WWE's monster loves raising Kane
TIM BAINES- Ottawa Sun
Go ahead and boo Kane ... Glen Jacobs loves it.
Thirty-seven-year-old Jacobs, who took on the Kane character in 1995 after short-lived stints as the fake Diesel and Jerry Lawler's dentist, Isaac Yankem, has found a role he can sink his teeth into.
Evil, pure evil. But as hard as the nearly-seven-foot, more-than-300-lb., monster tries to be nasty, the jeers sometimes turn into cheers.
"Sometimes, the more heinous things you do, the more people like it," said Kane. "It's a reflection of society. We're living in the era of the anti-hero. If you asked all the wrestlers, the vast majority of them would say they'd prefer to be booed. We get to go out there and have fun by upsetting people ... it's so much more fun than being one of the good guys. You can pretty much do what you want."
Jacobs loved the Kane concept as soon as he heard it.
"It was a chance to work with The Undertaker right off the bat," he said. "It was a dream come true."
So what was his reaction when he found out WWE wanted him to remove and wrestle without his red mask, which added mystique?
"It's funny ... everybody was worried -- everyone except for myself and Vince McMahon," he said. "Of course we were taking a risk, changing something that had worked for years. But I'd gone about as far as I could. It was time to try something new."
Kane says he's loved his feuds with The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Mick Foley, Snitsky and Edge ... now he's got his sights set on Shawn Michaels, again.
"Shawn is one of the greatest performers ever," said Kane. "We had a bit of a thing going, but I'd like to do something more drawn out."
How did it feel delivering a tombstone piledriver to former Cincinnati Reds legend Pete Rose?
"I was a St. Louis Cardinals fan when I was growing up, so it felt pretty good," he said.
Kane is hoping for a Taboo Tuesday date (on pay-per-view in two days), but he'll need some help from fans. Kane needs votes from his fans (with Shawn Michaels and Big Show also eligible) to face John Cena and Kurt Angle in a Triple Threat Match for the WWE title. Other matches you can vote on: Edge and Chris Masters vs. Smackdown! stars (two of Rey Mysterio, JBL, Matt Hardy, Christian and Hardcore Holly); Ric Flair vs. Triple H (one fall, submission or steel cage); Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Jonathan Coachman (verbal debate, arm wrestling or street fight); Carlito vs. Mick Foley (as Dude Love, Cactus Jack or Mankind); Diva Battle Royal (cheerleaders, lingerie or leather and lace); Rob Conway vs. Eugene and a WWE legend (Jimmy Superfly Snuka, Hacksaw Jim Duggan or Kamala); Cade and Murdoch vs. two wrestlers not selected for Triple Threat Match. You can vote at wwe.com.
- A visit to the dentist's office may have convinced Bret "The Hitman" Hart to do a DVD for WWE. "I met a kid about five years old," said Hart. "I've been off TV for five or six years, but this kid had my figure at home and he'd watched me in the video game. I had been trying to decide whether I'd do (the DVD) or not." Hart says he has no plans to return to a WWE ring. "Since the day they screwed me, I've always said I will never go back. (Since Survivor Series, when an unscripted and unscrupulous chain of events saw Michaels win the WWE title) one of the things they lost was the possibility of ever bringing me back. And I don't see anything that will change that." Hart says WWE called him about 10 minutes before they pumped his music onto the RAW show in Montreal earlier this year, just to give him a heads-up. "In the end, they're going to do what they want, anyway," said Hart, who is thrilled that he is still held in such high regard by fans. He said if he ever returned, his first choice would be Madison Square Garden in New York.
- TNA churned out another very solid pay-per-view last Sunday, Bound for Glory, despite the loss of one of its main-eventers Kevin Nash, who couldn't get medical clearance to wrestle after being taken to hospital the day before. Rhino pulled off a stunner, winning the world title over Jeff Jarrett (losing the title back on Impact). Rhino got the title shot after winning a 10-man gauntlet match over Samoa Joe, Ron Killings, Sabu, Lance Hoyt, Abyss, Jeff Hardy, Monty Brown, Kip James and AJ Styles. In other matches: Samoa Joe beat Jushin Liger; Diamonds in the Rough beat Apolo, Sonny Siaki and Shark Boy; Brown beat Hoyt; Team Canada beat 3 Live Kru; Petey Williams won a three-way match over Matt Bentley and Chris Sabin; America's Most Wanted beat The Naturals; Rhino won the Monster's Ball over Abyss, Hardy and Sabu; and Styles beat Daniels in a 30-minute Ironman match.
- Da Crusher is dead. Reggie Lisowski, a major star in the AWA in the 1960s-70s, died last Saturday at the age of 79.
- Rob Van Dam expects to return to the ring in January.
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