WWE Network recently aired a WWE Photoshoot episode featuring Kane in which he discussed the original concept for his character, his 1998 WWF title reign being overshadowed by Mick Foley and his love of the Corporate Kane gimmick. Below are the highlights, courtesy of WWF Old School.
– Jim Ross saw Kane’s work in Smokey Mountain Wrestling and told Vince McMahon to give him a WWF tryout.
– Kane noted that the only good thing that came out of his Issac Yankem DDS gimmick was that he got to work with Jerry “The King” Lawler.
– Kane thought the Fake Diesel & Fake Razor Ramon was a good concept. Kane said that he improved his in-ring work through this character and he then knew that he belonged in the WWF.
– Kane gave the late, great Paul Bearer a lot of credit for the success of his character.
– Kane noted that he was upset about the fact that his WWF Title win was overshadowed by Mick Foley’s insane Hell in a Cell bumps at King Of The Ring 1998.
– Kane said The Undertaker helped him a lot, not only inside the ring, but also outside the ring and how to be a star in this business. Kane said if it wasn’t for Taker, he wouldn’t be sitting here today.
– Kane put over Big Show for doing things that he does at his size. Kane thinks Big Show is the best big man ever in wrestling.
– Kane says his relationship with X-Pac was very important as that was the first time the Kane character started showing feelings.
– Getting unmasked in 2003 helped him to use his face to portray emotion, which he wasn’t able to do prior to that.
– The idea behind the “Imposter Kane” storyline was to have a vision of his character from the past come to reality. Kane then revealed that Luke Gallows played the imposter Kane character. He noted that the storyline didn’t come off as they wanted it to and that’s why it was very short lived. Kane talked about how storylines sometimes look good conceptually, but don’t end up looking good during execution.
– Kane said that his storyline with Daniel Bryan (Team Hell No) expanded the range of his character. Kane said he had a lot of fun doing the “Anger Management” vignettes with Bryan.
– Kane then said something shocking: Corporate Kane was one of his favorite characters. Kane said it wasn’t always about being a monster and really enjoyed the Corporate Kane era.
Below is the original @WWE concept art for the Kane character prior to his television debut in the late 90s. He pretty much debuted as was conceptualized. He did briefly wear the cape in a few early appearances!@KaneWWE @GlennJacobsTN #wwe pic.twitter.com/snzNhvT0r7— Bᴇɴ Kᴇʀɪɴ ᴏғ WʀᴇsᴛʟɪɴɢNᴇᴡsSᴏᴜʀᴄᴇ.ᴄᴏᴍ (@WNSource_Ben) October 27, 2019
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