Kane is dead.
Well, not really, but you know? He has made a career as the (storyline) younger brother of Undertaker, an undead creature of the night who has come to be known almost affectionately as The Deadman.
Kane’s feuds with Undertaker over the years have always had a supernatural feel to them. Inferno matches, Buried Alive matches, Casket matches.
One cannot mention Kane's career without talking about The Undertaker. And the theme of death between these two immortal characters certainly isn’t subtle.
But following his loss to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania XXX, the first loss Undertaker has ever suffered at the event, and a multitude of surgeries, the writing on the wall suggests Undertaker’s wrestling career is over.
Around that time, Kane seemed to be well into a rebirth of sorts. As a member of The Authority, Kane traded in his mask, body suit and “Big Red Machine” persona for a suit and a tie.
Assuming the mantle of director of operations, Corporate Kane was actually truer to political enthusiast Glenn Jacobs (Kane’s real name). As a result, Kane played the role of a menacing suit seamlessly.
Which Kane would you rather see?
Kane quickly reverted back to being a monster, however, when newly crowned WWE World Heavyweight champion Daniel Bryan was in need of a heel opponent. The feud was cut short due to Bryan’s injury, and Kane has been a glorified bridesmaid in the WWE title picture since.
Kane acted as Randy Orton’s henchman last month during the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder match, which saw John Cena capture his 15th world championship.
Sunday at Battleground, rising tensions between Kane and Orton led to him taking the pinfall in the Fatal 4-Way main event, also won by Cena.
The following night, Kane laid down again, this time for Roman Reigns, who benefited from Kane’s continued dissension with Orton.
According to F4WOnline (via Marc Middleton of WrestlingInc), the SummerSlam card is 75 percent booked. John Cena and Brock Lesnar was announced to end Monday’s Raw. Based on other developments, the top matches will likely feature Brie Bella vs. Stephanie McMahon, Roman Reigns vs. Randy Orton, Chris Jericho vs. Bray Wyatt, Paige vs. AJ Lee and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins.
With WWE focusing on singles matches to sell one of its biggest pay-per-views of the year, Kane does not fit anywhere into this picture. In the realm of SummerSlam, Kane’s character is all but dead.
But with the recent departure of Vickie Guerrero, Kane suddenly becomes an intriguing candidate as general manager of Raw.
Given his ties to The Authority, it would make complete sense for the stable to award him with this position in order to keep the power within WWE’s evil empire.
Kane’s exclusion from a meaningful SummerSlam program while portraying a monster will reflect poorly on the character. But as an authority figure and part-time wrestler, Glenn Jacobs can and will be reborn.