It’s been a long time since Kane last set his sights on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. At 47 years of age, it’s likely this will be his last heavyweight title chase.
It’s been quite a while since the Devil’s Favorite Demon competed for a heavyweight championship. His last title opportunity came on Jun. 17, 2012 in a triple-threat match against then-champion C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan. His last singles match for a recognized world title resulted in a loss via disqualification to Punk on Friday Night SmackDown 16 days earlier. His last run with the strap came in 2010.
Is Kane going to beat Daniel Bryan this Sunday at Extreme Rules? Don’t hold your breath. Kane being defeated is as close to a sure thing as you’re going to get in professional wrestling. Truth be told, Kane was only added to the mix because there weren’t any other main event heels who were ready to be thrown into that spot.
Evolution versus the Shield is the real main event on May 4. With Triple H, Randy Orton and Batista temporarily out of the world title equation, Kane was the only big name left on the heel side who the WWE felt would give Bryan a credible victory.
Unfortunately, most fans don’t see Kane as a credible contender because of how poorly he was booked in the weeks and months leading to WrestleMania. In fact, Bryan defeated the corporate version of Kane many times on television. This is why he has once again donned the mask, and the ensuing destruction of Bryan last week on Monday Night Raw was done to get Kane over as the monster he once was.
To his credit, Kane has gotten himself in excellent physical condition. Quite honestly, it’s the best he’s looked in many years. The plan was always to have Evolution take on the Shield after WrestleMania, so Kane may have known he was going to be the one wrestling Bryan for the heavyweight belt. If so, it’s clear that he’s very serious about it.
He must also understand that it may be his last world title match on PPV. It’s still unclear exactly what direction the WWE will go after Extreme Rules, but it’s doubtful that we’ll see an extended feud between Kane and Bryan. If nothing else, Kane versus Bryan is a one-time match to give Bryan a clean win over a monster on PPV. Kane knows his role, and this 22-year veteran of the wrestling business is going to give it all he’s got on May 4.