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Just ahead of his debut international UK tour appearance in Glasgow, Scotland with Inside The Ropes, Jim Cornette appeared on the show and discussed in length his work with Kane, helping to establish the character and the origins of the character itself.

Highlights of the interview are below:

On working to help establish the Kane character: “Glen Jacobs, Kane, was a special talent, I knew he had a great upside and potential when Dutch Mantel called me one time in Knoxville in 1995 and said, I’ve got this kid, he looks great, he’s huge, he looks wonderful, he’s sick of being in Puerto Rico and wants to come back to the States, his name is Glen Jacobs and I think he’s got a great upside, so we made him Unabomb back in Smoky Mountain Wrestling. The Unabomber was hot back in those days, so we booked him, I did against The Undertaker for his first time, down in Knoxville at the SuperBowl of Champions in August ’95 and Undertaker came in and wrestled him and that was my idea. Here’s a huge guy who can draw big money on pay-per-view against The Undertaker, that was my sole purpose for pushing Glen Jacobs. So Undertaker went back to Vince and told him, this kid’s going to be great, so of course he went through his bad gimmicks that Vince wanted to give people and just right as they were about to fire him they said, hey, you know we’ve got this idea, Undertaker’s evil brother and I ran with that because Glen deserved it and was a great talent. They gave me the opportunity for a while to get a guy over. Russo didn’t see anything in him, so he wasn’t going to f*** with it. We gave Kane the opportunity and Russo truthfully wanted….the match in October ’97, Kane interfered in the Hell in a Cell with The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, that was my finish, that was my match, my idea, we were leading to the WrestleMania the next March, so then Russo says, how about we have him chokeslam The Undertaker through a table next week on RAW and I said no, you f****** idiot, they can’t wrestle each other for 6 months, let’s not blow it straight away, lets build it and have some patience, so for once, possibly the only time, I got my way, we were able to buil it to WrestleMania. It was a great match and it established Kane and he has been one of the millionaires club, making seven figures a year since then, based on the fact that he’s a tremendous talent, he had the look, the ability and the passion to sometimes overcome bad creative and make himself a star. I like the fact that I had some part in establishing him, but the rest of it has been up to him.”

On the origins of Kane’s character: “The thing that put Kane over the top is that he didn’t just appeal to the wrestling fan, he appealed to a mass audience, because my original vision was, my favourite horror movie was Halloween, Michael Myers and that was my original vision for Kane when I was told that Kane would be The Undertaker’s evil brother who existed all this time. I thought what if he was like Michael Myers, the main character in Halloween, what if he was like the embodiment of evil, that’s the flavour that not just wrestling fans, but everyone watching the show got, this guy is the embodiment of evil, he’s somewhat inhuman, he doesn’t feel pain, he doesn’t feel remorse. That was the thing that kicked Kane off and then later on, we did the dipsy doodles with him, but first and foremost, it was that this is Michael Myers from Halloween come to life and everyone can identify with a smoother m-f**** that doesn’t feel pain and just seeks to destroy people, that was what I gave go him and everything else he’s done, there’s been some good creative, some bad creative, but he’s a great f****** guy, he’s a great talent and he’s made the most of what he’s had to work with, but originally, it was that this guy is the star of Halloween, he’s a monster, he’s spooky and nobody knows quite how he got these powers, that was something that could appeal to everybody.”

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