On a recent episode of his podcast, X-Pac 12360, Sean “X-Pac” Waltman opened up about why Kane was his favorite tag team partner. He also addressed their dynamics working together as a team and the money they made via merchandise sales.
“He’s my favorite partner, of all my partners, the stuff we did, the stuff we created, the moments and you know the matches and all that, I just, it’s my favorite,” Waltman confessed.
“Just for creative reasons. Really proud of some of those matches we had…Really grateful because as much as Glenn says how good that was for him and his career, same for me. So yeah, it was great for me at the time. You just have that singles program with a guy like Glenn, with that kind of character, I am very proud of it. It’s just my favorite for so many reasons.”
The two played off their size difference, developing a dynamic that worked for the two of them as Kane played the bigger, stronger partner to X-Pac’s speedier approach. It’s a dyanmic that continues to inspire current wrestlers, including AEW’s Jurrasic Express.
“I’ve talked about this, and it’s advice I give to a lot of people down in the PC actually, especially because there is a lot of matches these days with disparity in size,” he said. “If you’re a smaller guy that wants to be successful working with bigger guys you have to come up with creative ways for them to stop themselves.”
He continued, “As opposed to all of a sudden when it’s time to get heat on them you just stop him, when he’s a foot taller than you and outweighs you by 200 pounds it’s much better if you move out of the way and he crashes and burns, and that’s how you shut him down. It makes more sense and it helps, it just makes it more credible. So I always had those creative ways of doing things like that… it was a lot of work.”
Waltman recalled making a lot of money during their time teaming together thanks to their merchandise. He remembered seeing a list in 2000 that listed him and Kane as numbers 4 and 5 in the company for merch sales, below top Superstars such as The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
H/T to Wrestlezone for the transcription.