Over the Edge was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced
by the World Wrestling Federation, which took place on May 23, 1999, at
the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. The show's seven matches
showcased prominent WWF wrestlers, who acted out the franchise's
stories in and out of the ring; however, the wrestling industry mostly
remembered the show for the accidental death of wrestler Owen Hart. In
the main event, The Undertaker defeated Steve Austin in a singles match
(with Shane McMahon as the guest referee) to win the WWF Championship.
Owen Hart was scheduled to face The Godfather for the WWF
Intercontinental Championship during the event. Hart was to make a
superhero-like ring entrance, which would have seen him descend from
the arena rafters into the ring. He was, however, released prematurely
when the harness line malfunctioned, and fell more than 70 feet (21 m)
into the ring and died. Criticism later arose over the WWF's decision
to continue the show after Hart's accident. In court, the Hart family
sued the organization, contending that poor planning of the dangerous
stunt caused Owen's death. The WWF settled the case.
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