Fans who wanted to catch all the fallout from last Sunday’s WWE Royal Rumble pay-per-view weren’t able to get their normal fix on Monday Night Raw as the show was cancelled due to inclimate weather involving blizzards. The WWE Universe wanted to see how the WWE would rebound from their seemingly misuse of fan favorite and former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. Bryan was tossed over the ropes prematurely in the Royal Rumble match according to many experts. After this happened, many were upset in attendance and boo’ed the remainder of the show.
Then, if that weren’t enough, the number 1 Twitter trend worldwide was #CancelWWENetwork. Rumors even circulated and many reports backed that so many people cancelled their subscription to the network that the cancellation page of the site crashed.
The WWE now begins to bandage their wounds and bring back one of their most barbaric matches. The Casket Match was first brought into play in the 1970’s between the “American Dream” Dusty Rhodes and “The Russian Bear” Ivan Koloff. Then the match was re-incarnated by the Undertaker and Kamala and in 1994 when the Undertaker took on Yokozuna. Many remember possibly the best casket match when “The Showstopper” Shawn Michaels defended the WWE Championship against The Undertaker at the 1998 Royal Rumble.
It’s no secret that the casket match goes synonymous with the Undertaker, however, his brother Kane has been in quite a few of these stipulation matches. This trend will continue this Thursday night as “Corporate” Kane of The Authority will take on Daniel Bryan in Smackdown.
Kane was the last opponent Daniel Bryan faced before surgery caused him to abstain from professional wrestling for over half a year. Daniel Bryan defeated “The Demon” Kane in an Extreme Rules match in the main event of the Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View last May.
Kane was also Bryan’s first opponent back when he returned a few weeks ago on Smackdown. The bout was declared a no-contest when J&J security interfered on Kane’s behalf. The pair then squared off in a 6-man tag match later that night. The match pit Kane and fellow members of the Authority “Mr. Money in the Bank” Seth Rollins and The Big Show against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Daniel Bryan. Bryan’s team would go on to win, but he would face Kane once again the next week in a No DQ match to headline Smackdown.
Daniel Bryan won the match and a melee broke out in the middle of the ring with all Royal Rumble competitors gunning for each other. Can Bryan escape hell once more in a match that Kane and his brother made famous? Find out Thursday night on Smackdown.