CM Punk is retaining the WWE Championship at SummerSlam on Sunday night. A Royal Rumble showdown with the Rock, the man Punk attacked on Raw 1000, is on the horizon, and Punk is going to remain WWE Champion until that night.
He will drop the championship to Rocky, who will then be on a collision course with John Cena for an epic WrestleMania rematch. Cena wins the title, avenging his loss at this past 'Mania, and unquestionably reaffirming his spot as the face of WWE.
That sound about right? It’s the opinion of quite a few fans out there, fans who have already decided where WWE is heading with this, and why. Truth be told, it makes sense on many levels, not the least of which is the fact that John and Rocky did big business at WrestleMania 28.
The truth is, it’s a perfect scenario.
Oh, wait, we have a question. Yes, you, the seven-foot, 500-pound giant in the back? What’s that? You disagree?
Huh. And here I thought we had it all figured out.
Is it just me, or is Big Show being all but completely left out of the equation here? How many times have fans looked at him lately and just shook their heads in disgust, wondering why he keeps getting the main-event spotlight?
And perhaps a better question is, why the negativity toward him in the first place?
The easiest answer is the most obvious, and before you can say it, I’ll do it for you. Let me know if I miss anything.
He’s the Big Show. He’s one of the most underachieving WWE Superstars of all time, a guy who has gotten by on sheer size alone for the majority of his time in the business. He’s a novelty act, a worker who will have a career long past retirement age thanks to his physical stature.
To put it bluntly, he has nothing to offer. He’s not relevant now, nor has he ever really been.
OK, now that we have that negative vibe out of our system, let’s get down to reality.
The fact is, Big Show is a veteran in the industry, a guy who worked for both WWE and WCW during the peak of each company’s biggest era, and he was highlighted in both situations. He has worked every top name that the business has seen in the past 15 years, from Hulk Hogan to Sting to Stone Cold Steve Austin to the Rock. And he is a five-time WCW/WWE/World Champion.
Now we’re on track.
The truth is, I get the reason why fans are not that high on Show. He has not always been booked in the right way, leading him to look silly and ineffective during a couple of different points in his career.
And I can see why fans criticize him for his size, as he has not always taken the best care of himself physically. He had a maturing process like every other top star in the industry, and there were moments when he was likely just coasting along, not fully understanding what it took to truly have a commitment to the sport.
But to totally disregard the man now? As if he’s not even there, that he doesn’t really stand a chance?
The Big Show that we see today is not the Big Show that we have known in the past. This guy seems more focused on what he’s doing, more intense about his character and more determined than ever to have the best match possible.
Yes, he’s been booked poorly in the past. Yes, he’s been made to look weak, at times much smaller than what he is. But after being placed in the prime spot that he is—rubbing shoulders with John Cena and WWE Champion CM Punk—he now has the opportunity to be more relevant than he perhaps ever has been. He’s finally getting a chance to shine.
I believe that Big Show has a chance to actually win on Sunday. With all of the rumors and theories floating around about WWE’s supposed plans, hardly none of them involve him at all, and whenever that is the case, it seems that is the moment when WWE pulls a swerve.
It does make more sense for Punk to retain, keep the belt and move on to face Rocky down the road at the Rumble. In fact, it’s still the idea that I’m sticking with.
But to discount Show’s involvement, and all the work that has been put into making fans believe he is a monstrous threat to the championship, is to say that he might as well stay home that night. And I think that does a disservice to him as a performer.
Anything can happen in WWE, and the truth is, despite who wins on Sunday, there is a world of time between now and the Royal Rumble. Plenty of time for Big Show to do what he’s been doing since he turned heel: lay waste to every Superstar put in his path.
And it’s about time.