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Kane reveals how teaming with X-Pac “humanized” his character

Back in October of 1997, WWE debuted one of their greatest characters of all time. That character being Kane, the brother of The Undertaker. He made his official debut at the Badd Blood: In Your House pay-per-view by interfering in the first-ever Hell In A Cell match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels. Kane Tombstoned Undertaker to cost him the match. For the next several years, Kane would be portrayed as an evil and mysterious monster, oftentimes aligning himself with his brother.

However, in 1999 he began to team up with X-Pac of D-Generation X and was even given an on-screen girlfriend in Tori. It was around this time that the Kane character began to come out of his shell a bit more, and became more “humanized” as Kane himself (real name Glenn Jacobs) described it during an appearance on X-Pac’s podcast, “X-Pac 12360”:

“It was great. It helped me out tremendously. Because up until that point Kane had just been like a emotionless monster and what that did for me, our tag team, was it really helped round out my character because it showed that Kane has feelings and all that stuff which I never had before.

“It humanized me enough that people could relate much better, but all that stuff it really helped my character in, in my career. And all the stuff we got to do man, it was a blast, and like you said a lot of times when you have tag teams that are bookends having something that contrasted so much and was so unique and we can have great matches with anybody.”

H/T WrestleZone for the transcriptions

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