Jim Ross has opened up about how Sable became incredibly relatable in WWE – through the “seven deadly sins” being a part of her character.
Speaking on Grilling Jr, the legendary commentator would open up about Sable getting the rub from The Rock setting her up for success, but stating that playing on real emotions would be a true driving force to allow the former Women’s Champion connection with the crowd.
“Business picked up when she got the rub from The Rock. That was magic on camera, that was big-time business on screen right there. But yeah, people could relate to a jealous husband. Again with the ‘seven deadly sins’—if you’re a booker, talent and you don’t know what [they] are, you’ll never be a great worker, or as great as you could be if you didn’t understand those emotions. We’ve all got them. We all have them, unless you’re some sort of sociopath and you’re stuck in a prison cell somewhere.”
Sable, of course, was initially paired with Triple H before aligning with her real-life husband Marc Mero. The jealousy of the latter would play out on-screen, seeing the pair split. The man under the black hat would go on to detail that basic human emotions being amplified is something that have been played off of over the years, and that the “seven deadly sins” are something everyone can relate to.
“All of those ‘seven deadly sins’ are prevalent in all of our lives. So the great bookers, the Eddie Grahams, Bill Watts, all these cats over the years, basically played off of human emotions as the foundation for their booking. That’s where the term ‘personal issues’ came from. Personal issues are utilised to highlight the basic human condition that people could relate to, and the wrestlers just amplified it.”
In particular with Sable, who is now married to former WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, Ross spoke about how that was very true of the one-time Women’s Champion, and that she would always become the “focal point” of whatever she was involved in.
“It’s simple booking, and sometimes those little traits are overlooked because the younger generation thinks that’s too simple. But millennials, by and large but not all of them, a lot of them don’t understand the seven deadly sins and how that affects basic human nature and how that is affected by the viewer. It’s an interesting scenario, to say the least, but there was no way to hide Rena. Every scenario that she was booked in, in that era, every match she was in, she was the focal point.”
JR also went on to discuss how WWE’s now-typical high-quality production played its part, and that vignettes can be so much more influential than a match when it comes to getting a talent over.