Since debuting back in 1999, Big Show has been an integral figure in the WWE. The fact that he has always been in the main event scene or the upper midcard scene at the very least seems to have made him stale in the eyes of many fans, but Big Show is a much more valuable performer than he is given credit for.
The collective groan that was let out by the WWE Universe when Big Show defeated Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship at Hell in a Cell was deafening; however, Show earned that victory. Few superstars in WWE history have been misused more than Big Show, but he appears to have hit his stride.
Big Show has gone from heel to face and back again so many times over the course of his WWE career that I've lost count. It has prevented him from ever getting on a true roll and it's probably why he has never had a long run with a world title. Show's current heel character is probably the best of his career, though, and he deserves credit for what he's doing with it.
The WWE needed to find a believable challenger for Sheamus, and Big Show fit the bill. He hasn't always been booked like an unstoppable giant, but from a physical standpoint, Big Show is one of the only guys in company who looks like he can legitimately beat Sheamus in a fight. That doesn't mean everything in professional wrestling, but it certainly plays a factor.
Since turning heel several months ago in order to help John Laurinaitis beat John Cena, Big Show has been the no-nonsense heel that most fans wish he would have been over the entire course of his WWE tenure. Too often he has degenerated into a goofy, smiley face, and that simply doesn't make sense for a man of his immense stature.
When you look at what Big Show has done against Sheamus thus far, it's quite impressive. Their match at Hell in a Cell was surprisingly good and it may have even been one of Big Show's best matches of his WWE career. You're never going to get a five-star match out of Big Show, but he used his size, strength and physicality to put on the best bout of the night.
Big Show can't be expected to shine in the ring every night, but he doesn't get enough credit for his wrestling ability. It certainly isn't easy for a man his size to go out and entertain, but he is much more athletic than he is given credit for. Most men his size can barely move, with The Great Khali being one example; however, Big Show gets the most he possibly can out of his body.
Is the criticism Big Show receives unfair?
On top of that, Big Show acquits himself fairly well on the microphone. He'll never be confused with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin or The Rock when it comes to cutting a promo, but Big Show seems comfortable doing it at the very least. His mic work against Sheamus in particular has been solid and it has meshed well with his current persona.
Rather than complaining about Big Show being world champion, we should be praising his accomplishments. At 40 years of age, it isn't as if Big Show has a lot of time left in the business. It would be one thing if he were average size, but a man with his frame can only take a beating for so long. With that in mind, we may very well be witnessing his last hurrah and his final run with a major title in his wrestling career.
I'm very sympathetic toward the people who want younger talents like Dolph Ziggler or Wade Barrett to hold the World Heavyweight Championship, but Big Show serves a purpose. Sheamus' run with the world title was a bit too dominant and he needed a guy to knock him down a peg. Big Show was the perfect candidate and because he has been built so well as of late, whoever ultimately beats him will look even better for it.
Perhaps Big Show doesn't have the flash of a lot of the up-and-coming superstars in WWE, but he knows what his job is and he executes it perfectly. Rather than complaining about Big Show's current place in the company, we should simply appreciate what he has done for the WWE and the wrestling business as a whole because we may not see another wrestler like him for a very long time.