Thomas Jacobs (born April 26, 1967) better known
by his ring name Kane, is an American professional
wrestler and actor. He is currently performing
for World Wrestling Entertainment on its SmackDown!
brand and occasionally on the ECW brand.
attended Quincy University in Illinois, where
he played basketball, before joining Northeast
Missouri State University (now known as Truman
State University) on a basketball scholarship.
In the 1988-1989 season, he was an NCAA all-star;
he is still listed in the Truman State University
media guide as holding the record for highest
field goal percentage for a single season (.621
in both the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons) and is
the career leader in field goal percentage (.567).
Jacobs also led the 1988-89 team in several categories,
including blocked shots (1.0 per game) and rebounds
per game (6.9 per game).
despite his success, Jacobs opted to switch to
playing on the college football team. He graduated
with a bachelor's degree in English and then did
some junior high substitute teaching in the St.
Louis area."After doing that, teachers have
my respect; that's a pretty tough profession...
So if I wasn't wrestling, I don't think I'd be
the SmackDown! before the Royal Rumble, Kane was
involved in a 6 man elimination over-the-top-rope
battle royal. This also included King Booker,
MVP, The Miz, Chris Benoit, and Finlay. This match
would go to a no-contest as The Undertaker interrupted
after Kane had been eliminated and punished the
remaining opponents. At the Royal Rumble, Kane
eliminated King Booker. Booker then came back
in the ring and eliminated Kane, even though he
had already been eliminated. A couple weeks later
on SmackDown!, while receiving the key to the
city in his hometown of Houston, Booker was attacked
by Kane starting a feud between the two. At No
Way Out, Kane successfully defeated King Booker.
On February 23, Kane lost to King Booker in a
Falls-Count Anywhere Money in the Bank Qualifying
match after interference from The Great Khali,
sparking a feud between the two.
February 26, Kane interrupted Chris Masters' Master
Lock Challenge to The Great Khali when Masters
was unable to apply the Master Lock. Kane delivered
a Chokeslam and a chair shot to Masters then clotheslined
The Great Khali over the top rope. Prior to WrestleMania
23, Kane started to walk around with a hook, similar
to the hook he used as Jacob Goodnight in See
No Evil. At the event, Kane was defeated by Khali.
He never walked around with the hook again after
this. After WrestleMania, he began to feud with
William Regal and Dave Taylor. The Boogeyman then
joined the feud, teaming up with Kane. On the
May 4 edition of SmackDown!, Kane competed in
a number 1 contenders match for the United States
Championship against MVP which he lost due to
interference by Regal and Taylor. On the May 25
edition of SmackDown!, Kane competed in a Fatal
Four Way Number 1 Contenders Match for the World
Heavyweight Championship which was won by Batista.
Kane then entered a short feud with Mark Henry.
Henry defeated by Kane in a Lumberjack match at
One Night Stand due to interference from lumberjacks
Kenny Dykstra and Chavo Guerrero and would take
a short hiatus there after.
the July 6 edition of SmackDown!, general manager
Theodore Long announced that Kane would face Edge
for his World Heavyweight Championship at the
The Great American Bash. On the July 13 edition
of SmackDown!, Edge sustained a legit pectoral
muscle tear, and vacated the title prior to his
match with Kane. It was then announced that there
would be a 20-man, over-the-top rope, battle royal
for the World Heavyweight Championship which was
won by The Great Khali. Because Batista was supposed
to face The Great Khali at the Bash and Kane was
supposed to challenge for the title, Theodore
Long announced there would be a #1 contenders
match between Kane and Batista. During the match,
The Great Khali interfered by attacking Batista;
the match was ruled a no contest and both men
were ruled the #1 contender. The scheduled match
for the World Heavyweight Championship at the
Great American Bash became a triple threat match
between Batista, Kane, and The Great Khali. In
the beginning of the match, Kane and Batista teamed
up to send Khali though an announcer's table.
Kane chokeslamed Khali, but ended up losing the
match when Khali retained. Kane later teamed up
with Batista on the August 18 (taped August 13)
edition of WWE Saturday Night's Main Event against
Khali and Finlay. The match ended following a
Batista Bomb on Finlay.
entered a program with Finlay, which led to a
match at SummerSlam, which Kane won after chokeslamming
Finlay. On the following episode of SmackDown!,
Finlay and Kane competed against each other in
a tournament to crown the challenger for Khali's
World Heavyweight Championship at Unforgiven.
After interference from Hornswoggle, Finlay managed
to defeat Kane and advance in the tournament.
Finlay and Kane met again during the following
week's edition of SmackDown! in a rematch of the
previous month's Saturday Night's Main Event.
Once again teaming with Batista, Kane defeated
Finlay and The Great Khali when Kane pinned Finlay
with a chokeslam. Kane then lost to Finlay in
a "Belfast Brawl" on the September 14
edition of Smackdown!, following a chair shot
and Celtic Cross from Finlay.
then made an appearance on the October 16 edition
of ECW as the hand chosen partner of ECW Champion
was voted to face the United States Champion MVP
at Cyber Sunday, which he won by countout. As
a result, he did not win the title.
then began a feud with Big Daddy V. Big Daddy
V would eventually team with Mark Henry, while
Kane began to team with CM Punk. At Armageddon,
Kane and Punk were defeated by Big Daddy V and
* Jacobs made his film debut as "Jacob Goodnight"
in the first production of WWE Films, See No Evil,
which was released on May 19 2006.
* Jacobs appeared on a special WWF edition of
"The Weakest Link" in March 2002 and
became the strongest link by defeating Bubba Ray
Dudley in the final round. The money won was donated
to Jacobs' chosen charity, St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee.
* The "Kane" character was featured
in the fourteen issue Undertaker comic book produced
by the now-defunct Chaos! Comics in 1999. The
character only spoke once, in the Undertaker Halloween
Special, which tied into the single issue Mankind
comic book produced by the same company. This
series introduced a comic-exclusive character,
Kane's younger half-sister, "Jezebelle"
(like Kane, supposedly the result of a liaison
between Paul Bearer and an unnamed woman). As
Jezebelle was related to Kane only in that they
shared a common father, she presumably had no
relation to The Undertaker.
* A book written by Michael Chiappetta detailing
the kayfabe origins of the Kane character entitled
"Journey into Darkness" was released
* Jacobs appeared in the March 22 episode of Smallville
entitled "Combat", where he plays a
Phantom Zone criminal from another world named
Titan, who faces off against Clark Kent. (Credit:
Wrestling Entertainment - Kane
Wrestling Entertainment - Kane