Feud with The Undertaker (1997–2000)
Following the Undertaker’s WWF Championship victory over Sycho Sid at WrestleMania 13, Paul Bearer attempted to reunite with The Undertaker after a long period of mutual hostility, using the threat of revealing The Undertaker’s “biggest secret”. When The Undertaker refused to once again become aligned with Bearer, Bearer began tormenting him by telling him that his long-lost half-brother, Kane (later revealed as Bearer’s son), was coming to the WWF to challenge him. After months of hype and speculation Kane debuted at WWF Badd Blood: In Your House on October 5, costing The Undertaker the victory in the first-ever Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels.
Kane originally wore a mask, sported long hair, and wore red and black ring attire that almost entirely covered his body.
Kane and The Undertaker feuded with one over another the following year, during which time their history vis-à-vis one another was expounded. Kane won his first match against Mankind at Survivor Series. In weeks prior on Raw, Kane had randomly attacked other wrestlers including Ahmed Johnson, Road Warrior Hawk, the Hardy Boyz, Flash Funk, and Mankind’s alter ego Dude Love. The Undertaker initially refused to face him, saying he would not fight his own “flesh and blood”.
After a brief partnership, Kane betrayed his brother when he cost him the WWF Championship; he made a run-in in The Undertaker’s WWF Championship title match with Shawn Michaels at the Royal Rumble. After the match, Kane locked The Undertaker in a casket and set it on fire, though it was later revealed that Undertaker managed to escape the casket without being seen before Kane set it on fire. This provoked The Undertaker into returning to face Kane at WrestleMania XIV on March 29.
Kane was defeated by The Undertaker after three Tombstone Piledrivers. After the match Kane and Paul Bearer attacked The Undertaker.
They continued to feud until Unforgiven on April 26, when The Undertaker defeated Kane in an Inferno match. In this match, Paul Bearer tried to help Kane by attacking The Undertaker; however, at one point of the match, as Kane was retreating backstage, Vader forced Kane back towards the ring, and The Undertaker attacked them both by jumping over the ring ropes surrounded by fire.
On May 19, Bearer was revealed to be an employee at the funeral home in Death Valley owned by The Undertaker’s parents. When Kane and The Undertaker were children, Kane “accidentally” burned down the funeral home, killing their parents and hideously scarring Kane both physically and mentally. The Undertaker thought Kane had been dead for years after the fire. During an episode of Raw taped in Long Island, Kane and Bearer ostensibly exhumed the parents’ bodies and brought them to the arena. Bearer, who survived the fire, hid Kane in a mental asylum as he grew up and went on to form an alliance with The Undertaker. After suffering mistreatment at the hands of The Undertaker, Bearer opted to bring Kane into the WWF in order to gain vengeance upon The Undertaker. Kane is portrayed as being psychotic, demented, extremely violent, twisted, disturbed, unstoppable, isolated and at peace with insanity. Like his half-brother, Kane is supposedly able to summon fire and bolts of lightning at will, which is displayed as pyrotechnics during shows.
After defeating The Undertaker to win a WWF Championship title shot, Kane won the WWF Championship at the King of the Ring, defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin in a First Blood match after being helped by his brother. However, Kane lost the title back to Austin the next night on Raw. He went on to form a tag team with Mankind, with whom he won the WWF World Tag Team Championship twice. After losing the titles and turning on Mankind, Kane formed a short-lived tag team with his brother. The brothers fought one another for the vacant WWF Championship at Judgment Day: In Your House, with the match ending in a no-contest. During the match, The Undertaker betrayed Kane for Paul Bearer, thus making Kane a tweener and turning Undertaker heel. Kane went on to take part in the “Deadly Games” tournament for the WWF Championship at Survivor Series but was eliminated by The Undertaker in the quarter-finals.
At Rock Bottom: In Your House, Kane interfered in the Buried Alive match between Austin and The Undertaker by giving The Undertaker a Tombstone Piledriver. As a result of this, The Corporation had Kane committed to an insane asylum. However, in 1999, Kane joined The Corporation to stay out of the insane asylum. He eventually turned face after he was betrayed by The Corporation and thrown out of the alliance. Shortly afterward, Kane formed a tag team with X-Pac and acquired a girlfriend, Tori. While teaming with X-Pac, Kane evolved from being mute to aided speech through an electrolarynx to speaking unaided. He also became associated with D-Generation X, the faction of which X-Pac was a member. His first unaided words were the DX slogan “suck it”. The duo won the WWF World Tag Team title twice. The tag team broke apart when X-Pac turned on Kane and rejoined D-Generation X. Kane and X-Pac then were engaged in a lengthy feud against each other. Late in their feud, in early 2000, Tori betrayed Kane and joined X-Pac and D-Generation X, and the former partners’ feud eventually ended at WrestleMania 2000, where Kane teamed with Rikishi to face X-Pac and Road Dogg. Kane and Rikishi came out victorious after Kane pinned X-Pac following a Tombstone Piledriver.
Shortly after WrestleMania, Kane suffered a hand injury that kept him out of action for a month. When he returned, it was to help The Undertaker and The Rock fight off the McMahon-Helmsley Faction. His involvement in this feud culminated in a main event match at King of the Ring against Vince and Shane McMahon, and then-champion Triple H. The Undertaker and Kane’s rivalry resurfaced during the match, but they patched their relationship up soon after. Kane turned heel once again by assaulting The Undertaker, leading to a match between the two at SummerSlam. The match ended when The Undertaker removed Kane’s mask, causing him to flee the ring, covering his face. Kane stayed in contention for the WWF Championship for the remainder of the year and ended 2000 in a feud with Chris Jericho; he ultimately lost a Last Man Standing match to him at Armageddon.
Brothers of Destruction (2001)
Kane reformed his alliance with The Undertaker, thus becoming a face again, immediately before the Royal Rumble, in which he eliminated a record number of 11 wrestlers which included Raven, Al Snow, Perry Saturn, Steve Blackman, Grand Master Sexay, The Honky Tonk Man, The Rock, Tazz, Albert, Crash Holly, and Scotty 2 Hotty, and was the runner-up, after being eliminated by Steve Austin. In early 2001, Kane competed for the Hardcore Championship, defeating Raven for the title at WrestleMania X-Seven in a match that also featured Big Show. At the same time, Kane began teaming with The Undertaker as the “Brothers of Destruction”. In the course of the year, they feuded with Edge and Christian, Rikishi and Haku, and The Two-Man Power Trip. While feuding with The Two-Man Power Trip, Austin and Triple H broke Kane’s left arm. At Judgment Day, Kane defeated Triple H to win the Intercontinental Championship. He would become the third Grand Slam Champion, and the first person to win the Grand Slam championship by winning the WWF, Intercontinental, Tag Team, and Hardcore Championships. He later lost the title to Albert on an episode of SmackDown! following interference from Diamond Dallas Page.
During The Invasion, Kane and The Undertaker feuded with Diamond Dallas Page and Chris Kanyon after Page began stalking The Undertaker’s wife Sara. The feud culminated at SummerSlam, when Kane and The Undertaker defeated Page and Kanyon in a Steel Cage match, resulting in them holding both the WWF World Tag Team Championships and the WCW World Tag Team Championship. Kane and The Undertaker went on to defeat KroniK at Unforgiven, and both participated in the ten-man Winner-Takes-All match at Survivor Series as members of “Team WWF”.
Championship reigns and unmasking (2002–2003)
In 2002, Kane began a small feud with Big Show, after Kane single-handedly eliminated him at the Royal Rumble. On the January 28 edition of Raw, Kane displayed his true power by scoop-slamming and chokeslamming the 500-pound Big Show, whom he defeated that night.
Kane then began feuding with Kurt Angle, to whom he lost at WrestleMania X8. On March 25, the WWF was divided into two brands, Raw and SmackDown!, with Kane being drafted to Raw. Kane went on to feud with the New World Order until tearing his biceps. Kane returned to the renamed WWE as part of the Raw roster in the Summer of 2002.
He won the World Tag Team Championship with The Hurricane on the September 23 edition of Raw from Lance Storm and Christian. On October 7, Kane successfully single-handedly defended the World Tag Team Championship in a four-team Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, as The Hurricane had been attacked earlier that evening by Triple H and Ric Flair and was thus unable to compete. That match was later nominated WWE 2002 “Match of the Year”. They would hold on to the titles until the October 14 edition of Raw, where they lost them to Christian and Chris Jericho. On September 30, Kane won the Intercontinental Championship from Chris Jericho despite interference from Triple H and Ric Flair. Kane began feuding with Triple H, leading to a match at No Mercy on October 20 in which both Kane’s Intercontinental Championship and Triple H’s World Heavyweight Championship were at stake. Triple H went on to defeat Kane at No Mercy, unifying the two titles.
Kane then formed a tag team with Rob Van Dam, with the duo eventually winning the World Tag Team Championship. After they lost their World Tag Team Championship to La Résistance at Bad Blood, Triple H offered Kane a spot in his stable Evolution. Raw co-general manager Stone Cold Steve Austin offered Kane the opportunity to face Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship if he rejected Triple H’s offer; however, co-general manager Eric Bischoff insisted that Kane unmask because he lost the match. Kane accepted Austin’s offer and went to challenge Triple H the following week in Madison Square Garden. Triple H won the match following interference from his stablemates, and on the June 23, 2003 episode of Raw, Kane removed his mask. He then chokeslamed Rob Van Dam, thus turning on him, and went on to defeat him at SummerSlam.
In an interview with Jim Ross at Conseco Fieldhouse, it became apparent that Kane’s facial scars were actually mental scars. At the end of this interview, Kane, believing that he was being mocked, attacked Ross and set him on fire, turning heel in the process. The unmasking rendered Kane emotionally unstable, on one occasion drove him to Tombstone Linda McMahon on the Raw stage. This action sparked a feud between Kane and Linda’s son, Shane, with Kane defeating Shane in a Last Man Standing match at Unforgiven and an ambulance match at Survivor Series. During the latter event, Kane interfered in a Buried Alive match between Vince McMahon and The Undertaker, helping McMahon bury The Undertaker and win the match. The following month at Armageddon, Kane competed in a Triple-Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship against Triple H and defending champion Bill Goldberg, a match which Triple H won.
In January 2004, Kane took part in the Royal Rumble match. He was eliminated after hearing the bell toll from The Undertaker’s entrance music, distracting and distressing Kane and enabling Booker T to eliminate him. Over the following weeks, Kane repeatedly insisted that The Undertaker was “dead”, only to be met with various paranormal incidents such as a rainstorm localized over the ring in which he stood. The Undertaker finally returned at WrestleMania XX with Paul Bearer at his side, defeating Kane.
Relationship with Lita (2004–2005)
Following his defeat at WrestleMania XX, Kane fell in love with Lita, but was spurned. This led to him kidnapping Lita in May and asking her an unknown question, to which she replied in the affirmative later that month. On the same night, Kane won a twenty-man battle royal to receive a World Heavyweight Championship title shot against Chris Benoit at Bad Blood. Lita later announced that she was pregnant, with Matt Hardy her then-boyfriend both on- and off- screen, assuming that he was the child’s father. On the 21st of June, episode of Raw, Kane claimed that he was the father. The following week, Kane explained that he had impregnated Lita in order to continue his legacy and justified a vicious attack on Shawn Michaels several weeks earlier by claiming that Michaels had stood in the way of him winning the World Heavyweight Championship.
In order to appease Kane, General Manager Eric Bischoff gave Kane a rematch with Benoit, instructing Benoit that he could only win by submission, whereas Kane could win the title by any means. Despite dominating much of the match, Kane again lost to Benoit. Following the match, Lita came to the ring and low-blowed Kane, who initially went to chokeslam her in revenge but stopped when he realized that she was trying to force him to cause her to miscarry their child.
Kane and Matt Hardy faced one another in a “Till Death Do Us Part” match at SummerSlam, with Lita obliged to wed the victor. Kane defeated Hardy, and “married” Lita on the August 23 episode of Raw. Although he was attacked by Hardy during the ceremony, he gained the upper hand and ultimately chokeslammed Hardy off the stage. On the September 13 episode of Raw, Kane accidentally fell on Lita during a match with the debuting Gene Snitsky, who hit him on the back with a steel chair, ostensibly causing Lita to miscarry.
Kane turned into a face as a result, and began seeking revenge against Snitsky for causing the death of his child. He lost to Snitsky in a steel chain match at Taboo Tuesday, and he was sidelined for several months after Snitsky crushed his larynx with a chair following the match. This attack was a repeat performance of the storyline where Kane “injured” Michaels in the same exact manner. The “injury” gave Kane time to complete his starring role in the film, See No Evil. Kane returned in January 2005, defeating Snitsky at New Year’s Revolution. After WrestleMania 21, Kane and Lita reconciled with one another and began antagonizing Lita’s rival Trish Stratus. This led to a match between Kane and Stratus’ hired bodyguard Viscera at Backlash that was won by Kane.
Lita later turned on Kane and sided with Edge, leading to a feud between Kane and Edge. Kane was able to defeat Edge at Vengeance, despite interference from Snitsky. The feud ended when Edge defeated Kane in a Stretcher match on the July 25 episode of Raw. Lita’s heel turn resulted from her real-life affair with Edge and her dumping Matt Hardy, and Matt Hardy’s subsequent release for making the affair public. Hardy was later rehired and Kane was dropped from the angle, with Matt and Edge having a feud over Lita.
Teaming with Big Show (2005–2006)
Kane returned to WWE television on October 17, 2005, winning an eighteen-man battle royal. As a result of his victory, he, along with Big Show and Shawn Michaels, were featured in an Internet poll to decide who would receive a shot at the WWE Championship at Taboo Tuesday. In the weeks before Taboo Tuesday, Kane and Big Show teamed together on several occasions. The poll was won by Michaels, and Kane and Big Show teamed together to face Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, defeating them for the World Tag Team Championship.
The duo successfully retained their titles throughout the remainder of 2005, during which time they engaged in an inter-promotional feud with members of the SmackDown! brand. He and Big Show feuded with Carlito and Chris Masters throughout early 2006, culminating in a successful title defense at WrestleMania 22 on April 2. On the following evening, Kane and the Big Show lost the World Tag Team Championship to Spirit Squad members Kenny and Mikey. One week later, Kane and Big Show faced Spirit Squad members Johnny and Nicky in a title rematch, but were disqualified after Kane “snapped”, ostensibly due to “voices in his head”. In subsequent weeks, Kane began attacking anyone who mentioned the date May 19. During the match between Kane and Big Show at Backlash, Kane’s voice began echoing throughout the arena saying “May 19″, “It’s happening again” and “They’re all going to know” leaving Kane visibly shaken. Big Show then struck Kane with a chair, resulting in a no-contest ruling.
Various rivalries and ECW Champion (2006–2010)
On May 19, Kane appeared on SmackDown! as John “Bradshaw” Layfield’s hand-picked opponent for Rey Mysterio. After both the aforementioned voices and mask video began playing, Kane chokeslammed both Layfield and Mysterio before leaving the ring. On the following episode of Raw, he claimed that May 19 was the date on which his mother and adopted family were killed in a fire. The voices continued on to the May 29 episode of Raw, when Kane was confronted by the source of the voice, an impostor Kane (Drew Hankinson); wearing Kane’s old mask and ring attire, he chokeslammed Kane during his match against Shelton Benjamin for the Intercontinental Championship.
Kane and the look-alike continued to fight one another in subsequent weeks, leading to a match between the two being scheduled for Vengeance, in which the real Kane lost to the impostor. On the June 26 episode of Raw, Kane threw the impostor out of the arena and removed his mask, saying “I believe that this is mine.” Kane was absent from WWE television for several weeks thereafter as he toured Europe to promote See No Evil. Upon his return, he faced his former partner Big Show for the ECW Championship in a losing effort. When he returned to Raw, he engaged in a major feud with Umaga that concluded October 9 in a “Loser Leaves Raw” match, which Kane lost.
On October 13, Kane moved to SmackDown for the first time since the 2002 brand extension. On November 3, Kane reunited with The Undertaker as the Brothers of Destruction to defeat Montel Vontavious Porter (MVP) and Mr. Kennedy. Kane continued a feud with MVP competing in several gimmick matches. The end result of the feud was an Inferno match at Armageddon; Kane won by setting MVP’s back on fire which resulted in first degree burns. Kane continued to have matches throughout the year with MVP.
On the SmackDown! before the Royal Rumble, Kane was involved in a six-man elimination over-the-top-rope battle royal, with King Booker, MVP, The Miz, Chris Benoit, and Finlay. This match would go to a no-contest as The Undertaker interrupted after Kane had been eliminated and punished the remaining opponents. At the Royal Rumble, Sabu was infamously eliminated by Kane, after he was chokeslammed through a table on the outside that Sabu had set up before he entered the ring. Later in the match, Kane eliminated King Booker. Booker then came back in the ring and eliminated Kane, even though he had already been eliminated.
A couple weeks later on SmackDown!, while receiving the key to the city in his hometown of Houston, Booker was attacked by Kane starting a feud between the two. At No Way Out, Kane successfully defeated King Booker. On February 23, Kane lost to King Booker in a Falls-Count Anywhere Money in the Bank Qualifying match after interference from The Great Khali, sparking a feud between the two.
On February 26, Kane interrupted Chris Masters’ Master Lock Challenge to The Great Khali when Masters was unable to apply the Master Lock. Kane delivered a chokeslam and a chair shot to Masters then clotheslined The Great Khali over the top rope. Prior to WrestleMania 23, Kane started to walk around with a hook, similar to the hook he used as Jacob Goodnight in See No Evil. At the event, Kane was defeated by Khali. During the match, in homage to Hulk Hogan slamming André the Giant twenty years earlier at WrestleMania III, Kane picked up Khali for the first time and body-slammed him to the mat.
After WrestleMania, he began to feud with William Regal and Dave Taylor. The Boogeyman then joined the feud, teaming up with Kane. On the May 4 edition of SmackDown!, Kane competed in a Number-One Contender’s match for the United States Championship held by MVP. Kane lost due to interference by Regal and Taylor. On the May 25 edition of SmackDown!, Kane competed in a Fatal Four-Way Number-One Contender’s match for the World Heavyweight Championship which was won by Batista. Kane then entered a short feud with Mark Henry. Kane was defeated by Henry in a Lumberjack match at One Night Stand due to interference from lumberjacks Kenny Dykstra and Chavo Guerrero and would take a short hiatus thereafter.
On the July 6 edition of SmackDown!, General Manager Theodore Long announced that Kane would face Edge for his World Heavyweight Championship at The Great American Bash. After Edge was attacked and injured by Kane and the title was vacated, Batista faced Kane in a Number-One Contender’s match. During the match, new World Heavyweight Champion The Great Khali interfered by attacking Batista; the match was ruled a no-contest and both men were ruled the number one contenders.
The scheduled match for the World Heavyweight Championship at the Great American Bash became a Triple Threat match between Batista, Kane, and The Great Khali due to Edge’s injury. In the beginning of the match, Kane and Batista teamed up to send Khali through an announcer’s table, by a Chokeslam-Spinebuster combination. Kane started dominating Batista back in the ring but instead chokeslammed Khali, but Batista broke up the count. The end came after Khali slammed Batista’s head into the steel steps, before which Batista had decimated Kane with a thunderous Batista Bomb. Khali then nailed Kane with a Khali Bomb, which was too much for Kane to kick out, and thus Khali remained the reigning World Heavyweight Champion.
Kane later teamed up with Batista on the August 18 edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event to defeat Khali and Finlay. Kane then entered a storyline with Finlay, which led to a match at SummerSlam, which Kane won after chokeslamming Finlay. On the following episode of SmackDown!, Finlay and Kane competed against each other in a tournament to name the challenger for Khali’s World Heavyweight Championship at Unforgiven. After interference from Hornswoggle, Finlay managed to defeat Kane and advance in the tournament. Finlay and Kane met again during the following week’s edition of SmackDown! in a rematch of the previous month’s Saturday Night’s Main Event. Once again teaming with Batista, Kane defeated Finlay and The Great Khali when Kane pinned Finlay off a chokeslam.
He then made an appearance on the October 16 edition of ECW as the hand-chosen partner of ECW Champion CM Punk, helping him defeat John Morrison, The Miz, and Big Daddy V in a 3-on-2 handicap match. In retaliation, Big Daddy V attacked Kane on the October 19 SmackDown, igniting a feud between the two. The two continued to battle in following weeks. Kane was voted to face the defending champion MVP for his United States Championship at Cyber Sunday, which Kane won by countout and thus did not win the title. After this, he continued to feud with Big Daddy V, with the two ending up on opposite teams at Survivor Series, where Kane’s team won. Big Daddy V eventually began to team with Mark Henry, while Kane teamed with CM Punk. The feud concluded at Armageddon, where Kane and Punk lost to Big Daddy V and Henry after Big Daddy V pinned CM Punk.
In a Battle Royal before WrestleMania, Kane won by lastly eliminating former rival Mark Henry which meant he would face ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero later in the night. At WrestleMania XXIV, Kane defeated Chavo Guerrero in the fastest-ever WrestleMania match with a record-setting eight seconds to win the ECW Championship. Shortly after winning the championship, Kane left SmackDown! and officially joined the ECW roster. At Backlash, Kane successfully defended the ECW Championship against Chavo Guerrero. He then continued teaming with CM Punk to earn a WWE Tag Team Championship match at Judgment Day, which the duo did not win.
On June 23, 2008, Kane was drafted from the ECW brand back to Raw, as a part of the 2008 WWE Draft, in the process making the ECW Championship exclusive to Raw. By taking the title to Raw, Kane became the first and only man to hold a specific title on all three brands; he won the ECW Championship as a member of the SmackDown! roster, and shortly after winning it he became an official member of ECW, and then took the title with him when he was drafted to Raw. Kane lost the ECW Championship to Mark Henry at Night of Champions in a Triple-Threat match that also involved The Big Show, thus moving the title back to ECW.
Kane was not granted a World Heavyweight Championship match at The Great American Bash, and thus retaliated by attacking both the champion CM Punk and the challenger Batista during the event. Kane became a villain by attacking Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler and began a feud with Rey Mysterio that lasted until Survivor Series 2008. On the March 2 edition of Raw, Kane pinned Mike Knox in a Triple-Threat match, also involving Rey Mysterio, to earn a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder match at WrestleMania XXV, a match that would be won by CM Punk.
During the 2009 Draft Kane beat The Brian Kendrick for a draft pick, and later in the night, Kane himself would be drafted back to SmackDown!. After this Kane feuded with CM Punk and then defeated him at Backlash thus ending the feud. After that, Kane took a break to tour India and also heal injuries, returning at The Bash to assist Dolph Ziggler in his match with The Great Khali by hitting Khali with a steel chair allowing Ziggler to win, starting a feud with Khali, whom he defeated at SummerSlam and in a Singapore Cane match at WWE Breaking Point, thus ending the feud as Khali needed toe surgery.
In the next two weeks, Kane defeated R-Truth and John Morrison. Then he started a brief feud with Matt Hardy, defeating him at two separate occasions at SmackDown! and at Superstars. Kane then confronted Chris Jericho, declaring himself to be to be the co-captain for Team SmackDown at Bragging Rights, Jericho then agreed to Kane’s co-captaincy. The match was won by Team SmackDown. Kane then faced Chris Jericho in a #1 Contender’s match for an opportunity to face (World Heayweight Champion) The Undertaker and Big Show in a Triple-Threat match at Survivor Series, but lost.
On the November 13th edition of SmackDown!, Kane turned face by saving The Undertaker from Chris Jericho and The Big Show. In 2010, at WrestleMania XXVI during the Money in the Bank Ladder match, Kane was unsuccessful in claiming the briefcase. Over the next few months, Kane was involved in sporadic singles matches on episodes of SmackDown!.
World Heavyweight Champion (2010–2011)
On the May 28 episode of SmackDown!, he lost to CM Punk in a qualifying match for the World Heavyweight Championship for the WWE Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view event. The following week on SmackDown!, Kane claimed that he found his brother The Undertaker in a “vegetative state” over Memorial Day weekend and vowed revenge on whoever was responsible. Because of The Undertaker’s injury, it was announced that there would be a Battle Royal between the whole SmackDown! roster to replace him for the WWE Fatal 4 Way event, which Rey Mysterio won by lastly eliminating Kane.
In Kane’s quest, he participated in his fourth Money in the Bank Ladder match at WWE’s Money in the Bank. Kane would then win the Money in the Bank Ladder match and later on in the event, cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and defeated Rey Mysterio to win the World Heavyweight Championship after Mysterio had just retained the title against Jack Swagger. On the following SmackDown! on July 23, Kane accused Mysterio of putting The Undertaker in a vegetative state.
On the August 6, 2010 episode of SmackDown!, Mysterio claimed he was innocent before claiming that Kane himself was the perpetrator behind the assault on The Undertaker. At SummerSlam, Kane retained the World Heavyweight Championship against Mysterio.
After the match, he attempted to put Mysterio into a casket, only for The Undertaker to appear. Upon his return, Kane delivered him a Tombstone Piledriver and thus, proving Kane to be the real attacker of The Undertaker, turning him heel in the process, and also reigniting their feud.
On the following edition of SmackDown!, Kane revealed that he had been planning his attack for years and was finally the dominant brother, with control of Undertaker’s powers. With these powers he was easily able to attack his brother multiple times, prior to, during, or after his matches. He then went on to successfully defend the World Heavyweight Championship against The Undertaker, in a No Holds Barred match at Night of Champions. On the following edition of Smackdown!, a casket was brought to ringside by druids to reveal the return of Paul Bearer, who was announced to be The Undertaker’s manager against Kane at Hell in a Cell. At Hell in a Cell, Paul Bearer turned on The Undertaker. After Undertaker kicked out from a Tombstone, Bearer blinded Undertaker with the urn and gave it to Kane, who smashed Undertaker in the head with it and chokeslammed him to retain the World Heavyweight title. At Bragging Rights, Kane defeated Undertaker in a Buried Alive Match to retain the title again after help from The Nexus, thus ending the feud between Undertaker and Kane.
Kane then entered a feud with Edge, who, on the October 28 episode of SmackDown!, was named the new challenger to Kane’s World Heavyweight Championship at Survivor Series. On the November 12 episode of SmackDown!, Edge kidnapped Paul Bearer and started to play mind games with Kane, trying to psychologically wear him down before their title match. At Survivor Series, Kane retained his title after the referee determined the match a draw due to both men pinning each other at the same time. On the November 26 episode of SmackDown!, Kane agreed to let Edge have another shot at the title after Bearer was still in his captivity. The mind games continued until the December 3 SmackDown! where Edge defeated Kane in a non-title match so he could to pick the match type for their title match at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, in which Edge chose the TLC match. On the following week’s SmackDown!, Kane refused to participate in the main event, as he went to search for Bearer. After what he thought was another one of Edge’s dummy version of Paul Bearer, Kane pushed some ladders over. Afterward, he realized he had pushed the actual Paul Bearer off the ladders onto the concrete floor, thus, injuring him. This would be Bearer’s last appearance as he was written out of the storyline.
The next week, SmackDown! General Manager Theodore Long added Rey Mysterio and Alberto Del Rio, who were feuding with each other, to the World Heavyweight Championship match at the pay-per-view, making it a Fatal Four-Way TLC match. At the TLC pay-per-view, Kane lost the title after Edge climbed the ladder to retrieve it after pushing Alberto Del Rio off the ladder, through two tables on the outside.
At WWE Tribute to the Troops 2010, Kane challenged General William Grimsley to an arm-wrestling contest, only for it to end in a no-contest when Edge interfered and speared Kane.
Kane received his rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship on the January 7, 2011 episode of SmackDown, in a Last Man Standing match. Kane was dominant throughout the match but unable to win the title after Edge used the Con-Chair-To on Kane’s knee, preventing Kane from answering the 10-count.
Kane competed in the 2011 Royal Rumble match, being the first person to enter the Royal Rumble at number 40, but he was eliminated by Mysterio. Kane competed in the 2011 Elimination Chamber, eliminating Drew McIntyre and the Big Show before being speared and eliminated by Edge. After his elimination Kane viciously attacked Rey Mysterio and then chokeslammed Edge for the final time thus ending the feud between the two.
Reunion with Big Show and injury (2011)
Following a disqualification loss to Big Show by using a steel chair in early 2011, Kane began an apparent alliance with The Corre (a group consisting of Wade Barrett, Ezekiel Jackson, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel) when they offered to assist Kane in another match against Big Show on March 4. However, after Gabriel stumbled into him during the assault, Kane attacked him with a steel chair, and The Corre retaliated against him in defense of their teammate. This turned Kane face once again. As a result, Kane faced off against Barrett the following week. The match ended with interference from the other members of The Corre, who in turn were chased away when Big Show came to the ring and threatened the group with a steel chair. After the group left, he hit Kane with the chair for payback from the week before.
After several weeks and mutual turmoil with The Corre, Kane and Big Show reunited on the March 18 edition of SmackDown to challenge Slater and Gabriel for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Kane memorably told Show “You complete me.” in a backstage segment. Although The Corre would lose the match via disqualification after Gabriel pulled the referee from the ring, Kane and Big Show did not win the championships, as titles cannot change hands as result of a disqualification.
On the following edition of Raw, Kane and Big Show solidified their reunion when they came to the aid of Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov, who were being attacked following a loss in a non-title match over Slater and Gabriel. It was later announced that the four would face The Corre at Wrestlemania. At WrestleMania XXVII, Kane, Big Show, Santino Marella and Kofi Kingston (who replaced Kozlov due to being attacked by The Corre and injuring his arm prior to WrestleMania) defeated The Corre. The following week, a WrestleMania rematch took place with Kane and Big Show’s team victorious over the Corre once again in a two out of three falls match. Ultimately, the duo defeated Slater and Gabriel for the WWE Tag Team Championship, their second championship win as a team, on the April 22nd edition of SmackDown. The following week a rematch took place for the WWE Tag Team Championship’s which resulted in Kane and Big Show retaining the belts.
At Extreme Rules Kane and Big Show successfully defended their titles by defeating Wade Barrett and Ezekiel Jackson in a tag-team Lumberjack Match. On the May 2nd edition of Raw, Kane faced Mason Ryan in a match. Ryan was disquailified when CM Punk and other New Nexus members attacked him. On the May 9th edition of Raw, Kane fought Mason Ryan which ended in a no contest. On the following Smackdown, Kane faced Wade Barrett in a non-title match. The Corre interfered and as a result, the match ending in a disqualification. Ezekiel Jackson came down to fight The Corre but was beat down as well. On the 20th May 2011 edition of Smackdown Ezekiel Jackson, Big Show and Kane defeated the Corre in a 6-man tag team match.
At Over the Limit (2011), Kane and Big Show successfully defended the Tag Team Championships against CM Punk and Mason Ryan. On the May 23 edition of Raw, David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty defeated Kane and Big Show to win the Tag Team Championships with help from CM Punk and Mason Ryan. After the match Big Show was run over by Alberto Del Rio’s car and causing him to have a torn ACL. When Big Show returned to Raw after recovering from his injuries, Kane and Big Show went their separate ways.
Kane participated in the second annual SmackDown Money in the Bank ladder match but was unsuccessful in winning the bout, as the match was won by Daniel Bryan. On the July 22, 2011 episode of SmackDown, Kane claimed he was once again the Devil’s Favorite Demon and he would kill his humanity in his match against Randy Orton but he later lost to Orton in a street fight. After the match, Kane shook hands with his opponent in a mark of respect but was attacked by Mark Henry who later crushed Kane’s ankle with a chair.
Masked Kane Returns (2011)
In November WWE started airing vignettes which indicated the “resurrection” of Kane. They featured Kane himself, burning one of his masks. This led to speculation that Kane would return wearing a mask once again. Click here to watch the 2nd Kane Resurrected Promo.
And on an episode of RAW in December, after four months of inactivity, Kane returned. He made his on screen reappearance during a match between Mark Henry and John Cena where, instead of going after Henry who had caused his injury, he choke slammed Cena before revealing his brand new red mask, which was previously concealed by a larger, metallic mask.
In the weeks that followed, Kane continued to target Cena, claiming he was “embracing the hate” as opposed to Cena who, according to one of his slogans, “Rises above hate”.
- WWE Champion
- World Heavyweight Champion
- ECW Champion
- WWE Intercontinental Champion (2 times)
- World Tag Team Champion (9 times)
- WWE Tag Team Champion
- WCW Tag Team Champion
- WWE Hardcore Champion
Kane is played by Glenn Jacobs, born April 26, 1967 in Madrid, Spain.
Jacobs began his wrestling career in 1992 working on independent circuits. He wrestled in Smoky Mountain Wrestling as Unabomb where he won the SMW Tag Team Championship as a member of The Dynamic Duo, and in the United States Wrestling Association where he won the USWA Heavyweight Championship as Doomsday. He later joined his current promotion, the World Wrestling Federation (which later became World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002) in 1995, where he wrestled under various gimmicks before debuting as his current character, Kane, in 1997.
Jacobs currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Maurisa Jacobs and his two step daughters. Jacobs earned a degree in English Literature at Truman State University (known then as Northeast Missouri State University) where he played both basketball and football.
Jacobs supported Ron Paul for President in 2008. He is also a member of the Free State Project, and spoke at the organization’s 2009 New Hampshire Liberty Forum. Jacobs writes about his political beliefs and libertarian news at his blog.
- Kane holds the record for the most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble with 11, most Royal Rumble match appearances with 15, most consecutive appearances in the match with 13 from 1999 to 2011, and the quickest elimination of another competitor at 1.8 seconds.
- Kane is the third Grand Slam Champion in WWE history.
- Kane appeared on a special WWE edition of “The Weakest Link” in March 2002 and became the strongest link by defeating Bubba Ray Dudley in the final round. The money won was donated to Jacobs’ chosen charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee.
- In an interview with Jacobs, he thought things had to change with his mask. Jacobs revealed “I think it was time. We had gone as far as we could go with the character under the mask. I actually felt the mask was limiting my ability to do some things. For years, to portray emotion I had to do it with my body. I never could do it with my face as the other superstars were able to. So, it added another dimension.”
- After his unmasking on Raw in 2003, Jacobs revealed that performing in his mask was increasingly uncomfortable and difficult. Jacobs revealed that he and Vince McMahon were the only ones that were 100 percent behind the idea of the Kane character removing his mask.
- Jacobs hosts a podcast named The Tiny Political Show and Liberty Radio Underground under the pseudonym Citizen-X. Jacobs also runs a blog called The Adventures of Citizen X, where the dash in Citizen-X has been replaced with a space.
- MadAboutWrestling.net Tag: Kane - All posts on this website with the tag “Kane”.
- Kane’s Inferno – The best source for WWE Superstar, Kane.
- Kane’s WWE Profile – Kane’s official profile on WWE.com
- Kane’s WWE Facebook Page - The official Facebook Fan Page for Kane.
- Glenn Jacobs on IMDB.com – Glenn Jacob’s profile on the Internet Movie Database.
- Adventures of Citizen X – Glenn Jacob’s political blog.