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Kane on the Comeback Trail
By: Brian Solomon

Few Superstars have the kind of rabid fan following enjoyed by Kane. His legions of loyal supporters were sorely disappointed several months ago when the mysterious Superstar was sidelined with an injury and suddenly disappeared from World Wrestling Entertainment broadcasts. But the recent fiery video-clips that have been airing during RAW and SmackDown! have signaled that those fans may not have to wait much longer. caught up with the Masked One during a photo session at WWE's "Trax" facility in Stamford, Conn., to find out what he's been up to all these months.

"I've been working on getting healthy, getting back in shape, working out," Kane said. "As a great icon of sports-entertainment used to say, I'm training, saying my prayers and taking my vitamins."

This forced sabbatical from the ring came as a result of a torn biceps that occurred while Kane was lifting weights at a gym in Abilene, Texas. Tendon tears are common in most sports, but the real problem was the fact that it was a distal tear, running down the length of the tendon instead of straight across it. This tear caused the tendon to separate from the ulna, the forearm bone that connects to the elbow.

Like most other performers who wind up on the disabled list, Kane had to find ways to combat boredom and keep himself occupied while away from the ring.

"I'm a big techno-geek," he confessed. "I just got a new computer system, so I've been busy learning how to use it. I'm also into paintball as a hobby, so once my arm was healthy enough I started doing a little of that to help get my competitive juices flowing. Of course, I've also been watching WWE on TV, keeping up with what everyone else has been doing."

The rumors have been flying fast and furious that Kane will be returning with a new, updated look. We couldn't resist the opportunity to grill him on the subject. And although he wouldn't discuss the specific details, he did offer a few tidbits:

"It's a lot more modern, a lot more cutting edge. Darker. The new mask makes it easier to talk and to breathe. There was also the 'stench factor' with the older mask-even though I always have more than one mask on hand, unlike Mick Foley, who used the same sweaty mask all those years!"

Despite being sidelined just at the moment that his following seemed to be growing more than ever, Kane remains optimistic about his future in WWE. He certainly seems ready to make his presence known once again, although he also has his share of doubts and anxiety.

"I'm definitely excited," he said. "But apprehensive, which happens with anyone who's coming off an injury. What we do is very demanding. The standard we set is very high, and there's a certain amount of pressure to maintain that level. I haven't done this in a while, and I keep watching everyone on TV and seeing how hard they're working. You just wanna get back in there and make an impact. And that's what I'm gonna do."

For his growing army of "Kane-anites" out there, Kane had a very special message:

"A lot of you have been wishing me well. I've been getting a lot of fan mail. I want to thank everyone for that, and reinforce what an honor and a privilege it is to be in this business at this specific time and see how much we're able to entertain the people. I'll be back bigger and better than ever."

As for exactly when he will be back, Kane was a little more tight-lipped. We just had to ask, of course, but when we did, his only response was a knowing smile and just two words:

"Pretty soon."

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