Top 50 Wrestlers Of The 1990s: #35 - Kane
WrestleMania 34 is coming up, and being a wrestling fan, I tend to get a little more nostalgic for them olden days of when wrestlers didn't have scripts with WWE verbage in front of them. DeLorean back to my early days of fandom during the 1990s and you had a product that was hotter than any Seth Rollins theme song (you know, ”Burn It Down?” Okay, I’ll see that bad joke right out the door).
So from now up until "The Grandest Stage of Them All" (with a little help from Wikipedia to fill in the blanks), I will release my Top 50 wrestlers of the 1990., factoring in their impact from the kid-friendly first half to the cuss-ridden, beer drinking second half to determine where exactly your favorite heel or face fall in rank.
Hailing From: The Depths of Hell
We could know Kane originally in the 90s as Fake Diesel or Issac Yankem D.D.S. (Jerry Lawler's evil dentist), but that would be doing Glenn Jacobs a great disservice considering the impact that Kane made in the latter part of the decade.
Kane has gone through many transformations since his debut in late 1997 at Bad Blood, but nothing has topped his original hit tune as the Undertaker's forgotten, badly burned, badly traumatized brother. There was so much mystery and allure that went with Kane considering that his whole body (except his right arm) was covered in crimson and black. Plus the only time he would talk would be through a voice box that added to his creepiness (enjoy the pentagram chilling out in the top right corner of the following video - The Keystone Statement does not support satanism).
The first time he talked was over six months since he debuted. That's quite a while to not speak, but to be hanging out at the top of the card with the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Undertaker and Mankind exemplifies how over of an act he was. To add to that, it was at the King of The Ring PPV (the one where Mankind nearly died) where Kane got his first reign as WWF Champion, defeating Austin who was undoubtedly the hottest act in the biz. He may have lost it back the next night on Raw, but it was then that the Big Red Monster was established as a main eventer.
After his big intro, Kane went to hook up with X-Pac in what would be the first of his "odd couple" pairings, and just like his "Team Hell No" with Daniel Bryan, X-Pac & he were a very popular act, winning the tag belts twice until X-Pact turned on his big red friend (and stole his girlfriend to boot)
Since those glory days, Kane has been on a roller coaster of angles and weak plots that ultimately has damaged the character in the long run, but he added that extra fire and brimstone to an already hot WWF product..