28th Jan2020

‘Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions: Kane’ Review (WWE Network Original)

by Chris Cummings


The Broken Skull Sessions began with Steve Austin talking to The Undertaker. The second episode saw Austin talk with Bill Goldberg, and now, on the third episode, we see The Texas Rattlesnake sit down and talk wrestling, politics and life with “The Big Red Machine” Kane.

I was excited when this episode was announced in the same way I was when I heard about Austin’s episode with The Undertaker. Kane is a character I watched from his debut until, well… right now when he makes the odd appearance on WWE television, and his long and winding career has been something I’ve wanted to hear about for a long while. He was, after all, in a similar way to ‘Taker, very protected by WWE as far as hearing real-life stuff from him during his run. I’ve seen Glenn Jacobs speak more about his career than I have The Undertaker, but I was still very much up for this.

They begin at the beginning, talking about Jacobs growing up in St Louis and watching local wrestling as well as WWF and NWA. He discusses his early training locally, and then his training at the hands of Jerry Jarrett in USWA and the Malenko Wrestling School. We hear stories about his early days as a wrestler, working as The Unabomber, before signing with WWF in 1995 and debuting as Isaac Yankem DDS, the psychotic and malicious dentist of Jerry “The King” Lawler. I remember this time well, and how cheesy the gimmick was. It could have cracked a lesser worker, but instead Glenn went on to have a run as the “Fake Diesel” character in 1996, before eventually being repackaged and becoming Kane, debuting at Badd Blood: In Your House in 1997 by ripping the door off the Hell in a Cell and confronting his storyline brother, The Undertaker, inside the ring, leaving him laying with a tombstone pile driver. One of the greatest debuts in wrestling history, for sure.

It was very cool to hear Jacobs talk about the Kane character and its origins and how it changed from the initial meeting that he had with Jim Cornette and Bruce Prichard. The character went from more of a superhero character to an evil one, and I thought it was very interesting hearing about how it changed before he ever debuted on television. They discuss the mask and what it was like working behind a mask for so many years. They talk about the awesome rivalry between Kane and The Undertaker and Jacobs spoke about his friendship with Mark Calaway and even gives credit to Calaway for the Kane character lasting as long as it did.

They talk about Paul Bearer and Jacobs’ relationship with Moody, the man behind the white face and grimace. They talk a lot about Kane’s run during The Attitude Era too, which is all very interesting. They move on to Kane’s unmasking in 2003 and his thoughts on that happening. These are stories that are fresh because many haven’t been told before, and it’s really nice to hear about Jacobs’ views on his career and things he did through the years. Austin asks Jacobs about his more recent run with Daniel Bryan as his partner, and the interview ends in a nice acknowledgement from Austin about how great Kane’s career has been.

Another excellent interview in this series from Steve Austin, Glenn Jacobs could fill a dozen books with the tales of his career that we haven’t heard before, but this was a nice start, and it’s always cool to reminisce about Kane and the era’s he has worked during. Good stuff.

Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions is available to watch now on WWE Network.


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