Richard Reacts To WWE’s Deplorable Decision To Include ‘Over The Edge 1999′ On WWE Network

The decision is in and it’s sure to cause a debate. WWE confirmed to KDKA-TV, the CBS affiliate out of Pittsburgh, they will include WWF Over the Edge 1999, the event in which Owen Hart lost his life on, on the WWE Network. The show will be included in edited form out of respect for Owen. WWE issued the following statement to the Pittsburgh news station:

“WWE Network will be airing the 1999 Over The Edge pay-per-view. However, portions of the event will be edited out of respect for Owen Hart.”

For those unaware, the night was May 23, 1999 in Kansas City, Missouri when Owen, dressed in his Blue Blazer gimmick, was to make a superhero-like ring entrance where he would descend from the Kemper Arena rafters into the ring. However, the harness line malfunctioned and he fell more than 70 feet into the ring and died.

A pre-recorded interview video was being shown at the time of the accident to pay-per-view viewers but the crowd of 16,472 saw it happen live. Jim Ross was faced with the daunting task of informing viewers of the accident, trying the best he could to explain what just happened in the ring was real and not part of the show.

The show was stopped for 15 minutes as CPR was performed on Owen in the ring but he was taken out and the event was resumed. About an hour after the event was restarted, JR informed pay-per-view viewers that Owen Hart had died at age 34. The announcement was not made to the live audience.

Vince McMahon and the then World Wrestling Federation endured sharp criticism for restarting the show after what happened. Owen’s brother, WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart, responded in a column published in the May 31, 1999 issue of the Calgary Sun, writing, “Shame on you, Vince McMahon.” Bret also blasted the company’s “Raw is Owen” tribute show that aired on the USA Network the following night, writing the show “reeked of disrespect.” He continued, “Yes, the so-called tribute where afterward wrestlers point to their crotches and say: ‘Suck it!’ It makes me nauseous.”

The Hart family sued WWE over the incident, in which the company settled out of court for $18 million.

WWF Over the Edge 1999 was never released commercially on DVD or VHS and scheduled encore showings on pay-per-view were canceled. Nearly 15 years later and WWE has decided to re-release the show, minus the accident, on the WWE Network for fans to watch on-demand.

Shortly after confirming that WWE would in fact include Over the Edge 1999 on the upcoming WWE Network, I took to my social media accounts to immediately express my displeasure over the show’s inclusion. My argument is short, simple and to the point.

Including WWF Over the Edge 1999 on the WWE Network, even in edited form, gives the impression that money is more important than human life. It suggests a contrived pro wrestling match or storyline supersedes a horrific real-life tragedy. Any attempt to use Over the Edge 1999 to make a profit is a deplorable action.

As with any hot-button issue, this sent the opposition into a frenzy.

Some pointed towards Chris Benoit, asking if I thought his matches should  be exempt from the WWE Network. I’ll first note the fact we’re putting Owen and Benoit in the same sentence is disgusting in its own right. However, Owen Hart died in the ring on a show. There’s a big difference comparing what happened with him to Benoit or any other wrestling tragedy.

The next argument was, no one is forcing you to watch it, you can’t remove it from history just because what happened was bad. This argument makes a good point. No one is forcing me to watch it and just because something tragic happened doesn’t erase it from history. I agree with that. However, including Over the Edge ’99 on the WWE Network means the show will be used in a commercial form and WWE will profit from it. Again, the message of money over human life is wrong.

One person suggested that WWE was looking to provide context to Undertaker’s WWF Championship reign (he won the title in the Over the Edge 1999 main event from Steve Austin) while another stated “it was a good PPV.” These arguments suggest that contrived storylines and matches are more important than human life. I don’t care if the show was straight five star matches, it doesn’t change the fact human life was lost. A human life is more important than a storyline or match.

Another argument referenced WWE advertising that “all WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-views” will be available on the WWE Network. I believe an exception is in order. The message WWE would send by not including WWF Over the Edge 1999 would be stronger than any claim of “false advertising.” The opportunity could be used to take a strong stand that honoring Owen Hart is more important. One idea I suggested is WWE get with Bret Hart and remaster 3 hours of Owen Hart’s best matches and promos and air them in place of the show. How many fans would complain when they went to watch the show and were greeted with a beautiful 3-hour tribute?

All and all choosing to include WWF Over the Edge 1999, even in edited form, on the WWE Network is deplorable. The message it sends is the wrong one. History cannot be erased no matter how ugly but instead of simply “erasing the pay-per-view,” a strong effort should be made to remember the great Owen Hart. Under no circumstance should a show where someone lost their life be used in commercial form. It’s not only in poor taste but it’s bad for business.

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  • Nostaljack

    I agree with every syllable of this. Vince, re-think this and destroy the tape so it can never be used for anything again.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Thank you.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      The fact that people disagree with this is just disgusting.

  • KJ Brackish

    I usually don’t comment on most things reported, but I completely disagree with Richard on this topic. Including Over The Edge 99′ shows that WWE is becoming more comfortable acknowledging the horrible tragedy that happened that day. I, for one, am extremely happy that they are including this PPV so that others (possibly people who hadn’t had a chance to see the PPV) can see the entire event, minus the incident with Owen.

    What were you expecting from WWE? To go the ‘Chris Benoit’ route and act like it never happened? Never show Over The Edge 99′ again — even though it’s been *almost* 15 years later? That is absolutely ridiculous and takes away from the experience that happened that day.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Nothing else that happened on that show matters. It doesn’t matter. Human life is more important than pro wrestling or any form of entertainment.

      • BIG M

        If WWE shouldn’t show the PPV maybe they shouldn’t show anything from Owen”s career or Chris Benoit’s career or Eddie’s career or Dean Malenko’s career since he was a friend of Eddie’s and Benoit’s why not just make sure only living Wrestlers are included on the network.

        I mean Richard if you believe WWE or the Pro Wrestling world in general including the fans should respect and honour Owen’s life and not profit of him after his tragic death then you should say WWE should never say anything about Owen or show any of his work in WWE.
        Even if thats taking a dump on a great talents career and life”s work its more tasteful that way right and honouring the wishes of his widow who uses her blind hatred for WWE and the industry in general to deal with the pain of her great loss.

        Come on Richard I think we can all agree that putting over the edge 99 on the network isn’t a good idea
        .
        But an even worse idea is pretending it didn’t happen and Owen Hart didn’t exist and was a great talent because I can promise you if WWE backflip on this any Wrestler past present or future who passes under tragic circumstances (and lets face it there are many of them too many) will one day have all there work removed from the network as well due the bloody morality police who feel the need to tell us what we can and can’t watch will take offence to that particular Wrestler being on the network.

        • Nostaljack

          All of those others are totally different. They bear no resemblance whatsoever to the way Owen Hart died. Please, show everything else he did; just destroy this one.

          • BIG M

            Because it won’t stop at just that one.
            If WWE flips on this sion all of Owen’s work will be taken of the network.
            Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to watch that show nor do I think it should be on the network but I think if it was now taken off some very loud stupid people would want all his work removed from the network.

          • Nostaljack

            Why would it? This really is just about one incident: his death happening in the middle of the ring. Why would people become sensitive about watching the ring work of one of the best that ever did it? To take it further is, in my opinion, to miss the point. The point is that a show on which a man died doesn’t belong in circulation anywhere.

          • BIG M

            The same reason why some People are saying Chris Benoit’s work shouldn’t be on the network it depresses them.
            When they see Benoit’s work because they know how his life (and the life of his family) ended.
            Some people feel the same way about Owen they know his life ended tragically in a WWE ring and they can’t stomach watching his work.
            I Myself find it hard to watch his matches but when I see one of them I make Myself watch it because I know what a gifted Wrestler he was and I want to be entertained by them and by the end of one of his matches I’m glad I made Myself watch.

          • Nostaljack

            Again, though, this is about *one incident*. It is, in my opinion, in extremely poor taste to show that event at all. A life was lost during its course. Why show it? I get what you’re saying but this is really only about a single event. To expand its scope would be silly.

          • BIG M

            Yes it would be silly.
            Unfortunately there are a lot of silly People out there who will think its bad taste to include any of Owen’s work and will scream at the top of there lungs about it until WWE caves in.

          • realitybites

            Brandon Lee was shot on set while shooting the crow. A replacement actor was brought in to finish the movie and CGI was used to overlay images of Brandon Lee. So it’s the exact same situation. A man died while doing his job and a profit was made.

        • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

          “But an even worse idea is pretending it didn’t happen and Owen Hart didn’t exist…”

          They’re editing the accident out and going to sell the rest of the show. The argument you can’t just erase history is null and void because they’re erasing the part they don’t want anyone to see. I’m not saying they should include it, I’m saying the PPV should be replaced with a 3-hour video tribute to Owen Hart. A tribute approved by Bret Hart.

          • Tim

            They have to act like he didn’t exist. Considering the lawsuit. It sucks tho but yea.

          • BIG M

            I don’t like it being on the network either Richard but I’m thinking on a larger scope here taking off the event where Owen died ok.
            But why stop there if Owen’s widow had her way none of Owen’s stuff would be on there at all.
            And your argument about WWE profiting of Owen’s death could easily be extended to anyone who has passed away while under or formally under a WWE contract.
            I think the reason WWE is showing the event on the network is the same reason there showing Chris Benoit matches on there because if they remove something negatively associated with any performer past present and future they will have to remove all of that performers work in the name of political correctness,
            In my opinion this isn’t just an issue of good taste, sympathy and morality its also like it or not an issue of censorship.
            Im very pround to say I live in Australia and am Australian because unlike in America and some I repeat SOME Americans we don’t complain and condemn TV or Internet content to government officials and demand it be removed because its not something we ant to see we either change the channel or go to a different website because there is plenty of other content that we would enjoy.

      • D o N n Y

        I don’t think, as a person, it devalues any of the talent or heart that Owen Hart Had. Human life Is important and as much of a tragedy it was, maybe the entire Pay Per View shouldn’t be shown, but my certain matches should be cut to use on the network. As one person said, it is history. We will still watch the main events with the Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin, but that tragedy with Owen, happily, would never be shown again. I think, it also deprives a younger generation (who may never know who Owen Hart is or wonder who he is in the videos) the satisfaction of understanding who Owen was, that he was portraying a character so in-depth, and that he had a family and fan base, and that this tragic death led to an outcome of reality within the wrestling business. I know before I started watching, I knew it was scripted and played out (even as a nine year old boy), but after watching “Over the Edge”, I remember feeling such a sadness and emptiness for how this was playing out because it was real and I knew that when watching “RAW is Owen” the night after. It was great to see a community and true people come together for the first time in the events of RAW and blur the lines from scripted to reality. It’s events like this that younger children need to understand to understand the history and how reality vs. fantasy comes into play in sports entertainment. It was history and sadly, hopefully, his death and this night will allow younger and older fans, alike, to understand the concept of pro wrestling and what I can do to you, but also how much of a “family” and how attached that fans and the superstars are in reality.

    • Nostaljack

      Go to Wiki and take a look at the card:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_the_Edge_1999

      What on that card does anyone really *need* to see? Could anyone *really* be that interested in what happened? People are likely to try to equate the Chris Benoit thing with the Owen Hart tragedy and that’s just silly. The only thing they have in common is that they’re both dead. Beyond that, totally different in every conceivable way. I hope people will think better of that comparison from here on out and not bother with it.

      • Patrick

        “What on that card does anyone really *need* to see?…….

        you ask and the answer is nothing except maybe the Austin Vs Undertaker match as one to watch since it was part of a major storyline at the time and part of their careers. but that match can be put on another DVD of each wrestler’s career dispite what even it took place on.

    • Bob’s Diner

      They’ve acknowledged the tragedy since day one. Airing a PPV that was buried for 15 years doesn’t show anything other than they are trying to get interest. And it is obviously working

  • Chris Rowlands

    I feel a lot easier watching Benoit matches than watching Over The Edge 1999. I saw that PPV and have no desire to do so again. It’s not as if the PPV itself was anything to shout about and this could lead to some uneasy questions in the future.

    • Nostaljack

      Benoit wasn’t well and he made the worst decisions a human being can possible make as a result. Owen Hart died because of an accident. Totally different. Why are people trying to equate the two? It’s not possible.

      • Patrick

        they do it because regardless of how they died wiether it was in the ring in a accident , at home (Benoit deliberately ) or on the freeway like Randy Savage in a accident . bottom line they all died a tragic death.. that’s why they make those comparisons.

      • Ray

        The point people are getting at is…
        If wwe airing Over the Edge is them trying to profit off the tragic death of Owen heart, how is airing Benoit stuff wee trying to profit off the work of a murderer? Both should either be considered deplorable or not. Yet somehow you and others, Richard too it would seem, think it’s ok wwe make money off a dude who murdered his wife and kid but not a guy that died by way of accident.

  • Robert Olley

    I may be the minority but it was a accident which happen everyday. Plus it was 15 years ago if Owens widow is ok with it then we should be aswell. I dont remember any of the ppv except crying my 11 year old hart out when jr told everybody. If anything we could see it as a homage to the people who performered afterwards for their obvious dedication to not just us fans but to owen aswell because from every word ive ever read about owen he wouldn’t want people not showing matches or shows he was a part of.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      The event shouldn’t be about the other people that performed. It should be about Owen. A full tribute to Owen.

      • Robert Olley

        You cant have it both ways though richard they either dont show the edited ppv and show the full or none at all which would cause a uproar on here. Or they can show the edited ppv which would pay tribute to owen we dont know what will be edited out except the accident and jr afterwards so they may put a video tribute or something before or after the ppv. Honestly i believe when someone disagrees with your opinion you go out of your way to belittle theirs even when its backed up with facts like kj brackish and shock masters comments above

        • Bob’s Diner

          They offered no facts except that they want to see the show. This PPV will forever and always be remembered for the night Owen Hart died in the ring – not for Undertaker winning the title or HHH and The Rock having a strap match. It will always be known for the tragedy – showing these matches will not change that. The only thing that should be taken from that show is an emotional Jeff Jarrett telling the crowd Owen was never a nugget. The matches were all terrible and the wrestlers were all extremely upset. Would you want me to watch a video of you after one of your friends had died?

      • realitybites

        So showing a three hour tribute about Owen Hart on a subscription network wouldn’t be making a profit on his death? Umm Ok, makes sense to me … I guess.

    • Bob’s Diner

      I seriously doubt Martha Hart is OK with WWE showing the event

      • Robert Olley

        If Martha wasnt ok with it they wouldn’t be able to show it because if memory serves me right owen was mentioned more than a few times before and after the accident so they would need her ok.

        • Bob’s Diner

          They could very well be editing out mentions of him.

  • http://www.braysballtalk.com/ Aaron Giddens

    Richard I can’t agree with you. I just can’t. Yes, it was absolutely horrible that this happened and WWE faced the music for it many years ago with their controversy and out-of-court settlement. But the fact is it is an important part of wrestling history. You brush the fact aside in your article, but that is the single most important reason it should be included. You can’t erase or change the past. Many of us would like to do it sometimes but we can’t. This was an important moment in WWE’s history that changed the company forever. From what I’ve read WWE hasn’t done a stunt similar to this since. I also can’t agree with your notion that including this means profit over a human life…do you honestly think that by including this for the first time ever with the sad parts of Owen edited out that they are out for profit with it? Richard, you’re a reasonable man, so I can’t believe for a second that once you sat down took a deep breath and thought about it that you would still see it that way. If they were out for profit it would have been released on DVD by now. Blu-ray. Digital download. And on and on and it wouldn’t have been edited and they would be touting the tragedy within. That would make it deplorable. What we have here is a company sticking to their advertising promise of including every pay-per-view. And really, the profit comes from the network as a whole, not that one pay-per-view.

    In short, yes human life is more important. But we’re not talking about stopping the pay-per-view in progress anymore. As harsh as it sounds Owen is still gonna be in Heaven with God whether this pay-per-view is included or not and I doubt he gives a damn. Too busy worshiping to care about Earth’s problems anymore.

    • rawk

      +1

    • kingdook24

      Yes, it is an important part in the company’s history… but the main important thing that happened on this show is being edited out of the show, and WWE will be ignoring the important part of show – which was about Owen Hart losing his life.

      This show should not be included. It just shouldn’t. I would so rather watch a 3-hour tribute remembering how great a wrestler Owen was, then watching the PPV where he died.

      I hate comparisions but it’s like what they are doing with Paul Walker & the Fast franchise. They aren’t killing Walker’s character off, they are writing him off the movie. His friends & family have had enough to deal with about his passing – so why would they want to see him die again even if it’s on-screen? That’s too much. Same with Owen – why would you wanna watch the event from when he ‘died’, over watching a 3-hour celebration about his ‘life’?

      • http://www.braysballtalk.com/ Aaron Giddens

        In short, the history. I can go on YouTube and find COUNTLESS Owen tributes. But I can’t watch the PPV anywhere and as a person who didn’t watch WWE until 2005, it’s important to me to see how wrestlers responded, how the announce team held it together. I don’t want to see video of his death, that would be morbid. However as a person extremely interested in history, you can never been fully informed about the event until you watch it. That’s just the way it is.

        • Nostaljack

          You absolutely *can* watch those awful moments on YouTube. I’m not sure what you’d get out of it but you can do it. You’ll forgive me if I don’t post a link to it, though. Also, this isn’t about history; this is about the death of a human being. Based on the comments here as they’ve been posted, it seems the plot is beginning to be lost.

          • http://www.braysballtalk.com/ Aaron Giddens

            Human life is extremely important. But, well…to quote a Disney movie, “the past can hurt. The way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.”

          • Nostaljack

            What is to be learned from this? This was a rigging error. I have little doubt they’ve already learned from that horrible mistake. Beyond that, there’s nothing left to learn. WWE is likely about to learn a little something about poor taste, though.

          • http://www.braysballtalk.com/ Aaron Giddens

            I never said WWE was the only one who needed to learn.

            Anyway, here let me save us some time. You don’t think it should be included, I do. We’re not gonna change each other’s minds. So let’s save each other the effort of typing.

          • Nostaljack

            Debate is fun. We are debating. There’s nothing wrong with that and I’m not the least bit upset with you. I’m a little blown that WWE would do this but that’s about it.

          • http://www.braysballtalk.com/ Aaron Giddens

            A thought just occurred to me….why do we not care about for profit wartime documentaries that show human death but care about this when it’s not the focal point of the network and not what’s specifically bringing in the money?

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            Same thing goes for news outlets, newspapers etc, they make profit from bad news daily. But here people are up in arms.

        • Bob’s Diner

          You don’t need to know how anyone responded – all you need to know is there was a terrible tragedy. Anything more is a sick morbid curiosity. Let’s say your good friend died in front of you – would you like me to watch a video of how you responded so I could understand it?

          • http://www.braysballtalk.com/ Aaron Giddens

            Actually I would, then you know how handled it and how to help me move on better. It’ not a sick morbid curiosity. It’s really no different than learning as much as you can about WWII for example.

      • Skyrim

        No. Not the same thing. Essentially showing Paul walker in a car in DVD releases of fnf movies would be the same sort of reminder that he’s dead as having this shown on the network. Wwe isn’t showing Owen on it so no big deal. They aren’t advertising Owen or his death at all. Richard on the other hand can’t help but mention Owen multiple times along with his death in an attempt to cash in on this story. Who’s really choosing money over human life?

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Subjective conjecture aside, airing the pay-per-view on a paid subscription service is dishonoring the legacy of Owen Hart. They’re throwing out the parts they don’t want people to see and charging for the rest. Owen deserves to be honored. This does the exact opposite.

      • imneveral0ne

        Nobody is paying for the WWE network just to see this PPV. They would sell the same amount of subscriptions with or without it. The point is that if someone wants to see that PPV, they can, just without the Owen Hart part.

  • Human Life over money!

    I watched it on PPV live and I will never watch it again. I was 15 at the time, and a big Hart family fan, I was shocked and disgusted that the show continued that I stop watching it. Richard your idea of doing a 3 hour tribute would have been great. You can’t compare this the Benoit’s situation. I actully enjoy Benoit’s wrestling, but I can never watch another one of his match without think about that he did. It’s a shame that the WWE didn’t locked this PPV away forever!

  • MyBrokenKnees

    I hate to say it but the WWE are using this to HYPE the Network! Its a DISGRACEFUL way to do it, But we all know nothing is beyond the McMahons when it come to getting pubicity. They now people will sign up just out of the MORBID CURIOSIY! It is sicking but that is the McMahon family for you.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      They got asked a questions by people that want it up there..

    • realitybites

      WWE isn’t using this as hype. They aren’t even hyping this. Google “over the edge 1999 on wwe network” and take a look at the results. It’s all of these wrestling sites that are pushing the information. WWE was asked and they answered, that’s about all they have said about it.

  • Tim

    Hey if you guys are looking for the App Store. Just try the mobile app for WNW. Seariously tho please fix.

  • ShockMaster

    So should we never buy a book or watch a movie about what happened on 9/11 because human life was lost? Events that happen, good or bad, become history. Over The Edge 99 will not sell WWE Network subscriptions on it’s own. It is included as part of the history of the company.

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      The historical argument is ridiculous. WWE is cleaning it up so they can commercialize it. As with anything, there’s a right way to do something and there is a wrong way. Anything that upholds his legacy and honors him, that’s the right way. Anything that minimizes the tragedy and puts the focus on something else is the wrong way. The same goes for 9/11 or anything else.

      • disqus_HZkhbeFufx

        But I put the question to you Richard would you not watch the crow again as Brandon lee was killed in the making of it while filming the movie or similarly Heath ledgers joker in the dark knight who died because of that roll.

        • Snap

          I know for a fact that John Candy died before all of his scenes were completed during the filming of Wagons East, but that movie was still released in theatres and multiple home video formats. Were they simply commercializing John Candy’s death? Was Hasbro capitalizing on Orson Welles’ death when they released Transformers the Movie after he died three weeks after recording his lines?

          For the Chris Benoit argument to be glossed over simply because Owen’s death occurred during the course of Over the Edge’s broadcast is ridiculous. The Benoit tragedy saw two innocent lives lost and one of the prevailing arguments ever since for the inclusion of Benoit’s footage is that his wrestling legacy should not be wiped out because of the horrific events of his final days.

          From what I gather, WWE is not doing a separate DVD release for Over the Edge, thus it will simply be one of the hundreds of events made available for a lump sum just to access the service.

          I’m all for respecting the life and death of Owen Hart and have no desire to see the events involving the accident, but the inclusion of the event is no more “deplorable” than WWE capitalizing on Eddie Guerrero’s death. I don’t see people up in arms that Rey Mysterio won the Royal Rumble and, subsequently, the World Heavyweight championship. Exploitation is exploitation, that’s all I’m saying. If you’re gonna get offended over one, you can’t pick and choose which act offends you.

      • Brad

        Very simple … If you don’t like then don’t watch… Making way to big of a deal about this !!! We are all grown ups and we all have the freedom to make choices … If u don’t like it then make the choice not to watch… Let it go

  • Sandeep Agarwal

    How is making money from selling emotions with a 3 hour tribute video going to be different from making money with the PPV? There won’t be any pop ups on the network saying “go watch Over the Edge because Owen Hart died on the show” (if it happens then that will be sick). They are not highlighting the tragedy, we are. It is just going to be a part of the library, part of the history books. They are acknowledging what happened, just not showing the part so does it count as making money of this horrible accident? Yes, clicking on the link and watching the PPV is wrong but why not leave that decision with the people?

    • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

      Including the show minimizes the death of Owen Hart. His life meant more than a wrestling show, regardless of the fact it was Austin vs. Undertaker

      • jason

        If they are going to edit it and not mention it younger viewers won’t even realize there was a death on the show.

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          Until someone tells them.. and then they look it up on the internet..

          • realitybites

            Oh but three hour tribute isn’t going to prompt the question about how he died? Do you lie or answer truthfully? Truthfully obviously which wouldn’t they look it up on the internet anyway? Sorry, but the only way to keep people from asking and looking it up is to ignore it and act like it never happened.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            I never said a 3 hour tribute is okay. It should just be left how it is now. Not included at all.

          • realitybites

            Richard wants the three hour tribute and you prefer that it stays buried and forgotten never to be talked about again.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            I noticed. I can read, I don’t want that up.

            But I would watch a small documentary based on his career up to that point.

          • realitybites

            A documentary … probably the most intelligent thing I’ve read on this post. But I do think it needs to include the information of his death as I believe it lends a lot to his life and the affect it’s had on his family, friends, fans and the business.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            They could just add one of those pictures they usually do that says “In the memory of.. ” but I’d rather leave it at that. The PPV shouldn’t be included at all, and the bit where you say it affects the family should purely be down to his family. No body else.

          • realitybites

            My thinking is if they acknowledge the way someone dies when it’s a drug overdose or anything of the sort they should acknowledge the way someone dies when it happens doing what they love. If a guy crashes and dies at the X-games they don’t “hide” how he died. They still show the footage repeatedly. I’m not saying we should ever see the footage of Owen’s death but the story should be told.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            As I say, it should be purely down the family, shouldn’t be our decision.

          • realitybites

            Agreed. Nice talking with you.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            Same, makes a first on this threat, after reading some comments here, made me shiver.

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            Lol someones being a troll, always getting a negative mark for being sane.

  • RJR

    You are assuming a lot of things and putting other things in to unfair context. They’ve said they are going to edit it, so you’re making judgments on a version of something you haven’t even seen.

    Also, let’s be real. You claim they’re “making money” off of it. But the argument I propose to you is… how much LESS money would they make if they decided to not air it? I obviously do not know the answer to that any better than you do, as it is speculation. However, my guess would be $0. I do not think anyone will be spending $9.99 a month to specifically watch WWF Over the Edge 1999. Nor do I think anyone would say “It’s not on there?! Well, I’m not purchasing WWE Network then!” Therefore, they are not profiting any extra money by including that PPV.

    I met Owen Hart two months before Over The Edge ’99 and his death had me in more of a mess than some family members’ deaths. So, I lived the tragedy along with all the other wrestling fans of that era. I loved Owen Hart and still miss him and rewatch his matches to this day. But to accuse WWE of choosing to air the PPV for profit’s sake is ridiculous.

    That’s the same thing as accusing you of posting this article and attempting to boost your sales by mentioning Owen Hart and his death. Are you doing that? No? Then how is WWE doing that?

    • Ray

      Well said

    • Cory S

      Great point

    • ron

      Well said!! The most logical statement made on this issue. You got in print what I was feeling about the issue but couldn’t put it in words
      THANK YOU

  • Bob’s Diner

    Well written, Richard. I couldn’t agree more – and it sickens me that all these pro-wrestling fans think this OK, that it has some historical context. Do people really think the wrestlers want to relive that night as well?

    I’ve said this before and I will say it a million times: the show will air with the blood of a dead man in the corner of the ring. Literally.

    Not sure why anyone supports this.

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Not sure why this is got a negative response. Why it did is beyond me.

      • Bob’s Diner

        A lot of wrestling fans obvioulsy have no respect for the dead or their families. I’m very interested to hear Bret Hart’s reaction to this

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          I would have thought he was part of the discussion progress and he okay’d it for it to go this far, but then again Bret probably would have said publicly.

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          I seriously just typed out a … might aswell say an essay after reading peoples comments, ending up deleting it. Couldn’t post it, this whole topic’s comments is making me cringe, how are seriously putting a negative mark against posts like these?

          A LIVING MAN died that night. People should not be wanting to watch this just to satisfy there needs to watch this.

          Wolfs comment made me cringe, he “needs” to see it? God damn.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Agreed – that guy needs help. Wrestling is not supposed to be that kind of real tragedy – it is supposed to be entertainment. There is no entertainment value in this event.
            We’ve lasted 15 years without this PPV being seen already…

        • RVD4Life

          you guys are losers… STFU

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            Coming from the guy that’s thinking about himself and not Owen Hart’s family or other people’s opinions.

            You can have your opinion but the fact other people have their own makes them losers?

          • Bob’s Diner

            Oh wow burn – you got me!
            Excuse me for not realising how important this one PPV 15 years ago is and watching it will make your life complete

        • Jimmy

          So should they not include any of the PPVs where superstars got injured? Out of respect for their families of course?

          • Bob’s Diner

            Because an injury is the same as dying

          • Jimmy

            If it’s as tragic to their family in seeing their loved ones suffer an injury how is it different to the fans that don’t even know the wrestler personally?

          • Bob’s Diner

            Someone being injured and a man dying in front of thousands of people are really not the same thing. You’ve called other posters on here “mentally disable” and you are trying to argue this?

          • Jimmy

            Some family members consider a wrestler getting a career threatening injury in front of thousands a tragedy as well. Trust me when i say that i’m on your side, i won’t be watching the Over The Edge PPV, in fact i won’t even be purchasing the WWE Network but is it really making a difference arguing about it on a wrestling site?

  • StrikeForce

    I would challenge you to find one single person that uses the inclusion of this PPV as the reason they spent their money on wwe network. I would tell Vince, “thank you for not insulting my intelligence and pretending this event never happened, and thank you for including all 12 ppv’s for $10/month!!”

    • Bob’s Diner

      When have they EVER pretended this didn’t happen? BTW isn’t editing it to remove everything about Owen Hart actually pretending it didn’t happen?

      • Robert Olley

        So you would rather everybody relives the moment when jr told us what happened? Nobody said they were editing out everything of owen theyll probably have a tribute video instead

        • Bob’s Diner

          Can they edit out the emotional reactions of the wrestlers? Are they going to digitally cover the blood in the ring?

      • Jimmy

        So you would prefer if they kept the incident in the footage?

  • David

    I can see both sides of the argument here. I don’t see that them including this show will cause anything at all to happen to the network’s profitability. However that single incident is probably the worst incident to ever happen at a WWE event. I hate that this situation has to be compared to Benoit but it’s the easiest comparison. The problem with that comparison is that Benoit was in multiple shows over multiple brands. Erasing him from all of those shows based off of what happened would have been much more difficult and would have left a huge gap in history, so I can understand why they made the decision they did to include Benoit in the programming with a disclaimer. This would have been a very controversial decision either way. I agree that the value of human life is of course more important than the event in history. I think it really could have gone either way and I can just imagine the debates at WWE on how to handle it.

    • Jimmy

      They’re not trying to erase Benoit or Owen Hart from WWE’s history, what’s done is done, they just feel that it would be wrong to promote them from here on out. Hence the incident being edited on PPV and Benoits matches still being there just not advertised as a individual product.

  • Mike McCarthy

    I love the idea of replacing the show with a 3-hour tribute to Owen Hart.

    • Wolf

      I don’t. We pay for all pay-per-views, not tribute shows.

      • Bob’s Diner

        Funny, I don’t see you complaining the WCW PPV list is incomplete

        • Wolf

          ECW is missing some too. I didn’t notice that about WCW. What ones?

          • Bob’s Diner

            Great American Bash 1985, 1986 and 1987

  • tyus

    First pay-per-view I’m watching is over the edge 1999

    • Wolf

      Same here! Then all ECW pay=per-vews, then WWF, then WCW, and finally the watered down shit they call wrestling today.

  • jtboy78

    So if they didn’t show it would it bring Owen back?

  • Marcus

    I don’t get how they’re profiting off of it. Isn’t all pay per views included for the subscription cost? So whether it’s included or not they’re making the same amount of money. I could be wrong on the way it’s gonna work but that’s my understanding.

    • Bob’s Diner

      It is an incentive – a PPV that has never been released before available only as a subscriber the WWE Network. Just look at the people on here that are excited to watch it?

      • RJR

        So, I really want you to answer this honestly: How many people do you think would NOT order the WWE Network if this PPV was not included?

        If you answer is zero, which it rightfully should be, then there is no added incentive here.

      • ron

        But they are not advertising it that way at all. The WWE did not mention this. It was brought up by a news station, I believe Pitts. And then jumped on by sites like this. WWE did nothing to bring this POV to the front page.

  • JC

    I have seen details that you have included on your site for certain other tragedies that when i went to click on them said they were only for premium members so how is this any different from you charging money to give details on something similar?

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    Personally.. it shouldn’t be down to the fans, or the WWE whether it is shown or not. It should be down to the family, and maybe the other participants involved in the match.

    It doesn’t matter which way it goes, people aren’t going to like it. But whether they do add it don’t, we should respect the WWE here for making a tough decision.

    I don’t mind what they decide, either way. I’ll understand.

  • Wolf

    Noticed Richard never replied? He’s the biggest hypocrite. I need to see Over the Edge 1999, as I keep track of every match from WWF, TNA, WCW, ECW, NWA, AWA, WWWF, WWE and more. I want to watch every pay-per-view, TV Show, match, possible. I have over 500 pages worth of material I have seen. I am now going to start watching ROH.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Your comment actually made me laugh. Thanks. And good luck with your goal to watch more wrestling on the planet than anyone else. I hope you feel fulfilled when you finally get to watch wrestlers on the verge of tears wrestling in the very ring their friend died, stained with his blood

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Excuse my bad language, but what the f*** is wrong with some people? you would rather see a man die just to satisfy your need to watch ONE pay-per-view.

      Sorry Richard for the f-bomb.

      • Wolf

        Well wrestling isn’t real…. One man died, so? Doesn’t mean you need to stop a fake show.

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          Yes.. the word “fake” being the point here..

      • Jimmy

        They’re not showing nor are the promoting the mans death, are you mentally disabled?

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          at what point did I say they where? can you read?

          • Jimmy

            “you would rather see a man die just to satisfy your need to watch ONE pay-per-view.” Were these not your words as stated above?

  • Steve pritchard

    I agree with Richard all the way. They should think about how the Hart family feels before even considering this . Edited or not it brings back horrible memories for the family of Owen Hart . Shame on you Vince!

  • Adamtrace

    While I agree it looks hypocritical, there is a massive difference between video footage and a news reporting service. That being said, it doesn’t sit right with me when it’s put like that. That however doesn’t mean I’ll stop being a premium member

  • Connor

    While I do understand Richards stance on this completely, and I would of been completely fine if this PPV wasn’t included on the Network. That said I do feel it’s somewhat overly sensitive on the issue as instances of money > human life aren’t unheard of in show business, just cast yourselves back to Heath Ledger’s death during filming of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. They continued shooting the film after his death using different actors to play the rest of his role, as well as a large amount of hype around The Dark Knight being about how Heath Ledger’s use of sleeping pills was brought on by his role as The Joker, and how the role stole the entire film. And I’m sure his death gave Doctor Parnassus more attention too. Surely this is also cashing in on someone’s death? And yet it’s not met by outrage? That’s just one example.

    Newspapers and Websites constantly run stories about celebrities having mental breakdowns, who often have cameras in their face 24/7, is that not money over human life? When Britney Spears went a little off the rails nobody in the media stood up and said”Hold on a second, Britney’s clearly having a a bit of a crisis at the moment, that’s leave her alone for a few months”, no they bombarded her every day trying to sell as many papers and gain as many website hits as possible. (However in my opinion this type of media, as well as many other celeb’s acting out/break down thing is quite possibly just a low-life publicity stunt, but that’s just my opinion)

    I could go on and on, but I won’t, basically my point being, is including Over The Edge questionable at best? Yes, but I don’t think WWE is any worse than other media outlet’s and/or companies for doing so, and it’s a shame really.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Heath Ledger is a completely different kettle of fish: he didn’t die in the middle of filming a scene, then moved out of the way so they could keep filming. He died in his home alone. They continued the filming later to pay tribute to his last creative project. And we’re not talking about some gossip mag that makes a living off the misery of celebrities – we’re talking about a multi-billion dollar company that is supposed to specialise in family entertainment

      • RJR

        Do you get this argumentative and appalled when news organizations replay the WTC towers collapsing? Thousands died there and that is still replayed a lot to this day.

        Does Netflix show 9/11 documentaries solely to profit off of the tragedy? If so, should we go boycott Netflix for choosing to have those in their collection? Should we call Netflix “deplorable” for such decisions?

        My guess is… you haven’t taken this argument to the news channels or Netflix.

        • Bob’s Diner

          This isn’t someone making a documentary about the death of Owen Hart. This is the company that accepted some blame in his death airing a show that doesn’t need to aired. It will provide no insight or information – only show performers who are upset at the death of their friend.

      • realitybites

        Brandon Lee … The crow. Look it up. Same “kettle of fish”. He was shot on set while filimg. The scene was included in the movie.

        • Bob’s Diner

          No it wasn’t – the footage was destroyed

          • realitybites

            The scene that was shot was reshot using an alternate actor and included in the film. Not the actual footage of him being killed. Just like watching the PPV unedited will NOT allow you to see Owen actually fall to his death.

  • JR Texx (Jamie)

    It’s similar. Not the same, these are reports, people report on these types of things day in day out. It’s called News.

    You don’t put a PPV up of a man dying just to satisfy your needs. It’s just sick and twisted.

    • ron

      What needs are they satisfying ?? They are only keeping their word that all WCW ECW and WWE PPVs will be available. They (WWE) have not advertised this or made any statement about this specific PPV besides saying it would be editied when they were asked.

      It is the media and and “NEWS” sites like this that are talking this up and making a name or $$ off of it. They are the ones that should be ASHAMED!!

      • RJR

        Totally agreed. This wouldn’t even have been addressed if ‘news’ sites didn’t turn it in to a self-imposed issue.

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          Okay, no site mentioned this, and the PPV just appeared on the WWE Network and you didn’t want it too, you’d be moaning that they didn’t say anything about it.

          • Jimmy

            So im guessing you think complaining about it on a Wrestling site/forum is going to make the biggest difference in the world???

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            I’m beginning to think you don’t read before you type.

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        So media outlets and reports are supposed to ignore stuff like this? You do realize if stuff like this was ignored we would have no news at all.. so I guess we should just scrap the news and not inform anyone of anything?

        I’m glad Richard posted this because it INFORMED me of what WWE is planning on doing with the situation.

        • Jimmy

          What difference would it make if he had informed you or not?

          • JR Texx (Jamie)

            Well if he did I would know they would be discussing this.. if not I wouldn’t know.. that’s kind of the point? do you seriously read anything before commenting?

          • Jimmy

            Ok? and what does that change? Your trying to prove a point to people that have no control over the matter. Whether Richard wrote an article about it or not it would happen, The only thing the article has done is stir up controversy more than that if it was not written.

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        Also the guy “wolf” that comments here says HE NEEDS and only one person died.

        That ONE PERSON has a family, and has friends.

  • http://www.wrestlingnewsworld.com/ Richard Gray

    Some of the comments and attacks are getting far too personal. All I’m saying is forget about the stupid show and pay tribute to Owen Hart. There was one match that mattered and did it even really matter considering what happened?

    • Matt

      No one can pay “tribute” to Owen without getting sued. The WWE’s hands are tied. Stop demonizing the company over something that is not being done to profit or take advantage of his death. There are plenty of other things that the WWE is doing wrong these days. This isn’t one of them.

    • RVD4Life

      You made it personal Richard.. You started the argument when you made your opinion public. I personally disagree with you. You provide bias opinions on many subjects, not just this one.. If you can’t handle the responses to said opinion, maybe you should’ve kept it to yourself.. People are never gonna agree on this subject… Why should we forget about the show? Because YOU say we should? Because it offends YOU? I believe the show should absolutely be included. Edited Yes, but included. You can’t have it both ways…

      • JR Texx (Jamie)

        People could say the same thing too you… you’ve the exact same thing.

        Why would you want to watch it, it shouldn’t be on the channel without the families permission. Do you really think his family would want it to be on there? No. Respect his family for christ sake, the fact people want to see it on their is just plain selfish.

  • Hazmatt23

    If you recall, the Owen is Raw the night after had basically all the guys saying Owen would have wanted the show to go on. Based on what I’ve heard, Owen wanted what was best for the business that he loved.

    • Bob’s Diner

      Hahahaha that is the ‘company’ line – no one actually believes that at all

      • RJR

        Oh, so you were there that night?

        • Bob’s Diner

          What kind of stupid argument is that? Were you talking to Owen Hart after it happened and he told you the show should go on?

          • RJR

            Better than your argument of “no one actually believes that at all”.

            I believe it. There. Your argument just got destroyed.

          • Bob’s Diner

            OK then, the people closest to him did not agree. And if not for Owen, the show should have been stopped so the performers could have time to come to terms with what happened instead of having to go out there, some in tears, and wrestle next to the bloody patch that would have only reminded them of the terrible tragedy

          • RJR

            You keep making these definitive statements with absolutely nothing to back them. Show me one bit of actual evidence that “the people closest to him did not agree.” Just one.

            Not your opinion, not what you believe to be common sense facts… actual evidence backing a single thing you’ve said.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Read Mick Foley’s book – he thought the show should have stopped. Jeff Jarrett too. I’m sure you can find an interview where he discusses it. He actually got heat with Vince and Linda for giving an in ring tribute to Owen Hart on Raw. Martha Hart thought the show should have been stopped. Bret Hart as well. These are just off the top of my head, but they are people that were close to Owen Hart. I strongly believe Vince has even learnt his lesson from it, considering after the news came out about Chris Benoit they immediately cancelled Raw.

            It’s funny how you demand evidence when you don’t back anything up yourself. I guess you know better than everyone?

          • RJR

            What have I said that needed backing up? Please, do let me know.

  • Matt

    This is a terrible “opinion” article. Richard Gray you own and operate a website that capitalizes and profits from reporting the misfortunes of those in the wrestling business. Therr are so many misstatements and illogical arguments in this that I can’t even begin to address them all. But lets go with the two most glaring.

    1) The WWE makes $0 off of including this pay per view.

    2) The WWE cannot make a “3 hour owen hart tribute special”. THAT would be classified as profiting from his death. They are under strict instructions not to utilize Owen Hart’s likeness. They would be promptly sued. And this time for alot more than 18 million.

    Do you really believe the WWE would do anything like this without first consulting every single person from the Hart family and ensuring they are on board? I doubt it.

    Your “outrage” over this is misguided at best. You’re making a profit by reporting and making it a “hot button” issue on your website. Quite hypocritical.

  • RJR

    I am curious as to why the direct link to a story like this was posted to the WNW Twitter and Facebook accounts. Isn’t that using Owen’s death and the controversy surrounding it to make people come to your website in hopes of selling them a Premium subscription?

    But, I guess when you do it, it’s justifiable. Just not when big, bad WWE does it.

    • RJR

      (Especially considering this isn’t news and it’s just an opinion piece.)

      • Matt

        RJR is 100% correct. There are no less than two articles on here just in the last week about the “outrage” surrounding this PPV. There was no outrage. This is a gimmick.

      • Wolf

        Yet Richard posts this under “WWE News”.

    • Mysterion

      Where in the article does it say “thanks for reading now please join WNW Premium”? It’s just like anyone posting links to their blogs online. Why are you being such a douche?

      • RJR

        And where in my comment did I say that it said it in this article? It is, however, all over the website. You can’t click on anything on this site without some form of solicitation to purchase a subscription.

        With actual news stories, I get it. That’s business. This, however, is a divisive opinion piece meant to draw on the controversy surrounding WWE’s decision. I’m sorry that you see my facts as being a douche. I’d suggest your reply to me was equally as douchey as you’re claiming me to be. :)

        • Mysterion

          “Isn’t that using Owen’s death and the controversy surrounding it to make people come to your website in hopes of selling them a Premium subscription?”

          That bit. See where you said “selling them a premium subscription”. Like he’s advertised it in the article. Like the primary goal of this article is to sell a premium subscription. And yea, I am a douche. An opinionated, argumentative douche. However, I admit I’m a douche.

          • RJR

            If he brings someone to his website, his obvious goal is to sell them a subscription. It does not have to be stated in the article… and again… even the statement you quoted says nothing about it being in the actual article.

            This entire website is a “buy buy buy” site. And, like I said, I don’t fault that as it is a business and you have to sell your product. However, the ultimate goal is to draw people to your website and provide them with enough content to get them to want to purchase a subscription. Bringing people here via this article IS a solicitation, whether this article directly solicits it or not. It draws people to the website where they eventually will be bombarded with the Premium subscription offer.

            So, since we’re taking this to douchey argumentative levels, I’d suggest you actually read my words instead of inserting your own assumptions in to them.

          • realitybites

            let us not forget that the free site generates income based on the ads. So even if the article doesn’t solicit a premium subscription, money is being made just by visiting the page.

    • Wolf

      Richard is a TNA mark. He thinks WWE is the “big bad wolf”.

  • Scott Davies

    Weither anyone likes it or not. WWE is going to show it on their network. If you don’t wish to see it. The old saying is don’t watch it. I don’t think WWE is showing it too, be anyway disrespectful to Owen Hart & his family. It is not right to do, if you ask me. But if WWE don’t glorify it. I am fine with them showing it.

    • Wolf

      Slow news day I guess, so Richard decides to blow this out of proportion and create some mythical controversy.

  • Wolf

    It’s simple Richard. Since you are offended, don’t watch it. Plain and simple. I never watched it before and I really want to watch the pay-per-view. You don’t need to ruin everybody’s enjoyment by blasting this pay-per-view. If they take Over the Edge 1999 pay-per-view off the list, I will never support you again. You can’t ruin wrestling for everyone!

  • Freddiewhm

    Sorry Richard but your wrong, you have jumped the gun a bit I think as all wwe has said is that it will be edited they have not said how, they could replace Owens match with a fantastic tribute video? We just don’t know yet, I’m sure I also remember reading or hearing that Owen was very proud to be a wrestler as was someone who would have wanted the show to go on. It also has to be said that it does come across that you are looking to profit from human life by making such a big deal out of this other sites such as wrestlezone have hardly mentioned it

    • Wolf

      WrestlingNewsWorld is the only dirt sheet that has made a big deal about it. This site has gone hill since 2007. The “premium” news isn’t really important now and they never post any “premium” info on upcoming angles or anything like that. They made us pay for “rumor” info.

      • RVD4Life

        I agree.. this site has been going downhill for years, and is infested with Richards’ unjust opinions. He believes he is the authority and the voice of us real fans… I’m not a fan of Richard, and I’m also not a fan of making readers pay for rumors.. Most of the premium material is all rumors and then recycled out to the non paying readers…

        • realitybites

          It’s like watching sports on NBC with Bob Costas. More opinion then fact anymore.

        • JR Texx (Jamie)

          If this site has been going downhill for years, and you’re not a fan of Richard, why are you even here?

          Just sounds like you’re here to cause trouble.

    • Jimmy

      How can he be wrong? It’s an opinion

  • smark sloan

    it obviously got the ok from bret and owens widow martha hart . i cant imagine they didnt ask her permission first, as theve gone through enough legal battles over the years with her and wouldnt want another one .im sure if bret didnt like it he would voice his opinion on twitter on in an interview somewhere by now . so if both of those closest to owen are ok with the ppv being shown then i dont understand why others wouldnt be ( maybe martha said they could show it but it had to be edited or maybe wwe gave a big donation to the owen hart foundation charity beforehand …there could be lots of factors we dont know )

    • JR Texx (Jamie)

      Can’t say obviously when we don’t know. I could imagine someone like Bret would go public with something like this. But WWE own the tape so it’s up to them anyway, I would have thought they would include Martha and Bret Hart and others, but in the end it shouldn’t be down to the WWE or the fans, should be down to the family.

      • smark sloan

        i think they would have asked both of them first out of respect..and to avoid any negative media backlash…the last thing wwe would want is any bad publicity about the network , especially this close to the release date

        • Jimmy

          Vince McMahon and respect you say? Ahahahahahahaa

          • smark sloan

            yeah youre right, vinnie mac and respect dont go hand in hand ..but wwe and trying to avoid negativity and bad press ( especially in these p.g and stock market times) does

        • John

          I am willing to bet that nobody that wrestled on the show that Owen died would want this to be showing on the Network. I once heard Mick Foley talk about the horror of having to go wrestle in the ring where his close friend had just died and at times during the match he would be standing on the exact spot where Owen fell to his death! Horrible decision by WWE to use any footage from this tragic event.

  • Jimmy

    I’m not saying that i am 100% on board with using this PPV for the Network, however WWE promised their paying customers of the WWE network that they will include every PPV therefore they have made it their duty to provide for their paying customers.

  • Cubed56

    I’m sorry, I know this will probably piss a lot of people off, but I have no problem with the PPV being on the network as long as the tragedy is edited out. By doing it this way WWE isn’t making money off Owen’s accident in any way. Besides, how do we know that WWE didn’t get the permission of the Hart family to have it on the network so long as the tragedy was edited out? Hardcore fans already know what happened, but new fans don’t know about it and most casual fans probably dont know about it, or have forgotten about it, so if they were to watch the PPV, they wouldn’t even know that anything was missing. This entire story would’ve been better off not being written about on this site or any other site as it only re-opens the incident for discussion, while allowing those fans who never knew about it or may have forgotten about it a way to learn about it or revisit it. Unfortunately in this day and age, if somebody wants too see something bad enough there are plenty of places to find it.

  • Jimmy

    I think it would be best to remove this article Richard. The only thing you’ve done is stir things out of proportion

  • Whodeservesthepush

    I think a very important thing that anyone posting on this, which is obviously the most posted on “Wrestlingworldnews.com” post in recent history, has failed to mention, is that Over the Edge will probably be the #1 most viewed PPV for a while on the new WWE network. Are you telling me that not one single person from WNW will review it, either to bash it or praise it? People are, by nature, curious, so of course it will be above anything else of interest, because of what sites like this have done to glamorize or demoralize it. It will be a thing of interest.

  • Marcus

    I honestly don’t see the big deal in this. Since 1999 the WWE has NOT made any money off of this event. They went out of there way to not make this available on VHS or DVD and I believe that was the right thing to do. Now they have a platform to release the other matches from this event to showcase their title history and still NOT MAKE ANY MONEY from it. What’s the big deal in that? I agree a Owen Hart tribute should also be included but I don’t know if that’s an option considering Martha Hart’s lawsuit. This whole discussion has been blown way out of proportion. WWE may have done some deplorable things in the past but I don’t think this is one of them.

  • josh

    It really bothers me that you needed to put the word “deplorable” in the title of this article. As a huge Owen Hart fan, I think your opinion is a little too emotional – but its your opinion on the manner. With that in mind, try to leave an opinionated adjective off an article title. It makes you seem far less credible.

    • Abdulrahman

      Thanks for saying that; I was thinking just the same :)

  • Cubed56

    I’ve already said I’m fine with it, if the tragedy is edited out of course. I personally will not watch it either way. My real question is, is everything that Owen Hart ever did gonna be left off the network, because the Hart family does not want his likeness used? That would mean none of his work will be seen. I personally would love to see his match against Bret at WM again. If it is the case where all his work is left off, I personally think it’s a shame. I understand the pain the Hart family had and still has to this day, but I think having all of Owens other work on the network would be a great way to celebrate and remember his life.

    • BlazeKing

      “My real question is, is everything that Owen Hart ever did gonna be left
      off the network, because the Hart family does not want his likeness
      used?”

      It wasn’t the Hart family itself, but Owen’s widow who did that. Last I heard, she’s agreed for WWE to use his likeness because she realizes that there are tons of fans who have championed for Owen to go into the Hall of Fame. That wasn’t possible because of Martha Hart’s stance.

  • ChefRamsey

    Thank you for your irrelevant opinion.
    The only mistake made was to continue the show, as soon as Owens death was confirmed they should have ended the show, refunded the audience and reshuffled the card to take place at the next ppv, they could have easily stretched out the storylines an extra month.
    The fact they have put the show on the WWE network bares no relevance on profits, unless somebody is purchasing the network based on watching a ppv they can find UNEDITED on youtube or other video sites (not saying its legal but they just can if they so wished).
    Just like the Chris Benoit matches being on the network, its an event that was unfortunate and took place nonetheless so you have to apply your own personal stance on if to watch the show just as it is your decision to watch the Chris Benoit matches, It isn’t like the WWE are using any footage of Owens accident or the aftermath either.
    Again, the only mistake the WWE made was to continue the show at the time, no point crying over spilt milk now, but that is just my opinion…and my opinion is only as relevant as yours.