🤼‍♂ How Good of a Wrestler Were They Really? NEW YEAR'S EDITION! 🤼‍♀ #39 THE BIG SHOW 🥳 😭

The British Bulldog scores 2.94, which his tag partner Dynamite Kid, somewhat surprisingly, scores worse at 2.9 BUT they fare slightly better as a unit with a 3.09.

Wrestler Rating
Chris Jericho (3) 4.69
Kurt Angle (2) 4.55
Mick Foley (10) 4.55
Daniel Bryan (5) 4.38
Macho Man Randy Savage (12) 4.37
Stone Cold Steve Austin (1) 4.36
Eddie Guerrero (8) 4.28
Ric Flair (11) 4.23
The Undertaker (7) 4.22
The Steiner Brothers (n/a) 4.22*
Shawn Michaels (6) 4.21
William Regal (18) 4.1
Bret Hart (9) 4.07
Owen Hart (21) 3.95
“Mr. Perfect” Curt Hennig (22) 3.91
CM Punk (16) 3.85
Jake “The Snake” Roberts (20) 3.81
The Road Warriors/Legion of Doom (106) 3.74
Diamond Dallas Page (41) 3.73
Booker T (48) 3.72
Charlotte Flair (34) 3.69
Vince McMahon (66) 3.55
Kane (19) 3.54
Brock Lesnar (30) 3.52
Triple H (13) 3.48
John Cena (17) 3.43
Rob Van Dam (47) 3.4
“Rowdy” Roddy Piper (37) 3.36
Becky Lynch (28) 3.2
Ron Simmons (114) 3.18
Big Van Vader (58) 3.17
Shane McMahon (59) 3.17
A.P.A (90) 3.15
Sting (52) 3.12
The Big Boss Man(36) 3.1
The British Bulldogs (n/a) 3.09
Scott Steiner (55) 3.08
Davey Boy Smith (96) 2.94
Dynamite Kid (83) 2.9
Stephanie McMahon (n/a) 2.36
Hulk Hogan (61) 2.33
D-X (n/a) 2.33
Goldberg (51) 2.3
JBL (n/a) 1.56

And now, what was meant to be a wee joke for me turned into an entire’s day commitment when I remembered this lad has had a 25 year career - so joke’s on me I guess - but we’re here now so it’s THE NEW YEAR’S BABY HIMSELF, ANDRE THE GIANT’S SON, THE MAN OF THE MILLION HEEL/FACE TURNS, CONSTANTLY TWIRLING TWIRLING, TWIRLING TOWARDS RELEVANCY, THE BIG MAN, THE WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION, THE WORLD’S LARGEST ATHELETE, PAUL WIGHT HIMSELF, WELLLLLLL…

WELL IT’S THE BIG SHOW!

So, How Good Was The Big Show Really?
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this one got a bit out of hand so I’ve separated it into sections:

WCW era:
  • The Giant (son of Andre) comes back from the dead having fallen off the roof of the Joe Lewis Arena, Detroit after a monster truck sumo match and defeats world champion Hulk Hogan via DQ because of THE YETAYYYYYY in his debut match, “wins” the title due to a stipulation technicality, only to have it stripped off him the next night anyway! (WCW World Heavyweight Title Match, WCW Halloween Havoc '95)
  • Arn Anderson & The Giant vs. Shinya Hashimoto & Tadao Yasuda (WCW/NJPW World In Japan)
  • The Giant helps Randy Savage win the WCW World Heavyweight Title by jobbing out Hogan in a 3-Ring, 60 Person Battle Royale! (World War 3 '95)
  • Ric Flair & The Giant vs. Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage (WCW Clash Of The Champions XXXII)
  • Hulk Hogan vs. The Giant (Steel Cage Match, WCW SuperBrawl VI)
  • The Giant vs. Loch “Giant Haystacks” Ness (WCW Uncensored '96)
  • The Giant beats Ric Flair for his first proper title run! (Nitro, April 29 '96)
  • The Giant vs. Sting (WCW World Heavyweight Title Match, Slamboree '96)
  • The Giant vs. Lex Luger (WCW World Heavyweight Title Match, The Great American Bash '96)
  • Kevin Sullivan & The Giant vs. Arn Anderson & Chris Benoit (WCW Bash At The Beach '96)
  • The Giant loses the WCW World Heavyweight Title to newly formed nWo leader Hollywood Hogan starting a year-long title run! (WCW Hog Wild)
  • The Giant joins nWo 23 days later after being paid off by Ted Dibiase!
  • The Giant vs. Randy Savage (Fall Brawl '96)
  • The Giant vs. Jeff Jarrett (Halloween Havoc '96)
  • The Giant wins WCW World War 3 '96 to become number 1 contender!
  • The Giant is kicked out of nWo for requesting his title shot from Hogan and losing to Lex Luger (Starrcade '96)
  • The Giant gets his title shot against Hollywood Hogan, only for to end in a no contest draw! (WCW World Heavyweight Title Match, Souled Out '97)
  • Lex Luger & The Giant win the WCW Tag Titles! vs. Kevin Nash & Scott Hall (WCW World Tag Team Titles Match, SuperBrawl VII)
  • Lex Luger vs. Booker T. vs. Stevie Ray vs. The Giant (Spring Stampede '97)
  • Lex Luger & The Giant vs. Dennis Rodman & Hulk Hogan (WCW Bash At The Beach '97)
  • The Giant vs. Scott Norton (Fall Brawl '97)
  • Kevin Nash no shows for his match with The Giant at Starrcade '97!
  • Kevin Nash almost breaks The Giant’s neck trying to do jacknife powerbomb! (Souled Out '98)
  • Hulk Hogan & Kevin Nash vs. Roddy Piper & The Giant (Baseball Bat On A Pole" Tag Match, Spring Stampede '98)
  • Sting & The Giant vs. Kevin Nash & Scott Hall (WCW World Tag Team Titles Match, Slamboree '98)
  • Sting vs. The Giant for control of the the WCW after two joined Wolfpac & Hollywood nWo respectively (The Great American Bash '98)
  • Hollywood nWo Scott Hall & The Giant vs. nWo Wolfpac Kevin Nash & Sting (WCW World Tag Team Titles Match, Nitro, Jul 20th '98)
  • The Giant is fed to WCW champion Goldberg in one of his tougher title defences (Nitro, October 12th '98)
  • Buff Bagwell & Rick Steiner vs. Scott Steiner & The Giant (WCW World Tag Team Titles Match, Halloween Havoc '98)
  • Diamond Dallas Page vs. The Giant (Starrcade '98)
  • nWo Hollywood & Wolfpac re-merge after the “finger poke of doom”, The Giant is kicked out of nWo and effectively WCW.

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Attitude Era
  • Paul Wight signs a ten-year contract with Vince, tears through the ring mat to help him attack (but not beat) Austin in a cage match (WWF In Your House: St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, Feb '98)
  • Now named The Big Show, Wight makes his WWF PPV debut against Mankind to determine who gets to referee the main event! (WrestleMania XV)
  • Mankind vs. The Big Show (“Boiler Room Brawl” Match, Backlash '99)
  • Kane vs. The Big Show (King Of The Ring & Fully Loaded '99)
  • The Big Show & The Undertaker or, The Unholy Alliance, win the tag belts! vs. Kane & X-Pac (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, SummerSlam '99)
  • Triple H vs. Kane vs. Mankind vs. The Big Show vs. The British Bulldog vs. The Rock (“Six-Pack Challenge” WWF World Heavyweight Title Match, Unforgiven '99)
  • The Big Show wins the WWF World Heavyweight Title to honour his dead father who passed several years before! vs. The Rock vs. Triple H (Triple-Threat WWF World Heavyweight Title Match, Survivor Series '99)
  • But before that, The Big Show beat The Big Boss Man, Mideon, Albert & Vicsera in a 4-on-1 handicap match because, Russo?
  • The Big Show blows off his feud with Big Boss Man behaving badly after riding around on his father’s casket being pulled around by a cop car! (WWF World Heavyweight Title Match, Armageddon '99)
  • The Big Show technically wins Royal Rumble '00 vs. The Rock as his feet touched the floor first, leading to months of his campaigning to “watch the tapes”
  • The Big Show beats The Rock to earn his spot in the Mania main event! (No Way Out '00)
  • Triple H vs. Mick Foley vs. The Big Show vs. The Rock (Fatal 4-Way “McMahon in every corner” Elimination WWF World Heavyweight Title Match, WrestleMania 2000)
  • The Big Show beats Kurt Angle dressed as Hulk Hogan! (Backlash '00)
  • Shane McMahon begins his streak of jumping off things to beat vs. The Big Show (Falls Count Anywhere Match, Judgment Day '00)
  • The Big Show gets sent to OVW to get into shape and better ringwork! The Big Show returns at Royal Rumble '01 only to be eliminated immediately by The Rock, avenging for his botch the previous year.
  • The Big Show vs. Raven (WWF Hardcore Title Match, No Way Out '01)
  • Kane vs. Raven vs. The Big Show (Triple-Threat WWF Hardcore Title Match, WrestleMania X-Seven)

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Ruthless Aggression/ECW Champion:
  • Shane “Which way did he go?” McMahon jumps off a very large thing vs. The Big Show (“Last Man Standing” Match, Backlash '01)
  • Rhyno vs. Test vs. The Big Show (Triple-Threat Hardcore WWF Hardcore Title Match, Judgement Day '01)
  • The Dudley Boyz vs Tajiri & The Big Show (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, No Mercy '01)
  • Team WWF vs The Alliance (Survivor Series '01)
  • The Dudley Boyz vs Kane & The Big Show (WWF Tag Team Titles Match, Vengeance '01)
  • The Big Show disappears again to get in shape and returns to join nWo '02!
  • Steve Austin vs. Ric Flair & The Big Show (Handicap Tag, Judgment Day '02)
  • The Big Show loses to recently exhalted from nWo Booker T. (No Disqualification, Vengeance '02)
  • The Big Show ends Brock Lesnar’s undefeated streak to win the title with help from Paul Heyman (WWE Championship Match, Survivor Series '02)
  • The Big Show is immediately exposed to be a placeholder champion! Vs. Kurt Angle (WWE Championship Match, Armageddon '02)
  • Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show (Royal Rumble '03 qualifying match)
  • The Undertaker vs. A-Train & The Big Show (Handicap Tag, WrestleMania XIX)
  • The Big Show vs. Rey Mysterio (Backlash '03)
  • Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show (Stretcher Match, WWE Championship, Judgment Day '03)
  • Kurt Angle vs. Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show (Triple-Threat No Disqualification WWE Championship Match, Vengeance '03)
  • The Big Show vs. Eddie Guerrero (WWE United States Championship Match, No Mercy '03)
  • Team Angle Vs Team Lesnar (“Survivor Series” Match Survivor Series '03)
  • Kurt Angle vs. John Cena vs. The Big Show (Triple-Threat, No Way Out '04)
  • John Cena vs. The Big Show (WWE United States Championship match, WrestleMania XX)
  • The Big Show vs. Kurt Angle (No Mercy '04)
  • Eddie Guerrero & John Cena & Rob Van Dam & The Big Show vs. Carlito & Kurt Angle & Luther Reigns & Mark Jindrak (“Survivor Series” Match, Survivor Series '04)
  • John Bradshaw Layfield vs. Kurt Angle vs. The Big Show (Triple-Threat No Disqualification WWE Championship Match, Royal Rumble '05)
  • JBL vs. The Big Show (Barbed Wire Steel Cage WWE Championship Match, No Way Out '05)
  • Akebono Vs The Big Show (Sumo Match, WrestleMania 21)
  • Kane & The Big Show win the WWE Tag Team Titles Vs Lance Cade & Trevor Murdoch (World Tag Team Titles, Taboo Tuesday '05)
  • Batista & Bobby Lashley & John Bradshaw Layfield & Randy Orton & Rey Mysterio vs. Carlito & Chris Masters & Kane & Shawn Michaels & The Big Show (“Survivor Series” Match, Survivor Series '05)
  • Kane & The Big Show vs. Carlito & Chris Masters (World Tag Team Titles Match, WrestleMania 22)
  • The Undertaker vs. The Big Show (“Punjabi Prison” Match, The Great American Bash '06)
  • The Big Show wins the ECW title because Vince vs. Sabu (“Extreme Rules” ECW World Heavyweight Title Match, SummerSlam '06)
  • D-X Vs The McMahon’s & The Big Show (Handicap “Hell In A Cell” Match, Unforgiven '06)
  • King Booker vs. John Cena vs. The Big Show (“Champion Of Champions” Triple-Threat World Heavyweight Championship Match, Cyber Sunday '06)
  • Bobby Lashley & John Cena & Kane & Rob Van Dam & Sabu vs. Finlay & Montel Vontavious Porter & Test & The Big Show & Umaga (“Survivor Series” Match, Survivor Series '06)
  • Bobby Lashley vs. C. M. Punk vs. Hardcore Holly vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Test vs. The Big Show (“Extreme Elimination Chamber” ECW World Heavyweight Title Match, December To Dismember '06)

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PG/Modern Era
  • Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Vs. The Big Show (No Disqualification Match, WrestleMania XXIV)
  • The Big Show vs. The Great Khali (Backlash '08)
  • Three absolute hosses collide for the ECW title (lol) Mark Henry vs. Kane vs. The Big Show (Triple-Threat ECW World Heavyweight Title, Night Of Champions '08)
  • The Big Show knocks out The Undertaker! (No Mercy '08)
  • The Undertaker gets his revenge in a Last Man Standing & Casket Match (Cyber Sunday & Survivor Series '08)
  • Triple H vs. Edge vs. Jeff Hardy vs. The Big Show vs. The Undertaker vs. Vladimir Kozlov (“Elimination Chamber”|WWE Championship Match, No Way Out '09)
  • The Big Show is inserted into the John Cena & Edge feud for some reason (Three-Way World Heavyweight Championship Match, WrestleMania XXV)
  • Jerishow Vs Cryme Time (WWE Unified Tag Team Titles Match, SummerSlam '09)
  • The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho vs. The Big Show (Triple-Threat World Heavyweight Championship Match, Survivor Series '09)
  • Shawn Michaels & Triple H vs. Chris Jericho & The Big Show (“TLC” WWE Unified Tag Team Titles Match, TLC: Tables, Ladders And Chairs '09)
  • The Big Show & The Miz vs. John Morrison & R-Truth WWE Unified Tag Team Titles, WWE WrestleMania XXVI)
  • The Big Show Def. (DQ) [Jack Swagger (World Heavyweight Championship Match, WWE Over The Limit '10)
  • Kane vs, Christian vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Matt Hardy vs. The Big Show (“Money In The Bank” Ladder (Money In The Bank '10)
  • The Big Show vs. The Straight Edge Society: C. M. Punk & Joey Mercury & Luke Gallows (Handicap Tag, SummerSlam '10)
  • Edge vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Kane vs. Rey Mysterio vs. The Big Show vs. Wade Barrett (“Elimination Chamber” Match, World Heavyweight Championship)
  • Kane & Kofi Kingston & Santino Marella & The Big Show vs. Ezekiel Jackson & Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel & Wade Barrett (8-Person Tag Match, WrestleMania XXVII)
  • Kane & The Big Show vs. C. M. Punk & Mason Ryan (WWE Tag Team ChampionshipMatch, Over The Limit '11)
  • The Big Show has a big hoss feud with Mark Henry for six months only for Daniel Bryan to swoop in an successfully cash in his MitB contract! (Chair Match, World Heavyweight Championship, TLC: Tables, Ladders And Chairs '11)
  • Daniel Bryan vs. Mark Henry vs. The Big Show (Triple Threat Steel Cage World Heavyweight Championship Match, Royal Rumble '12)
  • The Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes (WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, WrestleMania XXVIII)
  • John Cena vs. The Big Show (Steel Cage; If Big Show Loses, John “looooooser!” Laurinaitis Is Fired; If Cena Loses, He Is Fired, No Way Out '12)
  • John Cena vs. Chris Jericho vs. Kane vs. The Big Show vs. The Miz (“Money In The Bank” Ladder 5-Way Match, Money In The Bank '12)
  • C. M. Punk vs. John Cena vs. The Big Show (Triple-Threat Match, WWE Championship Match, SummerSlam '12)
  • The Big Show trades the title back and forth with Sheamus (World Heavyweight Championship Match, Hell In A Cell, Survivor Series & TLC '12)
  • Alberto Del Rio vs. The Big Show (“Last Man Standing” World Heavyweight Championship Match, Royal Rumble & Elimination Chamber '13)
  • The Shield Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins vs. Randy Orton & Sheamus & The Big Show (6-Person Tag Match, WrestleMania 29)
  • Randy Orton vs. The Big Show (WWE Championship* Match Survivor Series '13)
  • Brock Lesnar vs. The Big Show (Royal Rumble '14)
  • The Big Show turns for the millionth time on Team Cena to join The Authority (Survivor Series '14)
  • Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale WrestleMania 31
  • Roman Reigns vs. The Big Show (“Last Man Standing” Match, Extreme Rules '15)
  • The Big Show vs. Ryback (WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, Money In The Bank '15)
  • Ryback vs. The Big Show vs. The Miz (3-Way Match WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, SummerSlam '15)
  • Kan & Ryback & The Big Show vs. Braun Strowman & Erick Rowan & Luke Harper (6-Person Tag Match, Fastlane '16)
  • The Big Show Vs Rusev (Fastlane '17)
  • Big Cass vs. The Big Show (Enzo Amore In A Shark Cage* (WWE SummerSlam '17)
  • The Big Show stars in his own Netflix sitcom! (It is cancelled after one season)

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and finally why I thought this was a good idea:

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36 revolutions around the heel/face axis and counting

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I think he’s quite possibly one of the bigger missed opportunities of a seriously big monster. A huge guy, who can actually wrestle and talk. Can do comedy as well. Booked right, he might have been a big attraction like Andre, but he wasn’t. Having that many turns made him a joke and completely diminished who he could have been. He doesn’t need to have 5 star classics or wrestle a lot, but be this massive monster your babyface needs to beat.

Obviously, his weight issues did go against him, which might be a reason why he wasn’t booked like this (just look at Yokozuna’s run when his weight ballooned)

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Yeah he’s a weird one, has by most accounts had a great career and yet never really been taken that seriously or done a lot with it. As complete stinky bollix his debut feud with Hogan was I always thought he played his role pretty well. Mental he was a high flyer in his early days too

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Ah yeah, I’m not taking away from the career he has had, it’s still pretty great. I don’t think he’s ever really been considered as a proper Main Eventer, just as an upper mid carder.
I didn’t properly know of his debut, until OSW did the Dungeon of Doom arc and my word, was that an awful thing to debut with. Kevin Sullivan - Booker man

Yeah, you imagine him high flying, would be completely crazy to see in WWE/F. Though, would be good if done sparingly to go with the monster gimmick

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Remember when his gimmick was that he smoked all the time?

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There was a brief moment at the end of 99/early 2000 where he was amongst the top guys, but he couldn’t stay in shape and by his own recent admission, had to sort his attitude out having just come from “going into business for yourself” WCW

Not really a gimmick tho

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How is that a gimmick?! My word, who booked that?

@Severed799 I’ve watched that string of Daniel Bryan matches to break the monotony of keeping vaguely climbing fit hanging in our basement. Great curation there - seems like a great guy.

Minimal thoughts on The Big Show. Main memory is Shane McMahon leaping on him from a silly height.

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I think that’s fair enough, having come from WCW, where you had to look after yourself, as you had several people there who just controlled everything.

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Eric Bischoff I think. Because nasty bad giants smoke or something like that

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Ah that’s really nice to hear! That period was what got me be back in, for my sins

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Aye for sure but it’s important to note this is a retrospective admission, at the time Vince sent him down to Cornette and Show felt he was being hard done by

That’s true. No one is gonna react well to being sent down to developmental, after being on the main show for years, even if it’s for your own good.

Has he retired now?

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He turned up this year to challenge Drew McIntye just after Mania (partly to promote his sitcom) so no, not fully.

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