John Cena does incredible things with his frequent charitable work―but the way Kane presents himself with political savvy and intellect has to be prominently ranked in contributions for WWE.
In fact, forget the WWE—the way Kane conducts himself is a contribution to the entire genre of professional wrestling.
Professional wrestling carries certain stereotypes for those involved as performers or fans that include redneck, uneducated, fraud and degenerate. While all can be accounted for, the positive—and those who represent it—don't get recognized enough, if at all.
Glenn “Kane” Jacobs is an intelligent guy. It's impossible not to realize that if you ever get to spend five minutes talking with him. I've spent five minutes and I didn't need that many to realize Kane will often be the smartest guy in any room. I consider myself lucky. However, you can see the same intellect on display if you watch the recent news story done on him by WATE in Tennessee, concerning his stance on Internet consumer tax.
Regardless of your political stance on the issue, him fighting against everyday consumers having to pay more money to buy something online helps his image and WWE's. He's fighting to directly help everyday people. Every politician wants to be portrayed that way, but I think few are.
It's icing on the cake that Jacobs portrays the character on WWE programming whose origin is a sadistic monster burned in a fire as a boy. It should remind everyone that WWE and professional wrestling are part of an entertainment show. Critics shouldn't take something they might not agree with in an entertainment show and let it be the only factor that determines their opinions on wrestling and all things associated.
This isn't the first time Kane has stepped into the public eye out of character to show his intelligence. In 2002, WWE Superstars were contestants on the game show The Weakest Link. He appeared on the show in full Kane attire with the mask on. He also won the whole thing.
I don't have the same fascination other hardcore fans seem to have with script being broken and the fourth wall getting torn down. If we pull back the curtain every day, there might as well be no curtain. If there is no curtain, there is no point to having a show.
Kayfabe doesn't need to get broken every day. I don't need to see behind the mask or the curtain and have their real names constantly be acknowledged. But I do like a wrestler having a passionate stance on an issue relevant in his home state that causes him to trade the elbow pads for cufflinks. It's a nice slap of reality that these “grown men who wrestle each other in their underwear” are more than what the beholders of the stereotypes would want to admit.
It's a slap of reality that some need to realize is more common than they probably know. In addition to Kane, there are others who have more to offer than spandex and sweat.
Kofi Kingston has a communications degree from Boston College. David Otunga has a law degree from Harvard Law. Former WWE star Raven is a member of high IQ society, Mensa. The list can go on with educational accomplishments, typically held to high regard in society, from the guys who fake fight for a living.
I hope Kane pursues his political aspirations to the furthest. He has feuds and stories to be proud of in the wrestling arena, featuring names such as The Undertaker. If he can acquire more wins in other arenas more socially acceptable, then that's a huge win for wrestling and Kane.
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