On Monday, the WWE introduced the WWE Universe to the fifth man in the TLC main event. It was a surprise addition, but not an unfamiliar face. WWE plucked Kane from out of nowhere, brought him out from under the ring and had him attack Roman Reigns and side with The Miz and his crew, including Braun Strowman.
The partnership is an odd one and with less than seven days to the match itself, it's unlikely that fans will get an explanation as to why Kane joined up to make the match completely one-sided. As for now, fans can only speculate as to the motivation behind it and without a reason, the WWE Universe is left to wonder, would there have been a better choice?
Here are five wrestlers who should have joined The Miz and his crew instead of Kane.
5. Curtis Axel
The live WWE Universe audience clearly wanted Axel involved in the match somehow. Before The Miz could proceed with his promo, fans flooded the building with chants of "Curtis Axel". It was a memorable moment and one Axel deserved.
Since joining the Miztourage, Axel's popularity has grown. He was also a more logical choice and already part of the storyline so it would have made sense to add him. It also wouldn't have made the match feel so titled in The Miz's direction and that's an argument people will have when the Sheild win; that it won't be believable.
4. Chris Jericho
He's gone but never forgotten or terribly far away. Chris Jericho seems to be the guy who shows up for a short program if the company needs someone to make a splash, can take a pin and can leave and it not really affect their standing in the company. That's what might be going on here. WWE needs someone to shock the audience as the fifth member but ultimately loses. Jericho could have fit well there.
The downside is that his connection to The Miz and Braun Strowman makes no sense. But, then again, neither does Kane's unless you want to make the reach that Kane is defending his brother's honor.
Rusev needs a move. Whether that be back to Raw or maybe back to NXT remains to be seen, but he can't keep getting stuck in the same feuds on SmackDown Live, jobbing to other stars and expect to have a lengthy career in the WWE. This could have been an opportunity to reintroduce Rusev to the world as something else, and the reason he joined wouldn't have mattered. His goal would have simply been to make a splash.
The key here would have been changing Rusev's character. He couldn't join as the "Bulgarian Brute" and have it work.
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2. Samoa Joe
He might still be injured but in a tag match that involves eight people, WWE might have been able to hide that injury, assuming he was good enough to do simple moves. His return would have been big news, and the why doesn't really matter since most people are aware that Samoa Joe is often a hired gun.
The Miz could have simply said, "we went out and got the best money could buy". If Joe didn't do much because of his injury, there's a story there. The Miz could have felt ripped off after being defeated by The Sheild and started a program with Joe.
1. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar has been gone since he defeated Braun Strowman at No Mercy. If the WWE wanted to create a situation that was potentially chaotic and problematic for The Miz's team, adding the Universal Champion on the side of Strowman's would have made for a combustible situation and easily excused a Shield win over five guys when the two teammates couldn't get along.
Lesnar has issues with Roman Reigns so it could have been explained, but it wouldn't matter. Like anyone else on this list, he makes about as much sense joining the team as Kane does.