|Kane confronts Undertaker in his debut (WWE)|
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I figured October 5th was the best day to post this Halloween submission, after all it's the anniversary of the debut of Kane. He appeared at the end of the Hell in a Cell match between the Undertaker and Shawn Michaels at the In Your House: Badd Blood pay per view in 1997. That show was in St. Louis, and I was there watching. So was Chad, but we didn't know each other then.
The introduction of Kane was great. He ripped the door off the cell (where was he at the HIAC when Miz and R-Truth broke in) and tombstoned his "brother" the Undertaker. Paul Bearer brought him into the company to get revenge on Taker and take him out. The tombstone of course cost the Undertaker the match, but he refused to fight his baby brother.
|Kane lights things up|
Anyway, in the beginning Kane was the monster heel that I've always believed should be on a wrestling show. His wrestling wasn't great, but he dominated his opponents. I can remember him destroying Dude Love and Vader on separate pay per views. These were two big men in the company, and to see them get handled so easily helped make Kane seem like a legitimate threat. Undertaker still refused to fight though. And I can't remember the exact circumstances, maybe it was at the Royal Rumble when Kane set the casket on fire that the Undertaker was dumped in during his casket match with Shawn, but Taker made his comeback at Wrestlemania that year to of course now face his brother.
|Face to face at Mania|
Through the years they softened the big man. He did win the WWF title from Steve Austin, only to lose it back the next day. He held various titles and changed from heel to face more times than I can remember. But he's had a lot of staying power in the company. Fourteen years is a long time. The gimmick has changed a bit including the unmasking in 2003. And we've seen him be that big red monster to being the guy dancing with Rikishi and Too Cool. So he's run the range for sure.
|2nd reign as champ|
Final thoughts on Kane, and I was an adult when he made his debut, but I can still remember a very vivid dream I had after he first appeared. I was standing in the ring on Raw, and his music hit. The flames shot up, and he charged the ring like he did all his other opponents. I can remember hearing JR yelling for me to get out. "Hellfire and brimstones, it's Kane, it's Kane, it's Kane!" he yelled. But I was frozen in fear. Just before he climbed the apron, I woke up. Pretty freaky.
|The Christmas Creature|