This week on the “Taking You To School” podcast, Dr. Tom Prichard and John Poz welcomed Glenn “Kane” Jacobs as his guest.
Kane talked about his run in Smoky Mountain Wrestling, signing with the WWF, working with The Undertaker, the creation of the Kane character, working with Steve Austin, and more.
Kane was asked what his reaction was when he was told he was going to be Dr. Isaac Yankem when he first entered WWE. He said, “I’ll never forget, I went into J.J. Dillon’s office. Vince came in and we were talking and he pulled out the Isaac Yankem thing for me. I was literally deflated but not trying to show how deflated I was. I was trying to figure out how I was going to make this thing work and realizing I didn’t like it from the beginning and I wasn’t going to be able to make it work. It probably isn’t good when you make that decision when it is presented to you. A lot of the failure of that character is really due to me and the fact that I just couldn’t get into it. Nevertheless, as things progressed, and I did not have the best of attitudes at times, I remember one day Mark Calloway, The Undertaker, took me aside and was telling me that I better basically get myself in gear because if I didn’t, I wasn’t going to have a job there very long. He said he liked me and Vince liked me and all that stuff, but I had to prove that I belong. That’s when I decided really, that yea, I didn’t necessarily have what I wanted, but if I kept moping around, I was never going to get what I wanted. So, I had to do the best with what I had and that’s what I tried to do. Even though initially it was not my dream character by any stretch of the imagination, it allowed me to get my foot into the door and give myself another chance.”
Kane’s thoughts on Brodie Lee: “I was shocked. A friend of mine texted me and told me and I was like, there’s no way. Jon was such a good guy. He was a sweetheart, just a good person. I don’t think I ever saw him in a bad mood. He always had something to say to brighten your spirits and make you laugh.”
Kane’s thoughts on Pat Patterson: “I was very fortunate to know Pat. Of course, he was very influential in my career as a booker, a mentor, and in-ring stuff with him and Gerry Brisco when they were together which was always a lot of fun. Pat really is a legend. I think sometimes we use that term a little too loosely, but definitely, in his case, it applies.”
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