KANE Interview on ByteThis! Friday,
October 18, 2002
Impact Reporter: E.C. Ostermeyer
This is the WWE Byte This! report for Friday, 18 October 2002, and Im ol Extra Crispy.
Prior to the Opening Credits we get a montage from the last act of yesterdays Smackdown, where the Undertaker saves Stephanie McMahon from being mashed to a fine slush by WWE Champ Brock Lesnar.
We join hosts Kevin Kelly and Dr. Tom Prichard live in the Byte This! studios in Stamford, CT.
Time for Drozs Two Cents, Darren Drozdovs weekly take on all things Raw.
Kelly moves right on to Drozs predictions for No Mercy.
Kelly returns to Drozs Two Cents by asking Droz who he thinks will win the Winner Take All bout between Kane and HHH?
Droz is backing Kane, because Kane is fired up (pardon the unintentional pun) over the comments that HHH said regarding Kanes past life.
Kanes lived his own life, says Droz, so he already knows what hes done, if anything. For HHH to start spouting this innuendo about Kane murdering this woman will definitely play against HHH. Well, look what happened. Kane came into the ring Monday night and just cleaned house on everybody, so I can expect we may see Kane walk out of that ring Sunday as the new Heavyweight Champ.
Kelly says that HHH overplayed his hand at the wrong time in this scenario with Kane.
Dr. Tom agrees, saying that it is time for all the Kane-inites out there to get behind the Big Red Machine on this and show their support.
I gotta believe that this may be one of those matches where both Kane and HHH are gonna leave it battered and bruised, he says.
Some bright member of the Chatroom asks how Undertaker got cleared to wrestle medically, if hes got a broken hand?
I can answer that, says Kelly, In a word, MONEY. Theres too much money invested in this match for the doctors to sideline Taker and maybe cancel the Main Event of a PPV. No way in hell the Undertaker is pulled from a Main Event with this much money invested. What happens is, you suck it up and go out there and give your all. This is the business we are in.
Dr.Tom wonders who will be refereeing Hell In A Cell, since Tim White got his shoulder separated and worse the last time this bout was presented.
Dr. Tom also says that Lesnar has no idea what hes getting into in this brutal type of a match.
Fortunately for us all, live on the phone at this time is the Big Red Machine himself, Kane.
Kelly asks how Kane is preparing for No Mercy?
Kane says that every opportunity he gets for a run at a Title is a reason to crank things up another notch, and thats what hes doing for No Mercy.
Kelly recounts Kanes short-lived World Title run in 1998 after winning King of the Ring, and other incidents from his career.
What does it mean that you will walk in for the final time as the Intercontinental Champion? asks Kelly.
A lot of talented performers have won that IC Title belt, says Kane, I just hope I can do them all possible honor in retiring it when I get into the ring Sunday.
Kelly asks about the whole Katie Vick incident, and how hard it was for Kane to explain things when the Montreal crowd was giving him no help at all?
Kane says that the whole thing is just an attempt by HHH to get inside his head before their bout at No Mercy. As for the fans, well, they heard what they wanted to hear. Or not, as the case may be.
Dr. Tom says the Chatroom wants to know if there is going to be more between Kane and Terri?
Kane says that he hasnt had much luck with women, so he doesnt know.
(Jeez, the poor guy must be awfully, ummm, uncomfortable of late. Just when was it that Tori left the WWE? Wow, that long ago? Ouch!)
Kelly gets into the whole Kane as a Murderer angle itself, saying that some fans out there want to see wrestling, pure and simple, without the back story, while others want the background story line as well, that it humanizes the stars.
Kane says that hes somewhere in the middle on this. He wants the wrestling, but that he realizes that the sport draws people through both the wrestling and the storylines.
We are a hybrid sport, says Kane, thats why its called sports entertainment.
What about changes in character styling? asks Dr. Tom, such as you being able to talk clearly instead of using a voice box?
Being able to speak really added new dimension to my character, says Kane, I think it fleshes out my character, making it seem more human, more expressive. In a way, it also makes it scarier, because the fans see the human and the monster inhabit the same body.
(Chyron shows action from Kanes Tag Title match on last Mondays Raw.)
In response to a question from Kelly, Kane says that he loves going out in the ring, and that his career of just five years has been a great ride.
Take that show in Montreal we just did, says Kane, waiting backstage and then going through the curtains, and getting that huge roar from the fans, its a real rush.
Dr. Tom observes that Kanes former partner Paul Bearer had just left WWE.
Kane says that he learned a lot from Paul Bearer, that he was somewhat of a father figure to Kane.
Kelly observes the parallels between the lives of Kane and the Undertaker seem to be intertwined, with skeletons from the past being dragged up by their respective opponents.
Kane laughs and says that Brock Lesnar is going to be dragged to places he never knew existed. Dark, evil places. Places where the Undertaker has been many times before. Thats Takers REAL yard, that Hell In A Cell match, says Kane. Both our matches should be a warning to people that maybe things shouldnt be dredged up from our past. Let the past remain buried, so to speak.
Any chance of you getting a Christmas card from Pete Rose this year, Kane? laughs Kelly.
I dont know, laughs Kane, but what I said before still holds. Pete Rose will get into the Wrestling Hall of Fame before he gets into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
This cracks everybody up.
How ya liking that new mask of yours? asks Dr. Tom.
Just great, says Kane, I can breathe a lot better. I can also have more facial expressions, and be more emotional.
The Chatroom wants to know if Kane ever plans to take off the mask for good?
No, says Kane, the mask is an integral part of the character. Losing it means the character would have to be changed drastically in order to maintain the same impact with the fans.
Kelly wants to know what Kane was thinking and feeling during the recent TLC match?
Kane says he was more concerned for the other wrestlers safety, like when Chris Jericho too the header off the ladder, and went flying over the top rope and landed head-first on the steel steps.
I thought hed killed himself, says Kane, I really did. When I saw him moving afterwards, I was relieved he wasnt hurt badly. As of myself, what stands out in my mind are the number of Oohs and Aahs we got from the crowd. I thought, man, we must be really wowing them tonight. After the match, there is relief and elation. Just a lot of the people in the back coming up and saying how great the match was. The next day, well, theres not a lot of action, because you cant move at all, you are that sore. Jericho wasnt on Raw this week. Bubba Ray had a Grade Three concussion so bad he didnt know where he was. Jeff Hardy Jeff doesnt care, because he does that sort of thing every week. Spike Dudley amazes me with the amount of punishment he can withstand,
Rob Van Dams like a rubber band, he just snaps right back. But we were all pretty sore nonetheless.
Dr. Tom wants to know how Kanes biceps injury held up to the TLC match?
Kane says that the biceps hasnt bothered him since his return, that it is as strong as his other arm.
Kelly asks if Kanes cardio work has him prepared for going the possible twenty minutes or more that one usually sees in World Title Championship matches?
Oh yeah, says Kane, Im ready, all right. I have no illusions about how tough the match will be.
Dr. Tom observes that some fans were saying that the Kane that returned from the biceps injury wasnt the same Kane as before, that maybe this Kane was an impostor.
I have joined the ranks of those select few wrestlers, laughs Kane, Ultimate Warrior being one, who the fans have sworn were impostors. I take it as a compliment that I have managed to change my physique so well that fans see me as a different person.
One thing that I had a problem with the old Kane costume was that it covered nearly all my body. Id lose weight, but the fans couldnt see it, because the size of the suit wouldnt change. Because of this, the suit would make me look taller. So I tried various other types of costume to prove that Id lost the body fat but maintained the same muscularity. The new costume makes me look lighter, more athletic.
Kelly interrupts by asking if thats the same thing as the Dr. Tom Prichard Hair Look, and all the changes and permutations that it has gone through?
Which, of course, brings us a two-minute chyron retrospective on just that subject.
(Yow, theres pics of Vince McMahon in a cowboy hat, one of the Bushwhackers, and Everybodys Favorite Manager, Sunny!)
Onward to topics of lighter faire.
Kane is, of course, The True Cyber Athlete of WWE, and has been trying out his new X-Box. Hes currently doing the Max Payne game to death. Hes also competing with Stevie Richards in Madden NFL 2K3.
Booker T fancies himself a bit of a cyber athlete, too, Kane, says Kelly.
Ah, hes not in MY league, laughs Kane.
Kelly asks what the mindset of the Raw athletes is, seeing as how Smackdown seems to be to more successful of the two brands?
No, theres no bad morale on Raw, says Kane, just look a the matches weve had. The TLC match, the Title changes, the Womens Division, and last weeks show is really tremendous. Weve turned a corner on Raw, and the Smackdown boys had better look out.
Caller Melanie asks a question that gets drowned out by feedback, but Kane understands at least part of it, saying that he hasnt been disappointed in his partnering with Hurricane.
Kelly asks if Kane does a lot of mental preparation before each match?
Absolutely, says Kane, Ninety percent is mental preparation, which guides the physical preparation you do all week for that match.
Kelly asks if we will be learning more of Kanes relationship with Katie Vick?
Theres along silence, after which Kane says that the gave his side of the story, and that he expects HHH will put his spin on the tale.
Kelly says that, despite a lot of the fans saying they didnt like the soap opera stuff, the Kane Explanation segment on Mondays Raw was the highest rated segment of the whole show.
So SOME-body must have liked it, says Kelly.
Dr. Tom says that No Mercy may see Kane as the new World Heavyweight Champ, and that HHH may learn a lesson about stooging something like that off on somebodys life, that maybe he better not try that again.
Kelly asks what memories Kane takes from past Champions?
Ric Flair, Harley Race, the great matches theyve had, says Kane, knowing that the World Champ was coming to town, and that the Champ was Ric Flair, that dominated my thinking back then.
Kelly thanks Kane for being on the show, and Kane leaves.
Kelly then asks Dr. Tom if the Katie Vick angle will have any bad effect on Kanes career and legacy?
Dr. Tom says that Kanes career spans from his first days as Undertakers horribly disfigured brother, discovered and managed by Paul Bearer, to today, and that his legacy is built on that. As for the effect the Katie Vick accusations have on it long-term, well, that remains to be seen.
When this whole Katie Vick thing showed up, says Dr. Tom, Mentally, I just cringed, and wondered where this angle was going end up. Its three weeks later now, and the angle seems to be taking on a life of its own. Sundays match is the crucial piece of the puzzle.
Yes, agrees Kelly, winning the match and becoming the Heavyweight Champion is something that Kane will have the rest of his life, no matter what happens with this Katie Vick thing. The fans remember his 24-hour reign as WWE Champion after becoming King of the Ring in 1998. When all is said and done, Kane beat Stone Cold Steve Austin, and became the Champ. It goes back to writing and wrestling. If the writing is no good, people will poop on it. If the wrestling is no good, people will poop on that, too! When both are done well, you hit it right on the money. Name one other sport where that is the expected norm week in and week out!
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