I'll be honest right off the bat—I hated the most recent episode of Monday Night RAW. While it had its moments, The Big Show begging for his job and being fired was uncomfortable and, let's face it, totally hyperbolic.
Watching that giant kneel in the middle of the ring and weep like a small child was embarrassing for everyone involved. The whole time I was watching, I cursed the screen and hoped it would be over soon.
Then later in the night I was forced to listen to probably the worst John Cena promo I've ever heard. He came out and acted like a fourth grader who learned firsthand what happens when you mix Pixie Stix with Mountain Dew.
As Cena rambled incoherently about Manchurian Candidates and other references that probably soared over the heads of his supporters, I cringed. Cena was not being funny, despite Michael Cole's insistence that his shtick was hilarious.
The best he could do was pander to the Pittsburgh crowd, talking about the mighty Steel Curtain and making an awful pun only loosely related to the Pittsburgh Penguins. If you haven't watched it, don't waste your time. It was terrible.
What we learned that was of any consequence is that the match between John Laurinaitis and John Cena at Over the Limit will be a one-on-one contest free of any outside interference. Any Superstar who attempts to interfere in the match will be immediately terminated. It also stated very clearly that the only way to win the match was by pinfall or submission.
That's when it clicked in my head. Now everything makes sense.
While Big Show stood there in the ring bawling his eyes out, I begged for the horns to blare out of the speakers and for Cena to interrupt and distract Laurinaitis, saving the Big Show in the process. But of course only the main event will do for John Cena, so it didn't happen.
Those two seemingly unrelated angles, however, will come to a head in what is likely to be the main event at Over the Limit.
Laurinaitis is in trouble. With no Brock Lesnar around, and guys like David Otunga and Lord Tensai at risk of termination if they attempt to interfere, Big Johnny is left to his own devices against the face of the WWE.
But maybe Laurinaitis is smarter than he's given credit for. Sure, the guy can't even remember his own name half the time, but look at what he's set up for himself.
None of his usual henchmen can get involved in the match or they'll be fired. But The Big Show has already been fired. He is no longer an employee of the WWE, thanks to John Laurinaitis.
Big Show is Johnny Ace's ace in the hole.
If Big Show is serious about getting his job back, doing what he loves to do no matter what the cost, he should have no qualms about interfering in this match on Laurinaitis' behalf.
A quick chokeslam to John Cena just when victory looks certain and all of a sudden he's a gainfully employed seven foot behemoth once more. Remember, the letter from the Board of Directors said the only way to win is via pinfall or submission, effectively rendering this a no disqualification match.
Even if that's not the case and someone cries foul, Laurinaitis has a Harvard-educated legal counsel for whom such a poorly-worded mandate would be a home run. David Otunga could get that thrown out easily.
Laurinaitis pulls off the upset, keeps his job as General Manager of RAW and SmackDown, and pulls a fast one on the entire WWE Universe.
It's a nice end to an otherwise lackluster main event. Big Show can turn heel and align himself with Laurinaitis, but he is more than capable of remaining a crowd favorite. No one would fault him for doing whatever it took to get his job back, even if it meant making a deal with the devil.
Moreover, Cena gains nothing by winning, really. He's facing a 46 year old executive who hasn't wrestled a match in years. Beyond that, Cena gains nothing by winning because he always wins. Even when it looks like all hope is lost, somehow Cena pulls out a victory. It makes me sick.
In a match he should not have had a chance in at Extreme Rules, Cena somehow pulled off the victory against Brock Lesnar. Wouldn't it be poetic if just a few short weeks later, the same fate befell him at the hands of WWE's resident authority figure?