Updated: Apr 6
A look back at Kane's most notorious Wrestlemania Matches!
It was just recently announced that the “Big Red Machine”, Kane, would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2021. Kane truly is one of the greatest superstars’ fans have witnessed and no matter whether he is seen as a hero or a villain they have always loved to see him perform. Though, he now has found work outside the WWE as the current Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee as well as an author with his recent book “Mayor Kane: My Life In Wrestling and Politics”
Now that he is going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame it only makes sense to look back at some of his greatest matches and those matches will focus on his WrestleMania matches.
Yes, he has had plenty outside WrestleMania worthy of recognition, but there are just too many so it only makes seen to focus on just the ones from WrestleMania.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at Kane’s greatest matches at the Grand Daddy of them all WrestleMania.
Kane vs. Chavo Guerrero WrestleMania 24 (2008)
In this match, Kane would go on to challenge current ECW Champion Chavo Guerrero after winning a Battle Royal earlier in the event. Now, this match was not long at as it only lasted eleven seconds, it still is a match worth recognizing in Kane’s WrestleMania career. I mean, he did set a WrestleMania record with the fastest victory by way of pinfall thanks to one chokeslam. Not to mention this was a title match thus adding another championship to Kane’s resume. So, in all, this match made Kane more of a force to be reckoned with.
Kane vs. Randy Orton WrestleMania 28 (2012)
The Legend Killer was looking to defeat another legend in this matchup. The match itself was well played out as neither one was willing to let the other win. Randy Orton had faced the Undertaker seven years ago at WrestleMania 21 but failed to defeat the legend. He was now looking to try and defeat the brother of the Undertaker. Kane was dominant through the first part of the fight, but Orton would begin to turn the tides to the point it seemed as if he was indeed going to add another legend to his resume. Kane would not let that happen and he too would end up spoiling Orton’s chances of defeating another legend at WrestleMania.
Kurt Angle vs. Kane WrestleMania 18 (2002)
Kane finally got a chance to put his skills to an even further test when he took on the former Olympic Gold Medalist Kurt Angle. Throughout the match, both men revealed to each other what they were capable of. The match was a back-and-forth brawl with neither giving in to the other. It was considered to be one of the greatest matches of the night as well as one of the greatest matches ever. It was a shame the match ended with Angle using the ring ropes to pin Kane. The match still never gets old to watch.
Undertaker vs. Kane WrestleMania 14 (1998)
This would be the first match both the Brothers of Destruction would face off against each other at WrestleMania. The Undertaker was already a big star in the organization and with his appearance and abilities it seemed like no one could compare to him. That is until his brother Kane would find his way into the organization and begin to lay down the heat on the Undertaker. This would lead to their first climatic matchup with Kane dominating Undertaker for most of the match to the point that he even had the match won; he chose to lift the Undertaker’s head because he wanted to lay down more punishment on the Deadman. The turning point then came and Undertaker would secure the win after a trio of Tombstones to put Kane down.
Raven vs. Big Show vs. Kane WrestleMania 17 (2001)
Kane would finally compete in a triple threat match and championship match at WrestleMania. This match would be for the WWF Hardcore Championship held by Raven at the time of this match. It seemed like an uneven match as Raven was forced to face two giants. Though, Kane and Big Show seemed more focused on each other than Raven giving us a majority fight between the two goliaths. Raven had action with the two as well, but it was the giants who put on the true show. They would go at it and prove why they were the baddest in the business. Their strength and size showed at every point of the match no matter where it took place. Kane would so get the upper hand to put both Raven and Big Show down before pinning Big Show to become the new champion. Another reason why Kane is one guy you do not want to mess with.
Edge vs. Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Christian vs. Kane vs. Shelton Benjamin WrestleMania 21 (2005)
Another epic match that saw Kane battle, not one, not two, but five other opponents in the first-ever Money in the Bank ladder match. This was a true showdown between six men in a match fans have been talking about for ages. Not only was it the first ladder match ever, but was by far one of the best if not the greatest. Every man involved put their skills to the test and Kane himself showed his power and aggression that he is known for when inside the ring. He even took plenty of hits but managed to walk away like he had not even been toughed. He didn’t manage to win, but he still proved he was unbreakable and was going to be sticking around for many years to come.
Undertaker vs. Kane WrestleMania XX (2004)
Of course, Kane’s WrestleMania career could not be complete without his second battle against his brother the Undertaker after costing him a Buried Alive match against Vince McMahon at Survivor Series 2003. The buildup for this match was intense for fans as it was revealed to be the return of the Undertaker after about a four-month hiatus from the company. When the twentieth anniversary of WrestleMania finally came the one match fans were excited for the most was indeed this very match. When they both were finally in the ring together fans were in for a show and they got one. Kane and the Undertaker did not hold anything back and this time the fight was not nearly as one-sided as their first encounter six years ago. Kane still brought a good beating to the Undertaker, but the Undertaker was much more improved and once again finished his brother off with the epic Tombstone Piledriver.
Now that Kane serves as the Mayor for Knox County, Tennessee fans will wonder if he will ever make a return to wrestling or if he has decided to leave that life behind and focus solely on politics.
It doesn’t matter because he left a great legacy behind hence why he will finally be added to the Hall of Fame.