Daily Dirt: Longtime fans of Kane — as in pain — might be surprised to know this

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The numbers never lie, and the following numbers will probably come as an eye-opener for those followers of the squared circle … welcome to the three thoughts that make up Vol. 154 of the Daily Dirt.

1. For those who have been longtime followers of pro wrestling, this may come as a shock. It certainly did to me. Northeast Missouri native, Bowling Green High School graduate and former athlete at both Quincy College and Northeast Missouri State University Glenn Jacobs — who is more familiar to wrestling fans as “Kane,” the half-brother of “The Undertaker” — has lost more pro wrestling matches than any combatant in the long history of the squared circle.

Kane, err … Jacobs, has lost an incredible 1,325 bouts (at this writing), according to the CageMatrch website. His all-time record is:

  • Total matches: 3,003
  • Total victories: 1,561 (52 percent)
  • Total losses: 1,325
  • Draws: 117

“Though Kane was booked as a dominant monster when he debuted, he soon became something of a gatekeeper, used to elevate rising stars,” veteran wrestling aficionado Steve Scholefield told quora.com. “He had a stellar reputation for being the consummate professional, always willing to follow company orders, so it’s not surprising that he would have so many losses on his record.” Despite having more losses than any other WWE wrestler, Kane will always be remembered as a true professional, a dominant monster and one of the best working big men of all time. He is a true hall of famer.”

Jacobs, 54, is now involved in politics, serving as mayor of Knox County, Tenn., since 2018. He wrestled under other monikers in addition Kane, most notably Dr. Isaac Yankem DDS, Diesel, Unabomb, Christmas Creature, Doomsday, Spartacus, Angus King, Bruiser Mastino and Sid Powers.Jacobs’ career in the ring began in 1992. He eventually joined the WWF (now WWE) in 1995 and went on to become a three-time individual world champion and a 12-time world tag team champ.

2. Underrated groups of the 1970s:

Gold medal: The Raspberries, featuring lead singer Eric Carmen. Best song: “Go All the Way”. Carmen arguably had the best hair of any performer in this decade.

Silver medal: Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds. Best song: “Don’t Pull your Love”. Popular lead singer Dan Hamilton died from complications tied to Cushing’s Syndrome at age 48 in 1994. 

Bronze medal: T. Rex. Best song: “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”. This was one of the true anthems of the decade.

3. There’s no real surprises on this list, although the positioning my raise an eyebrow or two. These are the three most-viewed films of all-time, according to the International Movie Database:

1. “Titanic” (1997): One of the best endings ever, which is only fitting for one of the finest films ever.

2. “E.T.” (1982): I have never watched this movie, nor do I have any desire.

3. “The Wizard of Oz” (1939): I have probably seen this 20 times, but not in the last 20 years or so. Those flying monkeys used to make me very nervous.

Steve Fact O’ The Day Steve has been a huge fan of pro wrestling since he was a wee lad (age-wise, not size).

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. He would’ve made a fine rasslin’ manager.

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