Owen Hart: Jim Ross calls Late WWE Superstars wife selfish for not allowing Owens induction In the Hall of Fame.
Jim Ross discussed the Owen Hart Hall of fame situation in his podcast ‘“Grilling JR.” In his podcast, he talked about the Over The Edge ’99 pay-per-view (PPV) infamous for the death of Owen Hart.
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On May 23, 1999, Hart fell to his death in Kansas City, Missouri during the Over the Edge pay-per-view event. Hart was tied over the ring and was to be lowered via harness and grapple line into the ring from the rafters. While being lowered into the ring, Hart fell 78 feet (24 m), landing chest-first on the top rope. Hart died from the injuries. The cause of death was later revealed to be internal bleeding from blunt force trauma.
Jim Ross discussed whether Owen Hart deserved to be in the WWE’s Hall of Fame and the situation with his wife refusing to allow Owen to be inducted.
Excerpts from the Podcast:
Owen for Hall of Fame
“Well, of course! Absolutely. It’s not even — yeah! It’s not a hard question, at least in my view. He earned that opportunity. He brought joy, and smiles, and tears, and laughter and shock and awe to fans all over the world for a long time. And he had a huge fanbase. People loved him. And when you met Owen, you couldn’t help but love him. So, for him not to have the opportunity to be enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame where he earned — he didn’t get all of his fame there but let’s be honest, the majority of it. It’s a no-brainer.”
On Martha’s refusal for Owen’s Induction
“Look, I understand that part of Martha is grieving. I grieve myself lately. But at some point, in time, you can’t — this grieving process is a strange cat, man. And one person can’t dictate how everybody else grieves, I can promise you. So, I think that Martha’s being a little selfish sometimes. And it’s cold to say. ‘God, JR, she’s a widow, she’s got two kids to raise.’
“I’m sorry if that comes off bad and I’m apologizing now. It just seems to me on the surface, okay look. You file this lawsuit, justifiably so. And you won it, and you got somewhere in the $18 million range before attorney fees. And so that’s been settled, and the process of doing that, it imploded within the family, which was totally unnecessary because it was never a point where it didn’t seem like Martha was really willing at times to move on.
“But again, she was grieving. And I can promise you, that process, there’s no manual for it and no predictability to how you grieve. So, I just think she might have been unfair to the fans who loved him, who bought tickets to see him, who helped him earn a great living for a long time, but who really had an emotional investment in the character. And the character was the real guy.”