Kane's 15 Greatest Moments of His 15 Years in the Gimmick

Sharon GlencrossContributor IJune 7, 2013

Kane's 15 Greatest Moments of His 15 Years in the Gimmick

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    As one of WWE's most enduring characters, Glenn "Kane" Jacobs has had more than his share of great and memorable moments during his tenure.

    Inferno matches, violent rampages, therapy and even hitting on Oscar-winning actresses...is there any other gimmick in wrestling as wacky and fun-filled as this one? 

    So, with this in mind, here are the top 15 greatest moments of Kane's career.

    Rest assured, guys. Katie Vick is most certainly not on this list.

15. Kane Tries to Date Halle Berry

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    To help promote WWE Studios’ flick The Call back in March, the company scripted a vignette in which Kane called and (badly) attempted to flirt with gorgeous Hollywood actress Halle Berry as she was out and about promoting the film.

    It went about as well as you would expect.  “You wrote that your home address was the depths of Hell," asked a visibly annoyed Berry. "What am I supposed to do with that?"

    This was a great and very funny skit—and one that helped illustrated Kane’s superb comedic timing.

14. Money in the Bank Win in 2010

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    At the first-ever Money in the Bank pay-per-view in 2010, Kane defeated seven other stars in a great bout to grab the coveted MITB title shot.

    In a cool twist, instead of waiting, he cashed in later that night on a vulnerable and tired champion Rey Mysterio—Rey had just beaten Jack Swagger in a grueling bout—and defeated him. Notably, this marked Kane’s first-ever run with the World Heavyweight championship.

13. See No Evil

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    In 2006, Kane turned movie star, starring in low-budget slasher flick See No Evil, one of the first-ever WWE Studios’ movies.

    The film—which sees Kane take on the role of crazed serial killer Jacob Goodnight—performed respectably at the U.S box office, as Box Office Mojo noted.

    It was also good casting. Come on, can anyone, sans Jack Nicholson maybe, play a psychotic madman better than Kane?

12. Kane vs. Undertaker at SummerSlam 2000

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    Oh, those Brothers of Destruction.

    We're sure the two siblings truly love each other, deep down. But they've had a difficult relationship over the years, even trying to kill each other on more than than one occasion.

    And their bout at the 2000 SummerSlam pay-per-view, which came about after Kane turned on his brother for what must have been the 25th time, was one of their best-ever matches against each other.

11. The Six-Man Tag Team Match at TLC

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    At last December’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view, Kane was part of one of the best six-man tag matches in WWE history as he and partner Daniel Bryan teamed with Ryback to take on The Shield in a TLC match.

    While it would be easy to give credit for the bout to Bryan and The Shield, Kane more than held his own during the match, taking some nasty-looking bumps.

    Despite being well into his 40s, he’s arguably never been better as a wrestler.

10. Kane and Lita's Wedding

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    Sure, wrestling is known for its wacky weddings, but few have ever managed to be as crazy, calamitous and ultimately entertaining as the Kane/Lita ceremony.

    Who can forget Lita’s scorn-filled vows to her husband-to-be? (“You are a vile, horrible man with no soul,” she spat at him.) Or Kane’s bemused reaction to it all?

    And what about Trish Stratus’ memorable interruption in which she strutted out to the ring scantily clad and picked a fight with the not-so-happy bride?

9. Kane's Debut

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    Kane debuted at the Badd Blood pay-per-view in 1997 during the tremendous Shawn Michaels/Undertaker Hell in a Cell bout.

    Accompanied by manager Paul Bearer, Kane stormed to the ring, broke into the cell and cost his storyline brother the match by hitting him with a brutal-looking tombstone—and thus began the most enduring WWE gimmick ever.

8. Kane Wins the WWE Title

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    In 1998, Kane was one of the hottest heels around. He even won the WWE Title from Steve Austin at the King of the Ring –thanks to interference from his brother—in a very good First Blood match.

    Granted, he lost the belt back to Austin a day later on Raw, but Kane’s victory and short-run reign was still one of the more memorable moments of the Attitude Era.

7. Hardcore Match at WrestleMania 17

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    At WrestleMania 17, Kane took on Big Show and Raven in what was easily one of the best, and most hilarious, Hardcore brawls ever. Kane commandeering a golf buggy, in particular, was a truly classic moment.

    Come on, who didn't laugh at that?

    Hey, wrestling doesn't have to be all serious business, you know.

6. His Tag Team with X-Pac

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    In the summer of 1999, Kane formed a wacky odd-couple tag team with DX member X-Pac.

    Thanks to his friendship with the former European champion, the once stoic and silent Kane started to come out of his shell a little, even speaking for the first time (his first words were, of course, the DX motto “Suck It!”) This was great pairing, and one that helped greatly expand the one-dimensional Kane character.

5. Kane Returns in 2011

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    After several years without his mask, Kane returned to WWE television with a new disguise—and a new, darker attitude. It seems “The Big Red Machine” felt he had softened too much and was attempting to rectify things.

    “Embrace the Hate,” he growled to new foe John Cena on Raw. Indeed.

4. The Inferno Match at Unforgiven 1998

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    Wow. Talk about feeling the heat!

    While it may not have been a technical masterpiece, the Inferno match between Kane and Undertaker—which took place at 1998’s Unforgiven pay-per-view—was still quite the spectacle and a highlight of the show. And credit to both men for taking major risks they did to deliver such a once-in-a-lifetime match. 

    It’s almost impossible to imagine a match like this happening now.

3. His Ambulance Match with Shane McMahon

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    The memorable Shane McMahon/Kane feud in 2003 culminated in this terrific Ambulance bout at Survivor Series pay-per-view.

    Gripping, dramatic and filled with some absolutely terrifying bumps from Shane, this is easily one of Kane’s best matches ever.

    Although it’s probably best to ignore questions of just why an out-of-shape middle-aged TV executive like Shane was able to go toe-to-toe with a fearsome monster like Kane.

2. Anger Management Classes

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    Per this 2012 storyline, Kane and arch-rival Daniel Bryan were forced to attend Dr. Shelby’s anger management classes by Raw GM A.J. Lee.

    The results were predictably hilarious: Bryan complained throughout the entire thing and Kane terrified the life out of everyone at several points, most notably when he recounted his long and disturbing history to the stunned class.

    Murder, attempted murder, torture, arson, kidnapping and his obsession with Pete Rose...he revealed it all.

    This was easily one of the funniest segments in WWE’s history, especially with the company seemingly being able to admit that Kane’s overall story arc made no real sense whatsoever.

1. Kane Loses the Mask

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    The 2003 angle which saw Kane forced to lose his trademark mask per a match stipulation was a thrilling and dramatic piece of television. In fact, this bout may have marked the last time a stipulation in WWE genuinely meant something.

    It also had a clever twist: Kane was not, in fact, hideously scarred, as fans had been led to believe for several years. It turned out it was all in his head!

    This is surely the most memorable moment of Kane’s entire WWE run.