WWE : It’s Time To Bury The Demon Kane

I feel bad writing this.

You see, once upon a time, Kane was an excellent character with a great backstory. His slow journey from mute destroyer to speaking with a larynx microphone to speaking normally and feeling emotion (his romance with Tori, for instance) resonated. Fans bought that it was growth for him, and we could relate. When the time came, Kane’s unmasking was done well, but WWE could’ve gone all out on making him look even the slightest bit disfigured. They didn’t, but covered that with great storylines about how he saw something different than reality, something that anyone who knew a sufferer of mental illness or took medication for it could understand, and again, relate to.

Eventually Kane stopped being the monster that everyone feared and he became beatable. In fact, he got beaten fairly often, to the point where his appearance was less something to fear and more something to look at with a bit of sadness. He was strong, but he was no monster.

In 2010, though, things appeared to turn for him. Kane won the Money in the Bank match for Smackdown, and then cashed in that night to become World Heavyweight Champion, setting the table for a feud with the Undertaker, which brought the return of Paul Bearer as well, making it feel like 1998 all over again, except now it was for the Big Gold Belt. Kane’s follow-on feud with Edge was very good as well, and Kane looked like he was back on track as a character, once more a monster who had to be outsmarted.

The next year, though, Mark Henry was on a tear as a monster, beating the living hell out of opponents, and he “broke” Kane’s leg, putting him out for months. Upon returning, Kane had new ring gear and had remasked, accentuating it with a welder’s mask that resembled the Predator. Unfortunately, remasked Kane was just cannon fodder for John Cena to open 2012. From there, he was part of a love square with himself, Daniel Bryan, CM Punk, and AJ, which eventually folded Kane and Bryan into a comic tag team that won the tag belts and brought lots of laughs during their “therapy” sessions with “Dr. Shelby.” Both men’s popularity soared in this team, but by 2013, Bryan was the runaway star, they were split once more, and so Kane became aimless, was attacked by the Wyatt Family, and went off to film See No Evil 2.

After filming, Kane returned, attacked the Wyatts on RAW, then walked up the ramp, suddenly unmasked and handed it to Stephanie McMahon. He became The Authority’s Director of Operations, strangled by proper HR guidelines, a caricature of himself. He was used as an enforcer at times to try and stop people like Daniel Bryan and the Shield. The Shield destroyed Kane, including a mauling as part of a very quick six-man tag match at Wrestlemania XXX. So, what happens? He gets remasked, Daniel Bryan has to feign horror at Kane, but promptly beats him at Extreme Rules to keep the WWE World Title. Since then, Kane “injured” Daniel Bryan to cover Bryan’s neck surgery, and has been fed to the Cena & Roman Reigns machine week after week. Cena pretends to be scared of Kane, but always beats him, no matter the situation.

By now, you’re probably wondering how a fan could stay invested in Kane. The answer is: you can’t. And that’s why Kane has to go.

I understand that WWE is hurting right now in terms of its star power. CM Punk quit in January, Daniel Bryan is on the shelf indefinitely, Brock Lesnar is part-time, and Undertaker is likely done wrestling. Many of the old stars are too old to go these days, and WWE hasn’t done a great job of making new stars (For some good insight on this, listen to former WWE Creative producer Court Bauer discuss the issue with Steve Austin here). I don’t want to rehash old arguments, but WWE’s reliance on John Cena and packaging of him as the modern version of 1980’s Hulk Hogan has not done him or them any favors. Since no one goes over on Cena, no one can build credibility with the fan base. Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, and Ryback are just a few of those who never passed a certain point because Cena gave them an inch when they needed a foot. The WWE teems with midcard wrestlers and few stars.

With a dwindled base of big names to bring in, WWE is leaning on Kane to be a monster, but anyone who has watched the product long stopped being convinced that he is. His in-ring ability is diminished, his character is stuck in Groundhog Day, and there’s no consistency to his pushes. When Kane came back with the mask, I had high hopes for one last run of the Big Red Monster, but Cena didn’t “embrace the hate,” and buried Kane. Comedy Kane with Daniel Bryan was great, but the moment he turned heel again, it lost its luster, especially with his unmasking and remasking in a six-month period. It made no sense. It was booking on the fly with no thought as to a long-term plan, and it showed.

Unfortunately, Kane has no streak to lean on, like The Undertaker. He has nowhere left with this character. A repackage wouldn’t work, because you can’t repackage something you’ve recycled four times already. I’m sure that Glenn Jacobs, the man behind the mask, loves the business and enjoys the money he makes. Since an unmasking happened, twice, you can’t exactly give him a new character, because he’d get chants of “Kane” every week. You can’t convince us he’s a monster when Roman Reigns and John Cena dispatch him with relative ease every week. You just can’t do anything with him anymore. His continued presence on TV is nothing more than treading water, and for a company that lost a third of its value in the stock market, treading water is the same as dying.

It’s time for new blood to come and bury the Demon. Let the Wyatts finish the job with him. Do it with style and grace and let it be a great storyline. But, please, bury Kane so his character can rest in peace.

What do you think? Comment below with your thoughts, opinions, feedback and anything else that was raised.

  • Sir William McCormick

    You proved your own point though. Every time Kane does something and it seems like all his momentum is gone, he comes back with something fresh and new for the character. You went through all the history and all it said to me was that Kane will overcome. Eventually, he will find something new.

    • FUTPD

      While Kane has continued to overcome, I think that time has ended. With so many incoming young guys from NXT, the roster is going to fill up. His last rebuild when he came back with the welders mask, was short lived and proved he isnt the monster he could be. Sadly he just gets fed to the main event guys. Honestly, I think the best thing to do is team him with Big Show again. Together, they are a monsterous force, but separate, they are easily beaten. They have both gone beyond the point of being able to put guys over because so many have beaten them. Almost all the main event talents (Cena, Orton, Sheamus, Reigns, Cesaro, etc) have beaten each man clean. Together though, theyd be a hell of a force to take on guys like Wyatt Family.

  • Jordan Ryan

    i agree that wyatts should end kane, some very valid points

  • Chibi Canton

    How to get a wrestler who has now lost all credibility as a threat become scary again? Let him win. Haven’t seen Kane win in all 2014.. Probably longer! Been joking that he’s essentially a main event jobber T_T.

    It was cool when he murdered DB, just have some of the current tops put him over (Except Cena, that’s not gonna happen…). That or he can go dominate the tag team division… ANYTHING, JUST MAKE KANE WIN, A LOT!

    • codys moustache

      Your right Kane is a main event jobber. What’s wrong with that?

      • Chibi Canton

        There’s a reason jobbers stay on the undercard or fall towards it, people don’t think losers are threatening.

        • codys moustache

          That makes no sense. Kane has enough history and physical presence to put over wwes chosen baby faces. That’s what he’s good for and I see nothing wrong with that. Kane emerged in the attitude era, which was a long time ago.

  • Arvind

    Poor guy. He’s probably been involved in some of the most ridiculous storylines over the years like Katie Vick, Director of Operations and Team Hell No. The guy deserves better, he’s been putting his body on the line for longer periods that HBK or The Undertaker. It’s sad to see what he’s become.

    • http://wrestlingfan.net RReigns121314

      Sideman Kane.

  • Andy Marks

    Kane was not always Kane and has gone through a lot of changes over the years even before he became Kane and is in his late 40’s.But I don’t see him retiring anytime soon.Why should he?

  • codys moustache

    I’m pretty sure Kane would have been buried alive by now had bryan not been shelved.

  • http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3769949/ thatpj

    This would have been a whole lot easier to do if Cena and the Usos hadn’t buried Wyat first. WWE is obviously missing a top heel. And they are so desperate for one they are dragging around this corpse in the top spot.

    • codys moustache

      Why do people still think wyatt was buried by cena? Bray Wyatt is Bray Wyatt, a bonified star! Fuck cena!

  • codys moustache

    Why is this writer hating on glen Jacobs. I’d like to ask the writer how well his gimmick did in wwe?

  • Austin

    Kane is one of, if not the most underutilized professional wrestlers of all time. It really is pathetic how they have treated him. He had out of this world potential and they totally squandered it. They wonder why they can’t develop talent. They can’t even use talent that is strikingly apparent.

  • Austin

    That being said, I don’t believe it is too late for him, but getting close.

    • http://wrestlingfan.net RReigns121314

      last week HHH asked for the “Demon” Kane and we got the ‘Old man’ Kane so its definately getting close. I would like to see him with new ring gear, entrance and mask though now