Following his debut, Kane became a pivotal point for the company during the Attitude era in the late 1990s and early 2000s, defeating King of the Ring Stone Cold Steve Austin (described as the face of the federation of that period) for the WWF Championship in his first pay-per-view main event.
After a few years of interest in politics, in 2017 he took the field in the ranks of the Republican Party, running as mayor of the county of Knox, Tennessee. After winning the primary on May 1, 2018, he was elected on August 2 with 67% of the votes and took office on September 1 of the same year.
Kane on the origins of his character
Speaking with Sports Illustrated, Kane revealed the original name of his character: “Undertaker needed an opponent for an upcoming pay per view. I was working in USWA at the time for Jerry Lawler, and I can’t remember if it was Bruce Prichard or Jim Cornette who called me, but I was told to stand by.
I got another call later that week and I was told Vince really liked this idea and it wasn’t going to be a one-off, that it’s was going to be a storyline. From there, we were off to the races. The original name of the character was Inferno.
I didn’t like that very much. I thought it sounded cartoonish. Bruce Prichard always liked the name Kane, and I liked it, too. It played off Cain and Abel in the Bible, the good brother and the bad brother, and we pitched that.
The name got changed, we finally figured out the outfit, and then I had my debut at the [Badd Blood] pay per view. I was really excited. I felt I wasn’t going to be successful in my other characters, but this was one where, if I couldn’t be successful as Kane working against The Undertaker, then that was on me.
This was my big break, the one everyone dreams about”. Kane is a three-time world champion (having held the WWF Championship, ECW Championship and World Heavyweight Championship once each) and a 12-time world tag team champion (having held the World Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship and WWE Tag Team Championships with various partners).
He is also a two-time Intercontinental Champion and a Money in the Bank winner, as well as the third man to complete WWE's Grand Slam. Kane holds the record for cumulative Royal Rumble match eliminations at 44. The last title Kane won was the 24/7 Championship on September 16, 2019, the only title won under his real name.