|Kane’s Saturday Schedule|
12:30PM - 1:00PM Photo Ops – VIP’s First then General Admission
1:15PM - 2:30PM Autographs – VIP’s First then General Admission
2:45PM - 3:30PM Q&A Panel
At seven feet tall and weighing in at more than 300 pounds, Kane is a monstrous abomination that seems to have been extracted directly from your childhood nightmares.
The Devil’s Favorite Demon has tormented WWE since his debut at Badd Blood in October 1997, when he tore off the cage door and unleashed hell during the first-ever Hell in a Cell Match between Shawn Michaels and his half-brother, The Undertaker.
Kane is consumed by an infernal desire to set ablaze the lives of his fellow Superstars, leaving a scorched path of destruction behind his fiery footsteps. Some of The Big Red Monster’s more demented acts have included setting a WWE Hall of Famer on fire, hitting a WWE executive with a Tombstone, kidnapping too many Superstars to mention and forcing a WWE Diva to marry him. No one is safe from his twisted desires and demonic impulses. Least of all, it would seem, Kane himself.
For years, the sadistic Superstar wore a ghoulish face mask designed to conceal hideous burns from a fire supposedly started by Undertaker years before. But WWE fans received a shock on one of the most infamous nights of Kane’s career when, after losing a Mask vs. Championship Match on Raw, the tortured soul was forced to unmask and reveal his face to the world.
Kane’s career has been marked by some stellar and brutally woeful contests in the ring against some of the biggest names in WWE, including The Undertaker, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels, Edge and others. He has also pioneered some of the most vicious stipulations of all time, including First Blood, Inferno, Stretcher and even Till Death Do Us Part Matches.
Like his sibling, Kane wields a highly decorated mantle of WWE glory, including reigns as WWE Champion, World Heavyweight Champion and ECW Champion. He has shown near-unprecedented versatility in the tag team ranks as well, finding championship success with a litany of partners such as X-Pac, Big Show and even twice with The Deadman. Most notably, the famed Brothers of Destruction simultaneously held the World Tag Team Championships and WCW Tag Team Championships during the Alliance’s Invasion.
Kane reverted to concealing his face under a scarlet leather shroud in late 2011, and it wasn’t long before The Big Red Monster set his demonic sights on Daniel Bryan. Although the submission specialist got the best of his newfound rival at SummerSlam 2012, he may have awakened a more uncontrollable fire in The Devil’s Favorite Demon, provoking him to attack WWE Superstars and personnel such as Josh Mathews and Zack Ryder. These incidents inevitably led The Big Red Monster to the last place anybody expected: anger management.
Bryan was also forced to join The Big Red Monster in therapy, and despite their frequent dustups, their counselor, Dr. Shelby, forced the unhinged Superstars to join forces as a tag team. It was a strategy that proved crazy enough to work when they defeated Kofi Kingston & R-Truth to become WWE Tag Team Champions at Night of Champions 2012, kicking off an eight-month reign under the moniker of “Team Hell No.”
Though the bickering champions would occasionally trip themselves up with further infighting, they managed to dispel all challengers – including Dolph Ziggler & Big E Langston at WrestleMania 29 – and graduate from Shelby’s anger management program in 2013 before they finally met their match in the “justice”-seeking trio known as The Shield. After the black-clad Superstars made a repeated example of Team Hell No, as well as The Undertaker, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns punctuated the group’s quest by dethroning Team Hell No at Extreme Rules 2013 – a defeat that left the team at a crossroads, with a frustrated Daniel Bryan breaking away from his partner in an attempt to prove he wasn’t the “weak link” of the formidable duo.
Soon after, the 7-footer suffered the wrath of The Wyatt Family on their Raw debut in a brutal attack that sent him to a local trauma facility. This led to a “Ring of Fire” Match at SummerSlam between Kane and Bray Wyatt, in which the Wyatts used their treachery to triumph and take The Devil’s Favorite Demon into the darkness and the unknown.
Several months later, Kane submitted to Stephanie McMahon and the control of The Authority, removing his mask once again and giving it to her as a token of his obedience. The next week, Kane, named as WWE’s Director of Operations, cemented his allegiance by appearing alongside The Authority in a suit and tie, helping The Shield & Randy Orton beat down the just-rehired Big Show. The next week, Kane helped fill in for Triple H & Stephanie during their vacation alongside Raw GM Brad Maddox and SmackDown GM Vickie Guerrero, orchestrating the 3-on-2 Handicap Match main event between Bryan, CM Punk & The Shield.
Kane’s new position in The Authority inevitably led him into a conflict with his old tag team partner Bryan, who had been battling the corporate power for months leading up to Kane’s appointment. The Devil’s Favorite Demon attacked Bryan during and after his old friend’s victory over Randy Orton on the Feb. 3, 2014 Raw, later reprising the attack a few nights later on SmackDown before Bryan retaliated on Feb. 10, ambushing Kane during his public apology and sending him into the WWE Universe with a running knee. The next week, Kane forced Bryan to face both Christian and then Kane himself, who willingly lost the bout by disqualification after mercilessly attacking Bryan’s injured shoulder.
But Kane’s vendetta against his former tag partner didn’t end there, as the Director of Operations blatantly interfered in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber Match, resulting in Randy Orton hitting a pair of RKOs on Bryan en route to The Viper’s victory. The Big Red Monster later came into conflict with The Shield and, cost them the opportunity to challenge for the WWE Tag Team Title.
Ultimately, The Hounds of Justice got the better of WWE’s Director of Operations on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Though the corporate goliath and his partners, The New Age Outlaws, thought they could tame The Shield at WrestleMania 30, they found themselves on the losing end of their six-man confrontation at The Showcase of The Immortals. Shortly thereafter, Stephanie McMahon convinced Kane to once again unleash his inner demon by donning his mask and challenging Daniel Bryan for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Extreme Rules 2014. Two weeks before their showdown, Kane re-introduced his demonic side by administering three Tombstones to Bryan on Raw.
Not stopping there, Kane terrorized Bryan’s wife, Brie Bella, the Monday before their clash. Kane’s mind games and brutality would fail in the end, however, as Bryan would overcome The Devil’s Favorite Demon – ironically, after sending him through a flaming table that Kane himself had ignited – and retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a hellish Extreme Rules Match.
But The Devil’s Favorite Demon didn’t stay down long after the three-count. He continuted to haunt Bryan, right up to the moment the champion had to take a leave to recover from neck surgery. Kane next emerged two weeks later, attacking Brad Maddox moments before The Authority fired him as Raw GM. Whether in a suit or a mask, one thing is clear: The fire still burns in Kane.