AEW announcer Jim Ross has hit out at the WWE storyline from years gone by that he decries as an “embarrassment to pro wrestling.”
Wrestling is filled with storylines from years gone by that are best filed away and never spoken of again. Mae Young and her hand, Trish Stratus barking like a dog, and then of course there’s Katie Vick.
The name Katie Vick will spark horror in the minds of WWE fans who were watching at the time. Vick was said to be an old girlfriend of Kane who was killed when the car Kane was driving spun out and crashed. So far, so sports entertainment.
Kane’s chief tormentor at the time, Triple H, went one step further however as he dressed up a mannequin doll in a funeral home as Katie Vick and then simulated sex with her.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross who was on the call on Raw during this whole turgid affair expressed his displeasure with the entire angle:
“So I never understood the logic behind it. It failed miserably. It was in poor taste. I don’t want to put programming on television, where a dad who’s getting a pass to watch wrestling on Monday night has to explain to his kid What necrophilia [is]. What are the sex components of this alleged storyline? Well, that’s not what you want to explain to a child, you want to make them a fan.”
“And if you want heat on Triple H, then shoot an angle with the babyface, not a mannequin. So I don’t know. I never saw any value in it. I think it was embarrassing to wrestling. And that’s a big statement. But you can say blank is an embarrassment to pro-wrestling. So and I believe that to be true, then I believe to be true now.”
“I was so shocked. And I knew the subject matter was going to be very, very delicate, to say the very least. But I didn’t know all the specifics, and all the machinations of how they’re going to produce that segment. It was just horrible, just horrible. And I felt so bad for the audience. And you know, you can almost theoretically [hear] your TV’s clicking, channels changing.”
“You know, again, if you’ve got to sit and explain a political, a religious or a sexual angle to your audience, you’re on the wrong road. And they covet these kids for all the right reasons, primarily to create more cash. And it’s just amazing, I get at a loss for words just thinking about [it]. Again, I’m just trying to figure out why we did it. You really believe it’s going to work? I wonder whose idea that was in a writing room. […] There’s no redeeming qualities to this piece of sh*t.”
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