The Owen Hart tape (lost death footage of professional wrestler; 1999)


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Owen Hart's death footage
A photo of the EMT's carrying Owen from the arena.
A photo of the EMT's carrying Owen from the arena.
Status Lost

On May 23, 1999, professional wrestler Owen Hart fell from the rafters of the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, MO during a Pay-Per-View taping of WWF Over The Edge 1999.

The filmed fatal accident occurred while doing a stunt where he was to be lowered into the ring by a harness (in his "Blue Blazer" persona) before his Intercontinental Championship match against fellow wrestler The Godfather.

He was supposed to unlatch his harness when he was a few feet above the ring, causing him to fall flat on his face for comedic effect (as his wrestling persona was a bumbling superhero). The harness was accidentally unlatched prematurely, causing Hart to fall 24 meters, chest-first onto the top rope, flinging violently into the ring. The impact of the fall severely wounded him, and he later died at the hospital from blunt force trauma to the chest.

Aftermath

The fall did not occur on live Pay-Per-View. An interview with Hart as The Blue Blazer that was recorded in the backstage area earlier in the day was playing as the tragedy occurred. Once the cameras cut back to the arena, ring announcers Jerry Lawler (who left the announcer's table to check on Hart's condition) and Jim Ross explained to the audience what was happening, and the arena's cameras were pointed away from the ring in respect to the paramedics working to stabilize his condition.

The event was postponed for 15 minutes before WWF CEO Vince McMahon made the decision to continue the event. One hour after the event resumed, Lawler and Ross appeared on camera once more to deliver the news that Hart had passed away from his injuries.

A YouTube user by the name of Chris Breseman said that he was in attendance and witnessed the fall, who said that Hart's "body folded like a fucking accordion."

Existence and Availability

Image displayed in the WWE Network version of the event.

Since WWF cameras were rolling at the time of the accident, footage of Hart's fatal fall exists on tape. This was confirmed in a column written by former WWF announcer Kevin Kelly in May 2013.[1] According to Kelly, the tape sits in the WWE Archive in Stanford, CT with instructions "never to destroy, view or duplicate". Footage from the 1999 match where Darren "Droz" Drozdov got paralysed accidentally is apparently in the archive with the same instructions.

The remainder of the event was only available online in the form of bootleg VHS recordings made during the event until the launch of the WWE Network in February 2014[2]. While the PPV is available on the service, it was edited to not include the aftermath of the fall and the announcement of Hart's death by Jim Ross.

References

  1. 2013 column on Owen Hart, written by former WWF announcer Kevin Kelly on the 14th anniversary of Hart's death. Retrieved 23 May '13.
  2. A list of events aired on the WWE Network service. Retrieved 4 Feb '14.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

19 months ago
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Uh oh, something tells me that wasn´t an incident
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Anonymous user #2

18 months ago
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Stop using youtube, almost every video on this site it's down
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Blameitonjorge29

16 months ago
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Too bad for Owen Hart
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Anonymous user #3

15 months ago
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Tragic and inforUltimate what happened to Owen Hart! I for one don't believe it was an accident. Something don't seem right about the way it happened. Sting often in WCW came down from the rafters yet never had a mishap so how comes it happens to Owen? Interesting though that Owen dropped Stone Cold on his neck recklessly nearly breaking hid neck however stone cold had to retire. Goldberg super kicks Bret Hart to hard in head causing concussion ending Harts career! Harts are bad lucked?
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SilenceEnigma

14 months ago
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In an Owen Hart documentary I saw before, Harley Race said that he bumped into Owen when he was on his way to the rafters and Owen apparently told him that they gave him new rigging and he didn't feel comfortable using it.
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Davidbix

13 months ago
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Signed up since apparently The Last Battle of Atlanta is showing up on WWE Network Tuesday, so hey, why not?

I dunno how many people here know LordSmurf, but he's the guy behind the NoMoreCoasters.com site about blank DVDs. He's also something of a collector/lost media buff, and he posted this at his own TVPast forum several years ago: http://www.t...art-wwf.html

On one hand, I've known him on and off for years online (he even bought a VCR I was getting rid of), and he's a stand-up guy. But I've never been sure what to think of this, as the online wrestling scene was MUCH more insular back then, and I've never heard from anyone else who had seen that video. I totally buy that he thinks he saw legit videos...but wouldn't legit videos from the major shock sites have crossed over to the wrestling sites?

Thoughts?
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Anonymous user #4

9 months ago
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I think if they did cross over to wrestling sites they'd be much more likely to be swiftly removed by a copyright claim from the WWE as it would be more visible to them there. I don't really have any thoughts on whether legit videos exist on the internet or not, but if they do I think they'd be more likely to survive and circulate via shock sites, torrents, and private forums than on publicly accessible wrestling fansited. JMO.
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Anonymous user #8

5 months ago
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Come back to the 605! Yomamba misses you
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Anonymous user #12

2 months ago
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The hardest part of being able to find the actual video is someone had to handheld record it live, which would have to be a handheld camera since phones didn't have cameras until 2002 (even then they probably couldn't record until the mid 2000s). Also, at least at a WWE event I went to in either 2012 or 2013 (can't remember when, it was sometime in the 2010s though) before the dark matches there was this weird warning telling you to not record or you could get charged legally if you got caught. Granted, this was back in 1999, you could get away with it, and the warning probably didn't exist back then, but they probably weren't too happy with random people recording their matches for any purpose. Especially if you wanted to get a good recording up close to the ring.
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Emolga-girl

10 months ago
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http://www.d...-death_sport I found the fall announcement on DailyMotion, as the YouTube link used in the article doesn't work.
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Anonymous user #5

9 months ago
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Owen heart was murder. Just like Eddie Guerrero.
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Anonymous user #6

5 months ago
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The fall announcement is on Stone Cold Truth DVD
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Anonymous user #7

5 months ago
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My mom worked on this case, i asked here if she saw the fotage, but she didn't get to see it. She was a paralegal at the time and we live in kansas city
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Anonymous user #8

5 months ago
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This was a waste of a comment good sir, so allow me this volley. Taxation is theft! repeat and release from the penis of the gods.

Drink it in maaaaaaaannnnnnn
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Anonymous user #8

5 months ago
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No she didn't, I don't believe this and to quote the random spam poster below you, that was a waste of a comment.
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Anonymous user #8

5 months ago
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Uh? okay that is a weird comment
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BioBiro

4 months ago
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Have any people posted credible accounts of seeing this supposed amateur video recording of the accident that circulated on the Internet years ago?

When I first found this wiki/site some years ago, I began to remember seeing a video clip from 'Kazaa' that my memory suggests was the fall. I ignored that thought - until now - as I feared that reading rumors of the video's existence was playing tricks on my memory (i.e. convincing myself I had seen it, when in fact I had not).

However, I'm starting to suspect that my old memory of downloading and watching a video-clip of this may actually be true? This would have been around 2002-2003, when I was a wrestling fan - in my younger teens, and 'Owen Hart death' was definitely among the crude-style videos that I would have searched for...

I'd be interested to hear from anyone else who feels the same way, or has a differing opinion on the matter.
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Anonymous user #9

4 months ago
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I dont know the heck of it
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Anonymous user #10

4 months ago
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I can't be the only one here who saw a video similar to what theyre describing on Vimeo
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Anonymous user #11

3 months ago
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I remember a while back ago seeing pics of Owen mid fall but this was back in high school. I haven't seen them since
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Anonymous user #13

2 months ago
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On a episode of the Place to Be Podcast, Kevin Kelly recently admitted that the footage does exist. He states it's in the WWE Video Archive with some type of note on it stating "Never to be destroyed, duplicated, or viewed". He mentions the D-Lo Brown vs Droz match is also there with this same note.
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