“That’s gotta be… that’s gotta be Kane!”
For weeks, Paul Bearer had told The Undertaker that his brother, Kane, was alive. Alive after being terribly burned in the fire that the Undertaker started that ultimately killed his Mother and Father.
Kane (who has been wrestling as such for 16 years) has had war after war with The Undertaker (who has been the Phenom for 20+ years), partnered with his brother to form the dominant “Brothers of Destruction” team, and has even “killed” the undefeated at WrestleMania big man.
Match after match, PPV after PPV, Kane and Undertaker have had the longest and most storied history in all of professional wrestling. They have gone their separate ways many times, but there is always an opening for the two most dominant men in the industry. While Kane has been racking up tag team championship reigns and boasting an impressive World Heavyweight Championship run, the Undertaker has slowed down the past 3 years.
Despite the slowing down of his career, the Undertaker has given us some of the most memorable WrestleMania moments, including his series with “The Showstopper” Shawn Michaels and “The Game” Triple H, ending the latter with a storytelling masterpiece at WrestleMania 28 inside the Hell in a Cell, effectively and truly ending an era.
It is because of this that I fully support and purport the idea of Kane and Undertaker retiring together at WrestleMania. I can hear the Internet blowing up at me at the thought of the streak ending, but it doesn’t need to end. And I’m going to tell you how.
Kane has become what Undertaker “became” during his American Badass character.
Less of a monster and more of a pleaser.
While Hell No is great, the Undertaker should be disgusted for his brother’s downward spiral from monster to clown. Effectively using the same story to have Kane “kill” his brother during the Buried Alive match against Mr. McMahon, the Undertaker can flip the story and use it as fodder to berate Kane into having one final match against him, at WrestleMania, in front of the world.
While we’ve all seen the “powers” both men possess (fire, lightning, cryptic doings, etc.), they could go back and forth showing each other up with powers (as a call back to their feud in the 90s), and ending with Undertaker costing Kane the WWE Title at Elimination Chamber using fire to “burn” Kane alive in one of the chambers.
Things lay low for a couple weeks until Kane comes out, in full 90s Kane gear, and challenges Taker to a match at WM 29 to “end the war of ages.”
WrestleMania comes and their match is a pure slobber knocker. Bones are being thrown and they beat the holy hell out of each other until Undertaker goes for the Tombstone, Kane turns it around and Tombstone’s Taker. Taker sits up, groggy, and delivers the mother of all Tombstone’s to Kane as they both fall to the ground. The referee, too afraid to count both men out on the ground, stands over the men until the gong sounds.
Druids come out and grab The Undertaker, walking up the ramp with his limp body until a lightning strike hits the stage in front of them and they turn around towards the ring and grab Kane. They carry both men up the ramp as the gong sounds with Kane’s music faint in the background until the lights go out and the screen fades to black.
Undertaker vs. Kane III can work. And that is how.
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