Paul Bearer’s last wrestling show
World Heavyweight Champion Kane defeats The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell: October 3, 2010
The 2010 version of Hell in a Cell featured yet another battle of the Brothers of Destruction. Paul Bearer turned on The Undertaker one more time, and Kane used the mystical urn and a chokeslam to defeat the Phenom.
Kane debuted at WWF Badd Blood 15 years ago this week: October 5, 1997
The Big Red Monster’s first WWF appearance came 15 years ago this week at WWF Badd Blood (WWE.com has a career retrospective). Kane, as promised by Paul Bearer, made an immediate impact in the main event match — Shawn Michaels vs. The Undertaker in Hell in a Cell. The Devil’s Favorite Demon ripped off the cage door, stared down his brother, summoned fire to come out of the posts, and then delivered a Tombstone piledriver on ‘Taker, handing Michaels the victory.
I’ll remember Badd Blood for Kane’s genesis — but also the death of Brian Pillman, who was found dead in a Bloomington, Minnesota, hotel room on the afternoon of the pay-per-view, which was held in St. Louis, Missouri.
Kane vs. The Undertaker at WWF Unforgiven: In Your House April 26, 1998
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I believe that this could very well be the first WWF PPV that I watched live as I was fascinated with the idea of the Inferno Match and completely enthralled with this feud between The Undertaker and his younger brother Kane. Taken a glance on Wikipedia at how this match came to be just brought a big smile to my face as I had forgotten some of the goofier parts of this setup:
“Paul Bearer challenged [The Undertaker] soon after [WrestleMania] on Raw, to a match surrounded by fire where the loser would be determined by the first to be set on fire. The following week Kane and Bearer were shown at the graves of Undertaker’s parents, smashing the headstones and setting it ablaze. The week before [Unforgiven], Undertaker went to the crypt of his parents only to find their coffins gone; they reappeared in the arena under the auspices of Kane and Bearer, who then set one of them on fire and when Undertaker tried to stop them, Kane chokeslammed him into the other coffin.”
“Mankind” Mick Foley and Kane with the WWF Tag Team Championships (and Bruce Prichard and Paul Bearer): July 13, 1998
The demented duo won the tag titles from the New Age Outlaws on that day in history. Their first reign only lasted 13 days, dropping the titles to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Undertaker at the Fully Loaded pay-per-view. But the partnership between Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy and the Devil’s Favorite Demon didn’t end there.
Uncle Paul Bearer led them to a second reign, defeating the Texas Rattlesnake and the Deadman on Raw (July 26, 1998).
Their second title run lasted only a little longer than their first; they dropped the belts to the New Age Outlaws at SummerSlam (August 30, 1998) when Kane no-showed.
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin wins the WWE Championship from Kane on Monday Night Raw: June 29, 1998
Twenty-four hours after dropping the WWE Championship to Kane in a “first blood” match at the 1998 King of the Ring, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin sought revenge. And the Texas Rattlesnake got it, stunning the Big Red Monster and regaining his title.
“The atmosphere is amazing,” Jim Ross screamed at the end. The Cleveland crowd was electric. It’s a rare occurrence at WWE shows today. Chicago is probably the hottest wrestling city in the U.S. now (Cena vs. Lesnar definitely had its moments). But in the Austin era, every crowd was hot. The Bionic Redneck connected with crowds unlike just about anyone since.
Kane debuted on the October 6, 1997, Monday Night Raw, following his debut at the Bad Blood pay-per-view. The night before, the Big Red Monster ripped off the door to Hell in a Cell and attacked his brother, the Undertaker, costing Taker the match with Shawn Michaels.
This photo was shot at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.
Paul Bearer and Kane - WWF Monday Night Raw 10/6/1997
I’m still completely disappointed in how the current Kane looks. This photo of Kane’s debut showcases the classic attire for the Big Red Machine, a style that I wish he still played off of. That full mask is just too damn cool.