it has happened! Took me totally by surprise, and I guess
that was MEANT to be . . . the WWE, KANE and his
surrounding fellows, Mr. Jacobs et al, did a magnificent
job of keeping this turn of events under wraps.
Last week blew through so quickly I had to wonder if I'd
actually fast forwarded through life for seven days -
LOL. And each day KANE and what was to become of
him was on my mind. It seems I was not alone . . .
I expected as much from Kanenites, but was tickled to see
the smark boards trying to get the jump on a scoop of
what the Madison Square Garden event would reveal.
Remeinds me of those TV stories where they script and
leak a number of different endings, just to keep the
hounds from ruining the element of surprise for the
viewing audience. Except for perceiving there was
NO way Trips was gonna let another waist don 'his' title
(And I truly believe that belt was made especially for
him, hence the reason it was HANDED to him early on in
the Brand Split), NO ONE got the 'scoop'! I read so
many different scenario possibilities, some of which I
liked ~ some of which made me wonder if the previous wwe
writing team members were behind them, I was positively
teeming with excitement a hour before last nights show -
just imagine what KANE was going through!!!
The decision to lose the mask (AND the hair) HAD to be
one that KANE/Mr. Jacobs grappled with - monumental on so
many levels, it was not something to be taken
lightly. Would the fans accept this change?
Would the Kanenites? Would this truly allow for a
revival of character? How far could he take it? WAS
he brutal looking enough without the demonic domino to
keep the MONSTER image alive?
GAWD! And on top of that, he had to pull out all stops
and wrestle Trips, KNOWING he was, in reality, taking on
three men instead of one. And accolades, accolades,
accolades! ~ Kane showed WHY he is still one of the
biggest draws in the WWE, and ALWAYS a fan
favorite. He gave one of the most difficult and one
of the best performances in his carreer! He SHONE as
bright as any star on that roster - BRIGHTER! I
can't get out of my mind the part where he's cleared the
ring of all but Robb, who sits on the mat watching him -
Kane lifts his arms, about to bring up the pyros, a HUGE
gleaming grin covers the lower half of his face... he
stops, the grin slowly fades as the arms look to be
losing rigidity - through the immense satisfaction of
trouncing Evolu-shun, he remembers . . . MAN
I love this guy!
KANE is anything BUT a joke in my berg of
Kanenites. Never have been able to sit through a
Kane showing, flinching from his fires, screaming for him
to demolish his foes, jumping up and down as he moves and
works - and cry stale. Yeah, for some time he
seemed to be in a rut, seeming to be in a crazy
performance loop that had him reliving the same moves and
outcome night after night - mostly with the same players
. . . occassionaly with different faces sprinkled
in. I myself attribute this time glitch to the
cosmos wanting him to completely heal from his serious
injury so as not to cause further damamge and have to
deprive us of his presence even longer. It took
years to build the awesome specimen of a body he has,
four months was never enough time to RE-build bruised and
displaced muscle and tissue. In the mean time, Kane STILL
went into the ring and grappled like it was the first
time he'd met those opponents, or dealt with the
dilemnas. His fans still looked for him, still
cheered him on - ooed and awed at his in ring exploits,
and still celebrated when he won. But, like most of
us, Kane needed, and it seems, WANTED to grow - just as
he has since his inception and world debut. This he
portrayed BEFORE Bischoff issued his stipulation.
BTW ~ I'm tickled with the notion that KANE got a hair
cut while RAW was in full swing! LOL In the
backstage shot where he was pulling - almost viciously -
on some locks, you can SEE that is HIS real hair.
It isn't until Kane is stalking down the ramp that the
hair looks different - straighter, fuller underneath
where KANE keeps it shorn short. I thought he was trying
to make it look more like Nash's - yeah, I held out
for a switcheroo - and had NO thought that he was bustin'
cerebral ass all over the ring and arena with a WIG on!!!
I was shocked at the conclusion - NOT of him not winning,
though I wanted that VERY much . . . I truly believe that
belt is grafted onto Trips' waist. . . nor with the fact that
Trips had to play any part in this monumentous event in
Kane's life ~ otherwise the WWE'd HAVE to attribute
the increase in viewership and crowd activity to someone
else ~ but with Kane unmasking. As I said, I was
a hold out for the switcheroo scenario. I wanted
Kane to make the decision to unmask on HIS terms, not
because he'd been ordered to. The hair loss threw
me for a loop so wide it could have lassoed Texas!
Mixed thoughts left me a jangle of feeling - DAYUM!!!
Hadn't he said recently the mask would stay? Ahhhh
- yes and he also said " . . . anything can happen .
WARNING!!! Unpopular thoughts start here . . .
I am totally behind this next stage in Kane's life!
I'm a deep-seated believer in the WWE and Mr. Jacobs
putting a great deal of thought and time into this,
bringing it to life slowly, as they had the whole KANE
character. Kane's noticible actions previous to this
event, the skin discoloration, absence of hair on the
head and face where fire had once ravaged, tufts of hair
atop then full at back, swelling in tissue where fluid
will gather - even after so long . . . all make for a
very plausible look for a young burn victim that has
grown into manhood. That the WWE want us to believe
that Kane has been wrestling in a wig for the past near
six years ~ when just a few months earlier Batista
removed his mask and held it up - SANS wig, and a little
over a year before, nWo removed his mask with long
tendrils of hair caught in it, still FIRMLY rooted to
Kane's head ~ is just another display of their
miscalculation of fans' mental capacity and attention
He doesn't look goofy - or like a baby-face. He's
scarred and tortured . . . face and soul.
"When I was a child, everybody stared at me.
Pointed. They screamed, and they laughed, and I hated
them for it. I hated the World, but I hated myself. I
hated what I was. So I tried to hide it with this mask.
That way, I wouldn't hear your screams, or your laughter,
or feel your pity."
I can visualize the face and head we saw last night,
younger - when the scarring was fresher, more pronounced
- and the reaction he perceived from those around
him. He's believable, and I can FEEL his pain -
mental, spiritual and physical; I can understand and
empathize with his rage; I can taste his desire to be
accepted, to be released from the prison of awful
difference erected by others and perpetuated at his own
hand; I support his decision to move forward, the world
and it's judgements be damned.
Kane dead? Had they unmasked him any other way -
had they allowed Evolu-shun to debase him, or Bischoff or
anyone esle . . . had they NOT added the element of RVD
in the position of a friend who stuck by giving support
in any way he could . . . had they had Kane unmask with
shame in his posture - I'd have said yes. Instead
KANE chose to unmask. It was painful to watch, I
daresay for RVD it was painful to be at hand. But Kane
did so defiantly, errupting in a deeper rage at having to
do so. Hearing the gasps, seeing the cringes of
those near him in the ring before they made a hasty
retreat, fueled his blazing fury to inferno heights - the
man-monster bent on ferociously unleashing his inner
turmoil and pain using his power and might has been
There are so many avenues this sequence of events can
take. SOOO many storylines that can be
written. Kane/Mr. Jacobs took steps to launch into
a deeper aspect of his character and life, in keeping
with the history of his character's storyline, the only
limitations being the WWE creative writing team, and the
fans - those of professional wrestling in general, and
his. While I have every faith that KANE fans will
continue to follow, support and push for the character
Kane - no matter which direction he takes on his 'chosen'
path, I'm not so sure about the 'creative' writers who've
dropped the ball on Kane so many times I've wondered if
they were duck-pin bowling instead of trying to score
winning pitches. I fervently hope this newer team
can step up to the plate and allow KANE the forum he so
very much deserves.
As a Kane fan, I've been demanding more exposure for him,
more storylines that have face, more of him as the raging
monster of destruction - I see that's what I'm
getting with the potential for far more to come.
I've always looked forward to watching Kane - on TV and
live. NOW, I'm bursting with excitement and
rejuvenated with interest in watching Kane's continued
strides toward the top.