There have been a lot of Undertaker articles, videos and comments from his peers in the last two months to promote “The Last Ride” documentary that wrapped up this past Sunday on WWE Network. One of the wrestlers that is most closely linked to The Undertaker over the last 23 years is the “Big Red Machine” Kane aka Mayor Glenn Jacobs. The Mayor of Knox County took time out of his busy schedule to talk to Yahoo Sports about The Undertaker and here some highlights.
Kane spoke about how he believed that his storyline as The Undertaker’s brother, sometimes tag team partner and sometimes rivalry is the best in WWE history.
“I think it’s the best, most epic storyline that has ever been done. Really it was almost like you took Greek mythology and put it into wrestling with us. The thing is, everything was moving so quickly and we were so caught up in the moment that we saw it as just doing business and trying to compete with WCW and everyone else on the roster. It was very internally competitive at the point. You had all of these people really pushing each other to provide the best product that we could, that was the focus. Now, you’re able to take a breath and look back and realize how amazing it is.”
There is a lot of history there with a lot of layers to the story. They had a long rivalry, then they became a dominant team as the Brothers of Destruction and behind the scenes, they also became close friends as well.
Kane also talked about transitioning how WWE supported him while he pursued the job of Mayor of Knox County.
“The fact that I was transitioning to something else full time, I felt comfortable with my next step. At some point, the grind of the road wears you down. The physical demand of the business wears you down. I’m not 30 years old anymore. When I was, it wasn’t a big deal, but later in life all of those things take a toll, psychologically as well. Being on the road 250-300 days a year it takes a toll on you and your family. It was time for me to figure out what my next step in life was. WWE, Vince McMahon were very supportive. I wouldn’t have been able to do this if they weren’t, quite frankly, because I never wanted to completely shut the door.”
Kane remarked that at one point he was a bit intimidated by Undertaker, including going into the WrestleMania 14, but they have become great friends.
“Now, I feel much more like a peer than having that mentor-student relationship, which is what it was many years ago. I’m no longer in awe of the guy. Now he’s Mark, not just Undertaker. You can say what you want about the authenticity of WWE, but when you see Undertaker standing across from you in the ring, in his full regalia, it’s something to behold and it’s an intimidating sight.”
“[I remember our match at] ‘WrestleMania XIV’ in Boston. To see the entrance and be out there for it with the druids, the torches, it was just awe-inspiring. I can now look beyond that and see the person. It’s been replaced with friendship.”
You can read the full interview right here on Yahoo Sports.
TJR Thoughts: The interview was actually over a week old, but I saw it and thought it was worth sharing because of Kane’s interesting comments. Best story ever? I think that a case can be made for that because of how long it lasted. In terms of match quality I wouldn’t say it’s the best, but for its longevity there is no question that it was a legendary story between Undertaker and Kane.