If you at look at WWE today in it’s PG era there are a lot of things that you might miss. No blood, minimal (read no) profanity, and kiddish storylines where Hornswoggle triumphs over a talented and underutilized wrestler like Chavo Guerrero. Along with these things, one thing that the WWE of today truly misses out on is the concept of monster heels. The “Demonic Destroyers”. A role which was played to perfection by guys like Brock Lesnar.
Yes, we do have Randy Orton and Batista but I’m talking about guys who used to be so good at destruction that their mere presence was enough to send chills up and down their opponent’s spines. And they didn’t have to employ underhanded tactics in order to topple their opponents. There is one guy, still a part of the WWE roster, who played this role better than no one. And yet, due to utter lack of sight on the part of the WWE creative team, he has been relegated to the status of a “jobber to the superstars”. I’m talking about the Big Red Machine- Kane.
When Kane made his debut at Badd Blood 1997 by ripping off the cell door and costing his “brother” the Undertaker the first ever hell in a cell match, it was one of the most fresh things that the WWE had ever done. His daunting structure was enough to scare the daylights out of his opponents. And the best thing about him was that he made it look believable. His epic First Blood match with Stone Cold Steve Austin is testimony to his in ring ability. He was made the WWE champion for one night only, but even after that he made his presence felt in a strong manner in the years that followed. He dominated The Royal Rumble match year after year and still holds the record for the most eliminations in a single Rumble match.
Although he had only one world title reign, and that too lasted only for one night, Kane played the monster’s role to perfection. His tag team with RVD was just too awesome. Everything was going smoothly and whenever Kane was put into the world title picture, he seemed like a legitimate threat to the champion.
Then came 2003. The creative team decided to drop a bomb on the Pro wrestling world by unmasking Kane. I still believe it was one of the biggest mistake WWE ever made. They just dropped the ball on Kane and after his psychopathic “avtar” was over by way of defeat on the hands of the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XX, he was put in pathetic storylines such as threatening lita to have sex with him, and a pathetic “till death do us part” match with Matt Hardy. Whatever they did just failed to work. He did have some awesome matches in between, like the World title match with Chris Benoit at Badd Blood 2004 but these were very few in number.
The WWE could have rectified this mistake. They had a chance. When the “Imposter Kane” appeared on RAW and attacked the “Real Kane”, I thought that the idea was to have “Real Kane” lose to the imposter one and have him remasked. But the creative dropped the ball bigtime, once again.
Now the scenario is like this- from being one of the most destructive men to ever step foot in the squared circle, from being one of the most potent challengers for the world title, today’s Kane is not even a threat to the no. 1 contender’s spot, forget about the world title. He deserves more than being put in awful matches with Khali, and certainly more than being relegated to the status of a glorified jobber. He truly deserves one final push before he decides to hang up his boots for good. But at this stage of his career, it seems highly unlikely.
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