the roof. You had a guy that flipped off his boss and drank beer (Stone Cold Steve Austin), another guy who liked a specific type of pie (The Rock), and many other wrestlers who played over the top characters. Mid way through that era though would be a day that those wrestlers and wrestling fans would never forget.
On May 23 1999, the WWE (at the time was the WWF) had their Over the Edge Pay Per View. Owen Hart was posing as the Blue Blazer and had an Intercontinental Championship match with the Godfather. I remember watching as the match was about to get started, and then I hear WWE Hall of Fame play by play man J.R. (Jim Ross) say “We got big problems out here.” As he said that, they played the promo of Owen Hart being the Blue Blazer. When the promo ended, you just saw the cameras on the crowd. That’s when J.R. announced that Owen had fell from the rafters, onto the wrestling mat. You can see the fans behind him looking at the camera trying to communicate to the viewers that it doesn’t look good.
Owen was in the rafters before his match. When the time came, he started lowering himself into the ring from a safety harness. It was supposed to be a dramatic superhero like entrance. Part of the plan was that he was going to entangle himself and land face first into the mat as comic relief. As he was lowering himself into the ring, he was having some difficulty with the harness. That’s when the harness snapped and he fell 78 feet landing chest first on the top rope. Wrestling legend Mick Foley said in his book “Have A Nice Day: A Tale of Blood and Sweatsocks” that Owen sat up for a moment after the fall, and then laid back down. He was rushed to the hospital, but had already died from internal bleeding caused from chest trauma. Later on in the Pay Per View, J.R. had the unfortunate responsibility of announcing Owen Hart’s death to the audience.
Years after this tragic incident, employees at the Kemper Arena have reported seeing the ghost of the wrestler. They say that he is seen in the rafters wearing the costume he was wearing when he was doing his Blue Blazer gimmick. Someone had taken a photograph from the rafters and white shows up in the picture. It appears to be the wings from the costume. Other claims include specific lights flickering constantly in the arena. Some people say they hear the sound of someone checking a cable on their harness. His spirit seems to show up during sporting events in the arena. In his case and the Hart family’s, hopefully this is just a residual event and not Owen confused about what’s happened to him.