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WRESTLING COLUMNS

The Brothers Of Destruction Destroying Themselves
August 29, 2005 by Winston Jordan


We were all waiting with baited breath to see what Ted DiBiase's 'secret weapon' would be. Who would it be? Who would complete his team? The Million Dollar Man, who lived by the motto, 'everybody has a price', had promised us that it would be something to the likes of which had never been seen in the WWF.

However, even he had no idea of knowing how phenomenal this force would eventually become or what he was unleashing in the Federation.

I remember his haunting words to this day.

"I will introduce to you now my mystery partner, led to the ring, by his manager, Brother Love, weighing in at 320 pounds, from Death alley, I give you the Undertaker!!" DiBiase's haunting laughter filled the area as we heard the funeral dirge.

Approaching the ring was the behemoth of a man dressed in all black, his eyes hidden by the wide brim of his hat. He said nothing, and did not acknowledge the crowd as many faces or heels did by either slapping hands with the crowd or insulting them.

And so we were given the Undertaker and even the dead had a price.

Over the next seven years this man would dominate the WWF, with his amazing agility for a man his size, beating the WWF's hero at the time, Hulk Hogan with ease for the championship, he had cemented himself as a force to be reckoned with despite the fact that he lost the title just six days later.

He would get caught up in many feuds (many of which were deemed meaningless) along the way with the likes of Ultimate Warrior, Jake Roberts, Yokozuna, Giant Gonzalez, Kamala and many others until being led back to the WWF title at WrestleMania 13 against Psycho Sid.

Fast forward to October 5, 1997.

Shawn Michaels had cost the Undertaker his WWF World Championship in a match against Bret Hart at SummerSlam 97 and the two had engaged in a very personal feud, eventually leading up to the WWF's latest creation: Hell In The Cell.

This was the match that would set the standard for many HITC matches thereafter.

Michaels and Taker put on a great show and it was really something to see. I remember my friends and I had gathered around the TV to see the match in.

Just as Undertaker was preparing to put the fork in Michaels, the lights went out, eerie music played and flames shot up from the entrance. A huge monster of a man made his way to the ring dressed in red and black, his face was covered by a mask with Paul Bearer following from behind.

He hit the ring and gave the Undertaker his own signature move, the Tombstone Piledriver, leaving Michaels to make the easy pin. We would later discover that this was none other than Kane, the long lost brother that Paul Bearer had been threatening the Undertaker with for weeks.

Over the next few years these two had an off/on relationship, often siding with one another one month and beating each other senseless the next. They even went so far as to unify the WCW and WWF Tag Team Championships.

Somewhere along the line, something happened to them.

Undertaker went from being the quiet man full of respect who let his fists do his talking to being a loudmouth bully, who threw helpless women (Lita) off the stage. Kane resorted to setting color commentators ablaze and piledriving CEO's.

They were not the same men who gave us the great battle at WrestleMania 14 and the Inferno match at Unforgiven 1998. Their most recent confrontation at WrestleMania 20 was but a mere shadow of their first encounter. Perhaps there was some hope of a Brothers of Destruction reunion when Kane helped the Undertaker fight off Heidenreich and Gene Snitsky during the 2005 Royal Rumble, but sadly nothing was ever made of it.

Mark Callaway and Glen Jacobs made the best of their characters and I can't imagine anyone portraying the characters of Kane and Undertaker any better.

However, they need to figure out better directions with their character.

How long has it been since either Undertaker or Kane been serious threats to the World or WWE titles?

If nothing changes the only thing the Brothers of Destruction will destroy are their legacies.

by Winston Jordan ..


Chris Greenfield A.K.A Purgatory wrote:
hello Winston Jordan i would like to say good column. i am a huge fan of the great superstars you wrote about. i agree with you on some levels. the inferno match and the hell in a cell match in which we first saw the likes of kane were great matchs. wrestlemania 20 match with kane and undertaker sucked i think it was one of the worst matches that they have had with each other. i would love to see them both join forces once again this time undertaker is the silent dark monster that he is now and kane with his mask because the mask added a certain scary factor to it. thanks for veiwing my comment once again.
Winston G. Jordan wrote:
Thanks for taking the time to read my article. It is wonderful to talk to other Undertaker fans. I, like you, feel that the WM 20 match watched nothing like the show they gave up at WM 14. Hopefully Kane/Undertaker III (if it takes place) will be much better.
Zach Goldman wrote:
I do agree with you Winston. The Undertaker and Kane are just shadows of there former selves. I mean Undertaker will retire soon, and Kane (having no good storylines) will probably get released.
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