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“When I turned around, he was there, lying on his back” – Former WWE referee opens up on Owen Hart’s death

Archungshang Thouman
|Fri Mar 12 2021


Former WWE referee opens up on Owen Hart’s death. The veteran detailed the tragic event of the untimely passing in a recent interview.

Former WWE referee Jimmy Korderas discussed the events leading up to the infortunate passing of Owen Hart. Describing the incident as the most difficult moment of his WWE career, Korderas recalled how he was almost struck by Owen during his fall.

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In an interview with Michael Morales of Lucha Libre Online, the veteran referee shared his experience of the accident. Korderas revealed that he heard Owen screaming and was almost hit. He felt something brush by him and when he turned around he found the wrestler’s lifeless body.

Former WWE referee opens up on Owen Hart’s death

“When you talk about my most difficult moment in my WWE career, that would have to be it. Right before that match was supposed to take place there was a Hardcore Match. So, there was a lot of debris and we were trying to clean that out before the match. They were playing on the video screen, a pre-recorded backstage interview with The Blue Blazer, Owen. While that was going on, we heard a commotion. Some noise. It was likely Owen screaming. Like you said (possibly shouting at Jimmy to move so he could save his life). I can’t confirm that, because I just heard the screaming. As I was holding the top rope, I felt something brushing by me.”

“Not really hit me. But brushed by me. So I kinda ducked, not knowing what it was. When I turned around, he was there, lying on his back on the corner of the ring. I called him a few times and got no response. That’s where I panicked and started screaming for help from anybody. Everybody came out. The paramedics came out. I just stood back. Just devastating. I didn’t knew what was going on. I didn’t find out all the details until afterwards.”

Owen Hart died on May 23, 1999. He fell to his untimely demise during the Over the Edge pay-per-view event. Portraying a clwonish superhero in ‘The Blue Blazer’, Owen was scheduled to enter the ring via a harness, He would then act entangled and fall on his face as he neared the ring.

Hart, who had only performed the stunt a few times before, accidentally fell 78 feet (24 m), landing chest-first on the top rope! He was transported to a medical center where he died due to internal bleeding from blunt force trauma.

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