Jim Ross provided the soundtrack for some of the most famous and some of the most infamous moments in WWE history. While JR has gone down in history for his calls for Mick Foley flying from the top of Hell in a Cell, and Mike Tyson brawling with Steve Austin, he was also at the announce desk for one of WWE’s less fondly remembered storylines.
Towards the end of 2002, World Heavyweight Champion Triple H was wrapped up in a feud with Kane. However, the in-ring drama wasn’t enough, and The Game accused his rival of being responsible for the death of a woman named Katie Vick.
Kane later admitted that he had been driving the car in the accident in which Vick died, as he tried to prove he wasn’t a murderer.
The low point of the whole angle featured Triple H in a Kane mask visiting a funeral home and the casket of Katie Vick. Triple H then simulated having sex with the corpse. The storyline and segment were slammed by fans at the time, and has remained one of the most infamous moments in WWE history.
Jim Ross – “None Of Those Things Were Good”
During a recent of his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross discussed the storyline, and the also badly received “HLA” angle which aired just weeks earlier. Ross explained that the two angles were an attempt to lean more heavily on entertainment, although the new direction “wasn’t good.”
“I don’t know [if that was always the plan]. I don’t recall any more decent ideas. There may have been. Somebody may have said, ‘Well, that’s not outlandish enough, that’s not sensationalistic enough.’
But it was an attempt to become more entertainment. For Raw anyway, the entertainment side of that show became the HLAs and all that shit. Lawler and I did our best to make some sense out of it, narrate it, or lay out.
I found us laying out of it more than anything because sometimes when you’re not sure what to say, or an angle is being introduced and you don’t know how the audience is gonna take it, you lay out….some of that content was hard to lay out. What do you say sometimes?
The only thing I will say about that stuff is it was different, it was unique, it was new. But none of those things were good. It wasn’t good new. Nothing. This show was a great example of us getting way out of our lane.”
The rivalry between Triple H and Kane came to an end at No Mercy where The Game defeated his masked foe to unify the Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Titles.
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