No Turning Back for Corporate Kane
by, 11-11-2013 at 07:19 AM (10587 Views)
Ok this is my first blog, so please be gentle guys !!
There are times when the WWE pulls a move that genuinely shocks you, The Ultimate Warrior pinning Hogan cleanly at Wrestlemania 6, Steve Austin turning heel at the height of his powers during the WCW/ECW invasion angle, and John Cena taking on the Rock in a once in a lifetime match……………………again ! Sometimes these shocks are good, sometimes they’re not so good, and sometimes, they’re quite simply bizarre. Kane strolling down the aisle in a suit last Monday night is definitely being filed under the latter category in my opinion.
I’d like to say it’s a bold move, really I would, but to me this is just another example of the problems WWE is currently experiencing in their storylines, problems that they are inflicting on themselves. The questions we have to ask here is…………..why are they doing it ?, where are they going with it ? and how are they going to get there ?
The “Why” for me is pretty straight forward. Logically speaking I can only assume that this is a road that Glenn Jacobs himself wants to pursue, otherwise why jeopardize such a well-established and “Over” character such as Kane. The risk here to the character is that it’s such a dramatic change, that it really is going down the road of no return. Yes it’s been done before, JBL and Taker have had sizable changes in their characters. Taking JBL for example, beer drinking bar room brawler to rich business man is indeed a jump…….but it was explained, and it’s not outside the realms of possibility for a change such as that to occur. It’s a bit of a jump, but wrestling logic will get you there. Likewise for Taker, Deadman to Biker was another stretch, but again, it was done carefully and a bit of faith and wrestling logic got you there. But with Kane, we’re talking deranged and unstable mad-man to “Director of Operations” of a billion dollar company………overnight, with little to no explanation along the way. No amount of wrestling logic will change the fact that this is weak and sloppy story telling. If the WWE need some muscle to don a suit in a corporate storyline, why risk such an established character when they have a locker room full of superstars who could do with the change even more?.
What makes all this worse, is the fact that Kanes absence was not unexpected. He was filming a movie and was written off the show via the Wyatt’s taking him out. It’s not like this was an unexpected injury and an “Audible” needed to be called. This was expected and presumably planned for which makes the move all the more mind boggling. Surprising the audience is a good thing, confusing them is not. It seems that the WWE have decided to go with Corporate Kane and have gone from point A straight to point D…….skipping out points B and C along the way. So instead of the audience going “Oh my God”, they’re going “Wait………….what?”
As of late, the WWE just always seems to be in a rush, jumping straight from storyline to storyline with little to no build or explanation. Much like a horney teenager, anticipation and foreplay have gone out the window as they fumble around in the darkness looking to get to the “Good Stuff”…………and much like a horney teenager I fear that they’re going to find out that they’re not gonna leave people satisfied with an attitude like that !
If you’re going to change Kane in such a dramatic fashion, then you need to thread carefully. Don’t insult the audience, plant the seeds and keep an eye on things to ensure you stay on track. Wrestling fans will make a leap of faith in terms of storylines if you give them the chance. In Kanes case there are so many questions that need answering…………how is he not unstable anymore?, Who made it happen?, what is his new motivation for serving the authority? These are the questions that need to be answered, to go from Dead Man to Corporate Kane. If nothing else, surely these are questions the Authority need answering before trusting someone with such a role ?
Worryingly the WWE seem to have decided that simply telling their audience that the big red machine is now a corporate business man is sufficient background to continue with this story. Its sloppy and lazy, plain and simple and it breaks the immersion that is so important for wrestling fans to experience in a good story line. In my own humble opinion, WWE creative needs to stop obsessing on the destination, and concentrate more on the journey. The ending to a feud or story line is of little consequence if the audience has lost interest before you get there !