Since being pinned by CM Punk during a triple threat match for the WWE Championship that also included John Cena at SummerSlam, Big Show has been out of the picture, but I fully expect him to return at Night of Champions and help his former rival, Punk, retain his title against Cena.
Big Show seemed out of place in the WWE Championship feud leading up to SummerSlam, as everyone knew it was truly about Punk and Cena, so it isn't surprising that Big Show was removed from the title scene, but the fact that he was only used in a squash match against David Otunga the night after SummerSlam is somewhat perplexing.
Like him or hate him, Big Show was more interesting and entertaining as a heel heading into SummerSlam than he had been in quite some time. The WWE could have easily built upon that momentum and put him in an important feud afterwards, but he has been totally out of the picture.
What that tells me is that the creative team wants the fans to forget about Big Show because something sneaky is planned for him. I actually felt that Punk and Big Show would form an alliance during the triple threat match at SummerSlam, and while that didn't come to fruition, I feel like it will on Sunday at Night of Champions.
Punk appeared to team up with Paul Heyman last week when he jumped into a car driven by the former ECW visionary, and that was solidified on Monday as Punk walked away from a tag-team match when Heyman came to the ring to talk to him. Punk then told interviewer Matt Striker that he is a "Heyman guy."
That line was an obvious nod to Punk's famous promo from last summer that essentially catapulted him to superstardom. Punk said a lot of controversial things in that worked shoot promo, but one of the biggest lines that got people talking was Punk referring to himself as a Heyman guy, especially since Heyman and the WWE had a bit of a messy breakup several years earlier.
Not only was the "Heyman guy" line related to the promo, though, as I believe it will come to mean much more moving forward. Heyman Guys will be the operating name of a stable headed by Heyman, and it will include Punk, Big Show and eventually Brock Lesnar whenever the WWE ultimately decides to have him return.
All of them have some sort of past relationship with Heyman, so all of them are Heyman guys in one way or another. Many forget that Heyman managed Big Show for a time in 2006 on the ECW brand and while his partnership with Big Show was nowhere near as meaningful as what Heyman had with Lesnar, Big Show can still be categorized as a Heyman guy.
Aside from being a Heyman guy, Big Show joining up with Heyman and Punk could be explained based on the fact that he has long been a rival of Cena's and wanted to do anything possible to prevent him from winning the WWE Championship. I'm not sure what the ultimate motives of Heyman's stable will be until all the pieces fit together.
While Punk hasn't totally become a cowardly heel since he can still defend himself, top heels have often had a heavy to take care of light work, and Big Show could serve in that role for Punk. Show is nearing the end of his career and doesn't have much to accomplish individually, so having him help elevate Punk makes sense.
I simply can't see Punk defeating Cena cleanly, especially in Cena's hometown of Boston, so something crazy is going to happen to close out the night. It could involve Heyman sticking his nose into the match, but Big Show would be much more effective and would signal the formation of a new, dominant heel stable.