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"Welllllllll, it's an article on The Big Show!"
Over the last 25+ years, The Big Show has cemented his legacy within the pro wrestling business by becoming The World's Largest Athlete. From his younger days in WCW as The Giant to becoming one of the most respected veteran leaders in the WWE locker room today, Show's career is certainly one for the history books.
When you think about the greatest big men in wrestling history, you think about guys like Andre The Giant, The Undertaker, Kane, Mark Henry, Rikishi, Vader, and Yokozuna. The fact that The Big Show is among those legends is certainly an accomplishment in itself.
I'm about to explain why The Big Show is one of the greatest and most beloved WWE superstars in the company's history. I'll also touch upon his new hit series on Netflix, The Big Show Show, and how much he absolutely thrives in that new role!
When we all first laid eyes on the big man, he was introduced to us in WCW as The Giant. He would wear that black, single strapped attire that reminded you of the Eighth Wonder of the World and made you believe that he'd be something special within the wrestling business. Although his time as the WCW Champion and his stint with the NWO along the likes of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall were monumental moments, it was time for The Giant to move on to greener pastures.
I remember when The Big Show made his first appearance in WWE in February of 1999 like it was just yesterday. I was sitting on the couch at my next door neighbor's house watching Stone Cold Steve Austin physically destroy his own boss in a violent steel cage match at the St. Valentine's Day Massacre pay-per-view. I was fully entertained watching Austin tear apart Mr. McMahon, eating my popcorn with the biggest smile on my face. All of a sudden, I see this gigantic figure burst through the ring and my jaw dropped to the floor...
I exclaimed, "WHAT IS THE GIANT DOING IN A WWE RING?"
I was completely shocked and confused as to what I was witnessing. Then seeing him launch Stone Cold threw the cage, accidentally helping The Rattlesnake win and secure his WrestleMania title match, put the smile back on my face.
That debut will always be one of the more memorable ones that I'll ever see in my lifetime. Being a fan of The Giant while he was dominating in WCW, just seeing him randomly cross over into the WWE was just mind-boggling to me. Those were the times where dirt sheets and social media platforms couldn't spoil anything about expiring contracts and behind-the-scenes scoops. Fortunately for us wrestling fans back then, The Giant's debut in WWE had the ultimate shock value that we all absolutely love to witness.
Over the next number of years, The Big Show was a constant main event talent within the WWE, feuding with literally every single top superstar that's ever been in the company. There were just a couple of rivalries that stand out to me, however, and one of those rivalries was against The Great One, The Rock.
I was in attendance at the No Way Out pay-per-view in Hartford, Connecticut when The Big Show faced off against The Rock where the winner got the chance to move on to the main event title match at WrestleMania. The young kid in me was clapping and cheering The People's Champ on, hoping for a miracle, as I knew that the conniving Shane McMahon was in the corner of Show. Unfortunately for that young kid, a McMahon got his way that night as The Big Show defeated The Rock, prompting me to start booing loudly at the two villains as they walked towards the backstage area. Needless to say, I wasn't that much of a Big Show fan that night as I am today. (haha)
The next rivalry I enjoyed watching The Big Show involved in was against the newcomer at the time in 2002, or shall I say he was The Next Big Thing. That man was Brock Lesnar. Those two mammoths completely annihilated one another every single time they locked horns. From competing in a grueling Stretcher Match at Judgment Day 2003 to imploding the entire ring after a gigantic superplex on an episode of SmackDown, the two big men really left their mark after feuding with one another. I know that it left a mark in MY memory and I'm quite sure that there are countless others around the world who feel that same exact way as well.
Whenever The Big Show was needed for a big-time role such as squaring off against Floyd Mayweather and being in a sumo match against Japanese legend Akebono, he always did what was asked of him. Despite all the face and heel turns that have become a running joke among fans nowadays, Big Show was, again, just doing exactly what was asked of him.
The simple fact is that he has put over more talent in the WWE than anyone else that I could think of during the past 20 years. He truly cares about this business and he definitely cares about the careers of the up-and-coming talent in WWE. If you don't respect someone of that stature, then you're doing the job of a WWE fan completely and utterly wrong.
My respect for The Big Show is not just because of his size, strength, and being labeled as one of the greatest performers in WWE history. It's also because of the way he respects, appreciates, and loves this business to no end, and that he continues to do whatever is asked of him to this very day.
It's obvious to me, and should be to everyone else, that The Big Show is a first-ballot WWE Hall of Famer and rightfully deserves every ounce of recognition and respect from the WWE Universe.
Show Becomes the World's Largest...ACTOR
Now that The Big Show is winding down his in-ring career, it looks like he has started another amazing career as an actor on his new hit television show on Netflix, The Big Show Show!
When I first heard about this new venture, I wasn't aware of how exceptional it would actually turn out to be. Here I am thinking about how dominate and aggressive The Big Show was throughout his 25+ year career in pro wrestling. I was thinking how he would chokeslam people through the mat, squash them like a pancake with his body, and knock them out with that large right hand. How could he pull off being a 7-foot dad in a funny, family sitcom?!?
Well, my answer to that question now is simple---perfectly.
After watching the first season of The Big Show Show, I was completely blown away by how well Show and the rest of the great cast worked together. Within the first five minutes, I was fully hooked, especially when Show told his youngest daughter that he used to braid Mick Foley's hair backstage after every WWE show. (haha)
I've known Allison Munn from her appearances on hit shows like That 70's Show and One Tree Hill. Therefore, I already knew how wonderful of an actress she truly was and what she would bring to the table. However, the team of Reylynn Caster, Lily Brooks O'Briant, and Juliet Donenfeld really kick this show into another gear with their unique personalities and lovable banter. As much as I admire the entire cast, if I needed to choose one of them to scheme an important plan with me, it would 100% be J.J (Donenfeld). That girl might be the smartest human being on the planet, along with her hilarious one-liners and knee-slapping comebacks.
The show is just a really fun watch and something that every person who enjoys a nice laugh would certainly appreciate. Wrestling fans would absolutely love it too as cameos are made by the likes of Mark Henry, Mick Foley, and Rikishi. I won't give away any spoilers if you haven't watched the show yet, but I'll just state this: Those three huge grown men prove that them and The Backstreet Boys have a whole lot in common! (haha)
I sincerely hope that there's a Season 2 on the horizon for this great family show. The Big Show deserves it, and the entire cast of great people who work on the show deserve it.
Thank you, Big Show, for the 25+ years of entertainment within the industry that I adore most in this world. To watch you grow up into the awesome guy that you are today has been an absolute pleasure. I consider you and your brotha from another motha, Mark Henry, as two of the nicest and most down-to-earth big men to ever step foot in the WWE. The respect you both show for the business and the love you share towards the other talent in the back tells me why you two guys are such close friends. You share that special bond and appreciation for your craft.
As much as I've enjoyed watching you inside that squared circle for all these years, I very much am looking forward to your future as The World's Largest Actor and continuing your success on The Big Show Show.
Much love and respect for you always, my friend.
Thank you for all the memories, and cheers to the new ones!
© 2020 Steve Smith
garbagebrakes on June 26, 2020: