Through Hellfire and Brimstone: The Return of the Big Red Machine

Zach DuncanContributor IJune 5, 2010

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  ECW Champion Kane walks to the ring during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)
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Well, it's been a long time since I have written anything, but I feel something historic happened on Friday's Smackdown and I thought I would throw in my two cents.

First of all, I would like to say that I am a huge fan of both of the Brothers of Destruction, and while the Undertaker never leaves me disappointed, I have been rather upset on how poorly a veteran like Kane has been treated in recent years.

It seems like ever since Kane lost his mask, he has been pinned with crappy storyline after crappy storyline. Sure there have been a couple ok storylines, like the Imposter Kane and his battle with the Undertaker at Wrestlemania XX, but the majority have been terrible or could have been good but were handled terribly.

Anybody remember his marriage to Lita? Or his feud with Rey Mysterio that made absolutely no sense and saw the near 7-footer lose to the "Ultimate Underdog" at every confrontation? And recently, Kane has not had a storyline whatsoever.

These horrendous uses of talent have led many fans to label Kane as a jobber, and left me to only shake my head.

Now, with the recent injury to the Undertaker due to Mysterio's knee brace, Kane has finally been given a good storyline and a much-needed push.

At the beginning of the show, Kane informed the audience that the Deadman is most likely no more, and in a chilling promo he called for vengeance against those responsible, showing everyone that when given the chance he can be a great talker.

In the past few months, Kane has been shown completely out of character, from being part of a promo with Triple H and Macgruber to being a friendly tag team partner to Mysterio, but with a vow of cruel vengeance never before seen and to send the person responsible to hell, it seems that the sadistic monster of the past is back.

Of course, the Big Red Machine wasn't able to end the show on the same high note that he started it with, losing yet again to Rey Mysterio in a battle royal to determine who would take the Undertaker's vacated spot at Fatal Fourway (kind of odd that the guy who injured the Undertaker would get his spot, isn't it?).

But that does not mean his crusade for vengeance has ended short. If anything, Mysterio looks even more guilty than before, which means that Kane may continue to go after him.

Even if Rey didn't do it, Kane may still be able to redeem himself against the high flyer and then he will move on to the next victim, and possibly a championship.

More good news about this storyline is its edginess. This angle, in my opinion, has a very Attitude-era feel to it, similar to when Stone Cold Steve Austin was hunting down whoever hit him with a car (which turned out to be Triple H).

This could not have happened at a better time for the WWE as many people are growing tired of its PG rating and unoriginal stories.

Of course, the WWE has failed to capitalize on bringing back some Attitude-era edginess, like the once again late ECW and of course Kane's ECW championship reign where he promised to be more extreme than anyone has ever seen before.

Hopefully, the WWE does not fail to capitalize on this golden opportunity to add some more Attitude to its product and to throw one of its longest running current superstars back into the midcard or even the main event picture.