Rigger Bobby Talbert Said In Investigative File That Max Mini Was Supposed To Be Attached To Owen Hart

Tuesday's season finale of Dark Side of the Ring focused on the final days of Owen Hart and brought to light some added information.

In the documentary, Martha Hart showed viewers the clip that was supposed to hold Owen for the stunt, revealing that it took just six pounds of pressure for the clip to release before giving an example of how easy it was to release the clip.

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The clip used was a snap shackle designed to open on load for sailboats. Martha told CBS Sports, "By the very design of the stunt, it was meant to fail, because the weight of Owen on that clip actually made it more likely it would open spontaneously."

David Bixenspan acquired an investigative file from the Kansas City Police Department, which features a 1999 interview with rigger Bobby Talbert, who was hired by WWE to set-up the stunt. In the interview, Talbert reveals that Max Mini was supposed to be attached to Owen, but they later decided against performing that stunt. Talbert stated he had done a similar stunt for WCW where two people were attached together and lowered from the rafters and to the ring.

According to Martha in her book, Talbert claimed the stunt they asked Owen to perform was similar to Sting's stunt. But Ellis Edwards, who was the stunt coordinator for WCW, disputed that claim.

Martha filed a wrongful death lawsuit against WWE, which was settled out of court for approximately $18 million on November 2, 2000.

 

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