The case of the Big Show has always been a curious one. You would be hard pushed to find a Superstar who has switched between operating as a face and a heel as often as Show. Sometimes it has worked with effect—his heel turn alongside John Laurinaitis at the Over the Limit pay-per-view in 2012 was an unexpected turn, and it worked to the extent that Show was eventually World Heavyweight Champion.
Since he returned to work as a face though in August of this year, things didn't really seem to be going anywhere. That was until he was thrust into the storyline surrounding "The Authority".
For the first time in years, it seems like Show has found his niche as both a competitor and a Superstar. Sure, he is operating as a face, but he is using his size and power to become a rebellious face, the kind that WWE has been crying out for since "The Authority" came to power.
Having the Big Show crying as he was forced to knock people such as Dusty Rhodes out in order to save his job seemed a ridiculous thing to do at first. Looking back now, that looks more like a masterstroke on the part of the creative.
It enabled us all to drop our guard and be surprised when Show responded in the way he did, starting at the Battleground PPV. We've been kept surprised by the actions of Show—and almost expecting him to turn heel again at any moment.
Battleground was the moment when we thought that had occurred. His knocking out of Randy Orton—but more importantly, Daniel Bryan—seemed to suggest Show would be heading down the path of supporting Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. We all thought we knew what would happen—and then Show destroyed The Shield to enabled Cody Rhodes and Goldust to win the tag team titles.
The reaction from the crowd that night was huge. The sort of reaction you get when something completely unexpected happens. He enabled Bryan to take Orton out in the final Raw before Hell in a Cell, before the show went off the air with the crowd going insane for Show and Bryan.
Knowing what we know about Big Show and his constant turns from face to heel, some of us were sure that it meant Show would finally turn on Bryan again at Hell in a Cell.
But again, it didn't happen. They kept Show off the PPV and allowed Shawn Michaels to screw Bryan, leaving us all wondering what Show would do next.
He then confirmed on Raw that he was one of the major players in the biggest storyline in WWE in years. By knocking Orton out, it looks like a match with Triple H is on the cards at Survivor Series. Or perhaps a championship match with Orton is being planned—Bryan could well be occupied elsewhere with Michaels to keep him out of the title picture.
It just feels that Big Show is finally being booked correctly after years of trying. For that, the creative have to be commended. But Show is delivering the business week in, week out. And it sure does make for excellent TV.