WWE's resident Big Red Machine has dominated the squared circle for almost two decades. Whether he was having sibling rivalries with his brother The Undertaker or claiming that he alone was the tag team champion, Kane has done it all in WWE.
Much like his brother, Kane is well aware of the fact that successfully sticking around for a long time calls for evolution. Thus, over the past 19 years, Kane has undergone many changes in personas and ring attires. Let's take a look at Kane's most demonic looks (and by "most demonic", I mean the most awesome — because demonic Kane is the best kind).
Corporate Kane (2013-2015)
The man behind Kane, Glenn Jacobs, is quite simply a genius. I mean that in all aspects of the word, not only is he incredibly smart but he is also one of the most talented actors the WWE has to offer.
I hope he enjoys a great career in acting post-WWE. However, while I applaud the fact WWE utilized him really well in the Director of Operations role, for many "Corporate" Kane was a let down. This was not the fire-breathing monster from hell we loved. The character was a sellout in a business suit. And while Jacobs flourished in the role, fans did not respond too well to what the character was doing to Kane's legacy.
While I wasn't a big fan either, I respected the corporate match-making angle of the role. But I heavily disagreed with seeing Corporate Kane in the ring — the outfit was just awful. He wore either a white vest or no shirt at all,with suit pants. Oh, and he lost. A lot.
Corporate Kane was by no means Kane's best stint, but it was fun to see him in a position of power. And the whole "Jekyll and Hyde" personality split towards the end of the angle between Corporate and Demon Kane was golden. It should have been more like that throughout the run.
Unmasked Kane 2.0 (2003-2011)
It pains me to put this Kane so far down the list. After unmasking, Kane eventually changed his ring attire to a less fiery but more horrific design. The black pants he wore with the red stitches across them somehow reminded us of the remnants of the old monster, but this Kane was a whole new kind of beast.
Psychotic, unhinged and sadistic, Kane would laugh at anything that moved, before sending them to hell with a vicious choke slam. Whether he was on RAW or SmackDown!, unmasked Kane had some incredible storylines. Who could ever forget the reunion with the Undertaker which led to the Inferno Match against MVP?
And remember when he won the Money in the Bank in 2010 and cashed it in an hour later on Rey Mysterio to become the World Champion for the first time in 12 years? Great times!
Unmasked Kane (2003)
I still hate the fact that they unmasked Kane because he was never quite the same afterwards. But if Jacobs was having breathing difficulties, then it was the absolute right choice. Having said that, when Kane first unmasked, the uncaged monster when on a a rampage like none we had ever seen before, choke slamming Eric Bischoff off the stage and tombstoning Linda McMahon.
For this look, Kane maintained the same attire from his previous masked persona, just without the mask (or the hair). But unlike that mildly friendly Kane, this monster was completely unhinged. The dark circles under his eyes made him all the more deadly. Easily the most unhinged that the Big Red Machine ever was.
Kane Resurrected/Demon Kane (2011-Present)
After eight years of unmasked Kane letting his rage lose on the WWE, a very human-like Kane shook Randy Orton's hand after a defeat. After being attacked by Mark Henry, Kane disappeared from WWE.
A couple of months later, after weeks of "Kane Resurrected" promos, the masked monster returned, exorcising his humanity in the process. Initially wearing two masks (the red burned-face one as well as Predator-like visor), he also once again sported a body suit with stitches all over it — an homage to unmasked Kane's attire.
This new Kane, now known as Demon Kane, has had some incredible moments and matches, particularly his tag team title reign with Daniel Bryan and their subsequent Extreme Rules rivalry. Whether they were shouting "I am the Tag Team Champions!" or "hugging it out," Team Hell No was one of Demon Kane's highlights. Although we haven't seen him in a while, we are eagerly anticipating his return and hoping that Demon Kane returns.
Short-Masked Kane (2002-2003)
Short-masked Kane was far too short-lived as it eventually led to his unmasking. After months of absence, Kane returned with new ring attire — for the first time, we could see a portion of his face. The short mask not only allowed Jacobs to breathe better, but it allowed Kane to speak freely. He also wore a vest-like bodysuit with red straps and was noticeably leaner and much more agile in the ring.
This attire saw Kane win his second Intercontinental Championship as well as two Tag Team Championships. Many believe this was the "coolest" Kane and I'm not sure I could disagree. Remember when he won the Tag Team Ladder Match for the Tag Titles on his own? Goosebumps!
Survivor Series (2001)
This badass attire was far too short-lived. Much like his beloved 2001 attire, this outfit inverted the colors and was much more reminiscent of his original costume. Unfortunately, we only got to see it once at Survivor Series in 2001. I feel this was a missed opportunity and Kane could have definitely benefited from wearing this outfit post Survivor Series.
Inverted Attire (1999-2000)
Everybody loved Kane's original outfit. It suited the mute masked monster perfectly. So you can imagine that everyone was happy to see an updated version of said attire, inverting the colors. Instead of being all red with black sections, we saw a lot more black and less red.
The same went for his mask, which at times would almost appear all black. It was a new and sleeker attire for Kane, but by God, it didn't make him any less intimidating. This was also memorable for being the ring attire in which he made his greatest ever return in:
Vest Costume (2000-2002)
Everybody knows and adores the Kane from 2001. This attire was a departure from his previous look, sporting mainly all black with red, transparent flames on the legs and torso. The vest-look was also a change that would go on to influence his future attires.
Despite originally debuting this outfit at SummerSlam 2000 and wearing it for the rest of that year, fans lovingly labelled this outfit as the 2001 attire because 2001 was Kane's year. He won the Hardcore Championship, the WWE Tag Team titles twice as well as the WCW Tag Team Titles and the Intercontinental Championship.
But perhaps his standout moment from 2001 was when he eliminated 11 other men from the Royal Rumble, setting a record that lasted 13 years (let's be honest, Kane deserved to win that Rumble). And he did all of that in this legendary ring attire. He was also much larger than before yet somehow more agile and was the most "over" with the fans that he'd ever be during his entire career. We all loved 2001 Kane.
The Big Red Machine (1997-2000)
When the lights went out at Badd Blood: In Your House in 1997 and the Big Red Monster walked through those flames, flanked by Paul Bearer, as he ripped the door of the Hell in A Cell off its hinges, nobody could have predicted the legacy that would follow. The silent and deadly Big Red Machine is one of WWE's all-time greatest creations and it was this moment and this ring attire that solidified it.
Wearing an all-red bodysuit, that was missing one sleeve and decorated with black flames and an eerie red mask, Kane's original look is without a doubt his best. As legendary commentator Jim Ross so aptly put it, the seven foot monster "looked to be etched of stone."
When Kane appeared, you were frightened. Whether he was brawling with the Undertaker in an Inferno Match or winning the WWE Championship from Stone Cold Steve Austin, Kane was downright terrifying. This was by far Kane's most iconic and demonic appearance — and we loved it.
With Kane possibly nearing the end of his career, now would be the perfect time to resurrect his greatest look. Bring the Big Red Machine back just one more time!
The Big Red Monster is one of the greatest superstars and characters in WWE history. He has successfully adapted and evolved over his almost two decade tenure and is still featured in many main event matches and storylines to this day. Kane has had one of the best wrestling careers of all time and one day, will take his rightful place in the WWE Hall Of Fame.
What was your favorite ring attire worn by Kane? Let us know in the comments!