Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs explains why the ‘Imposter Kane’ storyline lasted one month.
In 2006, on the lead-up to the date of May 19th, there were a series of events that took place to promote the arrival of an individual that was going to target Glenn ‘Kane’ Jacobs. That individual was the ‘Imposter Kane’, which was played by current IMPACT Tag Team Champion Doc Gallows.
The story concluded at Vengeance 2006 when Gallows defeated Jacobs in a seven-minute match. Jacobs and John Bradshaw Layfield were the focus of a Q&A at Steel City Con and Jacobs said the reason why the ‘Imposter Kane’ storyline was short-lived was because Vince McMahon felt that the character made a bad first impression by having a frizzy wig.
He [Vince McMahon] actually — I never really got that much [Vince yelling] because… Vince would more direct his criticism at people producing the matches, okay, because he didn’t want to, you know, he didn’t want to jump on the performers, alright? So I never really got that much. In Drew’s case [Doc Gallows], it’s kind of funny because they had that short-lived Kane thing, right? That he was the imposter Kane and what happened was…
So I’d gone down and seen Drew’s outfit and stuff and we’d kind of worked a little bit together before he debuted as that, down where NXT was at that time in Georgia and he’s wearing this wig and it was like a synthetic hair wig and it was terrible and I was like, I remember calling I think Johnny Laurinaitis or someone and saying, ‘It’s great but the wig’s gotta go, okay? The wig looks as fake as all get out.’ They didn’t switch the wig and there he is on live TV with this frizzy hair and Vince went ballistic. Not at him, but at the fact that the thing looked silly and that was actually why that whole thing was ditched was because Vince thought it made such a terrible impression and actually made Kane, my character look bad because here you have this person — you got this guy with bad hair beating me up basically. But you know, the imposter Kane, you can tell that it was very poorly done.
Jacobs’ most recent appearance on WWE television was on the September 17th Friday Night SmackDown in Knoxville, Tennessee where he presented Bianca Belair with a key to the city.
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