Glen Jacobs

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Glen Jacobs

Glen Thomas Jacobs (born April 26, 1967 in Madrid, Spain, but raised near Nashville, Tennessee, currently residing in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment on the RAW brand, best known for wrestling as Kane.

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Wrestling Career

Jacobs has portrayed several characters throughout his career since his pro wrestling debut in 1992. This includes Unibomb in the United States Wrestling Association and Smoky Mountain Wrestling, where he was co-holder of the Tag Team Championship with Al Snow, and a few runs in the WWF as Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS (1995-96) and the Fake Diesel (1996-97). In late 1997, he was repackaged as Kane, a masked character he is now best known for.

Kane is the on-screen half-brother of The Undertaker, with whom he feuded off and on for several years. The characters' histories are that as children, Undertaker accidentally burned down the funeral home where they lived, killing their parents and hideously scarring Kane. Undertaker's manager, Paul Bearer, hid Kane as he grew up, and Kane was thought to be dead until he returned as a 7-foot, 326-pounds, one-eyed monster at Bad Blood in October 1997 and attacked Undertaker during his Hell in a Cell match with Shawn Michaels. Undertaker initially refused to fight Kane, saying he would not fight his own flesh and blood for show. However, after Kane interfered in Undertaker's WWF Title match at the 1998 Royal Rumble which climaxed in Kane locking Undertaker in a casket and setting it ablaze, Undertaker returned to defeat Kane at WrestleMania XIV in March 1998.

He won the WWF Championship in June 1998 from Stone Cold Steve Austin which is the highlight of his career so far. He went on to win the WWF Tag Team Championship with Mick Foley in July 1998, and with X-Pac in 1999. Kane has feuded with several of the top superstars including Triple H, The Big Show, Kurt Angle, and even WWF owner Vince McMahon. In the process, Kane became one of the premier stars in the WWF. His costume had changed over the course of his career, gradually uncovering his body, and even his face.

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Kane unmasked after his Mask vs. Title match with Triple H.

In 2003, he unmasked. Many fans are annoyed at how the current Kane has no scars and much of the psychological depth and established history of the character has been ignored. However, it has since been learned that Kane was burned in the fire, but was not scarred. Paul Bearer had told Kane for all those years he was scarred to help keep him afraid and hidden away as a recluse. This is not an entirely satisfactory explanation, as on June 12, 2000, the McMahon-Helmsley Faction unmasked Kane (his face was not shown on camera) and photographed him, exclaiming in disgust at how horribly disfigured he was (Triple H's plan to blackmail Kane by threatening to expose his "scarred face" to the public by showing the photographs on TV ended in failure when the film did not develop properly).

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Kane's original look.

In December 2003 at the Armageddon PPV, Kane was in a Triple Threat World Title match against Triple H and World Champion Goldberg. Triple H, after the aid of his team mates from Evolution, ended up winning the match and title.

The Armageddon match capped a feud with Triple H, and also the "Katie Vick" storyline (generally considered by fans to be one of the worst storylines in WWE history). The story involved Triple H claiming that several years earlier, Kane had an unrequited relationship with someone named Katie Vick. After Vick was killed in a car crash, Kane – who was the driver – allegedly raped her corpse. Triple H later made good on a threat to show video footage of Kane completing his "crimes;" however, the footage clearly showed Triple H (dressed as Kane) simulating necrophilia with a mannequin. Fans were not shy about expressing their disgust with the storyline, forcing WWE writers to bring the story to a quick end.

On March 14, 2004 at WrestleMania XX, Kane fought his brother the Undertaker, whom he had "buried alive" just months earlier at the 2003 Survivor Series. Kane ended up losing the match.

At present, they are on separate shows with Kane being on RAW and Undertaker being on SmackDown!, however their feud is likely to continue intermittently for some time.

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Kane's explosive ring entrance.

Kane was also involved in a long time storyline with Gene Snitsky that grew out of a previous storyline with Lita.

The first storyline involved Kane falling in love with Lita, but Lita being disturbed by Kane, and not reciprocating. At the beginning of May, Kane kidnapped Lita, and supposedly asked her a question before Kane let her go. On the May 17, 2004 episode of RAW, Lita gave an answer of yes to Kane's question. The question was not immediately revealed. On that same night, Kane won a 20-man Battle Royal to earn Number One Contendership to Chris Benoit's World Heavyweight Championship at Bad Blood.

On the June 14, 2004 RAW, Kane mercilessly beat Shawn Michaels after an in-ring promo featuring Michaels and Triple H. He capped off his assault by placing Michaels' neck in a folding steel chair and jumping on the chair. Michaels was carried off-stage in a stretcher, portrayed as having suffered a crushed larynx as a result of Kane's attack. The larynx injury was worked. The "attack" was used by WWE to write Michaels out of storylines; the promotion excused him for several weeks to allow him to spend time with his pregnant wife, who gave birth to the couple's second child that August.

Later, Lita announced she was pregnant (also a work); Matt Hardy (her boyfriend, both in the storyline and, at that time, in reality) assumed that he was the child's father. On the June 21, 2004 broadcast of RAW, Lita and Hardy appeared together in the ring, and he asked Lita to marry him. Before she could respond, Kane appeared on a video monitor, and claimed to be the father of Lita's child. On the next week's RAW, Kane again made the claim. Kane and Hardy were then booked to face one another at the upcoming SummerSlam pay-per-view event in a "Till Death Do Us Part" match, where Lita would have to marry the winner.

Kane was victorious in the match, and eventually married Lita on the August 23, 2004 RAW. There was a small amount of annoyance among both wrestling fans and the press that Hardy revealed that he would be missing 6 to 8 months after the match; this gave away the fact that he would obviously lose to Kane.

On the September 13, 2004 episode of RAW, Gene Snitsky made his debut, matched against Kane. During the match, Snitsky hit Kane in the back with a steel chair, causing Kane to fall into Lita. The injuries Lita suffered in the match led to a miscarriage. Kane and Snitsky were then booked to meet at Taboo Tuesday; Snitsky won a match in which a steel chain was a legal weapon. Snitsky then continued to injure Kane's neck with a steel chair by crushing his larynx, in exactly the same manner Kane had "injured" Shawn Michaels several months earlier. This injury was also worked, as Jacobs was scheduled to film a WWE-produced movie, Goodnight.

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Kane Chokeslams Gene Snitsky off a ledge of RAW's set.

After he completed filming on the movie, he was announced as Snitsky's opponent in a match at New Year's Revolution, resuming the storyline. At this event, Kane defeated Snitsky. Later, on the January 17, 2005 RAW, he and Snitsky were booked to compete in a No Holds Barred match.

During this show, Trish Stratus cut an in-ring promo on Lita, making a reference to a real knee injury Lita suffered in a recent match between the two, and then said that there were many men in the locker room that would love to get her "pregnant" again. The insulted Kane ran in, and proceeded to chokeslam Stratus in the middle of the ring. Then, Kane and Snitsky battled inside and outside the ring in their scheduled match. The Kane-Snitsky match, and the show, ended with Kane chokeslamming Snitsky off the stage, with both wrestlers falling through tables and other paraphernalia set up below the entrance ramp.

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Kane

Recent events

At WrestleMania 21 Kane participated in the "Money in the Bank" ladder match along with Chris Jericho, Chris Benoit, Shelton Benjamin, Christian, and Edge. Kane then continued his pursuit of Trish Stratus, who in turn continued to torment his storyline wife Lita. It was revealed that Kane and Lita were apparently happily married and had been conspiring in order to frighten Lita's rival Trish. On the April 18, 2005 RAW, a feud between Kane and Viscera began with Viscera running in and physically manhandling Kane. Kane went on to defeat Viscera at Backlash.

On the May 16, 2005 episode of RAW, Kane and Edge met in the finals of the "Gold Rush" tournament to determine the Number 1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship held by Batista. The finish of the match saw Lita interject herself into the match, first distracting her storyline husband to allow Edge to grab his suitcase and "knock him out" with it, and then reviving an "unconscious" referee so that he could count a pinfall for Edge. The referee counted Kane out, giving Edge the distinction of Number 1 contender. Lita then left the ring with Edge, and the show closed with the two passionately kissing at the entrance ramp to the stage while a dumbfounded Kane looked on. Two weeks later (May 30), Lita and Edge cut a promo on Kane in which she annouced that she had filed for divorce, ending with the new couple flushing Lita's "wedding ring" down a toilet. On June 6, it was announced that Edge and Kane would face one another at Vengeance.

Lita and Edge were scheduled to marry in the storyline on June 20. The ring was converted into a "wedding chapel," complete with a "priest." While all parties were assembled, a Matt Hardy appearance was teased, but did not come about. Just as the "priest" was set to "marry" them, Kane, who was hiding beneath the ring, broke through a false floor and started beating on Edge, who quickly departed with Lita. Kane then completely trashed the "chapel," and ended by giving the "priest" a tombstone piledriver in the ring. This storyline is generally considered in the smark community to be an attempt to cash in on the real-life affair between Lita and Edge, which indirectly led to the release of Lita's former long-time boyfriend Matt Hardy from WWE.

Finishing/Signature Moves

Championships/Accomplishments


  • Kane won the PWI Tag Team of the Year Award in 1999 with X-Pac.
<td colspan = 3 align = center>WWE Championship Reigns
Preceded by:
Stone Cold Steve Austin
First Succeeded by:
Stone Cold Steve Austin
<td colspan = 3 align = center>WWE Intercontinental Championship Reigns
Preceded by:
Triple H
First Succeeded by:
Albert
Preceded by:
Chris Jericho
Second Succeeded by:
Triple H
(title unified with
World Heavyweight Championship)

External links

Kane's WWE profile (http://www.wwe.com/superstars/raw/kane/index.jsp)

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