Knox County Mayor, Glenn Jacobs, has never shied away from his roots in professional wrestling during his time in office. And thanks to a collaboration between WWE and A&E, Jacobs and The Undertaker (The Brothers of Destruction) met in Knoxville to track down one of the most important pieces of memorabilia from his career.
The two will search for Kane’s original mask from his 1997 debut. The mask that was worn when he interrupted the first-ever Hell in a Cell match between The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, has been missing for years.
Kane and The Undertaker’s search will take place around the city on WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures, which will premiere on A&E television at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday. The original programming done by WWE and A&E is already off to a hot start and will continue weekly this spring.
Knoxville Sets the Scene for a Legends’ Treasure Hunt
The new show on A&E has brought moments lost in the past to the forefront of the present. And now, Knoxville’s citizens will get to see their city on the small screen as two legends of WWE go on the hunt.
According to an exclusive preview with the Knoxville News Sentinal on Tuesday, “the episode features shots of the City-County building, Gay Street, Jacobs’ wrestling school and his home, where the mayor keeps his own Kane treasures.”
Jacobs would make his professional wrestling debut in 1991 and soon made his way to Smoky Mountain Wrestling in the early ’90s. Jacobs was even a tag-team champion in SMW, which was one of his earliest times working in East Tennessee. He then eventually signed a contract with the former WWF, now WWE, in 1995.
Officially in his fourth decade in professional wrestling, Jacobs’ career as Kane was one of the most defining characters in the history of the sport. And, when you have that many great moments, there is surely going to be iconic memorabilia to follow.
Jacobs, Undertaker, and former NFL player and current WWE trainee A.J. Francis look to be visiting different places around the city. Whether they find the mask or not, Knoxville will be highlighted in a beautiful way as the background of this treasure hunt.
The Mayor’s Iconic Mask
“WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” premiered this past Sunday as Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Mick Foley hosted the inaugural episode. Clearly, the first episode was a hit, as it was the eleventh highest-rated original program on cable TV in its debut. The ten-week season will continue with Kane’s episode in week two this Sunday night.
According to the preview from Knox News, the legends will be on the hunt for Jacobs’ infamous Kane demon mask, used in his 1997 debut.
Some say that Kane had the best debut in the history of the sport. During the first-ever Hell in a Cell match between Michaels and The Undertaker at the Badd Blood pay-pay-view, Kane would enter the arena near the end of the match, methodically walking to the ring, with Paul Bearer by his side. Kane ripped the door off the cage, stood face-to-face with The Undertaker, and the rest was history.
But, so is the mask for now. Tune in this Sunday night to see what happens.
WWE Legends Continue The Weekly Story on A&E
The partnership between the WWE and A&E also extends to another Sunday night program, which will feature one two-hour biography per week on eight individual superstars. The A&E original show, Biography: WWE Legends, will document the stories behind “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Booker T, Michaels, Foley, Ultimate Warrior, and Bret Hart.
The inaugural Biography episode on Apr. 18 featured the illustrious career of “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
— A&E Network (@AETV) April 19, 2021
A&E’s YouTube episode description provides a detailed preview of the episode:
“In an all-new episode of ‘WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures,’ The Undertaker (Mark Calaway) reunites with Kane (Glenn Jacobs, Mayor of Knox County, TN) to recount exclusive stories and search for their lost memorabilia, including an original Kane mask and the urn that was used against the Undertaker to launch Kane’s career. Also, The Undertaker unearths some priceless items from his storage facility.”
The second episode of A&E’s original program WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures will premiere on A&E this upcoming Sunday night, April 25 at 10 p.m. ET.