After sustaining multiple blows to the head during Sunday night's Survivor Series PPV as well as Monday night's Raw, the Big Show is being held out of participation with concussion symptoms.
In order to retain his WWE title during Sunday's main event, Randy Orton hit Show with a classic move that many have been clamoring to see more of: a punt to the head.
While the blow didn't give the veteran superstar a concussion, it did result in some "head trauma," according to ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann.
According to ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann, the giant "did sustain some head trauma from Randy Orton’s punt. Thankfully, at that time his neurological exam was normal. He passed all of his impact testing, and he was able to get in the ring without any headaches, dizziness or problems at that time.”
Dr. Amann noted that in addition to Big Show's resiliency and toughness, the immense size of The World’s Largest Athlete allows him to absorb more punishment than most Superstars, which thereby led WWE doctors to clear him for in-ring action. “The trauma that would have caused a concussion in another competitor," he explained, "did not, in fact, cause any concussive symptoms in him."
As such, Big Show was allowed to participate in the following night's Raw, where he was placed in a tag team match with John Cena against Orton and Alberto Del Rio.
During that match, The Apex Predator stomped on Show's head multiple times while Del Rio hit him with a superkick. The bout was halted temporarily to check on Big Show, but he was cleared to continue.
The last move to Show was a DDT from Orton, and afterwards, he was shown being attended to outside of the ring.
When he was evaluated again, it turned out he did have a concussion:
However, after the bout, a full evaluation of the giant prompted a decision to send him home before Tuesday’s SmackDown in Connecticut.
“The trauma Big Show sustained Monday at Raw did, in fact, cause concussive symptoms,” said Dr. Amann. “At this point, we are doing further testing, and he is currently not cleared to participate in any in-ring competition."
It's a little concerning that Show was allowed to continue considering the fact he had indeed suffered a concussion, and handling head injuries is something the company will have to be very careful with in the future.
As for the injury itself, this is an unfortunate consequence of the sport, and with everything we know now about concussions, you can probably bet you won't be seeing Orton's punt anytime soon.
In terms of storylines, Show didn't really have a clear direction after his loss to Orton at Survivor Series, so this doesn't change much.
Still, we hope that the veteran is able to make a full and quick recovery.