WWE is currently in a transitional period with top heels. With Bray Wyatt locked up with John Cena, and Cesaro still trying to find himself, the promotion almost literally broke its emergency glass case and pulled out a Kane mask.
Kane has reverted to his monster persona in the worst way. After sitting up from a flaming table bump at Extreme Rules, Kane's supernatural booking continued Monday on Raw. Kane's stalking of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella culminated in an unintentionally comical spot that saw the monster chase the newly-weds out of Albany, New York.
WWE used every horror-movie cliche at its disposal, from a car breaking down to a screaming damsel in distress. Even Kane sitting up on the garage floor was a cliche in WWE terms.
This in-show thriller suddenly makes Kane a questionable choice as a foe for newly minted champion Daniel Bryan.
According to F4WOnline (via SEScoops), Bryan's next match against Kane is rumored to be a Buried Alive match. If Bryan's first feud as WWE World Heavyweight champion is this absurd and laced with gimmicks, it has set the wrong tone initially.
According to PWInsider (via WrestlingInc), WWE officials are still skeptical on Daniel Bryan's run as champion. If Bryan's lukewarm feud against Kane fails to move the needle, officials may shift blame toward Bryan, when inept booking is the true cause.
One positive about the Kane-Bryan program is it succeeds in booking Bryan as an underdog, where he is most popular. Unfortunately, Bryan is bordering on cowardice as he continues to retreat from his opponent. As he prepared to leave the Times Union Center in Albany, Bryan turned to Brie Bella and said “I can't wait to get out of here.”
In addition to being booked as a coward, by planning to leave a wrestling show without competing, Bryan sure did sound like a heel. Talk about backwards booking.
The end of the saga between Daniel Bryan and Kane should not be too far away. The next strong heel cannot come soon enough. Bryan's strong wrestling, his greatest asset and biggest draw behind his popular “yes” chants, has taken a backseat to bad acting and dated villainy.
Time has passed the Big Red Machine by. While a Buried Alive match will continue to paint Bryan in a ridiculous light, the burial of Kane's monster gimmick is quite fitting.