The Undertaker and Kane are absolutely two of the greatest big men in WWE history. Taker has been a fixture in WWE from 1990 as an instant star to 2017 as he retired in the main event of WrestleMania 33 against Roman Reigns. Every other WWE star has come in and out of the company in that time frame with Undertaker being the one man to be the consistent veteran. Undertaker also served as a locker room leader to help the company in many other ways outside of the ring. WWE valued him as much as any other performer in their history.
Kane was introduced as the evil brother of The Undertaker coming in to feud with him. This feud could have easily flopped but Kane did such a good job in the role that he has been around for two decades. We had Kane change masks, lose the mask, change hairstyles and alternate between different characters. Much like The Undertaker, Kane’s consistency is the most impressive thing about his WWE career. Both men did tremendous work against each other in feuds and together as a tag team. We'll take a look at the wrestlers to form strong relationships with them through the years. These are fifteen wrestlers you didn’t realize were close to the Brothers of Destruction.
Both The Undertaker and Kane are close friends of JBL. All three men had lengthy careers in WWE spanning from the 90s into the 2000s. Bradshaw and Undertaker frequently had fun together in "Wrestlers Court" as they laid down the law on other wrestlers they felt would cross the line. It was no coincidence that SmackDown Live’s JBL was on commentary for Undertaker’s final match at WrestleMania 33 against Raw’s Roman Reigns.
14 Daniel Bryan
No one would have predicted Daniel Bryan and Kane would become close friends in the WWE. Kane and Bryan formed a relationship when the duo became a tag team. WWE wanted them to be an odd couple for humorous television and they delivered. Bryan often names Kane as the best friend he made in WWE in various interviews and in his autobiography.
13 Henry Godwinn
An unlikely friendship of The Undertaker's came in the 90s when he worked with Henry Godwinn. The Undertaker formed a backstage faction known as the Bone Street Krew to oppose the Kliq. One of the wrestlers that was a part of that group was Godwinn. Undertaker and Godwinn had a shared love of motorcycles that likely brought them together as friends.
12 The Godfather
Another wrestler that linked up with The Undertaker in the Bone Street Krew was The Godfather. WWE employed Godfather for many years with various different characters. Undertaker shared mutual interests with him and they become pals. Godfather and Undertaker were both known as two of the tougher guys in the locker room. They both loved watching boxing and mixed martial arts.
11 Michelle McCool
Everyone knows Michelle McCool is close with The Undertaker considering they're married, but she is also a close friend of Kane. McCool worked with both Undertaker and Kane on the SmackDown brand during the prior brand split. Various interviews of McCool have seen her deliver high praise for Kane as both a performer and as a human being.
10 Mark Henry
Another veteran to spend a lot of time in the locker room with The Undertaker and Kane was Mark Henry. WWE aired an episode of Table For 3 with Kane, Henry and Big Show discussing their time together from the mid-90s into the current era. Henry claimed that Kane helped teach him a lot of the knowledge needed to find success in the wrestling business.
9 Big Show
Similar to Mark Henry, Big Show entered WWE and learned from the Brothers of Destruction. Big Show found success in WCW but rarely had the opportunity to improve given the lack of interest by the wrestlers there. The Undertaker and Kane both helped teach him the WWE ways and allowed him to become a better worker. Big Show credits Undertaker for giving him tough love during his early WWE days.
The Undertaker had one of his biggest pushes as a heel when leading the Ministry of Darkness faction. WWE went all the way with Undertaker playing an evil and terrifying heel leading his own cult. The first person to join the group was Mideon. Undertaker kidnapped him and used his power to turn Mideon into one of his followers.
7 Paul Heyman
One of The Undertaker’s first supporters in wrestling happened to be Paul Heyman. WCW placed Heyman as Undertaker’s manager during the Mean Mark tenure. Sadly, WCW didn’t see anything special in the big man and cut him loose. Heyman has stated that he loved working with Undertaker and knew he would find success in the wrestling business.
6 Kevin Nash
The Undertaker absolutely despised The Kliq during the 90s for their egotistical attitudes and their desire to take over WWE. One member of the backstage group that wasn’t on Undertaker’s bad side was Kevin Nash. The two big men enjoyed working together during their feud at WrestleMania XII. Nash has shared stories through the years claiming that they would visit strip clubs together after shows once in a while.
5 Jim Ross
The legendary commentary work of Jim Ross has seen him call some of the greatest matches in wrestling history. All of the top wrestlers respected Ross for his ability to help tell their stories to add to the overall match. Both Undertaker and Kane had great relationships with JR. The Ross Report podcast has allowed Ross to share his appreciation of both performers.
The heel character of Kane was perfect in the presentation similar to a horror movie villain. WWE tried to turn him face and it wasn’t an easy task. It did not work until he teamed with X-Pac after Triple H and Chyna spurned them both at WrestleMania XV. X-Pac and Kane worked together for a few months as a highly popular tag team. They worked perfectly together and Kane ended up getting love from the fans as a result.
3 Shane Helms
Shane Helms earned the respect of the WWE locker room when he attacked Buff Bagwell during a workout. The WWE wrestlers despised Bagwell and adopted Helms as one of their own when the story broke. That led to The Undertaker helping out Helms on numerous occasions with advice. Helms has stated Undertaker often went out of his way to make sure Helms didn’t make any backstage mistakes as he made the jump from WCW to WWE.
2 Shane McMahon
We all know Vince McMahon is close to both The Undertaker and Kane. Vince’s son Shane McMahon is also quite close to the Brothers of Destruction. Shane worked his way up the rankings in WWE during the 90s working various roles and becoming one of the boys. Kane and Shane worked together back in 2003 with a few hardcore matches leading to dangerous stunts. Both men trusted each other and ended up having memorable matches.
Edge was a young wrestler joining WWE during the time The Undertaker and Kane started their feud. The progression of Edge through the years not only made him a huge star and legendary figure, but he earned the respect of his peers. Edge achieved the ultimate honor in the mid-2000s working a long feud with Undertaker. The two had numerous PPV matches spanning from a WrestleMania main event to a TLC Match to a Hell in a Cell Match. Undertaker and Edge had a shared respect that led to great content.
Kane is also a good friend of Edge with the two working together countless times through the years. Edge and Christian’s new podcast saw Kane come on as a guest. Kane made an extremely rare podcast appearance due to his friendship with the two, especially Edge. The feelings of Edge are the same naming both Brothers of Destruction among his favorite opponents.
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