Big Show has been a part of the WWE roster since 1999, and while he has had his ups and downs, he hasn't always been used to his fullest potential. Now, at the age of 40 and with the World Heavyweight Championship draped across his shoulder, Big Show is better than ever.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not much of a Big Show fan, but much of that isn't his fault. He has been severely misused at certain points throughout his career and has turned from heel to face and back again more times than I care to count. With that said, it seems like the WWE has finally figured out how to utilize The World's Largest Athlete.
When you have a physical specimen like Big Show on your hands, the last thing you want to do is make him a punchline. Unfortunately, the WWE has done that for much of his tenure. His goofy face character never worked, and there were far too many times during his heel runs where he was used as a dopey comedic superstar.
Big Show's current gimmick is the one he should have had all along, however. Right now, he's a dominant, monster heel, and that is precisely what his look suggests he should be. There have been various times throughout his career when he has had such a character, but everything is always short-lived with him, as he's constantly moving on to the next gimmick.
For the past few months, however, Big Show has been on top of his game. I don't love his mic skills, but he hasn't been asked to cut long, winding promos, so he has been acceptable in that regard. Most importantly, though, he has been made to look dominant in his matches, and he has done pretty much anything he desires.
Since turning face in the summer of 2011, Sheamus was essentially unbeatable, with the exception of a couple count-out and disqualification losses. He won the Royal Rumble, won the world title from Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds at WrestleMania and defeated all comers as well. All of that changed when the WWE decided to book Big Show properly, though.
When Big Show earned the No. 1 contendership and faced Sheamus at Hell in a Cell, I figured it would be the same old story with Sheamus winning and Big Show doing the job. Surprisingly, Big Show acquitted himself quite well in an entertaining, rough-and-tumble affair and came away with the World Heavyweight Championship after connecting with two Knockout Punches.
Since then, Big Show has continued to look superior, as he lost by disqualification despite controlling the Survivor Series match and proceeded to defeat Sheamus decisively at TLC. There was a moment prior to TLC that I didn't like with Big Show acting like he was afraid of Sheamus, but the WWE rectified things at the pay-per-view itself.
I'm not saying that Big Show should never lose, but there were too many instances in the past where his demeanor and in-ring success didn't match his stature. It has been proven over the years that the easiest type of character to book is the dominant big man like Big Show or Andre the Giant, but the WWE has lost sight of that on several occasions.
It took 13 years, but the WWE finally seems to have some sense of what it should be doing with Big Show. Ultimately, Big Show is going to end up being a stepping stone for a younger star since he's an accomplished veteran, but his current run with the title is adding legitimacy to it and strengthening his legacy as well.
Whether it's Sheamus, Randy Orton, Ryback, The Miz or someone else who beats him for the big gold belt, they're going to look even better because of Big Show's recent dominance. Even Dolph Ziggler cashing in will carry some weight, because it isn't easy to defeat Big Show regardless of what state he's in.
I wasn't initially excited about the prospects of Big Show holding the World Heavyweight Championship, but that was due to the way he was handled in the past more than anything else. Now that Big Show has been established properly, I'm in favor of him carrying the belt until the perfect situation presents itself.