Kane Is an Underrated Asset for WWE in a Twilight of His Career
January 31, 2015 - WWE
As Kane‘s career winds down, a WWE fan’s healthy bent is to take him for granted.
After all, there are fresher faces charging adult a ranks. Other stars have flashier moves, younger legs and a destiny lined with promise.
As Kane valid again Thursday night, though, he’s an useful square of a WWE puzzle. He’s a solid hand, a go-to maestro and, during this point, a wrestler used to rouse others. Fans saw that all on arrangement in an interesting Casket compare opposite Daniel Bryan.
Going with Bryan vs. Kane nonetheless again was distant from a stirring choice. Not usually have we seen those rivals strife some-more mostly than Jerry Lawler creates a “dad joke,” yet we have watched Kane combat in WWE for 20 years now.
Of course, he is slower, comparison and positively not as intimidating after trade his facade for business slacks. That hasn’t stopped him from being one of a company’s many consistent performers.
WWE has a resources of programming any week, from Raw to SmackDown, Main Event to Superstars. It needs healthy, gifted group to contest night in and night out. Kane has finished that and continues to do that notwithstanding sketch closer to 50 years old.
Since 1999, there have usually been dual years where he has not competed in during slightest 100 matches. He only missed that mark, too. In 2002, he seemed in 97 bouts. In 2011, he was a partial of 96 matches.
That gait hasn’t slowed in his mid-40s either. He has averaged 153 matches a year over a final 3 years. In 2014, WWE called on him 137 times.
Even during 47, he outworked a series of large names with that compare total.
Total matches in 2014:
- The Miz: 133
- Big Show: 130
- Sin Cara: 129
- Randy Orton: 125
- Mark Henry: 72
One of Kane’s biggest contributions now is that he is a wrestling homogeneous of a ball pitcher who cooking innings. Management knows it can block him in time and time again to turn out a card.
Surprisingly, his physique is holding adult improved than many of his younger peers, even with all that work.
Kane does not skip large chunks of time with injuries. He is distant reduction informed with a surgeon’s list than group 15 years younger than him.
Take final year for example. In serve to CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio not being around, WWE had to make adult for a fact that Roman Reigns was out after hernia surgery. He was distant from alone, though.
The list of group who sat on a infirm list in 2014 is lengthy: Bo Dallas, Ryback, Darren Young, Sheamus, Mark Henry, Zack Ryder, Fernando, Santino Marella, Bad News Barrett and Bryan.
That’s a lot of ring time to make up. And Kane helped do that by being a consistent participation that he has been for years.
WWE also needs him to put guys over. Fans saw that in movement many recently on Thursday’s SmackDown.
Bryan indispensable a large win. The association had to wish to give him a drastic impulse after a recoil over him not winning a Royal Rumble. WWE called on Kane again.
Kane is positively someone whom Bryan has degraded in a past, yet knocking off a former universe champion and destiny Hall of Famer still has weight. How many of those does WWE have fibbing around?
And it’s not as if a association is going to ask Cena or Triple H to distortion down for Bryan’s sake, not on an partial of SmackDown. WWE indispensable Kane to fill that purpose and he did, yet not with his name alone.
He and Bryan put on a peculiarity bout. It teemed with torment as both group teetered during a casket’s open mouth.
After some fun back-and-forth action, Bryan won, relocating on to whatever WWE has designed for him.
Add that to a prolonged list of good bouts. As we saw on SmackDown, Kane is still producing after all these years.
Over a final 3 years, he has gathered a good collection of matches that Dave Meltzer has rated aloft than 3.5 stars in a Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t ProFightDB.com).
Star Rating (Out of 5)
Money in a Bank 2012
Money in a Bank Ladder match
Survivor Series 2012
Team Ziggler vs. Team Foley
The Shield vs. Team Hell No and Ryback
Elimination Chamber 2013
Elimination Chamber match
Extreme Rules 2014
Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
Money in a Bank 2014
Ladder compare for WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Survivor Series 2014
Team Authority vs. Team Cena
Wrestling Observer Newsletter, around ProFightDB.com
Several of those bouts concerned a lot of bodies. He’s a consistent champion WWE can chuck into these forms of frays.
And for a many part, he ends them on his back, examination someone else celebrate.
Bryan is only a latest Superstar to benefit a boost from knocking off Kane several times. The Big Red Machine is during a theatre in his career where he won’t be severe for any titles, yet he has adequate name energy that a feat over him has significance.
Slaying a gray-haired dragon is still dragon-slaying.
When WWE indispensable a approach to boost Reigns, to yield with him movement en track to a SummerSlam conflict with Randy Orton, it incited to Kane. Reigns got a wilful win in a Last Man Standing compare opposite him on Raw.
During 2014, Kane also fell to Chris Jericho, The Shield, Big Show, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler and Cena. Someone needs to take these waste to improved others. The large male did that plenty.
He gathered 125 defeats in 2014.
So many of his Attitude Era peers have possibly late or are semi-retired. Kane remains a large partial of a WWE plan. He hovers around a categorical eventuality scene, stability to furnish peculiarity matches even as his primary gets serve in a rear-view mirror.
Fans might have shifted their love to younger talent, yet a association has to know only how critical Kane is. He’s a roster’s glue, a profitable square in a everlasting nonplus that is WWE booking.
All compare statistics from CageMatch.net unless differently noted.