Kane Remembers His Debut In 1997, Evolution Of His Character & More

Justin LaBar

I write a wrestling column every Monday and Friday for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and can be found online at Triblive.com

Today, I wrote off of a recent conversation I had with WWE Superstar Kane. The following is an excerpt:

Q: I consider the Kane character to have the best backstory and the best debut. From that point on, it's been amazing to watch the evolution. Don't be modest, you've got to know the Kane character is one of the greatest the industry will ever see?

A: I do. I will take a certain amount of credit for that. However, everything we do in this business is a team effort. As you identified, the reason Kane was so successful initially was because he did have the best backstory the business ever had. We told one of the best stories with Kane and The Undertaker ever. It was a tremendous bit of storytelling. It was really epic. I've also had plenty of opportunities along the way and worked with plenty of good people along the way who helped me out quite a bit. Everything we do really is a team effort. I'm where I am, not only because of my own abilities but because a lot of people have believed in me and helped me get where I am.

Q: You debuted in October of 1997 at the Badd Blood pay-per-view during the Hell in a Cell match. It was in St. Louis, which you have a connection to. Relive the debut. Were your nervous?

A: I grew up about an hour and half from St. Louis, so that was a big deal.

I was really nervous, man. This was my one chance to have an enormous impact and one chance to really get on a rocket ship. I understood that more than anyone did. Especially going in and being involved with The Undertaker. Being involved in that match. We have the first Hell in a Cell match between two icons in our industry, Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. That was a really big moment. I have never had that kind of opportunity presented to me. I was just hoping to be able to pull it off. I was able to pull it off but then we had the hard work ahead of us to keep it going until that match at WrestleMania.

To read more including Kane talking about his Royal Rumble experiences & the topic of how his career should end, click here.

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