Legendary ECW announcer Joey Styles was recently let go by WWE due — in part — to comments he made about Roman Reigns and moms. (Totally not in the way you’re thinking, you pervs.) Luckily, much like Ryback, this just means he has a lot of free time to tell wonderful stories about wrestling history.
In a new interview with Sports Illustrated, Styles talked at length about the night that Kurt Angle made his professional wrestling debut and absolutely flipped the hell out. As luck would have it, Angle was standing between Styles and Paul Heyman when the controversial segment began where Raven crucified Sandman.
“Here is an Olympic gold medalist who won the gold medal for America in America with a broken neck,” recalled Styles. “I’m just thinking, ‘How the hell did Paul Heyman get this guy here? Why is Kurt Angle in this craphole of a building in Philadelphia?’
“So I’m sitting there watching this match, and that’s when Raven and his minions crucify the Sandman, à la our lord and savior Jesus Christ, on a wooden cross that the Sandman built himself because he was a carpenter,” said Styles. “Raven even put a barbed wire crown around Sandman’s head, like a crown of thorns. South Philly was a very Catholic community, and they were sitting in stunned silence—until they started booing. And it was not the good booing, either. It was the ‘we don’t want you doing this’ kind of booing.’