Over the past several weeks, Big Show has been a reluctant villain. The idea is that he lost his money in bad investments and thus absolutely needed to work as a wrestler for a living even though he's a giant in his 40s who's been a main event star for his entire 18-year career.
Friday night, on SmackDown, the story took a new twist when Triple H announced that he bought Big Show's house "from the mortgage company" and Big Show...owes him some kind of ill-defined services, I guess?
Look, I'm not looking for the pinnacle of storytelling here. WWE seemingly implied that all of Big Show's financial problems have come in the past year, as his only concern when he was "fired" in 2012 was that he couldn't entertain the fans. That appears to have come about by accident, so there are clearly issues with the details here.
Still, I'd like to see some more effort here. Was Big Show foreclosed on? If not, doesn't that mean Triple H just paid off Big Show's active debt and Big Show technically owns the house? Was Big Show's wife involved?
Anyway, this is supposed to do two things:
- Make Big Show more sympathetic somehow.
- Get more heat on Triple H.
As for No. 1...sure, I guess, unless people resent Big Show for blowing his money and acting pained over his boss being generous enough to pay off his house. No. 2? How am I supposed to take Triple H seriously now?
Triple H's character is...
Before, he was an entertainingly deluded evil promoter who believed he was actually an awesome dude doing the right thing. Now he's the villain of every awful cartoon, movie, puppet show and so on from my childhood who bought an orphanage/rec center just to shut it down because...uh...EVIL!
If they try to fill in the gaps and it turns out Big Show is just too darn grateful to go against Triple H then...I was gonna say that should make some sense out of it, but I realized it won’t. It's too risky, because it's too unclear if he's just too darn nice to buck Triple H or too spineless to rock the boat now that his boss from hell is trying to control him via his finances.
Of course, this storyline is more simplistic than that: Triple H is doing this because he's evil. There's some nuance in that he acts like he believes he's doing the right thing, but that's it. It's one of those moments where WWE goes too far in tipping its hand that its TV shows are primarily for children.
That's fine if those are the rules WWE is going to play by, but right now, it's not. There are plenty of angles and characters geared toward adults on WWE programming, with Zeb Colter being the most obvious one.
I'm not saying they need to make WWE Magazine a Disney Adventures knock-off like it was two decades ago, but they're dealing with extremes here. You can't have this version of the Triple H character or the snake-charming comedy spot from last week's SmackDown on the same shows where there are heels doing a Tea Party gimmick and Stephanie McMahon is telling Big Show his wife told her he has a small penis.
Having said that, if Triple H is going to be like this, he needs to cut his promos while sitting in a throne and petting a cat like Dr. Claw.