October 29, 2005
Kane's hoping for bevy of votes
By TJ MADIGAN - Calgary Sun

WWE star Kane has done something that stuffy MLB traditionalists would undoubtedly love to do -- he has grabbed Pete Rose by the throat and slammed him to the ground.

In fact, Kane laid the smackdown on baseball's would-be Hall of Famer on three separate occasions, each time in front of a worldwide TV audience.

And as the 7-ft., 320-lb. wrestler told the Calgary Sun this week, he didn't even have to hold back.

"I absolutely did not take it easy on him at all," Kane said.

"Pete is a pretty tough guy, he could take it. He was a consummate professional and it's always been a joy to work with him. It's funny because the thing with me and Pete has now become a part of Wrestlemania legacy."

While his attacks on Rose are certainly highlight-reel material, Kane's entire career will go down as one of wrestling's most unexpected success stories.


Back in 1997 when he first debuted, few people could have imagined the Kane character would evolve into an iconic WWE figure, one of the most recognizable gimmicks in the business.

But even though Kane has spent the majority of his career wrestling at (or near) the top of the card, he has only had one brief run with a world championship -- a one-day reign with the then-WWF title belt in 1998.

That could change this coming week if the wrestling audience votes him into the main event match at Taboo Tuesday, WWE's interactive pay-per-view.

Grappling fans will cast online ballots to decide which grappler will battle in a three-way bout with John Cena and Kurt Angle for Cena's WWE championship -- Shawn Michaels, The Big Show or Kane.

The voting is legitimate and WWE bosses will script the show according to the results but Kane admits he won't take it too personally if he doesn't get the nod from the wrestling viewership.

"If I don't get voted through, well, it's just part of the job," he said.

"I obviously wouldn't be thrilled about it but I would certainly understand. I'm in awful good company. You've got Big Show, who is a rather unique athlete, and then you have Shawn Michaels, who is one of the most popular stars of all time."

Despite his aggressive on-screen persona, Kane (whose real name is Glen Jacobs) seems remarkably relaxed about what the future may hold for his character, even beyond Tuesday's pay-per-view.

"I pretty much take it on a show-by-show basis," he said. "I try not to worry about the future that much. If I can do my job today, the future will hopefully take care of itself."

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