While it’s not set in stone, it appears that Daniel Bryan may defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against the masked version of Kane at Extreme Rules. To say this isn’t a good idea is putting it mildly.
During Monday Night Raw, Stephanie McMahon challenged Kane for being a shell of his former self. Instead of backing off, Kane unsheathed his mask from its glass case and told the world that he was going to put Bryan through hell. To show how spontaneous this transformation was, minutes later they aired a video package showing the destruction that masked Kane is capable of.
It’s possible the match will take place next week on Raw, but it’s unlikely given there are no other challengers available for Bryan’s title.
Why do we need to see Kane vs. Bryan again? Fans were already “treated” to this program in the weeks and months leading to WrestleMania XXX, and Bryan handled Kane fairly easily. Now we’re supposed to believe that masked Kane is a different animal from Corporate Kane? Nobody is going to buy that one.
It’s a pretty weak angle coming off Bryan’s win at WrestleMania. In fact, it’s about as bad a program as I could think of. How could anybody care about this match? How does this help Bryan at all?
There is a ray of hope. The newly-reformed Evolution are involved in an intense feud with the Shield, and it’s possible that Bryan and Kane are added to the mix to set up an eight-man tag at the PPV. However, the fact that Kane didn’t aid in the beatdown of the Shield in the main event on Raw was disheartening.
The Shield versus Evolution is clearly the hottest program heading into Extreme Rules. While there’s nothing inherently wrong with that, you can’t help but feel that Bryan is being overlooked in all this. The world champion should always be the focal point, never an afterthought. It’s nothing more than a roundabout way of telling the fans that he’s the champ, but the company has no intention of treating him like a No. 1 guy.
Hopefully something better surfaces for Bryan, but time is running out. We’ll likely have our answer on next week’s Raw, so start bracing yourselves now.