Two weeks away from Wrestlemania, it was announced that two former World Heavyweight Champions, Kane and the Great Khali will be entering the WWE Hall of Fame.
Glenn Jacobs, who performed for over two decades as Kane, had his induction announced on this morning’s WWE Network program, The Bump. The announcement for Khali came from a video from WWE Now India, where it was announced by his former on-screen manager, Ranjin Singh.
Jacobs first joined the WWE as Isaac Yankem DDS, the personal dentist for Jerry Lawler. After a year, he was repackaged as the fake “Diesel”, which was also brief. In the Fall of 1997, third time was the charm for Jacobs, as became Kane, the kayfabe brother of the Undertaker, which would become the persona he wrestled under for over twenty years.
Kane became one of the most durable characters in WWE history, going through many changes and winning multiple titles along the way. He would have huge matches against the Undertaker, Mick Foley, Triple H and many others and was twice the Heavyweight Champion, and a Grand Slam Champion (winning four major titles) with the WWE. He last appeared as a surprise entrant in this year’s Royal Rumble.
From India, Khali debuted for the WWE in 2006, and would win the World Heavyweight Title in July the following season. Standing well over seven feet tall, Khali was not a good wrestler, but he would prove to be marketable in the Indian market. Late in his career, he would be a comedic wrestler, portraying a Punjabi Playboy.
The 2021 Class also comprises Molly Holly and Eric Bischoff.
It will be a dual ceremony with the 2020 Class; the Bella Twins, JBL, Jushin “Thunder” Liger, “The British Bulldog” Davey Boy Smith and the New World Order (Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & Sean Waltman.
We would like to congratulate both Kane and the Great Khali for obtaining this honor.