NOTE: This article contains spoilers for some recent WWE events.
The Pro Wrestling Examiner looks into the crystal ball of wrestling nerdom to a prospective future of various WWE superstars after they hit big milestones. This week we are looking over the results of WWE Hell in a Cell 2012 and how they effect the next month or so of WWE TV and November’s Surivivor Series.
The Big Show
The ‘World’s Largest Athlete’ Big Show finally returned to the top of the mountain by defeating Sheamus at the Hell in a Cell Pay Per View this past Sunday, to become the new World Heavyweight Champion. Show has endured quite a bit in the last few years and this surely has to be considered a prized reward for a veteran wrestler and featured performer.
Show real name Paul Wight, broke his Wrestlemania losing streak by winning the Intercontinental Championship off Cody Rhodes, only to lose it back to Rhodes a month later at Extreme Rules. And of course, he had chased the World title in 2011 only to hold the title for 45 seconds after a violent Chair match with Match and lost the title to Daniel Bryan cashing in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
These frustrations added up and in the summer we saw Show revert from a loveable giant to an angry giant with a unique contract that allowed to get away with a lot of violence with little repercussions from WWE management. This World title caps off a long road back to being ‘bad’ for the Big Show.
So what lays ahead for the current World Heavyweight Champion on RAW and Smackdown?
Show will establish his status as one of the top dogs in WWE. Expect the Celtic Warrior to get ‘serious’ as Show demanded, only to get KO punched to the back of the line in a predictable rematch. Sheamus put up a valiant fight at Hell in a Cell and will likely do the same in a rematch which could go down on RAW or Smackodwn. It would be slightly surprising if WWE put Sheamus and Show back together for a title match at the Survivor Series PPV event, as it seems the fued does not have those legs underneath it.
Look for other Smackdown stars like Randy Orton, Wade Barrett, and Alberto Del Rio to position themselves to get into a chase to challenge Show at Survivor Series in Indianoplis. The November Classic could get a ‘survival’ aspect added to it with a Final Four Way match or a Battle Royal for the World title.
Big Show will bully the Smackdown roster, to stoke the flames of a one man vs. world type feud. If there is one guy who could be the man to take on an entire roster or at least a good portion of it, it’s the gigantic face-crushing monster known as Big Show.
Yet there is one man who holds the killswitch to Show’s mastodon momentum with the World title : Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler touted that he would cash-in his Money in the Bank briefcase at Hell in the Cell but when Big Show won, Ziggler did not appear. On Twitter today, Ziggler promised he would be a threat to Show and his World title. Could Show be cursed once again to be a victim of yet another opportunistic MITB cash-in?