You probably do not know Glenn Thomas Jacobs as well as you know Kane. Despite being the same person, Kane’s character is completely different from that of Glenn Thomas Jacobs. Kane is always likened to destruction, evil and everything in between. In fact, his ring nicknames, including The Big Red Monster, The Big Red Machine, The Devil’s Favorite Demon and The Devil’s Favorite Director of Operations, all point to this fact. He is known to raise hellfire and brimstone, and can be unforgiving in the ring.
However, Kane is a totally different person outside of the ring. He has a family which includes one wife of over 20 years and two kids. He also possesses a degree in literature from the former Northeast Missouri State University where he played both football and basketball. In 2008, he supported Ron Paul for the President of the United States citing exorbitant taxes and problems with civil liberties. He is an intelligent and quite an enterprising person who runs an insurance agency with his wife outside the WWE.
Here are the 10 surprising things you probably do not know about WWE’s Kane:
10. He Has 2 Kids
The Big Red Machine has been married since August 23, 1995 to Crystal Maurisa Goins. Together, they have two children. Kane’s personal life isn’t common knowledge. What is more commonly known is the bizarre WWE storyline involving Kane having an affair with Lita. At the time, Lita was Matt Hardy’s girlfriend. Lita then slept with Kane to prevent him from beating up her boyfriend. However, Lita wound up pregnant, and the two married after Kane defeated Matt Hardy in a match. Lita “miscarried” a few weeks later, putting an end to this ridiculous story.
9. He Has Won 18 Total Championships During His WWF/E Career
Kane has had a remarkable streak throughout his career. He has won 18 championships during his WWF/E career. These championships include one ECW Championship, one WCW World Tag Team Championship, one World Heavyweight Championship, one WWF Championship, two WWE Tag Team Championship and two WWF Hardcore Championship. Additionally, he has won WWF/E (World) Tag Team Championship an impressive nine times. Slammy Awards also recognized his family values in 2010 awarding him the Best Family Values Award that year.
8. He Has a Degree in English Literature
Kane attended the Northeast Missouri State University where he graduated with a degree in English literature in 1990. The wrestler confirmed in an interview that although his degree doesn’t seem compatible with his career, it has helped him given the creativity inherent in that line of study. Other wrestlers you never knew have college degrees include The Rock, who has a Bachelor of General Studies in Criminology and Physiology, Kurt Angle, who has a degree in Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, and John Cena who has a degree in Exercise Physiology.
7. He Has Wrestled Under Several Names in His Wrestling Career
Kane started wrestling under the name Angus King way back in 1992. His first match was with the CSWA, a company owned by his childhood friend. He then moved on to United States Wrestling Association and started competing as Doomsday and as The Christmas Creature. In Smoky Mountain Wrestling, he wrestled under the name Unabomb and under his real name with Pro Wrestling Fujiwara Gumi. He was known as the Black Knight and Dr. Isaac Yankem DDS during his first WWF appearances. Let’s take a look at that last one…
6. His Was Portrayed as a Private Dentist During His First WWF Appearance
Kane appeared as Dr. Isaac Yankem DDS in his first World Wrestling Federation appearance. Dr. Isaac Yankem was Jerry Lawler‘s private dentist. He appeared as so in a 1995 RAW episode and was portrayed as a humongous character hired by Jerry to get rid of Bret Hart for good. Yankem then started a long feud with Hart, engaging in few matches. On August 15 1995, the two competed but Hart won by countout. Yankem also lost to his nemesis at SummerSlam by disqualification.
5. Dean Malenko Trained Him
Kane was trained by Dean Malenko, the Man of 1,000 Holds. Dean is recognized for his outstanding achievements at WCW, ECW and WWF. At WCW, Malenko held the WCW Cruiserweight Championship four times, the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship once, and the WCW World Tag Team Championship once with Chris Benoit. At ECW, he held the ECW World Television Championship two times and at WWF, he held the WWF Light Heavyweight Championship twice.
4. He Appeared on Smallville
The Devil’s Favorite Director of Operations also appeared on one episode of the widely successful TV show Smallville. He played the character Titan, a large humanoid alien who had escaped from the Phantom Zone. He was mainly made up of muscle and rightly played a fighter focused on combat. The large character had a preference for dark clothes on the show and had a brown left eye and a blue right eye. He had a Kryptonian tattoo on his right arm, an arm that always carried a retractable bone spike.
3. He Supported Ron Paul for President in 2008
In 2007, the deliverer of hellfire and brimstone Kane threw his colossal weight, so to speak, behind Ron Paul for President of the most powerful nation on earth. Kane is politically active and intelligent. He explained that the reason for his endorsement was because he was fed up with a weak purchasing power, and unnecessary and exorbitant taxes. He also raised the issue of politicians playing around with civil liberties such as the bedrock principles of habeas corpus in lieu of security. He ended by saying that the catchphrase ‘Ron Paul is Hope for America’ was not just a catchphrase but the real deal.
2. He is Jewish
Kane comes from Jewish ancestry. Although Jews and Christians believe in one holy, almighty, omniscient, omnipresent God and hold the Old Testament as the Word of God, Jews do not believe that the person of Jesus Christ was the Messiah as Christians do. Christians believe that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies of a coming Messiah. Jews also strongly deny the claims that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh.
1. He Has an Insurance Company
Outside of the ring, Kane and his wife run an insurance agency in Knoxville, Tennessee known as The Jacobs Agency. The agency offers insurance services such as auto-insurance, home insurance, commercial insurance, life insurance and RV insurance. They started the company in Tennessee since they have lived there for over 20 years. When he was looking at what to do after his wrestling career, Kane considered insurance to provide for his family and give back to the community. In reality, Kane is a saint outside the ring.
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