Jake Roberts Criticizes WWE's Ruthless Aggression Era: 'Inappropriate

Podcast revelations shed new light on past WWE segment.

by Noman Rasool
Jake Roberts Criticizes WWE's Ruthless Aggression Era: 'Inappropriate
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WWE Hall of Famer Jake "The Snake" Roberts, known for his captivating and often controversial in-ring storylines, recently shared his candid thoughts on one of WWE's most contentious segments. During an episode of his podcast "The Snake Pit," Roberts reflected on the infamous 2002 Katie Vick storyline, a narrative that has long been a subject of criticism within the wrestling community.

This particular storyline, involving wrestlers Kane and Triple H, was notorious for its portrayal of a mock act of necrophilia. Surprisingly, Roberts admitted he was unaware of this controversial angle until he viewed it during his podcast.

His immediate reaction was one of unequivocal disapproval. "Not with it, man... That's some sick stuff," Roberts commented, clearly disturbed by what he had seen.

Roberts Critiques Funeral Scene

Adding to the controversy, Roberts's co-host Marcus DeAngelo revealed that the segment was allegedly filmed in a funeral parlor while an actual funeral occurred nearby.

This additional detail only intensified Roberts's condemnation of the storyline. Despite the seriousness of his critique, Roberts injected a touch of his characteristic dark humor into the conversation. He said he would have participated in the storyline for free, but with a morbid twist: "No.

I would do it for free. But I'd do it right! I'd use a real corpse! So disgusting..." This offhand remark underscores Roberts's ability to blend candid commentary with the edgy humor that marked his wrestling career. Roberts is not alone in his criticism of the Katie Vick storyline.

In 2022, fellow Hall of Famer Jim Ross also disapproved on his podcast "Grilling JR." Ross described the segment as "embarrassing to wrestling," echoing the sentiments of many fans and industry insiders. The wrestling world often distinguishes between entertainment and controversy, and the Katie Vick storyline is a prime example of this delicate balance.

As Roberts and Ross's comments demonstrate, even seasoned professionals can be taken aback by the lengths to which storylines can go. Their critiques offer an insightful glimpse into the ongoing conversation about the boundaries of storytelling in professional wrestling.

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