WWE Raw: Is the Main Event Role Too Large for Big Show?
On WWE Raw, Big Show kicked off the program and, I’m guessing, closed it against Brodus Clay. I say I’m guessing because I did not finish watching the program.
I can at least say he was the main event of the show.
Now raise your hands if you thought, while watching John Cena versus the Rock, that two months later the main event scene would be John Laurinaitis and Big Show.
Then raise your hands if, while watching John Cena versus Brock Lesnar, you thought that one month later the main event scene would be John Laurinaitis and Big Show.
Now that all honest hands are at your sides, let me continue.
For the first time in 2012, I blacked out on WWE. I actually attended Over the Limit, but it took me eight days to watch any WWE programming after that PPV. It was not a decision I made consciously, but it was partly due to WWE spotlighting Big Show versus John Cena.
And it is not even because I have anything against Big Show. In fact, when I saw him in the suit and heard him talking about what he had become, I thought it was a good and necessary move.
Not only did Big Show snivel and cry in the ring the week before Over the Limit, but those of you who followed the Daniel Bryan titled reign know that Big Show broke down over what happened to A.J. and even threatened to quit wrestling forever.
A change has been overdue, and I argue that Paul Wight does well with anything Big Show is given to do.
But there are two glaring problems in the WWE main event scene right now, and they not only hurt the product, but I think they disrespect the fan base.
The first is the after-effect of using part-time wrestlers.
The Rock was basically a WrestleMania 28 attraction and Brock Lesnar obviously did not sign enough appearances to make an honest difference.
The question becomes this: Why should fans watch a program when it is obviously taking a deep step backward and not giving its best?
Is there anyone reading that thinks this John Cena—Big Show program is anything more than filler? Worse, I noticed Big Show and John Laurinaitis both did the same thing in their promos leading up to battling John Cena. They did the one thing that makes a bad situation worse; they spoke about what everyone must be thinking.
Both men said they would be better than the Rock and Brock Lesnar or hurt John Cena more. In other words, both men compared their matches to the former more important matches John Cena was having a month or two ago.
I’m not sure if you have met people who tell you how funny they are or how pretty they are or how many people hit on them, but if you have it means that they are not funny, or pretty, and nobody hits on them.
Or either they are deeply insecure.
And that is what you get when John Laurinaitis or Big Show use the names of the Rock and Brock Lesnar to hype these far less attractive main events. They tell on themselves and on WWE.
You could argue, however, that WWE cannot do anything about the fact that the Rock and Brock Lesnar are gone.
Glad you brought that up. It brings us to the second problem.
If only there was another way to make the main event scene matter all the time no matter who was in it. If there was a measuring stick—a championship maybe—that made a wrestler the best in the world and whoever was wrestling against him was the No. 1 contender.
Wouldn't that be a cool idea?
If we had such a measuring stick, the man who held it could main event—especially at times when the main event scene is otherwise weak.
I stayed neutral when fans became upset that John Cena—John Laurinaitis got top bill over CM Punk—Daniel Bryan. I was not happy about it. I was, however, under the mindset that at least WWE would let CM Punk face Daniel Bryan in a World Title scenario and give them time to work.
But on Raw when I saw that Daniel Bryan would face CM Punk on free TV, it bothered me. When I realized it would not even main event Raw, it bothered me even more.
And when Daniel Bryan and CM Punk came out and worked like they were continuing from where they left off at Over the Limit and ignored the fact that they were a mid-night non-title match, I was irate that the match that would main event instead of them was Big Show versus Brodus Clay.
And when A.J. slithered to ringside like a sexy Jake Roberts and Kane was running around and A.J. helped CM Punk, I realized that not only was this a great match, but it had all the elements of a true main event.
I can even tell you when the show should have ended. After A.J. helped CM Punk and the fight had ended, CM Punk finally did the thing A.J. wanted all night.
He looked at her.
His mind was processing that she just helped him. Unspoken, we knew he let her get a little closer to him when he made eye contact.
He began to trust the might-be snake.
And Raw should have faded out on that moment.
Instead, I faded out, to watch the NBA and South Park reruns and infomercials. I forgot WWE was still on and by the time I realized and changed it back, the show was over.
But I do not blame Big Show or John Laurinaitis. I think they are playing their roles as well as possible. If Big Show had turned heel to help Brock Lesnar in Cena—Lesnar II and his heel turn was not the main focus of Raw (but rather a part of Raw), it would have been much more fitting.
Or, better, if WWE would just recognize what they created with CM Punk versus Daniel Bryan, with A.J. on the side. I’m not saying they can bump John Cena because I understand what he means to WWE.
But I am saying if a man can make the cover of WWE’s new video game, he ought to be able to make the main event once and awhile, too.
And I am declaring, at this present moment, Big Show cannot fill the boots of CM Punk or Daniel Bryan or the main event role.
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