It was revealed earlier today that Kane will be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame alongside Eric Bischoff, Molly Holly and The Great Khali as part of the class of 2021.
After a tumultuous first couple of years in WWE where he was Mike Unabomb, Isaac Yankem and Fake Diesel, Glenn Jacobs eventually became Kane, The Undertaker's scarred brother. He embodied the gimmick for over 20 years and enjoyed time in WWE as a serious character and as the comic relief, becoming a two-time world champion along the way.
After finding out the news of his induction, The Big Red Machine spoke to Sports Illustrated.
"This is the greatest honour of my entire pro wrestling career. There have been so many people that helped me get here, and I can't wait to say thanks to each of them. It's a tremendous honour, one that I'm still trying to process," Kane said.
"If you told me we'd be having this Hall of Fame discussion when I was Isaac Yankem, I never would have believed you. There were tough times, and, early on in this journey, I was never a sure thing. But my stubbornness served me well. I'm extremely thankful for that, and I am so grateful for this career. I grew up on a farm in Missouri, and wrestling gave me an extraordinary life."
Later in the interview, Kane reflected on the longevity of his WWE career and admitted it's down to his ability to reinvent himself.
"The secret to longevity in WWE is being able to reinvent yourself. I took so much pride in this profession, doing different things. Team Hell No with Daniel Bryan added an entirely new dimension to the Kane character. Whoever would have thought Kane could be comedic relief? A lot of that credit also goes to Bryan, who was an amazing partner. And I always took a lot of pride in showing my range as a performer," he added.
A look back at The Devil's Favourite Demon isn't complete without The Undertaker, though, and Kane reflected on his debut at Badd Blood 1997 and their subsequent rivalry.
"The storyline with The Undertaker was so well detailed. It was a story of betrayal that was personal, and it was something very different for him, so it set me up for success. Then I was able to show I could succeed on my own away from him, showing off different sides to my character with Sean Waltman and Hurricane [Helms]. I was able to give Kane a life on his own. That's one of my proudest achievements."
Many will assume that his fellow Brother Of Destruction will induct him into the Hall Of Fame, but Kane admitted a final decision is yet to be made.
"I'm not going to speculate on anything. This is all so new. I'm just so grateful for this honour," he stated.