WWE has a lot of stories in the company’s history, but sometimes their gimmicks were a bit over the top. Kane’s previous gimmick was apparently so torturous that Linda McMahon had to step in.
Former WWE photographer Tom Buchanan recently recalled how Linda McMahon reacted to an appearance he made on television with Glenn Jacobs. Better known as Kane, Jacobs performed as the evil dentist character Dr. Isaac Yankem in 1995 and 1996.
While filming vignettes in a dentist’s office, Tom Buchanan was recruited to play a horrified patient for the evil dentist. The segment aired once on WWE programming before Linda McMahon nixed the footage.
During the Cheap Heat Productions Podcast, Tom Buchanan explained why Linda McMahon freaked out about it. Obviously, the former WWE President did not want the scene to air again.
“I happened to be there and we needed a person to fill in the chair, so I got stuck in the chair and he [Glenn Jacobs] simulated yanking my teeth and I had to scream and be in pain. It ran once, Linda McMahon thought it was too much pain, that it wouldn’t work as a repeat, so it never aired again. That was my one story with Isaac Yankem, Glenn Jacobs. He was a good man.”
We will have to see what’s in the future for WWE. They could present edgier content in RAW’s third hour at this point, because they are open for business.
Kane is a WWE Hall of Famer, but his evil dentist character does not have a ring. There is a reason for that, and Linda McMahon’s reaction to the character might have only been a small part of it.
What’s your take on Kane’s previous gimmick? Does pro wrestling need a dentist character at all (including Britt Baker)? Sound off in the comments!