Big Show was very upset about having to wrestle Daniel Bryan. It isn't clear what makes this different than any other match on any other Raw. But announcer Michael Cole assured us that this is the worst thing since whenever the last time Ric Flair mooned the audience on a roll-up attempt.
The entire locker room, once again, gathered at the top of the ramp to witness the reluctant warriors. Or, more accurately, reluctant warrior. Because, while Show wasn't pleased about having to fight Bryan, the smaller man seemed plenty happy to take on the big man but was eventually overmatched by the giant's sheer size.
Big Show refused to finish off Bryan, causing Triple H and The Shield to run in and put a whupping on Bryan. After initially refusing, Big Show eventually knocked out a helpless Bryan.
Memorable Moments and Quotes
"Daniel Bryan is one of the most popular WWE Superstars ever."—Michael Cole. Whoa. Hold your horses.
"Don't make me do this."—Big Show before tossing Bryan from the ring.
Big Show counters Bryan's kick with a chokeslam, only to be countered himself with a DDT.
"Paul, you know I do not want to do this."—Triple H. Shoot, names were uttered. This is serious business. Do what Paul tells you!
"Leave me alone please."—Big Show, straight blubbering.
I don't understand what's going on with this angle, and I'm not real comfortable grading it as a whole. Instead, let's separate it into two parts.
I loved the match. I also enjoyed Orton coming out after the henchmen had done his dirty work and standing over a prone Bryan. That was a powerful image. The McMahons as the overarching villains? Loved it to pieces.
But the stuff with the Big Show?
That was painful to watch and made no sense. Why was Big Show driven to tears by a wrestling match? He wrestles someone every week. What made this particular match with Bryan so awful, especially considering Bryan welcomed it, and it was a competitive match between two top pros?
And then there were the tears. Oh so many tears. Give it to Show. He tried to bring his Emmy game. But when Stephanie McMahon is blowing you off the screen, something has gone horribly wrong. This just wasn't his finest moment. And it had to be.
Anything less couldn't hope to overcome the nonsensical and inexplicable storyline.
I'm torn here because I want to see the WWE delve into areas beyond either anger or snark—in the worst way. But this wasn't a good start. This could all be redeemed by some amazing performances next week. But I'm a bit skeptical of that happening based on what I saw Monday night. This was bad, even by wrestling standards. And that, friends, is saying something.