Kane apologized to AEW announcer Jim Ross for setting him on fire in a 2003 storyline when he was unmasked during his WWE Hall of Fame induction speech. Sasha Banks ‘Botched’ A WWE Hall of Fame Promo.
Kane was unmasked after losing a match with fellow 2021 Hall of Famer Rob Van Dam being in the ring with him. Kane turned heel and choke slammed RVD after unmasking, and later burned JR during a backstage sitdown interview. Kane also thanked Jim Cornette, one of the most controversial names in wrestling right now, and Dutch Mantel, who went by Zeb Colter in WWE when he managed Jack Swagger.
PWInsider recapped, “He said he has countless people to thank but he can’t thank everyone. He wanted to thank those who made it possible for him to come to WWE, including Jim Ross, Dutch Mantel and Jim Cornette. He apologized for paying JR back by setting him on fire.
Kane said that if it wasn’t for the names you never hear behind the scenes, you would never know names like Kane and others. He thanked a number of people who drive, who make sure the talents are where they need to be and everyone in talent relations. He thanked the camera operators to those working in the truck, those who yell at him from Gorilla and everyone else.”