Widely regarded as one of the worst, most tasteless storylines in wrestling history, the Katie Vick storyline is known among most wrestling fans. For those who are unfamiliar with it, I'll give a brief breakdown.
The storyline unfolded over the month of October in 2002. On October 7th, after a tag team TLC title match in which Kane retained the titles by himself after his partner, The Hurricane, was attacked by HHH and Ric Flair; HHH came out and said he knew Kane's secret. He asked Kane if the name Katie Vick rang a bell, before revealing to the world that Kane was indeed a MURDERER!!
The wrestling world had a week to think about this jaw-dropping rumour. Next week, Kane decided to give his side of the story. He told everyone that Katie Vick was an old girlfriend, and one night they drank too much and Kane drove. He lost control of the car which crashed, injuring Kane but killing Katie.
The following week featured what most people remember. We see a video clip of HHH wearing a Kane mask standing over a casket with a "body" inside. HHH proceeds to grope and fondle the dummy, and eventually "has sex" with it. With the announcers disgusted, Raw features the main event of Kane and RVD vs HHH and Ric Flair. Kane is eventually able to get HHH into the trunk of his car, and told HHH "now I'm going to screw you".
On Raw the next week, HHH brought out the casket and dummy wearing a high school cheerleader uniform. He cuts a promo before being interrupted by Hurricane, who plays a video clip of someone getting an enema while wearing a HHH mask. This led to HHH facing Kane in a casket match in the main event. The ending came when Shawn Michaels came down to give HHH Sweet Chin Music, allowing Kane to get the win, ending the feud and the storyline.
Now some of you may be wondering, how can anyone possibly defend this? And my answer is easy, it's a great story for children with lots of valuable moral lessons.
Lesson #1- Drinking and driving: upon learning that Kane had killed someone, we find out that it occurred from a drinking and driving accident. This is a valuable lesson for all kids, that will play out for them in a few years. They will face peer pressure to drink and make bad decisions. All kids have to do is think back to how even a monster like Kane regrets his decision to drink and drive. After all the horror and suffering Kane had been through in his life, from his own brother killing his parents and burning him to finding out Paul Bearer is his dad; the one thing that haunts him most is drinking and driving. If it's not ok for the Big Red Machine, it's not ok for you.
Lesson #2- Consent: there's no denying it, the scene with HHH and the dummy is hard to watch. But that's not a bad thing, that's a good thing. Why is it hard to watch? Because we know the dummy didn't give consent. Kids need to know it's never ok to engage in sexual activity without everyone's consent, and it's a lesson they'll learn while watching HHH get to second base with a mannequin. #Metoo might not have needed to happen if Harvey Weinstein and others like him were watching Raw that chilly October evening.
Lesson #3- Necrophilia/kink shaming: while many of us were disgusted by the idea of HHH having marital relations with a dead person, it is actually a kink many people have. And kink shaming is not ok people. It is an age old kink dating back to ancient times, when sailors bringing corpses back from their trips would often get lonely and need to make due with what they had. It wasn't ok to make ancient sailors feel bad about giving in to their inner urges, and it's not ok now. What happens between a man and a rotting lump of flesh is none of your business you prude.
Lesson #4- Rectal health: men's health is a subject that often gets ignored, so it's nice to see WWE feature it in their programming, especially rectal health as it's a taboo subject. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 42 million Americans a year suffer from constipation. It's a very common problem that does not get talked about, and WWE is trying to break down that wall. WWE cares about the health of their fans as much as the health of their employees, and they wanted to make sure we all knew of the potential benefits of enemas. With having so many people joining his Kiss My Ass club, you can be assured Vince has a very clean colon.
Lesson #5- Friends are important: through this entire storyline, we see Kane benefit from the support of his friends. His friends RVD and Hurricane help him fend off HHH and Ric Flair, and we see Terri Runnels offer emotional support after he gave his side of the story. Community, friends and family are very important and can help guide you through very difficult situations. A usual loner, even Kane knows he needs to lean on the people most important to him in order to get through this, and even finds help in an unlikely friend in HBK. You're never too old to make new friends, and we learn that here.
As you can see, this storyline is wrongly viewed as disgusting and tasteless, when reality couldn't be further from the truth. This is a wholesome, educational storyline that everyone should sit down and watch with their children. The children are our future, and we must make sure they're brought up with the proper beliefs and values. I can't think of anyone better to teach the youth of today those beliefs and values than Vince McMahon and the WWE.
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