Brothers of Destruction.
by Darryl Craven
For weeks Paul Bearer had threatened The Undertaker with a
promise that his brother Kane would return, as far as Taker
knew Kane was dead and Bearer was bluffing, but Bearer was
insistent that Kane was coming and he was coming after The
Undertaker. The end of the match against Michaels and
Michaels was out of it, Taker gave the signal for The
Tombstone and Takers vengeance was nearly complete. Michaels
had cost The Undertaker the WWF title at Summerslam when he
inadvertently hit him with a steel chair in his title match
against Bret Hart, Michaels was the referee for that match
and was forced to make the three count under threat of
suspension if he called the match unfairly and Taker had
been after revenge for months. After countless ambush
attacks by Michaels and the other Members of Degeneration
X the World Wrestling Federation concocted the Hell In The
Cell to keep them out.
Bad Blood PPV
The Undertaker v Shawn Michaels in the Hell in the cell.
The Hell in the Cell was a first in the WWF never seen before
and rarely seen since and its main purpose was to keep anyone
from entering and anyone from exiting. During the match
however Michaels did escape but this is not about Hell In
the Cell this is about Kane.
As The Undertaker gave the signal for the Tombstone the
lights went out and The Arena was filled with the music
of a church organ. What the hell was going on, with this
feud between D-X and The Undertaker the issue of Kane was
second thoughts on the mind of the fans but when the organ
played the attention of everyone was turned to the entrance.
Who was this coming down the entrance way, he was huge, a
seven footer was heading to the ring accompanied by the
maniacal Paul Bearer we couldn't see any details all there
was to see by was Red lighting. It must have been, no it
couldn't be, had Bearer been telling the truth, was it
Kane. This monster walked towards the Cell with Taker
stood inside Shawn Michaels lying motionless and he ripped
the door from the cell. As he stood toe to toe with his
Brother the sheer size of this man was apparent for al to
see, he was taller, he was bigger and he was scary.
As Kane and The Undertaker stared at each other for more
than 30 seconds a feeling of anticipation filled the Arena,
The Undertaker looked perplexed, he couldn't believe what
he was seeing, it was Kane, the brother he thought was
dead, he'd not seen him for twenty years, how could he
Kane stood motionless, staring at his brother and suddenly
he begun to lift his arms, and then, boom Kane dropped his
arms and all four ring posts exploded shooting Flames from
each Turnbuckle and light once again filled the arena. Kane
kicked The Undertaker in the stomach and picked him up onto
his shoulder and delivered the most devastating Tombstone
Piledriver we had ever seen in the WWF. It was more fierce,
it was quicker and it left The Undertaker motionless. Kane
left the ring and disappeared to the back, Michaels made
the cover and we left the air.
The next few weeks were explosive as Kane came out every
single week and laid out an innocent victim, time after
time threatening The Undertaker with more innocent victims
unless he faced Kane and Taker continually refused to face
his brother. The Headbangers tried to fend themselves,
smashing their boom box over his head, but it didn't faze
him and they both ended up out cold on the mat. Eventually
Taker did come to the ring to try and reason with his
brother but he ended up in the same way as all the others,
beat down and out cold.
This was amazing; we had never seen The Undertaker dominated
this way, not even by Mankind. We were in awe we couldn't
believe this was our Phenom being destroyed in such a way,
what the hell was going to happen next?
January 1998 was not a good month for The Undertaker, the
week before The Royal Rumble it seems as though the two
brothers had made a truce pact raising their hands to
each other in their own personal style. But a week later
at the Rumble Kane did the most horrifying thing to his
brother. During The Undertakers Match against Shawn Michaels,
a casket match, Kane helped Michaels retain the title and
stuffed The Undertaker in to the casket and before the
entire world set alight to the casket.
After that, the Undertaker vanished from the Federation for
over a month. In February, Taker finally returned much to the
surprise of Kane and Paul Bearer. For months, the Undertaker
had vowed he would never fight his brother, but upon making
his return that February, the Undertaker said he would indeed
face off against Kane for the very first time at WrestleMania
This was shocking, as the
whole world looked on Paul
Bearer and Kane laughed and
laughed as The Casket
containing The Undertaker
The brothers would again butt heads on the June 1, 1998
episode of RAW, in a match which would determine the No.
1 contender for the World Wrestling Federation Championship.
Kane won the match and headedto King of the Ring to face
Stone Cold Steve Austin in a First Blood Match for the title.
Kane vowed that if he didn't win the title, he would set
himself on fire and breathe his last breath! Despite the
tension between them, Undertaker vowed he wouldn't let
that happen, and at King of the Ring, it was the Undertaker's
chairshot to Stone Cold that would help his brother become
Federation Champion even though Kane lost the title back
to the Rattlesnake the next day!
At WrestleMania XIV, the Undertaker took on Kane for
the first time. The older brother prevailed in the match,
as he tombstoned Kane three times for the win. The Undertaker
had won the first of the battles to come. At Unforgiven
In Your House, Taker and Kane battled once again, this time
in an Inferno Match. The Idea of the Inferno match was
that the only way for an opponent to win was to set the other
on fire. In this match, the Undertaker actually set his
younger brother on fire to earn the win. |
Kane certainly had
flashbacks of his childhood disaster, but this time, the
Undertaker didn't feel bad for him.
They say that blood is thicker than water, but Mr. McMahon
would soon prove that money is thicker than blood, as the
Federation chairman emptied his pockets to the brothers
to get the title away from Austin. The two brothers were
now on the same page, and at the Breakdown Pay-Per-View
in September 1998, the two brothers took the championship
from Stone Cold in a Triple Threat Match. But with no clear
champion decided (both men pinned Austin for the title at
the same time), a match was made between the two brothers
at Judgment Day the next month to determine the clear
champion. When no winner was announced there, the brothers
faced off in the second round of the Deadly Game Tournament
at Survivor Series 1998. The Undertaker picked up the win
after Paul Bearer turned his back on Kane and rejoined the
Phenom! From there, the Undertaker and Kane would drift
apart a bit. The Undertaker was in the midst of forming
the Ministry of Darkness, while Kane was more concerned
with defending his and X-Pac's Tag Team Championship. At
SummerSlam 1999, the Undertaker and the Big
Show took the Tag Titles from Kane and X-Pac.
The Undertaker walked out of the Federation in September
1999 and didn't return until May 2000. Upon his return,
he and Kane seemed to be tight. The reunion seemed complete.
But Kane again turned on his brother. These men have proven
time and time again that when they are in the ring there
is a war.
Taker goes for a ride at the hands of his brother.|
But at the beginning of this year something strange was
happening the brothers seemed to be on the same page,
surely not, they were not reuniting were they, after
everything that had happened, YES THEY WERE. At the Royal
Rumble this year we saw the brothers of destruction unite
and form one of the most devastating teams in the History
of the WWF. On Raw on the 23rd of April 2001 they became
the WWF tag team champions only to lose the titles again
the following week at the monthly pay-per-view Backlash.
Another split for these two monsters is on the cards and
when they do expect there to be an explosion and some
more incredible matches.
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