Join Date: May 2010
Location: Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Looking back at 2010s Kane
I wanted to talk a bit with my fellow Kane fans (or people who don't dislike him, at least) about a couple of things that bothers me of how he's been managed in this decade.
In my opinion, one of the things that distinguish Kane is how he tweaks himself every few years, even if he's still the same twisted Big Red Monster, in both character and appearance. From 1997-2010 I think all of us know what I'm talking about: he had a ton of different attires, his promos evolved a lot, etc.
And in 2011-2019 he went from the Resurrected masked Kane to Corporate Kane, then Corporate/Demon and now just Demon Kane (and Mayor Glenn Jacobs, of course). And while from a character point of view that's OK, I think WWE have failed at the presentation these last years. I'll explain myself.
When he returned as masked Kane at the end of 2011, the stitches of his attire made sense. He was supposed to have been 'resurrected', so the autopsy stitches were a cool attempt at relating this newer masked Kane to that transformation the character had lived. They didn't looked that great actually, but at least try tried to give it that consistent, nice touch. The mask looked good to me, too.
But that attire overstayed his welcome. A lot. By 2012 he presented a variation of it that lasted until ¿2018? So from 2011 to 2017 he wore basically the same attire, with little few changes. Most of that time, the 'resurrected' gimmick was already forgotten. It also never looked too good: in comparison to Kane's old attire, it always looked a bit cheap.
And why do I think that's somehow relevant? Because when a character is stale, a good and easy way to freshen them a little is changing his attire. A good example would be his return against Reigns that led to his involvement with Strowman and Lesnar. When he returned in fall 2017, he had a new remix of his theme but because how he had the exact same attire he had when he was jobbing against Reigns every single week, it felt like "same old, same old". Even if it's a stupid, little thing, changing his attire would have help him look renewed.
Then in 2018 he debuted this new attire with the little flames. It doesn't look too bad but he just started using it in a random show. If he's going to change his attire, it should be a way to show us this is a "new", "more dangerous", "renovated" Kane. Not a change that happen randomly.
I feel like I'm rambling. And it's true. My point is: many fans have been feeling that Kane has been stale this decade. And while some people will surely think that a 50 years old performer who has been around the last 22 years is bound to be stale and should retire, I think WWE didn't do enough to keep his main gimmick fresh. Look at the mask: the last one he has wore has been used for too many years and it doesn't even look that good. It seems to be some cheap, soft plastic that a lot of times doesn't even properly adjust to his face. Compare that with old Kane, that kept changing his appearance and always looked imposing.
So, in my mind, he should have changed his appearance, at the very least, when returned in October 2017. And probably when before Team Hell No and when he became Corporate/Demon. The metal studs he has used before, or adding some black to his mask and some more red to his attire, etc, would've made him look better.
Also, I think the nicknames WWE have give to him don't work. The Big Red Monster and The Big Red Machine have always define the character. Calling him sadistic, twisted, demented or demonic is enough. "The Devil's Favourite Demon" and "Demon Kane" are things that add nothing and never felt truly right to him.