Nothing would make me happier right now than to see the WWE finally put Kane back where he rightfully belongs – in a red suit and the mask that made him one of the greatest and feared characters that professional wrestling has ever known.
It’s masterful and brilliant, and if it happens to work come Sunday in Chicago when Kane has been asked to protect the cage for The Authority, it will be the triumphant return of one of the company’s greatest characters.
Yes, the wrestling fans need a transition to Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Neville and Rusev. But in doing so, it should also let one of the most tenured members of the WWE roster and one of the most respected men in the ring of all time help the new establishment.
When his entrance music played Monday night on Raw, I half expected Kane to be his former self. There was no costume, but there was more intensity and more of a “pop” to his moves and his spots that has been absent for some time. Facing John Cena might have been the perfect way of reinventing the Devil. Playing the current role of Director of Operations for The Authority and the WWE has been quirky for a while. Now, it’s time to revert back to a place when the fire from within was enough to send chills through the spines of every WWE superstar on the roster – and now, especially Seth Rollins.
And now that there is a rumor floating about a Triple Threat Match for the WWE World Title involving Rollins, Randy Orton and Kane at the Payback pay-per-view, finally the company has come to its senses and will allow Kane a chance to compete for the promotion’s title.
The finish to this Sunday’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship match will almost certainly call for a rematch at the following pay-per-view. According to Wrestling News, it appears that WWE will give Orton a rematch, but, not a one-on-one rematch, as it’s expected that Seth Rollins will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a triple-threat match against Randy Orton and Roman Reigns at next month’s Payback pay-per-view.
Kane first appeared as the half-brother of The Undertaker, with whom he would alternatively feud or team as the Brothers of Destruction.
Following his debut, Kane remained a pivotal component of the company’s Attitude Era of the late 1990s and early 2000s, defeating Stone Cold Steve Austin – described as the “poster boy” of that era – for the WWF Championship in his first pay-per-view main event at King of the Ring 1998. He has continued to headline WWE pay-per-view cards in world championship matches through 2014.
WWE executive Triple H has dubbed Kane as “The Constant”, owing to his underrated, “always great” performance during his long tenure with the company.
Kane has won 18 total championships during his WWF/E career, including being a three-time world champion (having held the WWF Championship, ECW Championship, and World Heavyweight Championship once each), and is also a 12-time tag team champion, having held the WWF/World Tag Team Championship, WCW Tag Team Championship, and WWE Tag Team Championships with various partners. He is a 2010 Money in the Bank winner.
If there is a chance for Kane to have one last title reign before his eventual retirement, I say let it be. If not, and he is just a contender for the company strap, we still benefit from seeing him in action.
And if it happens to be the Kane of old, then it truly becomes a win-win situation for the WWE and the fans who love to see the Big Red Monster where he belongs – permanently in the squared-circle.