Veteran performers in WWE know that they are not supposed to reveal upcoming plans. Well, Big Show decided to let the cat out of the bag during a recent interview. He revealed that World Wrestling Entertainment is bringing him back soon so he can start building towards a match against Shaquille O’Neal at Wrestlemania 33, as reported by Wrestling Inc.
For those that haven’t noticed, Big Show has not been seen much on WWE television shows over the past couple of months. That is because management has decided to phase him out of the program for the time being to focus on newer performers.
The hiatus is actually a very good thing for Big Show because it enables his character to be recharged. Fans can grow tired of a character when they have been around for more than a decade. The man legally known as Paul Wight has been with WWE since 1999.
Considering where he’s at in his career, Big Show seems more than content with being in the background. He’s currently doing a lot of public relations work for WWE, a role which he more than likely will continue to have with the company once he retires as an in ring performer.
Big Show also sounds enthusiastic that WWE is building up the newer generation of performers. He mentioned Baron Corbin, Big Cass and Braun Strowman as big men that are being groomed for bigger roles. Big Show also made it a point to name Erick Rowan, a performer that he is a fan of.
Shaquille O’Neal has long wanted to be a part of professional wrestling. He’s been a WWE fan for the longest time now. Even when he was in the NBA, he expressed a desire to step inside the squared circle and work a big match at Wrestlemania.
When it comes to Wrestlemania, the more celebrities that Vince McMahon can bring on board, the better the CEO likes it. It is more of a mainstream media event nowadays than a professional wrestling event. McMahon knows that the show is his best chance at drawing attention to the company each year.
WWE has struck gold before by having Big Show working a match against a celebrity. At Wrestlemania 24, the former world heavyweight champion wrestled Floyd Mayweather. The outspoken and controversial boxer was able to generate a lot of mainstream media attention for World Wrestling Entertainment by just being involved.
Vince McMahon will attempt to catch lightning in a bottle again by having Big Show working a match against Shaquille O’Neal, who is now an analyst for the NBA. By remaining on television, the 7-foot, 1-inch, 325 pound former center still has a lot of name value, which is what Wrestlemania needs.
Wrestlemania 33 is being held at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando. The venue has undergone millions of dollars in renovations and can easily support more than 70,000 fans. WWE is going to want to break that number because they love flaunting their massive success to shareholders and potential advertisers.
As far as Big Show revealing details of upcoming plans, he is highly unlikely to get in trouble with Vince McMahon. The revelation does bring some attention to WWE and starts to generate hype for Wrestlemania 33. Big Show understands how the industry works, so he is simply doing his job as a public relations guy.
Rather than wait for January, which is the time where WWE starts going full speed in promoting the upcoming Wrestlemania event, Big Show will be brought back to television. He will more than likely have a big role at the Royal Rumble before going up against Shaquille O’Neal.
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