WWE Executive Director Bruce Prichard has spoken of the storyline that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon simply “f*cking loved.”
In 1997 The Undertaker’s world was turned upside down by former manager turned foe Paul Bearer, who revealed that The Undertaker’s brother Kane was alive. Believing Kane had died alongside his mother and father in a funeral home fire in his childhood, The Undertaker was shocked at the news. Everyone else was shocked when Kane made his presence felt at Badd Blood 1997 when he cost his elder brother the first-ever Hell In A Cell match against Shawn Michaels.
Speaking on his Something To Wrestle With podcast [first available at AdFreeShows.com], Prichard detailed the next wrinkle in the story when it emerged that Bearer was in fact Kane’s father. The story played out when Paul Bearer was seen backstage with Jerry Lawler seemingly unaware they were being filmed. Bearer described his affair with The Undertaker’s mother that led to Kane’s birth.
Bruce Prichard explained that the company was looking to add layers to the story of the two brothers as they moved forward with the idea that they were instead half-brothers acted as exactly that. When asked what WWE Chairman Vince McMahon thought of the idea, Prichard was very clear:
“He just f*cking loved it. God damn!”
The story of The Undertaker and Kane stayed with both men throughout the rest of their respective careers. Either as rivals or as partners known as The Brothers Of Destruction, it was hard to imagine the WWE landscape without either man.
Prior to the 2021 Royal Rumble match, Kane’s last match in the company was the ill-fated tag team match between The Brothers Of Destruction and DX at the 2018 Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia. DX won the match in Shawn Michaels’ only outing since he was sent into retirement by The Undertaker at WrestleMania 26 but Triple H came off worst suffering a torn pectoral muscle in the bout.