During a recent appearance on Talk Is Jericho podcast, Kane talked about his character originally planned to be a one-off, why the Kane character became one of the best in WWF/E history, Vince McMahon’s involvement & more.
Below are the highlights:
On his character originally planned to be a one-off:
“WWF was looking for an opponent for The Undertaker. They needed someone for an upcoming pay per view. I was supposed to be just one and done. Vince McMahon loved the idea so much and really got invested in it.”
On why the Kane character became one of the best in WWF/E history:
“The reason that Kane, a lot of people say that maybe Kane was one of the best in WWE history. The reason before that was because of a three to four-month buildup of the character that you never saw. Paul Bearer started talking about him. He had this whole backstory; this whole elaborate backstory, and then of course we got into Undertaker vs Shawn Michaels at In Your House.
They had forgotten about Kane for a few weeks as he was off of people’s radar. Then, in the middle of the match, here I come. It actually haunts me until this day because people would say to me, ‘That’s Gotta Be Kane!’ Vince McMahon was doing commentary at the time and said that so I have been hearing it for the past 22 years.”
On Vince McMahon’s involvement in crafting the Kane character:
“Kane dons the mask because he is horribly disfigured, unstable. Mentally insane and crazy, so I thought it would basically look like he had escaped from an institution. Then, I get the creative for the costume and it looked like a superhero. I had worn a cape at one time. I wore it only like once, but it was like this superhero thing and so I called Vince McMahon, which was uncomfortable because here I am, I finally get my big break and I am already complaining about it.
I said to him that it would be more of what I had described. Vince McMahon said, ‘No, the operative word for Kane is ‘cool.’ That was his vision. He said that he wanted Kane to be cool. He said that everybody is going to expect Kane to be crazy, but I am going to do the opposite of that. The reason why Kane dresses like that is because inside of his mind he has to make up for the disfigurement of his face by looking as cool as he possibly can.”
On if his trademark mask ever caused him a problem:
“The mask was actually specialized by people in New York city who do S&M stuff. It was funny because they were really nice and professional people. The mask was leather and it was molded so it was hard when I first got it. I remember one time that I had a match with someone. I gave him a powerslam and our heads hit. I looked down and there was blood on the mat. I was wondering what he was bleeding from. I didn’t realize it was me. The thing was it was the little corner of the mask that was sharp.
That was the only incident that I really had. The mask was really hard. It had leather [things] that held on the straps. At the time that was my real hair, which went halfway down my back. I was extremely proud of it. The thing about it was that with those brass [things]; when I pulled the hair with the straps and the [things] they would end up shredding my hair. Each time I would have to spend a half hour untangling my hair in the shower. As real as it sounds, that was really the only challenges.
It never affected my breathing.”