The CM Punk lie detector performance on Monday Night Raw this week was silly, at least until the end, and reminded me of a long-lost skit involving George “The Animal” Steele.
Filmed for the WWF’s Tuesday Night Titans show (think Vince McMahon acting as Jay Leno), Steele is purportedly subjected to shock treatment as a way to cure his speech impediment and raise his intelligence. Steele played a wildman-type of character who tended to yell out one or two words during promos, such as “Hurt!” or “Mine!”
This ditty aired in 1985, when Steele was managed by Captain Lou Albano and were both babyfaces. The whole thing was clearly played for laughs, as much of TNT was.
When a psychologist in the scene strapped a metallic, dome-head helmet onto Steele for the shock treatment, Vince said in his dead-plan style, “You’ve got to be kidding me, Mr. Albano.”
The skit peaked when the shock therapy raised Steele’s IQ, and he uttered in a normal voice, “How now brown cow.”
Then the treatment went haywire, Steele reverted to the Animal, and ran off.
It was stupid and made you shake your head. I felt the same way watching the lie detector test with CM Punk, particularly when Punk and the Miz traded dumb barbs about sucking.
Vince’s humor never changes.