The reason that Kane was attacked backstage before the Smackdown Tag Team titles match is because the man behind the mask is really suffering from a foot injury and was not able to participate much in the match.
Since the injury is not wrestling-related, he won’t be able to call on his best injury lawyer to get him out of the fight. Glenn Jacobs was sporting the medical boot last week at an auction event where Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett, in the presence of Rusev, declared July 12 Rusev Day.
Despite the injury, the Big Red Monster still honored his commitment and filmed the backstage segment to explain why he will be off the match even though he did appear for a short while in the ring to try and save Daniel Bryan.
Kane will be busy over the next two weeks as he prepares for the August 2 Knox County Mayor election where he is expected to win for the Republican party.