Through sit-down interviews with Michael Cole, appearances with the Authority, match creations in backstage segments, and power ploys with other on-screen authority figures, Kane has stayed true to the vile character that made The Big Red Monster moniker a true calling card.
He’s been terrorizing, scaring Brad Maddox and Randy Orton among others when he felt it necessary and throwing his weight around at will to convince people to do things.
He’s been eery and explosively unpredictable, almost leaping out of his chair at a moment’s notice and telling the world that the monster still lurks within in his interview with Michael Cole.
He’s been notoriously private and furtive about his motivations, answering “No” to almost every question Cole asked him in that same interview with Cole.
Sentencing Daniel Bryan to a 3 on 1 handicap match at TLC was not only vile, but also emotionless, two hallmarks that have made him the legendary figure that he is in wrestling. He was not only aloof, forgetting the bond that he shared with Bryan as a tag team champion but also derisive, mockingly chanting “Yes! Yes! Yes!” after creating the match that put DB against insurmountable odds.
The logic behind Kane’s character change—he was allowing the monster that everyone represses—works in the wacky world of wrestling, where overly aggressive characters are the norm and violent rampages are only a provocation away. (See the battle at the end of Raw between Cena and Orton) After that interview with Cole, Kane flashed a smile that no one could love, showing flashes of the psychotic, dangerous man that he’s always been. As he evolves, we’re seeing Kane do great work and add unforeseen dimensions to his bruising, demented, evil character. At the end of his interview with Cole, he said that he was evolving. Those words were a harbinger of the character he’s now creating with his new character.