The following article details an eyebrow-raising, coffee-spluttering, head-spinning spoiler from yesterday’s WWE Friday Night Smackdown taping.
I must apologise for padding this article with a wall of unnecessary text, but seeing as many people choose to watch Smackdown without reading the spoilers beforehand, it is the least that this writer can do.
Enough of the third-person talk. Let’s get down to revealing the big surprise. The World Champion Kane challenged Undertaker to a Hell in a Cell match on Smackdown. Druids came to the ring carrying a casket, and Kane had to open the casket, because all Taker/Kane feuds feature a casket opening fetish.
So who was in the casket? Paul Bearer.
Yes, that Paul Bearer. The same Paul Bearer who was supposedly buried in cement some years ago. The same Paul Bearer who could make millions highlighting the consequences of insomnia to facial appearance.
Anyway, Bearer’s presence at SD seemed to breathe Taker’s undead mojo back to life, as the Deadman sent Kane fleeing, before bowing to Bearer.
Bearer’s Return: Good Idea or Epic Stupidity?
The recent Kane/Taker feud is not breaking new ground by any stretch of the imagination, but it does allow some of WWE’s younger audience to experience what was one of the best story lines some two decades ago.
However, the return of Paul Bearer is unlikely to convince any fan previously bored of this latest Kane/Taker feud to change their mind. The occasional fan may tune in to check if Paul’s carrying the Undertaker’s urn with him, but besides that this angle is not going to draw in any more fans beyond those already watching.
Overall, I would say this is not a bad idea, but it is not a great one either. Bearer will help drag this feud out a tad longer, but beyond that the creative offices in Connecticut are milking a dead cow.
At least that’s my opinion. What say you? Excited to see Paul Bearer back? Or not interested at all? Feel free to comment and start the debate.
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