On the January 10 episode of SmackDown, it was announced that Brock Lesnar will wrestle his first match since SummerSlam way back on August 18 of last year when he meets The Big Show at the Royal Rumble.
From the outside looking in, the match looks like a huge one. Both men are multiple-time WWE champions and both will one day be enshrined in the WWE Hall of Fame. They are immediately recognizable in the wrestling world and have history with one another, meaning the setup should be fairly easy.
Very few wrestlers are going to benefit from meeting Big Show at this point in his career, however, and Brock Lesnar is not one of them.
Randy Orton was not, either. Back at the Survivor Series in November, his WWE Championship reign was nearly killed following a bad match against a Big Show who looked slower and more sluggish than he had in years.
Replace Orton with Lesnar, who has a very physical style and whose athleticism is unmatched by any Superstar with his size and strength, and you have a recipe for disaster. Lesnar has speed and agility that no other 275-pound Superstar has ever possessed, and the energy and intensity he brings to the ring will look incredibly out of place against a slow, plodding giant who is in less-than-stellar ring shape.
The fact that Big Show was dropped from the main event after a subpar performance against Orton at Survivor Series and had been used in tag team action on the midcard does little to help the match. In fact, it may actually hurt it, as the idea that Big Show is a legitimate threat to a wrecking machine like Lesnar is laughable, no matter how many times he tosses the Beast around to try to get the match over.
The two Superstars are not on the same level, either in reality or in the eyes of the fans.
Lesnar only wrestles the top stars in the industry, such as Triple H, John Cena and CM Punk. Big Show is a big step down and will serve only as a warm-up opponent for Lesnar as the Minnesotan prepares for his WrestleMania XXX program.
Whether said program involves a returning Undertaker or Batista or a current Superstar such as Orton or Cena, the feud and resulting match involving Big Show must be the launching point for bigger and better things to come for the former standout UFC star.
If it is not, and Lesnar ends up being relegated to wrestling a second-tier star such as Show at WrestleMania, his talent, marketability and star power will be wasted considerably.
And that would be a huge mistake given his stature in the business and whatever large sum of money World Wrestling Entertainment is paying him.