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WWE Royal Rumble 2014 match card preview: Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show

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A BEAST and a BIG SHOW. This should be fun!

HOSS FIGHT

Brock Lesnar vs. Big Show

There's history here, what with the two having shared a program or two the last time Brock was with WWE back during his initial run from 2002 to 2004. Paul Heyman has also managed both. So there's that. Really, though, this is simply a HOSS FIGHT to kill time with.

The road to Royal Rumble

It began with an attack on Mark Henry, the second in as many weeks. Henry had answered the call when Heyman wondered who would stand in Brock's way en route to challenging for the WWE world heavyweight championship and he was quickly disposed of not once, but twice.

The second resulted in a (kayfabe) dislocated shoulder. Or a broken arm, depending on what Vince McMahon is yelling in Michael Cole's ear.

It was after the second attack that Big Show appeared to toss Lesnar around:

We got an explanation for this on SmackDown that week when Show revealed to The Miz that he simply doesn't like Brock, never has, and he wants to beat him up.

That simple:

Then, the two had one more face-to-face confrontation before their singles match at the Rumble:

What's at stake?

Momentum for WrestleMania, and that's it.

Put simply, Big Show is expendable, a talent who can headline a card here and there (see: Survivor Series 2013) but one who is better served in the mid-card helping put guys over who are getting ready for bigger and better things.

You know, like Lesnar, who is very likely moving on to challenge Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 after this.

Expect Brock to go over big and expect Show to go the extra mile to get him over. Maybe they won't do the superplex breaking the ring spot again, but something somewhere close to it sounds about right.

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