On a recent installment of the podcast "83 Weeks," Eric Bischoff took a moment to reflect upon the illustrious career of Glenn Jacobs, better known to WWE fans as the Hall of Famer Kane. With a tone of admiration, Bischoff delved deep into the iconic wrestler's career trajectory, emphasizing Jacobs' ability to effortlessly transition between various personas during his tenure with the WWE.
Bischoff's recollections took listeners back to a poignant moment in June 2003 when Kane, in a pivotal on-screen event, unmasked himself for the first time on WWE television. This groundbreaking scene laid the foundation for a more volatile "Big Red Machine" character, leading to a dramatic turn where he set Jim Ross ablaze and launched a feud with Shane McMahon by assaulting Linda McMahon.
During this period, Bischoff, who was serving as WWE's on-screen general manager, expressed his astonishment at the skill with which Kane executed this transition. He remarked, "The story had a natural evolution, underpinned by a coherent narrative and significant creative stakes."
"Behind Kane's Memorable Unmasking"
He expounded further on the narrative intricacies behind Kane's unmasking.
Given the pre-existing backdrop of Kane's character being tragically scarred during childhood, WWE faced the challenge of ensuring the unmasking resonated with authenticity. This was accomplished through meticulous makeup and cosmetics.
Bischoff noted, "The team at WWE Creative and Kane himself executed it brilliantly, making the unmasking a seminal moment in WWE history." In addition to applauding Jacobs' on-screen prowess, Bischoff didn't hold back in praising the man behind the mask.
Describing him as "a beacon of class and one of the most congenial individuals" he has had the privilege to work alongside, Bischoff shed light on Jacobs' erudition. "His profound grasp of history and keen insight into global events is commendable.
Our discussions always left me enlightened," he reminisced. Jacobs is serving his second term as the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. He briefly returned to WWE during the 2022 SummerSlam held in Nashville, Tennessee, marking the event's attendance.
However, his transition from wrestling to politics has been full of controversy. Last year, Jacobs faced criticism from various wrestling personalities, including Sean Waltman, Taya Valkyrie, and Britt Baker, following his remarks on the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.