On/off main eventer The Big Show has been thrust firmly into the spotlight in his current angle with the McMahon family.
Per the storyline, years of bad investments and careless spending have left The Big Show totally broke.
People can complain that this angle came out of nowhere, but it could be seen as an interesting take on the cash problems plaguing guys like Ric Flair and Hulk Hogan in recent years.
And it's not just wrestlers: Numerous famous athletes, including Mike Tyson and former NFL player Warren Sapp, have filed for bankruptcy in the past.
If anything, this is one of the company's smarter, more topical storylines.
So, in order to stave off financial ruin and support his family, the giant now has to acquiesce to the demands of Triple H, Stephanie and the rest of The Corporation.
Over the last couple of weeks, he's been forced to beat down good friend Daniel Bryan, stand idly by as the heels run amok and knock out legendary wrestler Dusty Rhodes.
Big Show's response to all this is to turn into a weepy, hysterical mess who seemingly can't get through a segment without blubbering about something. It's like a bad episode of Homeland, or something.
(At least he did manage to show some professionalism and dispatch The Miz on Monday night's Raw with limited fuss.)
Of course, Paul Wight is actually a very gifted actor—WWE Studios disaster Knucklehead not withstanding—but WWE may be taking advantage of his ability to cry on cue. It's not dramatic any more—if anything, it's laughable.
At some point, hopefully before the Battleground pay-per-view, the former WWE champ will have to stand up to the McMahons and let them know he's not going to follow orders anymore.
Not only would this help create more hype and press for the pay-per-view—fans would tune in eager to see what the giant's next move will be—it would also greatly revive his stale character.
Big Show has lost a lot as a character in the past month or so. He's been portrayed as too weak and whiny in this current storyline.
Of course, you could argue that the real payoff is in Big Show waiting until the pay-per-view to extract his revenge on The Corporation.
But, really, it's not like Big Show will be a selling point of the event on October 6 anyway.
And considering that Raw will have far more viewers than the pay-per-view, Big Show standing up to the McMahons will have significantly more impact if it takes place on free TV.
Having dragged out this storyline for long enough, it's time for WWE to move to the next stage of this angle—presumably Big Show and Bryan teaming up to take on The Corporation.
Besides, how much longer can the star keep churning out the tears before he starts suffering from dehydration?
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