WWE: Could Hell in a Cell PPV Be the Big Show's Last Hurrah?

Bill AtkinsonAnalyst IOctober 7, 2012

(WWE.com photo)
(WWE.com photo)

Here we are just a few weeks before Hell in a Cell, and there is only one match with confirmed opponents. World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus will go up against the Big Show for the belt.

This match is starting to get some traction. Big Show and Sheamus have exchanged some promos and tried to play one-up by getting each other disqualified at last week's Smackdown.

But as the event draws closer, one question keeps coming to mind. Does Big Show have more to lose at HIAC than just the title or a future shot at the title?

It's possible.

No matter who comes out on top in this match, everyone is anticipating the same ultimate outcome: Dolph Ziggler cashes in his Money in the Bank briefcase and defeats the exhausted winner to take the belt.

If Sheamus wins and then loses, it's no big deal. At 34, he still has a great deal of ring time ahead of him. There will be future titles to chase.

But what about Big Show?

If he wins and then gets beat by Ziggler, it's a case of history repeating itself. Remember, Big Show beat Mark Henry for the belt at last year's TLC, but following an attack by Henry, Daniel Bryan cashed in the briefcase and pinned Big Show. Total length of title reign: 45 seconds.

If he loses to Sheamus, then back down the pecking order he goes. And at almost 41, time is no friend to Big Show.

Big Show has not had the best of runs in pay-per-view events. He has had numerous forgettable WrestleMania moments, such as getting knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. at WM 24 and losing to a sumo wrestler at WM 21.

He did get a little redemption earlier this year at WM 28 when he beat Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship. However, he lost it back to Rhodes a month later at Extreme Rules when he stepped through a table in a tables match.

And since turning heel, he has lost the last three PPVs he has headlined.

Sure, that run of bad luck in PPVs has been part of his storyline. But you have to wonder how much more the WWE Creative Team can throw at someone who has been in the business for 17 years.

If it were to end today, Big Show has had a good career. He has held championships in numerous wrestling organizations, including several in the WWE. He has been one of the most consistent workers the WWE has ever had. He's destined to be in the WWE Hall of Fame someday in the near future.

Unfortunately, that career may likely be remembered most for all of his PPV near-misses.

I'm not saying Big Show should retire. After all, that is a decision only he can make. And if he feels like he has one or two more good runs in him, then go for it.

But for someone who's known for a big-time Choke Slam finishing move, I would hate to think he could end up being known as a choke artist.


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