Bruce Prichard has discussed WWE’s decision to remove Kane’s mask and how his new appearance was developed.
The Big Red Machine’s unmasking in 2003 remains one of wrestling’s most hotly debated topics, with many fans still lamenting the decision to this day.
One of the creative minds behind that decision, Bruce Prichard, has now revealed both the rationale behind the decision and the creative process that went into Kane’s ‘maskless’ look.
That was – You know, we were looking at what to do next with Kane. Vince was thinking, ‘well shit, let’s take off his mask.’ When we started talking about that, we started talking about, ‘well, what does he look like with the mask off and wondering’ — Then my sick mind took over as far as, ‘what if we could simulate the burns on his face and he has this really screwed up haircut from the horrid fire that he was in that his hair wouldn’t grow back in certain places.’ We start shaving his head a little bit, and Madison Square Garden, and I start really messing with it, bad. Glenn’s looking at me like, ‘Bruce, you’re fucking with me?’ I said, ‘no, man. I think this is going to be really cool.’ I think it was really cool for the first time shock factor. But I don’t think that Glenn’s lovely wife, Crystal, who is an extremely lovely woman, one of the nicest people that you ever want to meet, she didn’t care for it too much and that was enough for me. It was like, ‘okay, we’ll change it up a little bit.’ So, you just shave it and then let it grow out a little for TV and then we can mess it up a little bit when we get to TV and then shave it again when you go home so you’re somewhat normal when you go home
Though Kane’s mystique was never really the same following the mask removal, this did not stop the giant grappler from having an astonishing career, collecting practically every championship available before being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year.