Professional wrestling Legend Jim Ross recently remembered his famous interview with Mankind. This interview is often seen as a benchmark for backstage interview segments.
The incident took place back in June, 1997, just before the start of the famous Attitude Era. It was the night after WWE pay per view King of the Ring where MankinFoleyd was beaten by Hunter Hearst Helmsley aka Triple H in the final of the King of the Ring tournament.
Jim Ross Looks Back At His Interview With Mankind
The feud between mankind and Triple H went on for quite a long time. In this long going feud, Triple H and mankind had a very famous match at SummerSlam pay per view event of that same year. They had a steel cage match which was won by Mankind. This match is often regarded as one of the most entertaining steel cage matches of all time.
But before the feud could get up to its peak, Mankind sat down with Jim Ross backstage for an interview. Foley’s acting skills were really praised by the fans and critics in this interview. He played this psycho gimmick extremely well. At the end of the interview, Foley attacked Ross and knocked him out with the Mandible Claw.
On the recent episode of Grilling JR. Jim Ross spoke on this famous interview. Here is what the current AEW commentator had to say regarding this matter;
“We needed to facilitate him attacking me at the end and doing that off of one set of furniture was probably most logical. It was just a little studio that was purposely darkened. The atmosphere needed to fit what we perceived the persona of Mankind should be. Then, we rock and roll from there. It was one of those good days where you feel good about what you’re doing.
“It goes to show you if you have the feel for your content, you can do it without a zillion rehearsals. We had no writer write anything. How do we do that? We did it the same way wrestlers did it for generations and generations. We went on our instincts and what felt right with the piece of business we were trying to transact. So, it was pretty cool.”
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