Show! Lose! Show! Mad! Show! Smash!
On Oct. 28, 2012 at Hell in a Cell, The Big Show nailed Sheamus with a WMD to claim his second World Heavyweight Championship. For 72 days, "The World's Largest Athlete" reigned over SmackDown with an iron fist. He could do as he wished, and he punished anyone who stood in his way. This was a man who was on top of the WWE Universe.
Then he lost it all.
On the Jan. 11, 2013 episode of SmackDown, Alberto Del Rio managed to do what many thought was impossible; he kept Show down for the ten count, in a Last Man Standing Match, to win the World Heavyweight Championship. Then, at Royal Rumble (Jan. 27) Del Rio repeated the feat, in a Last Man Standing Rematch, to retain the title. Finally, at Elimination Chamber (Feb. 17), Del Rio upped his own ante. Show spoke about how the champion had never pinned him, so "The Mexican Aristocrat" did him one better.
He made that sucker tap.
Now Alberto Del Rio is off to main event WrestleMania 29, and The Big Show has to find a new place on the card. Where that place will be though, no one is quite certain. The guy continues to do amazing heel work. Whoever he faces will become a made man. This is the guy you want to go up against if you need to get over.
Unfortunately for WWE, it feels like there are a lot of guys who need the help.
It will be interesting moving forward to see what angle Show gets tied into. There'a a thousand -- okay, more like half a dozen -- possibilities WWE could run with, but only a few that would actually make sense. Show is doing too damn good to be wasted away.
I really don't want to see him get stuck in something that we all will hate watching.
In! Tonight's! Action! Bullet! Points! Mini! Spoilers!
Note: all matches are based on reports from last night's (Feb. 19) taping. The endings will not be given away, but there may be slight spoilers. The card is always subject to change.
- The Big Show will run a gauntlet, taking out various opponents in his wake. Then a certain commentator will use the opportunity to stand up to the giant.
- Brad Maddox will speak on being the new Assistant (to the) Managing Supervisor.
- Finally, Justin Gabriel and Titus O'Neil go one-on-one in the night's sole true match.