Anybody who has ever been behind a pro wrestling curtain, knows that there is just as much politics going on as in Washington D.C..
John Cena gets praised for his dedication, Triple H gets the rub of being the golden child, Undertaker is the judge and jury of all etiquette and behavior in the locker room. Everyone has a role and everyone has an image they carry with them. The one guy that you never hear about for positive or negative reasons is Kane.
Glenn Jacobs has been with the WWE/F since 1995. Had a few test runs with characters until October of 1997, where in his hometown debut of St. Louis, he and the WWE struck booking gold! It was then that he debuted as Kane, the evil younger brother of The Undertaker. From the end of 1997-1998, Kane’s character as a heel goes down as a top 5 ever. Much of this credit has to go to the writing and booking of the story that he was seeking revenge on his brother who burned him but the big man sold his part as good as anyone could without speaking a word.
It may be a bit hard to look back past some of the humanizing aspects that his character has gone through in the past 5 years, but if you were watching wrestling in the 97-98 time period, no more heel intrigue was there than for when Kane came out.
His tenure with the company is at the top with Mark Henry, Triple H, HBK, and his “brother.” Through all of this time, Kane has had very limited time off, and never has drawn bad press. Press through the dirt cheats and gossips of pro wrestling locker room talk, bad press in the Tiger Woods sense.
We don’t hear about drug problems, pulled over for DUI, or sexual assault.
In addition to his behavior, Glenn Jacobs is one of the most intelligent people and especially wrestlers that I have ever had a conversation with. A showing of this was back in the early 2,000’s, still with his mask on but participating in the “Weakest Link” game show with several other WWE stars. The soft spoken 7-footer displayed his book smarts by being the strongest link much of the game. I bet you if you put all the WWE locker room in a room and had them take the SAT’s, Kane would beat all of them, except maybe Triple H who would sleep with the teacher that is scoring the test (Who am I kidding, I’d slept with Stephanie too if I could).
Glenn is so smart, he would beat Matt Striker in a vocabulary test easily.
So what does scholastic excellence have to do with pro wrestling? It doesn’t effect his choke slam that he gives but it does beam a positive bright light on a locker room and sports entertainment brand that often gets critics. Perhaps more accurately, his intelligence is tied in with his maturity.
Through no serious main event title run, through talking, mask being taken off, fighting Great Khali at WrestleMania, what has he got, a paycheck and start in the first WWE film. Far less perks than what many others who have done far less work have gotten. Still, the man just as his character Kane did originally, doesn’t speak much.
The Kane character has held the WWE world title for 24 hours. In June of 1998 after winning it at the KOTR from Stone Cold in a first blood match, he lost it the next night on RAW. The winning of the title came only because The Undertaker accidentally cost Austin the match. Undertaker swung a chair and missed Kane causing him to hit Stone Cold. This was done set up the Austin/Taker match at Summerfest….I mean SummerSlam in 1998 at MSG. So Kane happen to benefit for a day by being the last title match on a PPV against Austin before SummerSlam and they needed to light the spark for Stone Cold against Undertaker.
In the world of question’s to Vince McMahon, you know….
Why no mention of Macho Man? Will Cena ever turn heel? Why Katie Vick story? Top the list should be, why has Kane never been giving a fair ride as a top champion?
I guarantee in March of 2010, right now I will say it, Glenn Jacobs will be a WWE agent whenever he retires. This guy is a true company man, a hell of a wrestler for his size, and beyond it all he can teach young guys how to carry themselves.
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