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In the summer of 2002, after Triple H was awarded the newly christened World Heavyweight Championship in the wake of Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar signing an exclusive contract with Smackdown, The Game ruled Monday Night Raw with an iron fist defeating fan favorites such as Ric Flair and RVD.
 
Once Triple H became embroiled in a feud with Kane, who was white-hot at the time in terms of popularity, things soon took a turn for the bizarre. After a bit of alluding to holding knowledge of Kane’s darkest secret, Triple H came out the next week on RAW asking Kane what he knew about “Katie Vick”. With the wrestling world in confusion over who this girl was and how she was linked to Kane, the Big Red Machine told his story.
 
Despite completely going against the already established backstory of the Kane character, it was revealed that Katie Vick was Kane’s girlfriend during his teenage years. One night, while driving home from a party where the two had been consuming alcohol, Kane claimed he swerved to hit an animal in the road, subsequently crashing the car and killing Katie in the process. With the line “It was an accident,” the storyline which would become possibly the most revolting and confusing in WWE history was born. It would only get worse from here, much… much worse.
 
On Monday, October 21, 2001, Triple H came to the ring, a segment that seemed to be the status quo during this time period, and told the world that he had footage that needed to be seen. 
 
In the video displayed on the titantron, it showed the inside of a funeral parlor with a funeral clearly in session. The camera pans to show a mannequin in a cheerleading costume lying in a casket. Soon after, a shirtless Triple H in a Kane mask comes into frame and begins to feel up the mannequin. The esteemed Heavyweight Champion of the World then climbs into the casket and proceeds to simulate the act of sexual intercourse.. with the mannequin.. and finished (no pun intended, I’m so sorry) with the line, “I just banged your brains out.” No, that was not a fever dream, this actually took place and was allowed on prime-time television.
 
The storyline was so outrageous and absurd that it defeated the point of being a story as the outcome of the feud has no importance to the story. To make a long story short, Triple H defeated Kane in every match between the two and it was never mentioned on WWE programming again. Though it had no long-term effect on the product on or off-screen, it was definitely indicative of a period in WWE where the creative process was at an all time low. 

Christian is an avid wrestling fan who began watching in the summer of 2001. His passion for the business starts and ends with the history of the sport. He loves holding discussions with fellow fans about their opinions on events in wresting history spanning all promotions and time periods. He currently has plans to co-host a podcast with fellow FightBoothPW contributor Brandon Miller (@brandonpsmc). If anyone would like to reach Christian, they can email him at cwaughh16@gmail.com or his Twitter account @cdubb106

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