Following Extreme Rules this Sunday, it might be best for Kane if he takes an extended break from his WWE duties.
While “Corporate Kane” may have sounded like an interesting idea when it came about last year, it never really panned out.
Ideally, fans should have been treated to wacky comedy segments of the new corporate executive stalking the Stamford offices and terrifying employees into staying off YouTube and working harder. “We literally have the boss from Hell,” one frightened office worker would whisper to his friend as they both hid under a desk.
Or how about Kane holding motivational meetings?
"Guys, I want you all to succeed. I really do. But know this: If the numbers in your division don't go up this year, I'm going to fire some people. And I don't mean releasing you from your contract. I mean, I'll set someone on fire like I did to Jim Ross all those years ago."
Come on, it practically writes itself.
Alas, WWE chose not to go that route. Instead, Kane stuck to coming out and repeating The Authority’s orders. The whole thing was rather dull—honestly, he was just a more boring version of himself.
The return of masked Kane hasn’t helped matters.
It doesn’t make him any scarier or threatening like WWE must have been hoping. The mask has been on and off so many times over the past decade that it has ceased to be relevant anymore.
Another issue is that Kane just isn’t a very good challenger for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
After Bryan’s heavily hyped historic title win at WrestleMania XXX, his program with “The Big Red Machine” has come off as an anticlimax.
Truthfully, Kane has always been better as a midcard act.
And after years and years of one ridiculous storyline after another (Who knew the Katie Vick saga wouldn’t even be the weirdest wrestling angle he was involved in when all was said and done?), it’s extremely difficult to take him seriously as a main event attraction.
The midcard is simply a better place for him. He can still be relevant but not the main focus of the show.
The match at Extreme Rules will likely be fine—it’s hard to have a bad match with Bryan—but it probably won’t be on the same level as the WrestleMania Triple Threat or Bryan’s match with Bray Wyatt at the Royal Rumble in January. Kane just doesn’t have it in him anymore.
So a sabbatical from television is in order for Kane following his (presumed) loss at Extreme Rules.
Not only would this give him some much-deserved vacation time, but it would also give the WWE creative team some extra time to figure out just where to take his character from here.
It would serve to help curb his overexposure too. Fans will likely give him a warm welcome upon his return. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, after all.
Hopefully, WWE does something soon—before fans really start resenting the 47-year-old being plastered all over television.