The Big Show has been a major player in the WWE through three different decades. As the wrestling giant hits 20 years in the industry, he is starting to come to terms with his impending retirement.
Show is starring in a brand new movie called Vendetta and is doing the media rounds to promote the movie and talk a little WWE. Hitting the twenty-year mark brings obvious questions about the “R” word so it is natural that any journalist who has done his or her homework is going to ask him about retirement. Show was asked if Vendetta is the start of a transition to a career in movies.
“I think a natural evolution for me would be to try to transfer over into the film and TV world and start playing different characters. Hopefully that way I can keep entertaining my fans that are fans of me, in different avenues and different spotlights. It’s a natural evolution.
“Am I a little sad that my wrestling career is towards its end? Well, yeah, because this has been my life for 20 years. But I think I can continue to help some of the younger guys get over and develop and find out who they are then find a pleasant transition for myself. I’m not quite in the old folks’ home yet, I’ve still got more to do.”
What is funny is that you generally don’t hear someone in his position so openly talk about stepping away, yet Show has. This isn’t the first time. In a recent interview on Talk is Jericho, Show also mentioned that he was transitioning out. Even though he has 20 years in the business, Show is still only 43 and could probably go a few more years at a reduced schedule if he wants to. Although it seems clear he’d like to transition more into coaching at this point.
Show is also one of a handful of WWE performers on the roster today that was a part of the Monday Night Wars. Show, like Jericho played for both teams during the war. Show was asked about the lack of competition today and whether that hurts the WWE.
Show was also asked whether the WWE audience takes him for granted.
“I think so – I think the uniqueness and the special things that I bring to WWE is sometimes a little bit downplayed because you see me every week. I think that’s one of the things that will happen to me eventually. I’m going to start not being on our programming as much, not being on TV every week.
“Hopefully when I do get a chance to come back, I’ll be able to have a little bit more impact and a little bit more fun. That’s part of what I should have been doing my whole career anyway. I think quite frankly I have been on TV too much, but part of it is necessity and part of it’s ability.
“I’m able to work, I am able to get other talent over. I am able to carry storylines. When you’re good at what you do you’re going to work. That’s a good thing. But from the standpoint of being an attraction, sometimes too much isn’t good. So it’s a difficult fine line.
Show made an interesting remark here in that he believes he has been on television too much. I couldn’t agree more and Show appears to have more self-awareness about his booking than most WWE performers will admit to. I think at his size and especially at this stage of his career he’d be best used as a special attraction like Brock Lesnar. Unfortunately management doesn’t see it that way and he appears to be willing to be a good employee and go along for the ride.
Most have pontificated over the years that the WWE needs competition and many within the WWE, like Show have openly said it. Yet the WWE is determined to shut down any sense of competition that comes its way. Take a look at how the company reacted to Ring of Honor getting on Destination America for proof. The playbook is fairly obvious in regards to competition, shut it down before it becomes competition, thus the chances of seeing competition to the WWE are slim and none.
“I think competition is the best thing for everyone. Competition is what makes us evolve, from when we were itty bitty little tadpoles in prehistoric times to what we’ve turned into now. Competition makes us evolve and makes us push ourselves better.
“There was competition between Raw and SmackDown, and now there’s NXT guys coming up which is stimulating a lot of the other guys too. There’s young, fresh talent coming up that’s got exciting ideas and creative matches and exciting characters so it motivates a lot of us in the locker room to step up our game.
“I think everything runs in hills and valleys. I think that Attitude Era was a magic time because there really was a good versus evil – there really was somebody – there was competition. Now you have to try to strive to put a better product out and create your own competition.
I’d highly recommend checking out the entire interview. Show goes into more detail on these questions and more. It appears to be a very candid retrospective on a guy that generally stays away from the media. Check it out at DigitalSpy.com