Nicknames: The Big Red Machine, The Devil’s Favourite Demon, The Big Red Machine
Billed Weight: 323 lb (147 kg)
Place of Birth: Torrejón de Ardoz, Spain
Finishing Move: Chokeslam, Tombstone Piledriver
Major Titles Held: ECW Championship (x1), World Heavyweight Championship (x1), WCW Tag Team Championship (x1), WWE Tag Team Championship (x2), WWF Championship (x1), Hardcore Championship (x1), Intercontinental Championship (x2), WWF/WWE World Tag Team Championship (x9), Triple Crown Champion, Grand Slam Champion, Money in the Bank Winner
Interesting Trivia: Aside from professional wrestling, Kane, also known as Glenn Jacobs, is in the running to become the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. He also has a degree in English literature from the Northeast Missouri State University.
Win/Loss Ratio: Won – 864, Drawn – 86, Lost – 806
Entrance Themes: ‘Burned’ by Jim Johnston (1997-2000), ‘Out of the Fire’ by Jim Johnston (2000-2002), ‘Slow Chemical’ by Finger Eleven (2002-2008), ‘Man on Fire’ by Jim Johnston (2008-2011), ‘Veil of Fire’ by Jim Johnston (2011-2016), ‘Veil of Fire (Rise Up Remix)’ by CFO$ (2017-present)
Kane’s initial venture into the World Wrestling Federation came under many different gimmicks, as he spent time under the takes Mike Unabomb and the infamous Isaac Yankem DDS. Also, for a brief period of time, he played the role of ‘Fake Diesel’ – before ironically going on to face Kevin Nash in tag team action under the Kane moniker many years later.
The beginnings of Kane’s character came long before he debuted, as The Undertaker’s manager turned rival Paul Bearer began hinting at his arrival in the WWF. For months we were teased with the idea of Taker’s ‘half brother’ Kane making an appearance, after he had supposedly been scarred by the fire which killed their family as children.
Finally, after a great deal of build-up, Glenn Jacobs aka Kane re-emerged during the Badd Blood: In Your House pay per view as he attacked The Deadman during the first ever Hell in a Cell match. Kane wound up losing to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 14, and over the course of the next few years Kane’s character went through many transitions, which included a few face turns and a one-day reign as WWF Champion.
The mask comes off
A few years later in June 2003, Kane lost a World Heavyweight Championship match against Triple H, in a bout which led to The Big Red Machine taking off his iconic mask due to the nature of the stipulation that was put in place prior to the contest. This led to Kane becoming ‘mentally unstable’, as he turned heel before feuding with his brother The Undertaker once again which led to their second match on the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania 20.
Kane then entered a series of odd storylines over the course of the next few years, which included falling in love with and impregnating Lita. Kane continued to tread water for a while, although there were some notable moments, which includes his tag team with the Big Show and the reuniting of the Brothers of Destruction (a team with his brother The Undertaker). Kane also captured the ECW Championship at WrestleMania 24 in a record breaking 11 seconds.
World Heavyweight Champion
After spending the majority of his time in professional wrestling away from the world title scene, Kane finally had an extended run at the top as he won the World Heavyweight Championship after capturing the Money in the Bank briefcase and cashing it in on the same night. Kane successfully defended the title against Rey Mysterio at SummerSlam, before entering a three-month long feud with the returning Undertaker who Kane had put into a vegetative state.
For the first time in his career Kane came out on top in a feud against his brother, as he was able to retain his championship against him in three consecutive pay per view matches. Following this, however, he lost the belt to the Rated R Superstar Edge before slipping back down into the mid card in time for WrestleMania 27.
The mask returns
After suffering an injury against Mark Henry in the summer of 2011, Kane spent a few months on the shelf before returning with a brand new mask and heel persona. He started up a high profile feud against John Cena as he tried to get the multi-time world champion to ‘embrace the hate’, before eventually entering into a rivalry with Randy Orton who he defeated at WrestleMania 28 in Miami.
In the months following this Kane once again transitioned into a babyface role, which included an amusing partnership with Daniel Bryan under the name ‘Team Hell No’. Together they became one of the hottest acts in the company, before Bryan eventually became one of the most popular stars of all time and restarted his career as a singles star.
Kane’s career took yet another bizarre turn when he pledged his allegiance to The Authority, which led to him becoming Corporate Kane as he started appearing in a suit without his mask on. He continued this role on and off for a few years, which involved feuding with the aforementioned Daniel Bryan, only for Kane to eventually form a ‘split personality’ gimmick which included the return of his mask.
It led to him unsuccessfully challenging Seth Rollins in a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, and since then, his appearances as an on-screen performer have been quite limited. Nowadays he only pops up from time to time, with his last big rivalry ending at the 2018 Royal Rumble when he competed in a triple threat match for the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman.