RING OF FIRE
Kane vs. Bray Wyatt
It's fitting that quite possibly the most cerebral monster to ever come through the doors at WWE will have his very first main roster match, on pay-per-view (PPV) at one of the biggest shows of the year no less, against quite possibly the least cerebral monster to ever work for the promotion.
The Road to SummerSlam
Wyatt made his debut all the way back on July 8 after a series of awesome vignettes teasing a message no one could really decipher because, well, he may as well have been speaking in tongues.
But goddamn is he good at it.
Here's your proof: the debut that saw him cut an amazing promo before bringing out his buzzards to take out Kane. DOWN WITH THE MACHINE!
That took "The Big Red Monster" off television for a few weeks. Once he came back, he was run through a series of squash matches booked to make him look as strong as can be in preparation for his big showdown with Wyatt.
Along the way, the two sides played a few mind games with nifty lighting, some fire, and messages from the titantron. It's been a simple but effective feud, though Wyatt has always had the upper hand thanks to Erick Rowan and Luke Harper doing his bidding.
That's why Kane added the "Ring of Fire" stipulation during a promo on Bray:
And so it's on.
What's at Stake?
When WWE decided to call up Bray Wyatt from the NXT roster, it did so after he adopted one of the most intriguing gimmicks we've seen in quite some time. That's because, well, it's fresh. We're used to the John Cena's and Daniel Bryan's, and CM Punk's of the world.
While they're all good and certainly have their place, it's nice to get something a little more ... creepy.
Speaking of creepy, Kane. Yes, that Kane, the guy who has been raping, and pillaging, and murdering, and lighting wrestlers on fire since day one when he walked into this company all the way back in 1997 at Badd Blood. Everything he is and represents is set in stone and will be for as long as he decides he wants to keep wrestling.
That's a roundabout way of saying he can, and likely should, lose here. Plus, there's that See No Evil sequel that will start filming this fall. So that's something to consider.
Wyatt's initial push is at stake here while Kane's spot is sealed in cement.
Tune in tonight to see how it all plays out at SummerSlam. Remember, CagesideSeats.com will have live blow-by-blow coverage with a detailed recap as soon as the match, and the event, concludes.