THE RESPONSE GIVEN
Owen Hart died on May 23, 1999.
The response to his death has been very mixed from the wrestling fans.
Some people are saddened to have lost a talented worker who entertained millions of fans for over 10 years.
Some people are angered that he died on a stunt gone wrong; something that had absolutely nothing to do with 'professional wrestling.' Many of these same people demonize the 'sports entertainment' concept altogether - the loss of a great worker fuels the hate even more.
Some people just go along with public opinion. They are the sheep of our society - ones who are slow to form an opinion until everyone else's cards are drawn. The 'classy opinion' is the one these people choose to take.
And a few people actually find the time to make Owen Hart's death a joke. Owen Hart is merely fodder to spurn a joke. How delightful it must be to crack a good laugh over someone else's demise. It's how jerks like Craig Kilborn make a living.
It seems we, the wrestling fans all have some opinion about Owen Hart's death. One way or another, he made us think, for good or for bad.
Owen Hart's death touched every single hardcore wrestling fan on May 23, 1999.
Owen Hart has been forgotten by most mainstream wrestling fans. The lack of a mention of his name on WWF telecasts speak volumes about what they want us to remember. Steve Austin getting hit by an automobile takes precedence over trying to keep alive Owen's memory. The memory of Owen Hart grows weaker and weaker every week.
Owen Hart's death is another chapter in the seemingly neverending feud between Bret Hart and Vince McMahon.
Owen Hart's death was another tool for Bret Hart to use to fight his war with McMahon.
Owen Hart's death is a prelude to Martha Hart suing Vince McMahon.
What has this to do with anything? I'm just stating the obvious. Look at what has happened because of Owen Hart's death. Peopel have reacted in their own ways. It spawned a lot of people to say or do things - reprehensable or not.
But isn't there anything else that Owen Hart's death should've spawned?
Shouldn't it have spawned a movement to stop these stupid and hokey 'sports entertainment' angles? Who really gives a damn how Sting arrives in an arena?
Shouldn't it have spawned a more guarded approach to professional wrestling. New Jack is still jumping off balconies. Kanyon got powerbombed from the top of a cage in the Kemper Arena.
Shouldn't it have spawned paying customers to say 'enough with this shit - I'm sick and tired of watching my heroes die every 4 months!"
Owen Hart's death made a strong impact on everyone involved with professional wrestling - whether it be the wrestler, the promoter, the booker, the mark, the Internet know-it-all.
The People do care about Owen Hart's death. The problem is The People don't care enough to take a stand. I don't care enough to take a stand. We are a weak society that won't take a strong enough stand unless it pertains to someone like Adolf Hitler or Benito Mussolini.
Vince McMahon won't take a stand. He's too busy raking in the money to really give a shit. After all, if The People don't give a shit, why the fuck should he?
I won't take a stand. I still watch professional wrestling. I can't help it. Maybe it is my indifference to the whole thing.
Whether I like it or not, I represent one of the millions who tune into RAW every week.
Whether I like it or not, I am one of The People.
If my own society can not fight against Vince McMahon, Vince Russo, Eric Bischoff and Paul Heyman for allowing such inanity to occur in professional wrestling, why should I make a big fuss?
Owen Hart is not the only pro wrestler to die in a horrendous fashion. The People expressed their opinions, then became indifferent to Owen Hart after The Rock finds another way to insult someone.
If The People don't give a shit, then the promoters don't give a shit.