Kane Talks His Time As ‘Diesel’ in 1996

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During his time in WWE, Glenn Jacobs, better known as Kane, played a wide variety of characters while trying to find his footing in the company.

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One such character was literally assuming the role of Diesel after Kevin Nash left for WCW in 1996.

The run only lasted about four months from October of 1996 through the end of January 1997, But speaking on WWE Photo Shoot, Kane said that run as the bogus Diesel made him feel like he belonged in WWE:


“Kevin Nash and Scott Hall had recently gone to WCW. As it was, Jim Ross had found some replacements. It was me and Rick Bognar, he was in ECW and had a character that parodied Razor Ramon and did it really well. They brought us in. A lot of people thought Faux Diesel and Razor Ramon was fatally flawed. I didn’t think so. I thought it was a good concept. The thing was, Jim Ross was never going to be a bad guy to our audience, especially at that time. Ultimately, the positive aspect was it allowed me to get experience. I started in 1991 and four years later, I was in WWE. I wasn’t prepared. My work wasn’t good enough when I was Isaac Yankem. So, I made adjustments and with the Diesel character, my work was good enough but the character was something the audience didn’t gravitate to. But I knew then that I belonged in WWE and I knew I could be a top-flight performer. I learned that working through the [Fake Diesel] character.”

(h/t: Fightful)


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