Kane's journey through WWE has been astonishing.
He's seen moments of glory and joy. He's seen moments of pure, uncut sadness and despair. He's made impacts on all of our lives and impressed us in countless ways.
Many people herald the Undertaker as a Phenom, as he's had some of the most memorable moments in WWE history. Kane may be a younger extension/imitation of that, but to underestimate Kane's value as an in-ring storyteller and character is a huge mistake.
Thus, what can we make from this new promo? It's only 30 seconds, but there's a lot to examine.
For instance, the mask is on fire. Are we to believe that Kane's mask getting set on fire is a way of showing us that the past is turned to ash and will never be again? Or will he once again wear a mask of flame to hide himself? Truthfully, while I don't see WWE going in this direction, there is some valid psychological evidence to suggest it would be logical.
Before his newest injury, kayfabe or not, Kane vowed to kill his humanity and was stopped by Orton. Donning the mask again could be an attempt to revert back to familiar moments in his life, much like a serial criminal, in order to feel some sort of peaceful satisfaction.
Most wrestlers need to feel such things in order to be focused enough to win matches, don't they? It would make Kane even more demented that he would revert back to some form of past or childhood as a result of countless failures, but it's certainly something that happens to thousands of people every day in reality.
Maybe that's exactly what Kane needs to reenergize his victory column.
Then again, what of the rest of the promo? Aside from the mask, the other images of Kane show either a hood or a towel over his head, but not necessarily covering his face. In the shadow that stretches across the wall at :10, it appears as if a large man is wearing a robe or cloak. I don't remember Kane ever wearing garments like that.
When he punches the glass at :17, we can see a glove on his hand, with buttons or studs around the wrist. It resembles Undertaker's old school gloves, but with Undertaker yet to return, perhaps Kane's wearing them instead.
Hopefully, this promo and the other promo shown last night with the child aren't one in the same person. That promo spoke of a familiar force returning to claim what was his on January 2, 2012, and is followed by the message "It Begins."
This promo, however, clearly about Kane. What we can gleam from his past suggests so much, and yet being so distressed along his life, it's so hard to tell what Kane could be in store for Kane upon his return.
Rumors reported on this site are suggesting he'll make his return at the Royal Rumble, however that is yet to be seen.
For now, we should think hard about what Kane could be up to and what he plans to do when he gets back.