Kane's Return To WWE, Cryptic Video Campaigns, CM Punk's Star Fading?, How I Get My Info

What's the latest update on the return of Kane? Will he come back wearing the mask?

I reported here on Richard's Backstage Blog early in November there were discussions taking place to bring back Kane. The first plan was for Survivor Series then there were ideas for Royal Rumble. WWE has since launched a video campaign to bring him back but have not advertised a return date. With the video campaign already airing, it appears Kane will return before Royal Rumble 2012 next year. As for the mask, I don't understand why the mask would be a focal point of the return videos if they didn't plan on doing something with it. WWE has wanted to put the mask back on Kane for a few years now so I would say it's likely but not confirmed.

Rumors aside, who do you think is returning to WWE on January 2, 2012 in the cryptic videos?

I believe WWE launched the video campaign with their options open. They have been negotiating with Chris Jericho for several months but it has come down to Jericho's desire to return to the ring. With The Undertaker already under a WWE contract and in the preliminary plans for Wrestlemania XXVIII, it gave them a very realistic option to use it for him if things didn't work out with Jericho. While I know you said rumors aside, the only two names linked to the videos have been Jericho and The Undertaker. As I mentioned in yesterday's YouTube Report, WWE launched a cryptic video campaign to bring The Undertaker back for Wrestlemania XXVII this year, however, fans began to speculate the videos had to do with Sting. WWE reached out to Sting about coming to the company and working Wrestlemania in Atlanta and by Sting's own admission, he was close to a deal.

I feel CM Punk was brilliant when WWE "loosed the chains" on his character and incorporated his real-life personality with his gimmick. However, I feel his star has faded a little. While he's still great, I feel he reached a level this summer he's going to have a hard time topping. What are your thoughts?

CM Punk surged to the top of WWE this summer with a gimmick that was very entertaining and had everyone guessing what was kayfabe and what was legitimate. Punk got complete freedom in his gimmick and said a lot of controversial things that are ordinarily considered taboo in WWE. While I agree Punk is no longer surging, he's leveled off as a main event level superstar. Some workers peak only to get lost back in the mid-card (Jack Swagger being a great example), however, Punk's elevation stuck him right behind John Cena and Randy Orton.

Generally speaking, how do you obtain your information?

Due to the nature of the pro wrestling business, a large portion of my information is obtained by anonymous sources that operate through my writing. I have success in breaking the top stories in the business because of the three R's - relationships, resources and research. I have developed great trustworthy relationships over the years, I'm always looking to maximize my resources by making myself available and I  do my research when breaking news. I do not have an ego that I "deserve" your respect but I want to earn it through hard work and dedication.

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  • luke

    I hope kane returns at the royal rumble and wins it because it is the least he deserves

    • Joe

      It's interesting that from all these years, Kane hasn't won it. I would agree he should win it

      • 564

        but i dont wanna see kane vs.henry for mania.. although henry put him out, they should keep him away from henryafter his return. besides,kane had a long title run recently

  • Brian

    I respect you Richard. Love the improvements to the site. Keep up the phenomenal work!!

  • WWE Fan

    You have definitely earned my respect =]

  • Da KiDD

    Rumors aside…I heard the cryptic videos have been confirmed to be for…….Norman Smiley

    • eurosario

      Stop using the matt hardy mouthwash

  • Diego

    response to the last question SPEECHLESS!!!
    You earned my respect while ago Richard…

  • Jas

    They could've gone about the video in a different way. I mean, if it's not Chris Jericho, then they really shouldn't have inserted that split second clip of the word "JERICHO" in the video. I feel like, if it's not him, then it's not a swerve… but instead, just a flat out misdirection or lie.

    • H.M.

      Lol what? Are you another one of those fans that tries to find words or symbolism out of thin air to support your wishful notions? (Anyone remember people saying they saw the name 'Sting' in the 2.21.11 videos? Yeah lol)

  • Brian

    I agree that it could be a swerve, but if they do that and everybody is disappointed it isn’t Jericho then that could really hurt the new guy.

  • HHHRedmonster

    In the first video the boy say's "A familiar force will return to claim what is his".

  • Bryan

    The first video said a "familiar face", which makes it very likely that it is someone who has been on WWE tv before. Plus, the way they are hyping this up, if it was someone lesser known, I think it would be a disappointment in most people's eyes. It HAS to be someone huge.

  • Kobe

    God Bless You Richard.

  • Andy mac

    Lol I would love it to be “screaming” Norman smiley!!! Complete with his American football helmet and pads lol they could give him a back story that when wwe brought wcw they forgot he was in the wcw warehouse when they locked up and he’s been locked in there in the dark with crowbar and David flair lol

  • Ernest Bethea

    Richard, I have a bit breaking news of my own and it has to do with you. You, Mr. Gray, have earned the respect of many who frequent this site. It's that level of respect, whether we agree or disagree with some of your opinions, that keep us coming back. Wrestling News World, unlike some sites I can think of, gives us news, results, information and very few rumors "straight, no chaser." No wise cracks or anything like that. Chris Jericho said he's "The Best in the World at What I Do." C.M. Punk says he's simply "The Best In The World." Whether those claims are scripted or not is for another story at another time. But as far as you and WNW are concerned, this site is without a doubt the best in the world, and you are truly the best in the world at what you do, and on behalf of everyone who frequents this site and who is down with WNW, I have two words for ya…


    • Jason from Australia

      Completely agree. Out of all the ‘news sites’ and apps, wrestling news world is by far, my favorite . Nothing else come close .

  • Gary

    Storyline-wise, bringing back Kane with the mask just on a whim without any background reasoning as to why, is ridiculous–which shows off the lack of true creativity within the creative department. Now, if this is a swerve of some sort and they bring someone else back with Kane's old mask…then have Kane return to confront him after weeks of the new guy punishing people….that, even though it sounds a bit silly, would be more entertaining than just randomly throwing the mask back on him. Matter of fact, now that I think about it, I like it. You could build up a big match between the two and after Kane defeats the new guy, Kane tears off his mask…looks at it and places it back on himself and leaves the ring as everything explodes in fire. Without even giving it much thought, I'm already better than the entire Creative Department. Kudos to me, lol. They should have hired me over Freddy Prinze Jr.

    • Maze

      They have already done that angle, although it was many years ago they did the Undertake vs Undertaker stuff although back then it was original and very entertaining I dont know if it would get the same reaction. Just an observation.

      • Gary

        Undertaker vs. Kane isn't the same as someone impersonating Kane.

  • George

    I'm tired of people saying that Kane returning with his mask makes no sense. Of course it doesn't make sense I mean none of Taker's and Kane's kayfabe history makes sense to begin with anyway so quit nitpicking, smarks!

  • Gary

    It should still make sense in some fashion as to why. We're still talking about some semblance of a storyline here or the fact there should be one.

  • Jason from Australia

    Is it possible the videos could be batista ? I’ve heard that he has put back on some size in the last few weeks ? No actual proof though.

  • amit INDIA

    kane will return in RR with mask to win it. Y2J returns this first week of january. seeing the larger picture i believe that undertaker will win a championship on his return to defend it against the RR winner kane.believe me masked kane will end the streak to make it 19-1