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The Undertaker Discusses the Challenge of Wrestling Right After Owen Hart's Tragic Passing

Posted By: Ben Jordan Kerin on Mar 21, 2024

The Undertaker Discusses the Challenge of Wrestling Right After Owen Hart's Tragic Passing

In a revealing Q&A on his Patreon, The Undertaker shared his profound thoughts on the harrowing experience of wrestling at the 1999 WWE Over The Edge PPV immediately following Owen Hart's tragic death. He described it as an "interesting time period" marked by the challenge of processing the loss of a colleague while fulfilling professional duties. The Undertaker recounted, "Wow. Man, such an interesting time period. We're all grinding, just trying to do the best that we could but trying to process the information that somebody just passed away due to some, whatever, the rigging accident. A guy that you spent tonnes of time with and seen every day for years and you just losing. One minute he's there and then the next he's not. Then you have to go out and put the pieces together and try and perform, it was probably one of the most difficult...definitely, mentally one of the toughest days I think I've ever had."

Reflecting on the immediate aftermath on his Six Feet Under podcast, The Undertaker noted the visible impact on the performers, "If you go back and you watch the footage of that, you can see it on everybody's face. There’s just a huge element to the match and everything that’s going on. You can just tell that no one really wanted to be out there. Like I said, it’s still very raw and you’re processing this information, but you also are trying to entertain these people. You lived by that motto back then ‘the show must go on.’ I just don’t know that that was the right thing to do."

He also shared the internal conflict and the broader implications of continuing the show, "Although we’d already been told, it was kind of like you still didn’t believe it. When we came back we were hoping that something miraculous had happened and it wasn’t true. It was such a tough night. Hindsight being 20-20 [we should have stopped the show] but you also have an arena full of people too."

The Undertaker expressed empathy for Vince McMahon's difficult position, "I don’t envy or didn’t envy Vince McMahon having to make that decision. It was a tough call in the heat of it. I just know it was extremely difficult to go out and do my job that night. It was tough man, we tried to do the best with what we had."

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— Ben Jordan Kerin Mar 21, 2024 04:05PM

Source: SEScoops.com
Tags: #wwe #undertaker #owen hart #over the edge #six feet under

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