As someone who rallies against Shane McMahon in a wrestling role on WWE television, you might expect that I would be down on the return of a 50-year-old Glenn Jacobs as Kane on last night’s edition of Raw.
You’d be wrong. And I have very clear reasons why.
If you missed it, Kane returned to WWE last night for the first time in almost one year. He came up through the ring during a steel cage match between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman, and cost Reigns the match. It was then announced, by the Miz, that Kane would join his team to take on the Shield at TLC this Sunday on WWE Network.
So why is a 50-year-old Kane returning OK but a 47-year-old Shane McMahon isn’t? Well, for starters, Kane was a wrestler and Shane McMahon is the son of the owner who has had the opportunity to play fantasy amp on more than one occasion.
Kane wears a mask and age doesn’t matter to that character. Kane has a long backstory within the context of WWE television for the past 20 years. He’s been well established. He’s on the road every weekend (when he was on the active roster).
Kane also has a solid storyline. Remember, Roman Reigns appeared to retire the Undertaker at WrestleMania. Who is Undertaker’s storyline brother? Kane.
You might argue that’s similar to Shane vs. Kevin Owens, where Shane was defending the honor of his fallen father, Vince McMahon, but I would argue that this is storyline is better. It’s not forced, it fell naturally.
Kane won’t be around for long. He’s in the middle of a campaign for mayor in his Tennessee hometown. But for now, as a stopgap, it should be a fun storyline for a few weeks.
Jason Jordan, Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews beat Elias, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
What a random match. I’m sorry, but I don’t get why this was booked whatsoever. There was no backstory to the match and they didn’t seem to be setting anything up coming out of it. It was a match that was just lost in the middle of nowhere.
Cedric Alexander beat Jack Gallagher
For a Cruiserweight match that didn’t really have anything behind it, this was a fun match with a fun finish. The crowd was surprisingly into it.
Sasha Banks beat Alicia Fox
This feels like time filler. Honestly, Sasha is good, but this match wasn’t worth anything because they’ve done nothing (on cable TV) with Alicia Fox. Not to mention Sashsa beat her last week.
Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose beat Sheamus & Cesaro
After what they’ve featured to this point on the show, this match feels like a WrestleMania main event. They’ve had better matches, overall, but I think this match was still really good and it made me look more forward to the TLC match on Sunday.
The crowd has been hot for the Shield for two months, going back to Rollins and Ambrose reuniting.
Mickie James & Bayley beat Alexa Bliss & Emma
Bliss taking the loss heading into the pay per view makes booking sense, giving the audience the idea that she might lose the title. But, if you’ve followed WWE for long enough, you know that it usually means Bliss will retain on Sunday.
Braun Strowman beat Roman Reigns in a steel cage match — Miz’s team gets five members on Sunday
The match, even before Kane’s return, was good. Reigns had a bigger babyface reaction that I would have expected.
The stipulation here was that if Strowman won, Miz’s team would get to have five members against the Shield on Sunday.