Friday, August 7, 2015

SummerSlam A to Z: Kane

Kane vs. Undertaker (2000)
Courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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Kane has been heating up SummerSlam events for almost two decades.  Before he was the Big Red Monster, Glenn Jacobs appeared at SummerSlam '95 as deranged dentist Dr. Isaac Yankem.  He lost to Bret Hart by disqualification before fading away and coming back as Fake Diesel and then finally as Kane.  

Defending against Rey
Courtesy: WWE
I'd say Kane's two biggest SummerSlams came in 2001 and 2010.  In '01 he and the Undertaker unified the WCW and WWF tag team titles after beating DDP and Kanyon in a steel cage match.  A year before that the two "brothers" battled to a no contest at SummerSlam and in '99 Kane and X-Pac lost the tag team titles to Undertaker and Big Show.  In '10 Kane defended the World Heavyweight championship against Rey Mysterio.  But it wasn't just gold Kane won at SummerSlam.  In 2004 he earned Lita's hand in marriage by beating Matt Hardy in a "Til Death Do Us Part" match.

Hell Yes
Courtesy: WWE
He's also beaten the likes of Rob Van Dam, Finlay and the Great Khali at the summer tradition.  Daniel Bryan beat Kane in '12 leading up to the formation of one of the most dynamic tag teams in the last five years: Team Hell No.  A year later, he was beaten by Bray Wyatt in a Ring of Fire match.  The ring was surrounded by flames and Wyatt's family members Erik Rowan and Luke Harper attacked Kane to influence the outcome.

At SummerSlam 2014 Kane was a lumberjack in a match between Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins.  Currently he's off TV after being injured, so it'll be interesting to see if Kane (corporate or Big Red Monster) makes it back in time for this year's event.  Win, loss or draw Kane has brought a great deal of entertainment to SummerSlam over the past decade and a half.

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