As a chosen warrior his identity is a mystery to all. it's believed that he is a survivor of an attack by Shao Kahn's extermination squads. As a result he is viciously scarred and kept alive only by artificial respirators and a rage for ending Shao Kahn's conquest. Before the invasion kabal lived a life of crime. He was once a member of the Black Dragon along with Kano. Now Kabal devotes his life to fighting injustice, he will give crime's inner circles a new reason to fear. After returning from near death Kabal swears revenge against his attackers. He fights alongside the other earth warriors during Shao Kahn's invasion. Eventually Shao Kahn was defeated and the earth was save again.
It is rumored that Mavado acquired his hookswords from the former Black Dragon member, Kabal, after a vicious battle. Even though Kabal had only been a member of the Black Dragon for a short time, Mavado had sworn to eliminate him.