The days of masked Kane are now over.
Kane returned in a suit and tie. I never thought I’d see the “Devil’s Favorite Demon” go corporate. I’m dumbfounded and can’t believe it!
Kane returned after being absent for two months to take out the Wyatt Family and The Miz at Hell in A Cell. He then defeated Miz the next night on Raw, which prompted Stephanie McMahon to come out and invite Kane to join “The Authority.” Kane accepted, took off his mask and walked off to the back of the stage.
The November 4 edition of Raw saw Kane, who again returned in a suit, be named director of operations by Triple H. Now Kane has control in the WWE Universe, power he’s never had before.
We need to ponder a bit. “What does this mean for Kane and the WWE? Will the monster show up again, or will this new persona take place?” Regardless, Kane’s new direction is the only place left for his character to grow.
What else was he supposed to do? Kane cannot revert back to his old ways. How many times have we seen the Big Red Machine tear through the WWE roster? The answer is countless times.
Since his debut on October 5, 1997, Kane, as monster, made a name for himself in becoming that Red Monster, whether he wore the mask or not. His feuds with his brother, The Undertaker, and even bouts with Shane McMahon displayed his monster’s fury.
However, let’s take a look at the big picture. This is the first time Kane takes off the mask willingly. In fact, he wants to show his face. That speaks volumes for a character who used to hide his face because he believed it was mangled and hideous.
So what makes this look unique? It isn’t when you compare Kane’s to the other wrestlers who wore suits and sold out. The difference is based on his history.
Granted, the administration is already top-heavy. Brad Maddox and Vickie Guerrero are the figureheads of Raw and SmackDown, respectively. Kane fits as a bridge between Triple H and the general managers, which works so well for his conditioning.
It’s no secret Kane is slowing down. The WWE put him with Daniel Bryan for almost a year to save his durability. It worked, with Kane now playing a possible pivotal role in The Authority’s storyline. He can wrestle whenever he wants, while displaying his underrated promo abilities.
A murky path awaits the WWE with Kane in charge. What can we expect: intrigue, excitement, turmoil? Frankly, the Big Red Monster’s new direction couldn’t have come at a better time for the WWE.