Craig Wilson, Jamie Lithgow and Brian Damage
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook Kane.
Craig: I wonder if this might be the most one-sided edition of ‘Book or Cook’ yet as we decide whether we use, or lose, Kane.
One thing we can’t fault is the longevity of Kane and when you think he lost a number of his initial matches before going on to have a cup of coffee with the WWE title and have a near twenty-year run as Kane, then credit where credit is due.
However, all good things come to an end, right? Does Kane really have a place now? Glenn Jacobs turned 49 last month so the gas left in the tank is getting less and less.
Would you use him, change his gimmick or get rid?
Jamie: I think my feelings towards Kane have been made clear in various other posts. I find the Corporate Kane character tedious and dull while Demon Kane has done literally everything and is now just a parody of himself. It’s time for him to go, but I do believe a character like Kane does deserve a proper send off.
He has been such a fixture within WWE for the last 18 and a half years that he can’t just disappear never to return. Granted the character does disappear from time to time, but the character is storyline into itself and does require closure. Sadly, his ultimate demise is all I can think of that is missing from the Kane story.
Brian: Glenn Jacobs has had one heck of a WWE run starting with Isaac Yankem, to Fake Diesel to the demonic Kane and its several variations of that character. The issue right now is not if Kane should be let go but when?
Kane has done it all: been a monster heel, a babyface and a comedic tweener, He has wrestled with the mask, without the mask, back and forth with the mask. He has been a world champion and held multiple secondary titles. What’s left for Kane to really do or achieve? As Jamie has already pointed out…the last chapter of his career needs to be written and that is his send off.
Craig: I expected us to reach a conclusion quickly but didn’t imagine quite this quickly! I think it’s pretty much cut and dried: it’s over for Kane. I don’t terribly care much for idea of him maintaining any sort of an on-screen presence after he stops wrestling. I don’t think he’d bring all that much to the party.
Brian: To be honest, I don’t think Glenn Jacobs wants an on screen or off screen role once his contract expires. He has a real estate business with his wife and there has been talk for years that Jacobs wants to pursue a career in politics. I say cook him, but with a tremendous amount of appreciation for all he has accomplished.
Craig: When you add in rumours that Kane, along with Big Show and Mark Henry, have been taken off TV as creative has nothing for them, we may be seeing the final few WWE moments for Kane.
Quite a consensual Book or Cook this week. A cook for Glenn Jacobs but with a tremendous thanks for all of his efforts during the some 19 years as the Kane character.
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You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.