REAL NAME: Glen Jacobs
BORN: April 26, 1967 in Madrid, Spain
7', 326 pounds
ALIASES/NICKNAMES: The Christmas Creature, Doomsday, Unabomb, Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS, Fake Diesel
He was introduced to the WWE as The Undertaker's scarred brother, but Glen Jacobs' character of Kane has been anything but stuck in the shadow of his older "brother". Instead, Kane has joined 'Taker as a regular member in WWE main events.
Glen Jacobs was born in Madrid, Spain on April 26, 1968 and raised near Nashville, TN. While he may play the barbaric behemoth, Kane, Jacobs himself is quite educated, holding a Bachelor's Degree in English and a teaching degree, something he put to good use as a substitute teacher in the St. Louis area.
After deciding to put his teaching career aside in favour of wrestling, Jacobs was trained by Dean Malenko and Ray Candy for his debut in 1992. Although Jacobs would also appear in Puerto Rico, Japan and Florida during the early 1990s, he spent much of his early career in the Memphis-based USWA, using such forgettable gimmicks as the Christmas Creature and Doomsday. As the Christmas Creature, he would lose to then-USWA Champion Jerry "The King" Lawler in a "title vs. mask" match in late December 1992.
Nearly a year later, at the 1993 Survivor Series, he would also make his first appearance in the WWE as The Black Knight, a member of Shawn Michaels' team that went down to defeat to the Hart Brothers. He would continue to use that gimmick on the independent circuit.
In 1995, he would begin to compete for Jim Cornette's Smoky Mountain Wrestling, sporting a new gimmick: Unabomb. Unabomb and Al Snow would compete as a tag team, winning the Smoky Mountain Tag Team Championship in April 1995 when they defeated the Rock and Roll Express in a Coal Miner's Glove on a Pole Match.
Ironically, Unabomb would lose to the Undertaker at SMW's Super Bowl of Wrestling card on August 4, 1995. Eight days later, Unabomb and Snow would lose a "loser-leaves-town" match to Tracey Smothers and Dirty White Boy, and Glen Jacobs would head to the WWE.
He was introduced as Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS, the demented dentist that Jerry Lawler would bring in to help in his long running feud with Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Hart would get the better of Yankem at SummerSlam '95 and again in a cage match on an October edition of Raw.
Isaac Yankem would continue to compete in the WWE but few fans would see him, since he competed mostly in dark matches for much of the next year, losing to the likes of Ahmed Johnson and Bob Holly. With the departure of Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, Jacobs would return to WWE television, but would be stepping into another man's gimmick. Jim Ross had boasted that he would be bringing back Diesel and Razor Ramon, but the two men that appeared on Raw were not Nash and Hall. Rick Bogner, a veteran of the Frontier Martial Arts organization in Japan, would portray Razor Ramon and Jacobs would be "Diesel".
These fake Outsiders had little success in the WWE and by early 1997 were en route to the USWA where the "Fake Razor Ramon" defeated "Fake Diesel" in a "loser-leaves-town" match. After reprising his role as Doomsday to win the USWA Southern Heavyweight title, Jacobs would soon return to the WWE.
After weeks of Paul Bearer threatening to bring back the younger brother of the Undertaker who was long thought to have died in the same fire that claimed the lives of his parents, that younger brother, known as Kane, made his first appearance midway through the first "Hell in a Cell" match, which pitted the Undertaker against Shawn Michaels at Bad Blood. Jacobs, as Kane, made his way to the ring, tore off the door of the cell and assaulted the Undertaker, resulting in his loss to Michaels.
As the storyline played itself out and more of the back story was revealed, the Undertaker refused to battle his brother until Kane and Paul Bearer attacked the Undertaker during his casket match against Shawn Michaels at the Royal Rumble. Bearer and Kane locked the Undertaker in the casket and set it on fire. The Undertaker survived and went on to defeat Kane at Wrestlemania XIV.
Their Wrestlemania battle did little to settle the feud between the two brothers. The Undertaker defeated Kane in an inferno match at Unforgiven in April. Kane rebounded however to defeat "Stone Cold" Steve Austin in a "first blood" match at the King of the Ring to become WWE Champion, only to lose it the next night on Raw.
Meanwhile, with Paul Bearer as their manager, Kane and Mankind had formed a tag team, initially to battle Austin and the Undertaker but on July 13th, the pair defeated the New Age Outlaws to become WWE Tag Team Champions, a title they would lose to Austin and the Undertaker at Fully Loaded. While Kane and Mankind would regain the titles in August, their team was falling apart and Kane's no-show at SummerSlam cost the pair the belts.
But Kane would have a new tag team partner: his own brother, the Undertaker. At September's Breakdown, both men defeated Austin in a championship match and the title was held up. They would battle to a no contest, a decision declared by special referee Steve Austin for the vacant title at Judgment Day and the Undertaker would defeat Kane in the first round of the WWE title tournament at Survivor Series.
Kane soon found himself in a relationship with Chyna as part of Vince McMahon's Corporation. However, that soon back-fired as Chyna betrayed him at Wrestlemania XV leading to a victory for Triple H. Shortly after that, Kane began teaming with X-Pac (Sean Waltman) and the team defeated Owen Hart and Jeff Jarrett for the WWE Tag Team Championship. After swapping the belts with the Acolytes during the spring, X-Pac and Kane would finally drop the belts to the Big Show and the Undertaker at SummerSlam '99.
The team of Kane and X-Pac began to dissolve when X-Pac returned to his buddies in the reformed D-Generation X. X-Pac would feud with Kane, with Kane defeating X-Pac in a steel cage match at Armageddon. However, the feud would not end there, with X-Pac winning the rights to Torri, who had developed a relationship with Kane.
Reuniting with Paul Bearer, Kane also teamed with Rikishi and the team defeated X-Pac and the Road Dogg at Wrestlemania 2000. The year 2000 also saw a reunion of Kane and the Undertaker, with the two brothers battling WWE Tag Team Champions Edge and Christian but never winning the championship. The reunion was short, as Kane turned on the Undertaker in August and battled to a no-contest with 'Taker at SummerSlam.
After Chris Jericho accidentally spilled coffee on Kane, he found himself battling "the Big Red Machine" for much of the latter part of 2000.
After an impressive performance in the 2001 Royal Rumble and a reunion with his brother, the Undertaker, Kane became the Hardcore Champion at Wrestlemania X-7, defeating the Big Show and Raven. Kane's quest for the gold continued as he and the Undertaker enjoyed a short reign as tag team champions in April (defeating Edge and Christian). Then, in August, the Brothers of Destruction, as they came to be known, defeated Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire to win the WCW Tag Team titles and then, as SummerSlam, defeated Diamond Dallas Page and Kanyon) at SummerSlam to unify the WWE and WCW Tag Team titles.
With the WCW/ECW Invasion in full swing, Kane and the Undertaker came under fire from Kronik, leading to a match at Unforgiven that was universally panned by fans. Although Kane took some time off in the fall of 2001 for a staph infection, he was back by the Survivor Series in which he helped the WWE team to victory as part of the main event elimination tag match.
After a brief feud with Kurt Angle which saw Kane defeated at Wrestlemania X-8, Kane was drafted to the RAW brand and found himself unmasked at the hands of the N.W.O. (although his face was never seen). After taking time off due to a bicep injury, Kane returned in August 2002 and feuded with the UnAmericans. On September 23rd, Kane and the Hurricane defeated Lance Storm and Christian to become the WWE Tag Team Champions. A week later, Kane defeated Chris Jericho to become the Intercontinental Champion.
It was at this time that the WWE unleashed the "Katie Vick" angle. The story was that Triple H, who Kane was going to face for the World title at October's No Mercy, began to taunt Kane about Katie, Kane's girlfriend who had died in a car accident years before. Triple H would later accuse Kane of murdering Katie and then raping her corpse, in one of the more unsettling angles in recent memory.
Even after Triple H retained the title at No Mercy (with interference from Ric Flair), the taunting continued and Kane continued to try to get revenge. Soon, however, Kane found himself battling not Triple H but Flair and Batista.
After the feud with Batista/Flair/Triple H died down, Kane began teaming with Rob Van Dam, usually against members of the UnAmericans, including Christian/Chris Jericho or Lance Storm/Chief Morley(aka Val Venis). The day after Wrestlemania XIX, which saw Kane and RVD unsuccessfully challenge for the WWE Tag Team titles, they won a Triple Threat match involving Storm/Morley and the Dudley Boyz to win the titles.
In June, Raw Co-GM Steve Austin implored Kane to return to his old ways and "reignite the fire within." Later that month, after RVD and Kane lost the Tag titles to La Resistance, Kane lost a "mask-vs.-title" match to Triple H. Forced to unmask, Kane went on a rampage, attacking Eric Bischoff, Jim Ross, Linda McMahon and Van Dam (leading to a match that Kane won at SummerSlam 2003).
Kane would then feud with Shane McMahon and the two would engage in a game of one-upmanship with each trying to injure the other. Kane was thrown into a flaming dumpster, Kane hooked up jumper cables to Shane's crotch, Shane sent Kane's limousine into the side of a truck. Kane's victory in a "Last Man Standing" match at Unforgiven solved nothing and the two met in an "Ambulance Match" at the Survivor Series.
Kane was victorious in that match and later that same night, appeared during the Buried Alive Match between the Undertaker and Vince McMahon to help McMahon bury the Undertaker. With Shane and the Undertaker out of the way (or so it would seem), Kane turned his attention to Goldberg and later Booker T.
During the 2004 Royal Rumble, an Undertaker video began to play, spooking Kane. The mind games continued for the next few months until the Undertaker returned at Wrestlemania XX, with Paul Bearer in tow to defeat Kane.
After a short feud with Edge, Kane became attracted to Lita. Kane told Lita he had a question for her and demanded an answer. When Kane attacked Matt Hardy, Lita rushed to the rescue, telling Kane the answer was "Yes!"
Meanwhile, Kane was becoming the number one contender to Chris Benoit's World title, leading to a title shot (which Benoit won) at Badd Blood. The next night on Raw, Kane attacked Shawn Michaels, putting him out of action with a "crushed larynx". On the same episode of Raw, Lita found out she was pregnant. As Matt was set to propose, Kane announced it was his baby, leading to a feud with Hardy. Hardy would defeat Kane in a No DQ match at Vengeance. He would not be so lucky in a "'Til Death Do Us Part" match at SummerSlam.
On August 23rd, Kane "married" Lita, despite Matt's attempt at intervention. With Matt out of action after Kane chokeslammed him off the stage, Lita signed her new husband to a match against a returning Shawn Michaels. A day after Michaels defeated Kane at Unforgiven, Kane wrestled the then-unknown Gene Snitsky. During the match, Snitsky pushed Kane into Lita, causing her to have a miscarriage. Kane then vowed revenge against Snitsky. Snitsky defeated Kane in a chain match at Taboo Tuesday and then injured him.
The injury was just a cover, of course, to explain Kane's disappearance to film Eye Scream Man, a WWE production. When Kane returned in January, he went after Snitsky, defeating him at New Year's Revolution. A "No Holds Barred" match between the two men on a January 15th Raw ended with both men falling off the stage. Both Kane and Snitsky would show up during the Undertaker/Heidenreich bout at the Royal Rumble.
Kane's feud with Snitsky would end shortly after that, and Kane instead competed in the 6-Man "Money in the Bank" Ladder Match at Wrestlemania XXI, which was won by Edge. After Wrestlemania, Kane turned his attention to Trish Stratus of all people, due to her fued with Kane's "wife", Lita. Kane would battle Viscera, who came to Stratus's aid. In addition, Kane would begin to work his way through Raw's Gold Rush tournament with the prize being a World Championship match against Batista.
It would be in the finals of that tournament where Kane would face his greatest heartbreak. Edge, the other finalist, would defeat Kane when Lita turned on her husband. Lita and Edge would play mind games with Kane, including Lita throwing her wedding ring down the toilet.
Kane would interrupt Edge and Lita's wedding and then go on to defeat Edge at Vengeance. Kane would not be so lucky in consecutive weeks on Raw, losing to Edge in a cage match and a stretcher match.
Kane left WWE in late July only to return to months later and attempt to qualify for the WWE Championship match at Taboo Tuesday. Instead he was paired with the Big Show and the impromptu team won the WWE Tag Team titles. Although Kane and the Big Show defeated Lance Cade amd Trevor Murdoch in a subsequent rematch, they seemed more interested in targeting Batista as part of the Raw/Smackdown battles during the fall and early winter of 2005.
The most importance that the WWE Tag Team titles seemed to have for Kane and the Big Show came when they defeated Bautista and Rey Mysterio Jr., the Smackdown Tag Team Champions, at Armageddon.
Kane defeated no less than Triple H to gain entry into the Elimination Chamber match at New Year's Revolution but fell to the pairing of Chris Masters and Carlito.
Kane and the Big Show defeated Masters and Carlito at Wrestlemania 22 only to fall to the Spirit Squad the next night on Raw.
With Kane's movie "See No Evil" set to debut on May 19th, he became obsessed with that date, even turning on his former tag partner, the Big Show. Once May 19th had come and gone, Kane remained tormented with the arrival of a Fake Kane, dressed in his original ring outfit. This Fake Kane even defeated Kane at Vengeance before Kane got revenge the next night on Raw.
Although it looked like Kane might challenge for the Intercontinental title, he got sidetracked in a feud with Umaga.
A loss to Umaga in a Loser Leaves RAW match sent Kane packing to SmackDown, where he began a feud with Montel Vontavious Porter. Kane avenged a couple of upset losses to MVP on TV by winning an Inferno match at Armageddon.
After a short feud with King Booker, Kane would start a long on-and-off program with The Great Khali. After Khali beat Kane at WrestleMania 23, Kane would have very short feuds with Dave Taylor and William Regal, Mark Henry, and Edge before reigniting his grudge with Khali.
Khali defeated Kane and Batista in a three-way match at Great American Bash. Not long after, Fit Finlay got involved, which set up Finlay versus Kane singles contests, as well as tags in which Khali and Finlay took on Kane and Batista. Over the next few months, Kane's direction would be somewhat aimless, as he took on the likes of Big Daddy V and Mark Henry on ECW and Smackdown. He'd also beat U.S. Champion MVP on a few occasions but never take the title. He'd finally get a belt at WrestleMania 24, as he won a 24-man battle royal and then defeated Chavo Guerrero in nine seconds to take the ECW title. Kane beat Chavo again at Backlash.
Kane held on to the championship for about three months, but soon after he was drafted to Raw, he dropped the belt to Henry, who won a three-way match that included Big Show at Night of Champions. Kane would start acting weirder than usual, moping around carrying a burlap sack and shouting, "Is he dead or alive?" to whoever would listen. About a month later, he revealed the bag contained Rey Mysterio's mask. Kane hinted that he'd been behind Mysterio's six week absence. Mysterio eventually showed up and they feuded for a few months, with Mysterio usually getting the better of Kane, beating him at No Mercy and Cyber Sunday, as well as an episode of Raw. Kane, however, would get some measure of revenge during sneak attacks or tag matches.
Thereafter, Kane again got stuck without any major dance partner, instead being placed in a weird love interest angle with Kelly Kelly, being included in various tag matches, and getting thrown into Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber matches. Kane would win a rather meaningless eight-man battle royal on Raw that featured Money in the Bank Ladder match participants, but lost the actual MITB contest at WrestleMania 25.
Kane soon after got drafted back to Smackdown, although he kept wrestling on all the shows but ECW anyway. Keeping consistent with the trend, Kane would lose in singles matches but win in tags, getting beat by CM Punk one-on-one on Raw in England, but winning a couple tag matches against Punk on WWE Superstars and Smackdown. But surprisingly, Kane would beat Punk by pinfall at Backlash.
See No Evil story archive
- compiled by John Milner and Richard Kamchen
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Mar. 14, 2014: Kane weighs in on WrestleMania XXX
Mar. 6, 2014: Kane brings corporate heat to Winnipeg
March 2012: The Streak: Again, Kane is not able
March 2012: The Streak: Brother versus brother
Jan. 1, 2009: Kane DVD surprisingly impressive
Dec. 3, 2006: It's all scary fun for Kane
May 18, 2006: Kane hits the big screen
May 14, 2006: WWE 'psycho' happy to be raising Kane
May 13, 2006: Citizen Kane
Dec. 20, 2005: Everybody wants to know: Kane (Part 2)
Dec. 13, 2005: Everybody wants to know: Kane
Oct. 30, 2005: Kane loves being evil
Oct. 30, 2005: WWE's monster loves raising Kane
Oct. 29, 2005: Kane's hoping for bevy of votes
Sep. 19, 2005: Kane bio as bad as his storylines