In regards to your comment that “The right call is to never put the title on Kane”, do you feel like that is mainly due to the disastrous way they booked his day-long reign with the world championship? Although he certainly wasn't the most over character at the time, do you think a dominant run with the strap (or at least a month of two of him killing guys before being beaten) would make us see his character as something more than a perpetual upper-to mid level midcarder?
It’s more that the character wouldn’t need the title and was better suited as the monster challenger of the month for the real guy. But yeah the one day reign killed him for no reason. But it popped a rating so huzzah.