Big Show: Addition to Team Opposing the Shield Adds Intrigue to WrestleMania 29

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistMarch 7, 2013

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08:  WWE Superstar Big Show is introduced during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
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Although nothing is set in stone quite yet, it appears that Big Show will team with Sheamus and Randy Orton to take on The Shield at WrestleMania XXIX.

Big Show may not be the most exciting superstar in the WWE, but his presence as a heel on a face team will certainly make things interesting.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not much of a Big Show fan as I find him bland, both on the mic and in the ring, but his current run has been one of his best in recent memory. The WWE deserves a lot of the blame for messing with Big Show's character so often over the years.

He is clearly best off being a dominant, monster heel, however, the creative team constantly turns him from heel to face and back again.

The Shield has only targeted faces to this point, but Big Show has gotten involved with them over the past week. Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns crashed the ring during a match between Big Show and Orton on SmackDown last week with the sole purpose of taking out The Viper.

When Big Show shook out the cobwebs, he proceeded to hit Reigns with a Knockout Punch, which then caused The Shield to retreat.

Despite a seemingly heroic move by Big Show, he followed that up with a Knockout Punch to Orton and then ate a Brogue Kick courtesy of Sheamus. Big Show's quarrel with The Shield didn't come to an end there as they got their revenge on Raw.

Following a fatal four-way between Big Show, Orton, Sheamus and CM Punk, The Shield descended from the crowd and managed to triple powerbomb The World's Largest Athlete.

Since Big Show doesn't have anything else going on at the moment, it is pretty much a foregone conclusion that he will reluctantly team with two enemies in the form of Orton and Sheamus.

Both Orton and Sheamus have been dealing with The Shield for the past couple months and are still trying to get revenge. They haven't been able to do it thus far, so it will lead them to ask for the Big Show's services despite their differences with him.

Most fans will probably be shocked if The Shield doesn't win at WrestleMania because it wouldn't make much sense to stall their momentum. They are undefeated as a unit in the WWE and are coming off a huge victory over John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus at Elimination Chamber.

That triumph would be all for naught if the WWE decided to cancel it out with a loss on the WrestleMania stage, though.

Even if most of us can agree that The Shield will beat the team of Orton, Sheamus and Big Show, the dynamic among the members of the makeshift trio will be something worth watching. Most figure that Big Show will be the one who causes most of the issues. After all, he is the only heel on the team and he's had significant feuds with both Orton and Sheamus in the past.

At the same time, Orton and Sheamus don't exactly have a friendship either.

They too have feuded and have had disagreements as recently as just before the Royal Rumble. Orton and Sheamus are faces, but they have been heels in the past and have personalities that make them difficult to trust.

Nobody on the team has a good relationship with another, so a miscommunication of some kind will cost them the victory.

The Shield is a cohesive unit and that has allowed the three rookies to compete with some of the WWE's biggest names. From a kayfabe perspective, we can't possibly believe that any one of Ambrose, Rollins or Reigns are better individually than Orton, Sheamus or Big Show. None of them were better than Cena, Sheamus and Ryback either, but they managed to knock them off through teamwork.

That will once again be the case at WrestleMania.

The true intrigue lies in watching the quasi-face team unravel. The smart money may be on Big Show doing something to screw over Orton and Sheamus, but that would be too obvious.

My hope is that Orton either turns heel during the match or perhaps after it's already over.

I can definitely envision a scenario in which Orton is frustrated by the loss and proceeds to RKO Sheamus and Big Show in the aftermath. Most fans seem to agree that Orton absolutely needs a character change in order to become relevant again, and a heel turn would obviously fit the bill. Orton being the cancer of the team rather than Big Show would also be a minor swerve that gets people talking.

The one thing that shouldn't happen, however, is Big Show turning face as a result of Orton's betrayal.

Big Show has already turned so many times over the course of his career that I truly can't come up with an accurate number. The point is that he has been forced to change so many times that the WWE simply needs to let him be.

As I mentioned previously, I'm not a fan of Big Show, but he is one of the few heels on the roster with main-event experience.

Aside from Punk, there really isn't another top heel in the WWE. That makes Big Show one of the company's best heels by default, so it wouldn't make much sense to turn him when he would have to contend with the likes of Cena, Sheamus, Ryback, Alberto Del Rio, The Miz and others as a face.

Perhaps being in this match can be considered a step down for Big Show—he was in World Heavyweight Championship contention for several months before—but nobody really wants to see him in a major storyline, so his talents are best utilized to put over The Shield and aid an Orton heel turn.


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