Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The New 2/21/11

By Kevin Hunsperger

I know this is late, I'm finally getting caught up on Raw from earlier in the week.  Earlier this year, the WWE released a video that became known as the 2/21/11 promo.  Many fans speculated that it was foreshadowing the debut of Sting in the WWE.  Others thought it was for the Undertaker.  Turns out they were right, and it lead to the matchup between the Dead Man and Triple H at Wrestlemania 27.

Now, a new mysterious vignette is airing.  Two new promos are actually.  But I think there's no mystery to the one promoting the return of Kane to the WWE.  I think the only thing we'll have to wait to find out is whether the Big Red Machine is coming back with his mask.  Should be interesting, as the character has been around for more than 14 years and continues to evolve.  I suppose going back to his roots could be a good way to potentially mark the beginning of the end for Kane's career (assuming here that he's retiring)

The other interesting promo of the night featured the little boy in a classroom, as he narrates there are various scenes covering his voice.  He talks about a force returning and reclaiming what's rightfully his. The spot ends with the words "It Begins".  The early buzz is leaning toward Chris Jericho returning.  Some sites are already reporting it, saying that the WWE hasn't officially reached a deal with Y2J just yet, but they are confident enough to go ahead with the promotional tactics.

I'm pretty sure we can all guess that it's not Sting (joking).  The promo talks about the return of someone.  I'm also going to make the assumption it's not Kane either, as the mask promo aired the same night, and usually the WWE doesn't run two different vignettes for the same guy in the same night.  Another possibility of course is the Undertaker, but this vignette doesn't seem to fit the mold of the man from the dark side.  Others who fall into that category of being able to return: Batista, Mick Foley (but we already saw him at Raw recently), and JBL (although he seems happily retired).

IF it is Chris Jericho returning, I hope he's brought in to help groom and develop younger talent.  Chris is a great heel, one of the best in the biz, and I'd like to see him pass the torch more so than be the focus of a main event run.

So what do you think?  Is the promo teasing the return of Y2J or the Undertaker?  Or is someone else making a surprise comeback?  Thanks to the Internet, it likely won't be a surprise to anyone once January 2nd gets here.

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