Craig Wilson, John Carbery, Jamie Lithgow and Brian Damage
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook the Big Show.
Craig: I wonder if there will be much disagreement on this one…It might be a bit like the one on Kane, when we recognise their achievements and the longevity of their in-ring run whilst not really seeing much for them going forward.
We’ve over a decade and a half of the Big Show in the WWE and nearly two decades since he first set foot in the ring at WCW. But it has been a while now since he’s really been considered a main event talent in the WWE.
So, does the Big Show get booked, get shifted into another role within the company or are we closing in on the time when his career with the company, if not his entire in-ring career, comes to an end.
John: Big Show has long occupied a top spot in the WWE and has been given multiple main event runs but has he ever been over enough to justify it? He was given a great start in 99, straight away positioned as a monster and a major signing and he just didn’t deliver. Somehow he’s managed to coast for another 17 years despite never having a classic match and letting his weight get out of control on a number of occasions.
I wouldn’t have a problem with him being a part of the company if he wasn’t pushed at the expense of other talents. They tried to crowbar him into Daniel Bryan’s spot for instance, Show even co-opted the Yes chant at one point and that kind of stuff just makes me resent him, whether its his fault or not.
Jamie: If he didn’t come across as such a cool guy in interviews I would not hesitate to pull the trigger on The Big Show. From his appearances on Stone Cold’s podcast he also seems to have a firm grasp on what is and should be his role in WWE. His job is to put others over, which obviously creates a bit of collateral damage, but is ultimately for the greater good. This also explains why he has turned heel/face so many times, because he has put a lot of guys over!
Thus, we should not be debating him being used as a Champion or anything even approaching that. We should be asking ourselves what kind of weight a victory over The Big Show carries? It is obviously diminishing with every job he does, but I can still think of a few guys who could benefit from this kind of rub. Baron Corbin springs to mind, as does Apollo Crews.
Brian: I can’t really make an argument to keep him on the active roster. Wrestlers today are smaller, quicker and more agile than the giants like himself of yesteryear. The fan chants of “Please retire” are getting louder and louder too.
I like Paul Wight as a charismatic individual but as a wrestler his time is over. Maybe, just maybe they can have him replace the recently fired Steve Lomardi who worked on wrestlers promos backstage?
Craig: You don’t automatically think ‘charisma’ when you talk about the Big Show as it’s largely been hidden from us but it is there. He’s hugely entertaining on Swerved and, even though I’m not his biggest fan, his appearance on the Stone Cold podcast was fascinating. He’s so, so clearly a massive fan of the business with a depth of knowledge on it. You’d think, then, that there must be a role somewhere for him. A backstage agent, the role Brian indicated or even on the creative team.
But we’re all pretty much agreed that as an in-ring talent, his time is coming to an end. Right?
So there is our take. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.