Kane's surprising Monday Night Raw return at the climax of the Braun Strowman/Roman Reigns steel cage war came as a surprise to most, not least because the man behind the mask has mere weeks remaining on the campaign trail to become mayor of Knox County.
Few predicted Sunday's TLC topliner would become a five on three handicap match, but the symmetry around Kane's return and the durability of the 'Big Red Machine' following the pinfall he'll likely suffer at the hands of the 'Hounds Of Justice' more than justifies his place in one last main event 20 years after he brutally impacted one of the company's greatest show-closers ever.
There are numerous justifications for his sudden reemergence that will perhaps remain little more than head canon for discerning fans and observers, but the tight legacy his memorable debut maintains highlights how powerful the moment was.
Between 1996 and 1998, WWE found itself in unfamiliar territory as the world's number two promotion in almost every metric. Necessity was the mother of invention then in a way it never ever would be now, but fans were serviced with some of the most shocking scenes ever to occur in the industry, paving the way for the balls-out Attitude Era that would propel Vince McMahon's empiric vision back into the mainstream's fickle pop culture vacuum.