WWE WrestleMania 29: Why Big Show and Booker T Are on a Collision Course

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2013

Photo courtesy of WWE.com
Photo courtesy of WWE.com

One of the most exciting things about this year's road to WrestleMania is that, aside from a couple of matches, it's unpredictable.

Many upper-mid-card and main event-caliber guys are in limbo to some degree, including Big Show, but recent events suggest he will have a very unlikely 'Mania opponent.

Big Show has been involved in the World Heavyweight Championship scene since he beat Sheamus for the title at Hell in a Cell. Big Show dropped the belt to Alberto Del Rio several weeks ago and was unsuccessful in his bids to recapture it at Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber.

He now appears to be moving on to something else, but it isn't immediately clear to most what the next step is.

Over the past few months, however, Big Show has been very vocal in his criticism of SmackDown general manager Booker T.

Big Show feels as though Booker is out to get him, and he reached a boiling point when he was forced to defend his title against Del Rio in a Last Man Standing match on SmackDown.

Big Show lost and has been in a foul mood ever since.

He also chided Booker for doing little about Del Rio attacking him in his hotel room, as well as ruining his bus and pouring orange paint on him. Big Show hasn't gotten physical with Booker yet, but it appears as if it's only a matter of time.

Big Show made mention of Booker once again on the most recent edition of Main Event and he proceeded to win matches against The Usos, Brodus Clay and The Great Khali in succession.

The Miz left the announcement table and fought Big Show afterward, so that could potentially mean that a feud between them is in store. Miz just beat United States Champion Antonio Cesaro on Raw, though, and figures to take his title at WrestleMania.

My guess is that the Big Show vs. Miz showdown on Main Event was simply a vehicle to set up a match between them next week.

Booker hasn't had a match since he competed for Team Teddy at WrestleMania XXVIII, but he still appears to be in good shape and has proven capable of working some solid bouts since his return two years ago.

Big Show continues to accuse Booker of being jealous of the fact that Big Show is still relevant and an active competitor, which tells me that he will find a way to goad Booker into a match.

While it could be an insignificant undercard match meant to give Booker a win, I can absolutely see a stipulation being added. Big Show believes that Booker is acting unethically in an effort to stick it to him, so perhaps Booker's status as SmackDown general manager will be on the line.

Big Show could then offer up the iron-clad contract that he likes to talk about so much.

If this is the case, then I absolutely see Big Show prevailing. This would happen in conjunction with one of two things.

The first is a potential Teddy Long heel turn. Long has been Booker's lackey for the past several months and Booker has been both rude and flippant with him on several occasions rather than taking his experience into account.

Long happens to be a former referee, so I can see Booker making Long the special guest referee for the match in hopes that the scale will be tipped in his favor. Just when Booker appears to be en route to victory, however, Long will refuse to count. Big Show will then capitalize and Long will allow him to come out on the winning end.

With Booker out as general manager, Long could take over as a heel.

Another option would involve Big Show earning the right to name a new general manager due to his win. Long would be expecting Big Show to choose him since he helped him win the match, but Big Show would instead bring back the man who is responsible for his iron-clad contract.

That, of course, is John Laurinaitis, who was fired after Big Show lost a match to John Cena at No Way Out.

Booker is decent in his current role as general manager, but losing his position would allow him to go back to commentary. A three-man booth with Josh Matthews and JBL would be interesting, to say the least.

Not everyone enjoys Booker's commentary, as he is far from polished, but there is no doubt that he is incredibly entertaining and would add some pizzazz to the product.

Plus, things are always more interesting when a heel authority figure is in place.

Booker has been little more than a figurehead to this point, and while I'm not a huge fan of Long or Laurinaitis, they could have a bigger impact as heels than Booker has as a face.

There are few better ways to get a rising face over than by having him feud with a crooked authority figure, so Del Rio could certainly get into some dust-ups with Long or Laurinaitis.

The WWE has done a good job of not showing its hand to this point, but I'm confident that Big Show's issues with Booker are building toward a WrestleMania match. It won't be a featured match on the card, but with two popular veterans involved and a potential stipulation in place, it could be a great contest to add depth to the event.


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