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Dark Side of the Ring Video Extra: Owen Hart and His Notorious Ribs

Vice TV's Dark Side of the Ring ended its second season run with one of its most heartbreaking and controversial topics: the shocking death of Owen Hart. A member of professional wrestling's famed Hart family, Owen fell to his death at then-WWF's pay-per-view event Over the Edge. In the guise of the Blue Blazer, Owen was set to be lowered down from the rafters of the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri, for his Intercontinental Championship match against The Godfather. Over the course of the hour, producers Evan Husney and Jason Eisener's docuseries took a look at the days and hours leading up to the fatal accident. Speaking with family, friends, and co-workers, viewers learned more about the wrestler's life as well as the controversy surrounding the company's decision to continue the event after Owen's death, and the lawsuits and hurt feelings that would result.

Owen Hart and The Ultimate Warrior from Dark Side of the Ring, courtesy of Vice TV.
Owen Hart and The Ultimate Warrior from Dark Side of the Ring, courtesy of Vice TV.

The professional wrestling docuseries wasn't quite done with giving viewers an appreciation for Owen outside of the ring, though. In the following clips, Martha Hart, Jim Cornette, Jim "J.R." Ross, and more remember some of Owen's more famous/infamous "ribs". Check out the clip below to learn what a "natural rubber" Owen was, from prank calls and pigs to water bottle pee stains and unlacing his opponent's (and the ref's) boots in the ring to get them to relax, here's another look back on the life of Owen Hart:

The second season consisted of ten episodes and focused its investigative spotlight on a wide range of subjects, beginning with a two-part look into the life and tragics deaths of Chris Benoit, Nancy Benoit, and their son, Daniel. From there, the series looked into the murder of Dino Bravo, the WWF/WWE's "Brawl for All" tournament that led to career-ending injuries, the controversial career of ECW star New Jack and David Schultz's violent run-in with 20/20 reporter John Stossel. This season also examined the death of Nancy Argentino, Jimmy Snuka's girlfriend, the story of tag team wrestling legends Hawk and Animal: The Road Warriors, Herb Abrams' attempt to build a wrestling empire, and the story of Owen Hart's death during a WWE pay-per-view. Along with serving as executive producers, Husney also serves as a writer with Eisener directing. Catherine Whyte, Naveen Prasad, and Vanessa Case also serve as executive producers, with Alex McIntosh producing. Tara Nadolny is the supervising executive for Vice TV, with the series produced by Vice Studios

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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