Jim Ross explains why he doesn’t believe the Great Khali should have defeated Kane at WrestleMania 23.
WrestleMania 23 took place on April 1st, 2007 in Detroit, MI. The event is perhaps best known for the Battle of the Billionaires that ended with Vince McMahon’s head being shaved after Bobby Lashley, who was representing future United States President Donald Trump, defeat Umaga, who represented McMahon.
An attraction that’s less talked about from that night was the battle between Kane and the Great Khali, which featured Kane slamming Khali in homage to the Hulk Hogan vs. Andre the Giant match at WrestleMania III. In the end, the Great Khali defeated Kane with a Giant Chokeslam.
Speaking on the latest episode of Grilling JR (available via AdFreeShows), Jim Ross spoke about the match that failed to ignite the interest of the crowd. However, he did praise Kane for his work in the match and said the Big Red Machine was deserving of his place on the card, even if Khali wasn’t yet ready.
“Kane deserved to be on the card, skill set wise, dues-paying wise. All those things. Khali not so much. He just wasn’t ready. Dalip wasn’t a bad guy. He was friendly. He was from a different country and trying to learn a different language. He was an attraction guy.”
Both Kane and the Great Khali would go on to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2021.