Monday, October 5, 2015

The Evolution of Kane

Kane's debut
Photo courtesy: WWE
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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October 5 has become a day for me to write about one of the most iconic characters in WWE history, Kane.  It was on this date in 1997 Kane debuted at the In Your House: Badd Blood pay per view.  I was in the crowd in St. Louis that night when the monster ripped the door off the Hell in a Cell and attacked his "brother" The Undertaker.  The move put the man behind the mask, Glenn Jacobs on course to become a wrestling legend.

It's hard to believe that was 18 years ago.  Kane's look and personality have changed several times through the years.  Early on he was an unstoppable monster who intimidated everyone he stepped into the ring against.  Tough guys like Mick Foley and Vader were quickly brought down by the Demon.  Eventually Kane evolved into a face who defended smaller guys like X-Pac and Hurricane Helms.  He even found love on more than one occasion.  The monster ditched the mask and set good ol' JR on fire on Raw.  

Corporate Kane
Courtesy: WWE
Most recently Kane was promoted to Director of Operations in WWE.  He was the muscle for Seth Rollins until the champ took advantage of Kane one too many times.  A few weeks ago the Big Red Machine version of Kane returned, pulling Rollins under the ring in dramatic fashion.  But we're still seeing Corporate Kane too.  It's actually become an entertaining duel role gimmick.  I'm not sure in 2015 Kane should be in line for another shot against the champ, but I am enjoying the roles and am happy to see Jacobs still having success. Happy birthday Kane.  It's been a great ride.

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