Two-time WWE Champion. Four-time World Heavyweight Champion (two in WCW). One-time ECW Champion. Crybaby.
One of those shouldn't belong.
However, they all apply when it comes to describing elements of Big Show's career. Although he is one of the biggest and most dominant superstars to ever set foot in a wrestling ring, for some reason, he has been portrayed as having this incredibly soft side.
Sometimes, too soft.
Let's go back to 1999. After being kicked out of the Corporation, Big Show joined other rejects to form a faction named The UNION. During this time, he feuded with the newly-formed Corporate Ministry, specifically the Undertaker and Big Bossman.
During his feud with Bossman, somehow WWE Creative decided that it would be more captivating to include his deceased father in the storyline. On an episode of Raw, Big Show was scheduled to compete against Bossman for the Hardcore Championship.
Before the match, the cameras were sent to the back, where a "cop" delivered the unfortunate news to Big Show. Of course, in real life, an expression of tears would be normal. However, it was a storyline, and we saw the beginning of Show's crying streak.
And who can forget about the funeral scene? I am sure most of us wish that never happened.
Fast-forward to 2012. Big Show wins his first (and only) Intercontinental Championship from Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania 28. He cried, with celebration that—after suffering defeats to the likes of sumo wrestler Akebono and Floyd Mayweather—he finally achieved a memorable WrestleMania moment. Very expressive, understandable elation, but his crying was no surprise.
Then, we get to his stint with John Laurinaitis. On the May 14th episode of Monday Night Raw, the Big Show was the prime subject of ridicule after he mocked Laurinaitis' voice a week prior. To show his drunkenness of power, Laurinaitis publicly humiliated Show, "firing" him live on TV. However, Big Show did not go down without a fight. A hissy-fit fight, that is.
At least there was a payoff, being a heel turn and an "iron clad" contract.
However, the payoff of his most recent cryfest may not be so lucrative.
Let's take a short detour. During the latter part of 2012, Big Show revived his career by shockingly defeating Sheamus at Hell in a Cell to win his second World Heavyweight Championship in the WWE. Soon after, he commenced a feud with newly-turned babyface Alberto Del Rio. On the episode of SmackDown that aired on January 11, Big Show lost the title to ADR in a last man standing match.
On an episode of SmackDown during their feud, Del Rio felt the liberty of vandalizing his tour bus by way of removing the tires, as well as showering him—and the bus—with paint. Instead of being an angry monster and seeking retribution, what was his reaction? Pity and sobbing.
Again, Big Show is back as the uber-emotional, crybaby giant. Somehow, in between his 2011 World Heavyweight Championship loss at TLC, heel turn, and return as a face, he has become good friends with Daniel Bryan. Even to the point where he cried so abundantly, simply because he did not want to KO punch his "good friend."
Although it is a good thing that Big Show is included in this angle to keep some relevance in the twilight of his career, this sappy Big Show much stop. There is no way that one of the largest and most dominant WWE Superstars should ever be forced to look so vulnerable.
Yes, he has achieved a great deal of success in the WWE. However, being written in storylines as a big crybaby? That can and should be permanently omitted.
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