The Big Red Machine has something of a special relationship with the Royal Rumble match, holding two records as of today.
The first is most eliminations in a single rumble match. In 2001, Kane took out 11 other wrestlers during January's 30-man spectacular (think about that for a moment, he eliminated one-third of the people who took part in the contest).
The list includes Grand Master Sexay, Steve Blackman, Al Snow, Raven, Saturn, Honky Tonk Man, Tazz, Crash Holly, Albert, Scotty 2 Hotty and The Rock. In reality, he only eliminated one big name but was booked how a monster is meant to be in this type of match. He was unstoppable.
Kane used the momentum from this milestone achievement to have one of his best years as a competitor in WWE. Later that year he won the hardcore championship, three tag team championships and the Intercontinental title.
Before I mention Kane's second Rumble record, let me bring up the one I feel he should break.
In 2010, Shawn Michaels set the most cumulative eliminations record by taking his tally up to 41. In official WWE records, Kane has 38 (technically he has 39 because he got one as Issac Yankem but WWE ignore the fact he is the same person for obvious reasons).
Kane would only need to eliminate four men to set the new record. It wouldn't even have to be anyone major, yet the WWE could market it to give Kane one final major push. It is unlikely that he is going to last much longer and one final run could be the perfect farewell for one of the WWE's most loyal employees.
Its also not like Shawn Michaels needs the record anymore. Kane being a masked monster has had a harder time leaving a sustainable legacy in the WWE.
For a long time he was recognised as the guy with a 24-hour WWE title reign. Breaking this third Rumble record allows him to leave behind just a little bit more for a wrestler who spent many of his early years with terrible gimmicks (Christmas Creature, look it up).
It looks like this year will not allow him to achieve this as I bring you to Kane's second Rumble record.
Did you know that the Big Red Monster has been in every Royal Rumble since 1999? He holds the record for most consecutive appearances. It looks to be unlucky 13, however, since Kane is preoccupied with John Cena this year.
While it is not impossible to see Kane competing twice in one night, it's unlikely. The match between Cena and Kane promises to be a brutal confrontation with WWE's own Superman going against his personal doomsday.
I am expecting the match to end in a no contest and a fair amount of weapon usage to keep both men fairly excluded from that evening's main event. They will need to sell the gruelling nature of the match unless Kane is going to dominate.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not completely ruling out Kane's chance of competing in the match and breaking HBK's elimination record, but I just feel the chances are slim.
The best way to do it if WWE were to go ahead would be to have the Kane vs. Cena match open the event (a radical idea considering Cena is the biggest star in the company) and then allow Kane to enter the Rumble late on. Cena could possibly interfere after Kane has made four eliminations to allow their fight to carry on to Elimination Chamber.
This way the two could put on a gruelling match at the start of the night and still make appearances at the end without stretching the boundaries of our beliefs (which is saying a lot for a feud involving a guy with magic fire powers).
Allowing Kane this prestige could do wonders for him and open up a grand twilight to his career. In my opinion, WWE owe him at least one more major run.