Steve Austin shared his thoughts on Kane's WWE Hall of Fame induction.
Speaking with Nick Hausman of Wrestling Inc., the Texas Rattlesnake was asked about Kane (Glenn Jacobs) joining him as a Hall of Famer, saying that it's about time. He not only highlighted the big man's character work and in-ring ability but his backstage demeanour and how it differed so greatly from what fans saw on television. Here is what he said:
"Jesus, are you kidding me? It's about time. But you know, he's been in the ring a couple times. No surprise. One of the greatest gimmicks of all time. One of the greatest characters, I should say, along with The Undertaker, we've all known that. Kane has had an absolutely phenomenal career and all the transitions he made with that. I had him on Broken Skull Sessions and we had a blast. When you see this monster of a man in this mask and red and black suit and he'd terrorize you. Then, when you just meet Glenn Jacobs the man, he'd -- in the locker room, all the boys are messing around and wasting time as we do before a show [and] Glenn's the guy over there reading a book. He's so well-read. He's so intelligent, and such a gentleman. You would be so surprised to know the man versus the character. A great body of work and very, very well deserved."
Jacobs' WWE career began in 1995 and over the next twenty-plus years, won 19 Championships. Joining him as part of the 2020 and 2021 classes are John "Bradshaw" Layfield, The British Bulldog, Jushin "Thunder" Liger, nWo, Nikki and Brie Bella, William Shatner, Molly Holly, Eric Bischoff, The Great Khali, and Rob Van Dam. Titus O'Neil will be presented with the Warrior Award.
Recently, fellow inductee Sean Waltman (as part of nWo) revealed that there were no inductors at this year's ceremony. Nikki and Brie Bella also shared that they were only given between three and five minutes to deliver their speech.
The 2020 induction ceremony was pushed back a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike past years, the Hall of Fame was taped a week ahead and was not be held in front of a live audience.
The WWE Hall of Fame ceremony will air on Tuesday, April 6 on NBC's streaming service, Peacock.
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