Kane on Origin of Issac Yankem

Kane first started performing as Issac Yankem, A Dentist Wrestler.

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Kane on Origin of Issac Yankem

Glen Jacobs, known as Kane, is an iconic WWE wrestler. He didn’t start of as Kane though. He first started performing as Issac Yankem. On the Steve Austin Show, Kane talked about the origin of the character. “A guy I owe a lot to is of course Jim Ross.

Jim Ross was on hiatus to WWE, but he was working as Jim Cornette's announcer. Within a month or two, and of course Jim Ross likes big guys, so immediately he got me a tryout with WWE so I was super excited. I had to have my tryout match with Reno Riggins, and of course Reno was a great worker, and within literally a couple of days Jim Cornette talks to me and says that they are going to sign me and that they want me.

I was really excited and thought this is exactly what I wanted to do. I received a phone call to meet with Vince McMahon and at the time JJ Dillon was the Head of Talent Relations. They take me to the office in Stamford, Connecticut," Jacobs said. "I am sitting in the room with JJ and Vince McMahon walks in.

You hear all this stuff about Vince McMahon and how he is an evil genius and how he is going to get in your mind and figure out what you are thinking. We are sitting there and having small talk and everything is going well and Vince asked me if I had ever been afraid to go to the Dentist? I am thinking that this is one of those things where I am going through a personality test, so I said no sir.

He said that he has always had this idea of a wrestling Dentist, 'Isaac Yankem, I.Yankem.' He starts doing the Vince laugh and I am looking at him like I am trying to break into the big leagues and I am blank faced and trying not to react, then he looks at me and says that he thinks that I would be great for it and then he walks out."

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