As you read these worlds, the sports world is praying for Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills, who collapsed after a collision with Tee Higgins of the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday Night Football. Hamlin received CPR on the field following the hit for several minutes and is in critical condition at a medial facility in Cincinnati.
The NFL made the decision to postpone the game until a later time. This had fans watching the game comparing this tragedy to another, specifically the death of WWE Superstar, Owen Hart, who was killed during the Over the Edge Pay Per View in 1999.
After suffering a fatal fall, the WWE decided to continue with the show and announced the death of Hart later in the program. The broadcasting team, and even the other wrestlers were struggling to continue after the news came down.
Monday Night Football and WWE’s Monday Night RAW run opposite of each other with the former airing on ESPN and ABC, and the latter on USA.
Here are the tweets from some fans on Monday night…
The Owen Hart incident happened 45 minutes from my hometown and ever since that I have been disgusted with "The show must go on" mentality.
— 🌸Xanoz (@XanozIchimonji) January 3, 2023
Fuck you, @nflcommish and the @NFL. This is as horrible as @VinceMcMahon allowing a ppv to continue after Owen Hart’s death. The players and coaches and the @NFLPA did the right thing. https://t.co/e9ClQGr0x6
— Joey Tovar (@JoeyTovar_) January 3, 2023
When Owen Hart died Vince McMahon kept the show rolling. Wrestlers and crew still talk about how traumatic it was to go on after it happened.
The coaches did the right thing pulling players tonight. “The show must go on” only benefits the people profiting off the asses in seats.
— Joe Randazzo (@Yankeelibrarian) January 3, 2023
Watching this Damar Hamlin situation unfold brought back a rush of childhood memories to what happened to Owen Hart. I still, to this day, could never understand how both the fans and wrestlers could just carry on and finish that show
— Caleb Konley (@CalebKonley) January 3, 2023
The Damar Hamlin situation made us think of the Owen Hart tragedy. The show went on that night and it felt wrong. Kudos to @nfl for eventually getting it right.
— The Fade Route with D and Z (@FadeRouteDandZ) January 3, 2023
Wait for an update on this game was giving me Owen Hart vibes when Vince McMahon just continued the pay per view after Owen died in the ring. Good job Roger Goodell for doing the right thing. Prayers for Damar Hamlin!!
— Tom Dillard (@tdill20) January 3, 2023
100% the NFL/Goodell would have treated this like Owen Hart's death had Coach Taylor and Coach McDermott not stepped in.
— ABomb (@ABomb198011) January 3, 2023
This entire night is insane. The Wrestling fan in me cannot get Owen Hart out of my head. I don't think I can go to bed without hearing an update on Damar. This is going to have a major impact on the NFL moving forward.
— Tim Bell (@Lythas5) January 3, 2023
The NFL did what the WWE couldn’t do in 1999 after the death of Owen Hart: they cancelled the game.
— I am the Cheese (@replicantpinky) January 3, 2023
Omg I remember when the WWE continued the program after Owen Hart fell to his death. 😳 Despicable! https://t.co/30KgpHMDgi
— ✨ Cortney Miller | Anti-hero ✨ (@CortneyMiller22) January 3, 2023
Game should have ended right then and there. Only thing I can think to compare it to is when Owen Hart died and they literally just went on with the show.
— Cory James (@IntrospectOnIt) January 3, 2023
What do you think of the decision of the NFL to postpone the game?
Do you remember the Owen Hart tragedy?
What role do these leagues and organizations play in keeping their athletes safe?
Let me know if the right decision was made below.