‘The Big Red Machine’ Kane, has lifted the mask on why he was the only member of The Undertaker’s farewell congregation in full wrestling attire.
On November 22, The Undertaker said his final farewell to professional wrestling with a definitive salute to the hologram of late manager, Paul Bearer. However, prior to that, a large group of his closest confidants gathered in the ring to bid him adieu.
Among the throng were Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, his Bone Street Krew brethren Rikishi, Charles Wright, The Godwinns and Savio Vega to name but a few. The other notable inclusion was The Undertaker’s storyline brother, Kane.
Unlike the rest of the crew, who had turned out in suits and ties – The Godwinns wore black shirts with their trademark overalls – Kane appeared in full wrestling regalia and garnered the attention of everyone watching.
Some thought it was a rib on the real life Glenn Jacobs who had been told that everyone would dress in their ring gear. However, the current Mayor of Knox County had another explanation as to his dress code when he appeared on the Taking You To School Podcast:
“I was supposed to be (in gear). Kane is Kane. Kane and Undertaker pulled back the veil so much that sometimes we forget that, but that’s what separates them from a lot of the other performers is that they are true characters. I know people speculated with that, but it was the plan all along. It’s one of those things where people speculate and out-think themselves.
It was excellent, it really was. It was the way it should have been done. WWE always does stuff like that first-class. Just looking back on his entire career and the video and the Paul Bearer [hologram], it was well done. Even backstage with a bunch of tough wrestling guys, there weren’t many dry eyes.”
Following the gathering, a video package aired to commemorate an untouchable career and once the cameras cut back live, the mass of humanity had disappeared and were replaced by Vince McMahon.
The last time we saw Kane compete inside the squared circle was alongside his faux sibling at WWE Crown Jewel November 2, 2018.
Credit for the interview: Taking You To School Podcast
h/t for the transcription: Fightful