Booking Through Hell in a Cell

Maybe Kane being involved in MITB isn’t as bad as I thought
By: Mester, Dirt
June 5, 2015

Let me preface this post: I have been anything but a Kane supporter on the past 44 episodes of The Pencil. I think his character has left a lot to be desired, his storylines are left unfinished (even when they’re interesting. Example: Bray Wyatt kidnapped him once..remember?) and his involvement in the main event scene has been unnecessary for months.

This week on Smackdown, it was announced that he will be one of the participants in the Money in the Bank ladder match in a few weeks for the right to win a briefcase to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship. Randy Orton, Sheamus, Neville, Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns and Dolph Ziggler will be his opponents. I was not excited when I read the info regarding Kane entering himself into the match, but I’ve softened on that view.

Here’s why: it makes sense in the storyline of the Authority for them to have someone in the match. Why wouldn’t they? If Reigns isn’t turning heel, then Kane needed to be in the match to give us the doubt that, even if Rollins loses, the Authority is still looming over the title picture. I think The Authority angle is a bit dull at this point, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be reenergized.

So, I’m allowing myself to delve into a creative mindset for my idea on what could get my mind engaged over the next few months. Here is the upcoming Pay-Per-View schedule:

  • Money in the Bank: June 14
  • Battleground: July 19
  • Summerslam: August 23
  • Night of Champions: September 20
  • Hell in a Cell: October 25
  • Survivor Series: November 22

Any pundit you find will agree that Roman Reigns is the next big thing in the WWE. He is on the fast track to being the face of the company and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him take the briefcase throughout the summer months. But, I think Reigns is a guy who can benefit from being screwed out of his title shot – similar to the positive reaction he got from NOT winning the belt at Wrestlemania.

So, my proposal is this: Have Kane win the thing.
Have it be a dirty finish that makes Reigns look like he got royally screwed. Something as ridiculous as Kane walking around backstage with that briefcase is sure to enrage Reigns to heights we have yet to see.

At that point, whether Rollins or Ambrose wins the title bout, Kane’s looming presence in a suit with a contract for said belt in hand will be an interesting dynamic week in and week out. The animosity between Rollins and Kane would ignite a Kane ‘face-turn’ at some point and the inevitable match between them actually meaning something (without the belt, their interaction is quite dull to me).

If Ambrose has his reign begin next week at MITB, Kane’s music hitting to cash in will be a certainty in the coming weeks.

Either way, cue Brock Lesnar.

That’s how you bring back The Beast. Kane never wins the belt, his contract is wasted as Lesnar interferes and decimates him, possibly to retirement. Lesnar gives the belt back to Rollins (most likely) or Ambrose as a warning that he is back and he is coming for it. This sets up a Lesnar steamroll ass kicking of someone at Battleground..probably ending in a match stoppage and disqualification against the champion. Then, a clean title victory over either Rollins or Ambrose at Summerslam.

Lesnar has the belt on his shoulder the Raw after Summerslam, leading to Reigns stepping into the ring to let him know that they have some unfinished business regarding that belt after last years Wrestlemania. Night of Champions has Lesnar versus Reigns in a title match that Lesnar wins (something dirty with the finish leads to a rematch at Hell in a Cell).

Reigns goes over on Lesnar inside Hell in a Cell to make him a made man and place the strap around his waist for the first time going into Survivor Series. All the while, Ambrose and Rollins are mulling around the title picture without having a title match, and Lesnar is off the belt.

Lesnar off the belt gives us the option for a Stone Cold Steve Austin return and mega-match between the two at Wrestlemania XXXII without impacting the WWE Championship. It also leads to a Reigns title reign running through Royal Rumble time, allowing for a possible Shield triple threat match at the Showcase next April in Dallas.

All of this starts with Kane winning the briefcase at Money in the Bank, and him not having to be involved in much of the storyline thereafter. That’s a win-win. Mostly for Reigns, even after a loss.

Paws up, playas,


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