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Kane Explains Why His Previous WWF Gimmicks Didn’t Work

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (December 22, 2001) – WWF Jakked / WWF Metal

On this day in 2000, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly syndicated TV show ‘WWF Jakked’ (night version) aka ‘WWF Metal’ (afternoon version).

It featured pre-taped mid-card matches on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2002’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Funaki vs. Shawn Hill

– Spike Dudley vs. Rod Steele

– Perry Saturn vs. Brian Gamble

– Crash Holly vs. Lex Lovett

• Kane Explains Why His Previous WWF Gimmicks Didn’t Work

During a recent appearance on X-Pac 12360 podcast, Old School WWF Legend Kane discussed his previous WWF gimmicks not working out, X-Pac helping his Kane gimmick & more.

Below are the highlights:

On the Fake Diesel gimmick:

“Conceptually, Fake Diesel sounded pretty cool, but it just didn’t take off that way and I don’t think the audience really ever got behind it. But again, for me it got me more experience and I was determined to make that succeed.”

On the Isaac Yankem DDS gimmick:

“As for the Isaac Yankem character, it didn’t succeed the way I wanted it too. It was due to me, as with the fake Diesel character, it was the fact that it was never meant to be. But I felt I had done my part to make it as successful as I could have made it.

Isaac Yankem came out in a time where WWE was shifting philosophies, where we were going from a purely PG product and getting into much more edgy and the Attitude Era was still a couple years away. But I was kinda the last of the over-the-top characters we had… Frankly, I never got into the character. I always make the pun that I couldn’t sink my teeth into it (laughs).

It wasn’t me, and I couldn’t make it work plus I was still pretty green at that point. I was still trying to figure out my way around through this whole thing. And here I was in WWE…and I am in the ring with these guys that I’ve watched on TV… You know, ‘ Oh gosh what am I supposed to do?’

And you can’t have that attitude, I mean you have to have the attitude of ‘I belong here’ and I didn’t have it at that point. It was certainly not my favorite character but now they’ve made a wrestling action figure out of it so I have to like it (laughs).”

On how teaming up with X-Pac helped the Kane character:

“It was great. It helped me out tremendously. Because up until that point Kane had just been like an emotionless monster and what that did for me, our tag team, was it really helped round out my character because it showed that Kane has feelings and all that stuff which I never had before.

It humanized me enough that people could relate much better…And all the stuff we got to do man, it was a blast, and like you said a lot of times when you have tag teams that are bookends, having something that contrasted so much and was so unique… We could have great matches with anybody.”

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