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The Ghost of WWE Wrestler Owen Hart

Updated on March 29, 2013
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Photo taken believed to be Owen Hart's ghost.
Photo taken believed to be Owen Hart's ghost. | Source

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.

J.R. Explains What Happened. Video from 0:00-1:23

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      Karthik Kashyap 4 years ago from India

      very interesting indeed. I never knew a WWE wrestler's ghost could haunt the arena. I wonder if there are few other WWE superstars who have become ghosts (such as Eddie Gurrero or Chris Benoit)..

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      Z. Fuentes 4 years ago from Florida

      I used to live in the Kansas City area. Although I wasn't at Kemper Arena when this tragic event happened, word quickly spread throughout the city. He was a great wrestler, and it was a sad day.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Fascinating and tragic story. Had never heard about this but I do know that spirits that die a tragic death do linger on at the place where it all happened. Passing this on.

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      manofmystery24 4 years ago

      Karthikkash- They're definitely spirit now. Would have to go back where they spiritually transitioned.

      Zfuentes4- Yeah, it was a sad moment for sure.

      Gypsy Rose Lee- Hopefully it's a residual effect and not his actually spirit confused about what happened.

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      cryptid 4 years ago from Earth

      I remember when this happened. My buddies and I were pretty into raslin at the time and we were just stunned. The late '90s were indeed a golden era of pro wrestling (I think still have an NWO t-shirt somewhere) but this was a horrible event. Hopefully Own is at rest and not still bound to this earth.

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      manofmystery24 3 years ago

      cryptid- I hope so too. It's going to be the 14th anniversary of this tragic event this week. Hopefully, enough time has passed.

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      Micah 11 months ago

      I was standing about 20 feet from him working security when he fell.

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      CowboyFrank1986 11 months ago

      I remember hearing about it. But does anyone know if there's any video on this?

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