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

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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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