Cody Rhodes and Kane have the trappings for a great feud, if the WWE would let them.
With the background to a feud already in place and the styles of each man clashing perfectly, this battle could be classic.
The roots of the feud go back to the November 14 edition of WWE Main Event. During the tag team championship match between Team Hell No and Team Rhodes Scholars, Rhodes himself was flipped off Kane’s back.
Rhodes went high and, after what looked like overcompensation, landed hard on his should, head and upper back.
The result? A grade 1 torn deltoid, grade 2 torn trapezius and a separated shoulder. He was lucky. According to Bodybuilding.com, these were mild and moderate injuries, but injuries nonetheless.
Rhodes missed Survivor Series, as well as several weeks of action, before returning in December.
Since returning, the WWE has not capitalized on the potential of this feud. Team Rhodes Scholars, Damien Sandow and Rhodes, has been booked in a series of bouts with Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara.
Since his recovery, Rhodes has only been in the ring three times with Kane. Two times were in tag team bouts, one of those being for the tag team titles. The only singles bout between the two was on Raw, which saw Kane pinning Rhodes.
Both men are opposites in terms of wrestling style. Kane is a pure brawler who almost never pulls off scientific holds. Rhodes is the other way.
But there are two different ways to pair feuding wrestlers: Similar styles or opposite styles. Both ways work to produce great matches and feuds.
Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior were both simple-move guys. Their feud headlined WrestleMania VI.
The same can be said about Sheamus and Big Show, two straight brawlers who just love hitting people.
Also consider the flip side.
Bryan and Show had an intense feud over the world title at the beginning of 2012. Kofi Kingston and Wade Barrett have done the same over the Intercontinental belt.
Rhodes and Kane fall on this flip side. A feud properly built around the Rhodes injury could fuel anger-filled matches that swing back and forth in momentum, keeping fans on their feet.
Sadly, it doesn't seem likely that they can have an individual feud while still engaged in their respective tag teams.
In order for the two to epically clash there would have to be no one else. No Sandow. No Bryan.
As the months slip by and the teams come closer to an inevitable Royal Rumble clash, the shock of Rhodes' injury will fade. At that point it would become moot for Rhodes to pursue Kane.
Rhodes' tout to Sandow while he was injured, urging his partner to stay focused on the larger goal (which included a dart board with Kane's picture), has been the only sign of any ill feelings toward The Big Red Machine.
This is too bad. As great as Team Rhodes Scholars has been with Team Hell No, Rhodes versus Kane could be a great feud too.