Glenn Jacobs a.k.a Kane is being granted a place inside the company's Hall of Fame as a part of the 2021 class taking place on April 6. Over two decades Jacobs turned Kane into a household name in the wrestling scene.
“This is the greatest honor of my entire pro wrestling career,” said Jacobs.
“There have been so many people that helped me get here, and I can't wait to say thanks to each one of them. It's a tremendous honor, one that I'm still trying to process”.
The now mayor of Knox County, Tenn.,With the athleticism and size (6'8'') possessed by Jacobs wrestling seemed like the way to go. But nothing good comes easy, and reaching the elite level on this industry is indeed a really hard thing to achieve, the first quarter of his career are living proof of this. First as evil dentist Isaac Yankem, DDS, followed by an uninspiring stretch as the fake Diesel. Connecting with the audience was not an easy task for Jacobs thus the future in wrestling was never guaranteed.
“If you told me we’d be having this Hall of Fame discussion when I was Isaac Yankem, I never would have believed you,” Jacobs says. “There were tough times, and, early on in this journey, I was never a sure thing. But my stubbornness served me well. I’m extremely thankful for that, and I am so grateful for this career. I grew up on a farm in Missouri, and wrestling gave me an extraordinary life.”
A major boost came when he donned the gear that turned him into the “Big Red Machine”, debuting at the Badd Blood pay-per-view in October 1997. Kane ripped the Hell in a Cell door off its hinges during the main event and attacked the Undertaker, who was revealed to be his half-brother.
Kane is still part of WWE, partially because of the quality of that original story, but mostly because of the brilliance of Jacob's work in the many different iterations of the character, all of this for over a quarter of a century.
“The secret to longevity in WWE is being able to reinvent yourself,” Jacobs says. “I took so much pride in this profession, doing different things. Team Hell No with Daniel Bryan added an entirely new dimension to the Kane character. Who ever would have thought Kane could be comedic relief? A lot of that credit also goes to Bryan, who was an amazing partner. And I always took a lot of pride in showing my range as a performer.”
Jacob's work in the WWE will always be defined by his association with the Undertaker that's for sure, however he had a number of different roles in the company, teaming in very entertaining tag teams with X-pac and later alongside Bryan, also playing a role as Corporate Kane.
The Undertaker and Kane met in two different WrestleMania matches and teamed as the Brothers of Destruction, but hitting Pete Rose with a Tombstone Piledriver in Boston at WrestleMania 14 was the first real indicator that the Kane character had built enough equity with the fan base to exist in story lines away from the Undertaker.
“The story line with The Undertaker was so well detailed,” Jacobs says. “It was a story of betrayal that was personal, and it was something very different for him, so it set me up for success. Then I was able to show I could succeed on my own away from him, showing off different sides to my character with Sean Waltman and Hurricane [Helms]. I was able to give Kane a life on his own. That’s one of my proudest achievements.”
There is no better choice for a Hall of Fame induction speaker for Jacobs than Mark Calaway, who stood beside—and across from—him as the Undertaker, though Jacobs noted that has yet to be determined.
“I’m not going to speculate on anything,” Jacobs says. “This is all so new. I’m just so grateful for this honor.”
On the other side of this WWE yearly event Dave “Batista” removed himself from the induction, all of this via his Twitter account “To the @WWEUniverse Unfortunately due to previous obligations I am unable to be a part of the @WWE #HOF this year. By my request they have agreed to induct me at a future ceremony where I’ll be able to properly thank the fans and people who made my career possible #DreamChaser”
However “Batista” has yet to reveal what are this personal obligations.