On working with MVP in 2006: I think so. He came in and pretty quickly, there I was. That’s when we had “Raw” and “Smackdown” as separate brands. And what had happened was that I was transferred over from Raw into Smackdown, and he was my first opponent. And he and I did a lot of stuff. There was that cage match. We did an inferno match at a pay per view. And, hopefully, I would think that I helped him progress as a WWE superstar — that he learned some stuff by working with me.
On being more of himself in 2015 compared to the Big Red Machine gimmick of 1997: I realize a lot of people aren’t particularly fond of this character because they want to see the masked Kane. Some people even say, “You ruined the character.”I don’t think that’s true by any stretch of the imagination. I think what it’s done is added another layer of depth to the character. And the secret to longevity is the ability to reinvent yourself, and do different things. We’ve seen that with the Undertaker. We’ve seen that with Shawn Michaels, Triple H. Anyone who’s been in the WWE for an extended period of time has to be able to do different things. Eventually, a character gimmick is going to get old and stale. And, when it does, if that’s all you can do, you’re done. So I’m very proud of the fact that I can do different things. I’ve gone from a character that never spoke to a guy who goes out every week and is in the middle of big promo segments.
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