Tony Quant of Top Rope Press caught up with WWE Superstar Kane during the European tour to talk about his wrestling career.
Here are a some highlights:
On his longevity in the wrestling business: “I think that the key to the longevity is being able to reinvent yourself and to adopt and incorporate different things into your character. So, if you look at guys like Shawn Michaels, Triple H and The Undertaker… the reason that they’re able to stay around for so long is because they keep things interesting and hopefully I have been able to do that as well. A lot of it is just being open to change. I think sometimes we put blinders on and define our characters or personas very narrowly and are afraid to step outside of our comfort zone – something I’ve never been afraid to do.”
He cited the Team Hell No run with Daniel Bryan as a significant departure from the original incarnation of the Kane character. He also talked about his first appearance as Kane in 1997 during the Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels Hell in a Cell match. He noted that he was nervous being in the ring with Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker and he felt pressure.
On the brand split and the three-hour format for Monday Night Raw: “I think, the great thing about our fans is that they just love to see us perform. I think people has been very receptive to [the brand spit]. Especially, when you look at the SmackDown show now, the fact that it’s live now when it wasn’t before that it always made Raw the flagship show of the brand. I think now it’s happening Smackdown being live as well. I like the two-hour format much better than I do the three-hour format. I think it’s incredibly hard to produce that sort of content every week. I really believe that Raw is at a disadvantage being a three-hour show as opposed to SmackDown. In that respect, I think that SmackDown is really going places where it probably wasn’t capable of going a few years ago.”
He also talked about some of his career highlights, the U.S. Presidential election, how long he plans to wrestle and more. Check out the interview below: