Expect to see the hashtag #Kane25 for the rest of this month as WWE celebrates 25 years of Kane all throughout October.
Kane made his iconic debut on October 5th, 1997 at Badd Blood. He interfered in the main-event Hell in a Cell match between his brother The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels in one of the most iconic and impactful debuts in pro wrestling history.
Since then Kane has gone on to have a memorable and storied career. Many fans still look back at Kane’s years-long feud with Undertaker with fond nostalgia. He won numerous titles and accolades. He was part of some historic moments in WWE. And even though he took time off many times due to injury, his returns were, by and large, met with thunderous cheers and applause from fans.
Kane’s in-ring career lasted two decades before he became a semi-regular wrestler. His last hurrah in 2018 included one final tag team title shot against The Bludgeon Brothers at Extreme Rules and then a memorable tag battle at Crown Jewel in which he and Undertaker faced D-Generation X. His career is also filled with compilation-worthy moments, including some that focus on Kane’s best chokeslams.
WWE released the following press release regarding the celebration:
“That’s gotta be Kane!”
Those immortal words were spoken 25 years ago today when Paul Bearer led a masked giant — correctly presumed by all to be The Undertaker’s rumored long, lost brother — through hellfire and brimstone and onto WWE airwaves for the first time.
The monstrous 7-footer made an immediate impact, tearing his way into that evening’s Hell in a Cell main event to confront The Phenom and set off a remarkable years-long rivalry with his fellow Brother of Destruction. Little did anyone know that he was only getting started.
A quarter of a century later, Kane stands as one of the most iconic, transformative and feared Superstars in WWE history.
From going to war with the likes of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Roman Reigns and Triple H, to setting the record for most all-time Royal Rumble Match eliminations, to being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Kane has created a legacy for the ages. He’s scorched opponents and been set aflame, unmasked himself only to reemerge later more frightening than before, and Tombstoned everyone from baseball great Pete Rose to an ordained priest.
To commemorate the silver anniversary of Kane’s debut, WWE will be celebrating The Big Red Monster in the coming weeks with #Kane25. Be on the lookout for special Kane-themed editions of WWE Top 10 and WWE Playlist, throwback videos of your favorite and most nightmare-inducing Kane moments, and much more! Don’t forget to join in the conversation on social media using the hashtag #Kane25.
Kane was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2021. He is currently the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.