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"I Tombstoned a priest, set a man on fire, and buried my brother alive. I don't know what your rules are... but I know they don't apply to me."Kane is one of WWE's longest-tenured superstars, with the gimmick having debuted in 1997 (and the man behind the gimmick, Glenn Jacobs, having worked for WWE a number of times prior to the Kane gimmick); in Kayfabe, Kane is the half-brother of The Undertaker, with Kane's father being Undertaker's (former) manager Paul Bearer (the "Brothers of Destruction" shared the same mother). He was originally thought to be dead by Undertaker, in a fire that claimed the lives of their parents, before Paul Bearer brought him back. Since their initial feud, Kane and Undertaker have both teamed up and feuded again several times. Kane originally wrestled in a mask, but removed it in 2003 (revealing his supposed physical scars from the fire were more like mental ones). As of late 2011, he is wearing the mask again. He is a former WWE Champion, a former 2x WWE Intercontinental Champion, a 9x WWE World Tag Team Champion, a former WWE Hardcore Champion, a former WCW World Tag Team Championnote , a former WWE ECW Heavyweight Champion, a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion and a 2x WWE Tag Team Champion, once with The Big Show and once with Daniel Bryan as Team Hell No.For a detailed look at Kane's in-ring career, you can check out Wikipedia; Kane's kayfabe history is a little more...convoluted...so in lieu of a Wikipedia article, instead you can check out this five part special column on 411mania that does its best to cover Kane's kayfabe history (it even works Glenn Jacobs' gimmicks prior to Kane into the kayfabe) up to 2006.
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