The Big Show: One last title run?
The Big Show
Hear me out.
This is all dependent on Laurinaitis keeping his job tonight on Raw. While a lot of people are saying that he’s going to get fired tonight, the fact is that Big Johnny’s been improving steadily with each passing week, and WWE has put a lot of energy into pushing him as a heel authority figure (and that Laurinaitis has actually been putting in the leg-work to improve).
I say that Laurinaitis sticks around as GM of Raw and Smackdown. Which means that it’s more than likely going to be his guy, Big Show, that takes the open spot in the World Title match.
I stand by what I said in an article I wrote a week or so ago, saying that Big Show is in the midst of a “thank you” push towards the end of his career, getting booked as the unstoppable monster he should have been all along. That being said, I could definitely see him opening the show by facing Cena in the steel cage and then going on, in the main event, to fight Sheamus for the World Title.
This could work out in a few ways:
1) Show beats Cena and then beats Sheamus, establishing his dominance and starting a dominant title run a la Mark Henry.
2) Show beats Cena, but Cena costs him the match against Sheamus and continuing the Cena-Show feuding and allowing Del Rio to get healthy.
3) Show loses to Cena, beats Sheamus, and Cena (who is already going to be pulling double duty on Raw and Smackdown) feuds with Show over the title (again…heaven help us).
4) Show loses to Cena, then loses to Sheamus clean, effectively negating any effort WWE is putting into Show’s push (and being true to their confounding booking strategies).
Regardless, providing that Laurinaitis stays in power, I see Big Show being the guy to face Sheamus at No Way Out. He’s big, he’s strong, he’s in the middle of a big push, and can step in and lead the blue brand at least for a little while.
If Big Johnny does get canned, Show could always, say, lose to Cena and—in a fit of rage—take out Sheamus and whoever his opponent is; this would eliminate the World Title match at the PPV (no doubt infuriating paying customers), but it would also establish Show as a dominant heel who should not be messed with under any circumstances.