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Kane returns on WWE Raw to tangle with The Shield

Aaron Oster
Contact ReporterFor The Baltimore Sun

When Miz dropped the idea that another member would be added to the main event at TLC, many people threw out names. Curtis Axel. Bo Dallas. Even Samoa Joe.

However, one name that almost nobody thought of was who it ended up being, as Kane made his return to WWE.

Early in the night, Miz said that he wanted to take The Shield at their word. They didn't just say that they could beat any four people, they could beat even more. So he wanted to add a fifth member to their team to face The Shield at TLC.

Kurt Angle stopped him before he could name that partner. He wasn't going to allow Miz to keep adding names whenever he wanted. However, he put a stipulation on the match. Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman were set to face off in the main event, in a cage match. If Strowman won, Miz could add one more person to their team. If Reigns won, the match would revert to the original 3-on-3 format, and Strowman would be excluded.

The two battled in the cage in a match that featured some great spots from the two and plenty of interference. However, the match wouldn't be decided until the final man interfered.

Just when it seemed as if Reigns would get the advantage and put away Strowman, the lights in the arena turned red, and none other than Kane's music started to play. Kane, who hadn't been seen on WWE television since late 2016, tore through the ring, hit Reigns with a tombstone and Strowman got the pin. And yes, after the match, Miz officially named Kane to the team.

Kane has been absent from WWE for all of 2017 because of his political activity. He's running for mayor of Knox County in Tennessee, which includes Knoxville as part of the district. So his return at the end of the night came as quite a surprise. But just because it's a surprise does not mean that there isn't some logic to it.

Roman Reigns has been regularly bringing up over the past six months about how, more or less, he did a good thing by retiring The Undertaker. Wouldn't The Undertaker's own brother want revenge for that? Now, WWE has to tell that story. It's a very clear story to tell, and one that they should. But why now? It's probably to simply take the pin. But there are plenty of places to go from here, should the WWE want to, including a short feud with Reigns.

The rest of Raw

— Enzo progressed his storyline with Kalisto and the rest of the cruiserweight division. He is indeed getting a rematch at TLC, and came out to run down Kalisto. That brought out the cruiserweight champ, but Enzo had something in store for him. As the two faced off, four of the 205 Live heels — Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak, Tony Nese and Noam Dar — came out to attack Kalisto. Mustafa Ali tried to make the save, but he was beaten by the numbers gain. The five walked out together.

— While this is a fairly common heel tactic, it's an interesting one, and a drastic change from the past month in the division. Enzo had put himself above everyone, including the heels, running them down. So to suddenly align himself with them is interesting. There also needs to be an explanation about why the men who hated Enzo just a week ago are siding with him. There are suitable explanations, even as simple as they were paid off, but WWE needs to explain it.

— Cesaro and Sheamus got another chance at the tag titles but were once again thwarted by Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. This was another great match between the teams, but why here? Are Cesaro and Sheamus done going for the tag titles for now?

— Mickie James and Bayley beat Alexa Bliss and Emma when Mickie pinned Alexa after a Mick kick. Sasha Banks beat Alicia Fox in a singles match. After that, Alicia attacked Sasha backstage, also attacking some of the referees that came to intercede. They will have another match at TLC.

— Cedric Alexander defeated Jack Gallagher and they announced that Alexander and Rich Swann would face Gallagher and Brian Kendrick at TLC.

— Jason Jordan, Apollo Crews and Titus O'Neil beat Elias, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.

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