Glenn Jacobs, better known in the professional wrestling world as Kane, sat down with FOX Sports' Ryan Satin this week for an interview. The topic of Tribute to the Troops came up at one point, as WWE confirmed on Wednesday morning that the annual special would be returning to television and airing on FOX in early December. He only ever wrestled at three Tribute to the Troops show throughout his career, but "The Big Red Monster" still had some fun memories about the event.
"My favorite [memory] is actually not one that is good for me. Remember how I used to wear that welder's mask when I'd come out? It almost led to my demise in Norfolk during Tribute to the Troops, because I walked out... for my entrace with Daniel Bryan and the entire arena was much darker than usual. It was a different setup than we normally have. The lights were down and when I went to step onto the ramp to head down to the ring I was actually several feet away from the ramp and I was about to have an eight-foot plunge. Luckily, at the last second, I was able to jump over onto the ramp and make it to the ring safely."
What is @KaneWWE's favorite 'Tribute To The Troops' memory? It involved his welder's mask, a dark arena, and @VinceMcMahon finding joy in The Big Red Machine's pain. #VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/GaNhafn5St— WWE on FOX (@WWEonFOX) November 11, 2020
The event Kane was referring to was the 2012 Tribute to the Troops, where he teamed with Daniel Bryan (Team Hell No was still a thing at the time) and R-Truth to beat 3MB. He said the clip of his near-fall never made air, but Vince McMahon reveled in showing it to everyone the following day.
WWE's next pay-per-view, Survivor Series, takes place on Nov. 22. Check out the card for the show (so far) below:
- WWE Champion Randy Orton vs. WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns
- Men's Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw (Keith Lee, AJ Styles, Sheamus, Braun Strowman, Riddle) vs. Team SmackDown (Kevin Owens, Jey Uso, King Corbin, Seth Rollins, TBD)
- Women's Survivor Series Elimination Tag Match (Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Mandy Rose, Dana Brooke, Lana) vs. Team SmackDown (Bianca Belair, Ruby Riott, TBD)
- The Undertaker's "Final Farewell" appearance
- Raw Women's Champion Asuka vs. SmackDown Women's Champion Sasha Banks
- United States Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Intercontinental Champion Sami Zayn
- Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day vs. SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Street Profits