During WWE’s Pay per view Over The Edge back in 1999, Owen Hart tragically died. Before going through with the stunt Hart did not feel confident about going through with it. With the result of the stunt it is clear that WWE were not prepared to perform such a stunt either.
Jim Ross recounted the horrific story about being forced to tell the WWE universe that Owen Hart had died during the stunt at the pay per view event. He discussed the matter in the recently released Dark Side Of The Ring’s season finale.
Kevin Dunn figured that someone had told Jim Ross that Hart passed away as he was right at ringside that happened. Ross was completely unaware of what had happened due to the chaos that was going on right in front of him. This caused a very difficult situation when Dunn instructed Jim Ross to break the terrible news when he did not know about it himself.
“In the chaos Kevin Dunn, the Executive Producer, thought that I had been told what the deal was. I said, ‘Kevin, no one has told us anything. What is the update?’ And [Dunn] said, he’s dead. And you’re back in 10… 9…”
“On camera what people saw was 10 seconds of preparation. I didn’t know what to say and it wasn’t storyline. I got very numb after that night. My hands were shaking, my stomach was hurting. I was just… I was… damn, man.”
Jim Ross was in a terrible situation. He was forced to tell the world that Owen Hart had died seconds after discovering the news himself. He relayed the announcement to the best of his ability and the moment will live on forever.