The Big Show Comments On Possibly Retiring From WWE In 2017
Since 1999, The Big Show has been one of WWE’s biggest stars: both figuratively and literally. However, with an in-ring career that already stretches over twenty years, dating back to his time in WCW, The Big Show recognizes that it’s past time to wind things down.
In an interview with ESPN, The Big Show opened up about how difficult it’s been for him the past few years. In addition, he comments on the possibility of retiring altogether in 2017. However, it’s not as much of a doom-and-gloom story as it sounds, as The Big Show generally seems to have a positive outlook, both on his life and on his relationship with WWE and Vince McMahon.
“The past four years, I’m not sure if anyone has noticed but I’ve been struggling with some really bad injuries,” Big Show said. “WWE and Vince, because of the great and incredible new crop of talent we’ve had, have given me the chance to step back a little bit and give these guys a chance to develop their brand and become the superstars they can be. But it also gives me a chance to maintain some things, and take care of some stuff.”
The “World’s Largest Athlete” credits his new health plan with allowing him to recover over the past several months.
“Through diet and exercise, it has been a blessing. I’m on board with it, I understand it and I’m motivated to do it,” Big Show added. “The results are happening. I feel great. I feel younger. I’m definitely not as sluggish as I was before. The ability for me to compete at a better level is definitely in sight and I think that’s reinvigorating for me.”
However, Big Show did feel he had to address the possibility of hanging it up in 2017, noting that his best years as a world champion are far behind him. That said, this doesn’t necessarily mean Big Show will go away altogether:
“I’m not going to go out and try to be a world champion or have some kind of dominating title run. I’ve had those years, I’ve done that. I understand this is a new era and there’s a new changing of the guard. I know I still have some time left on this contract. It depends on how my role is going to change. WWE is home, it’s a family. I’ll always be a part of this as long as I can contribute in some positive way. But I know there’s a time when the sun sets on everything.”
While the answer is inconclusive, I do feel as though The Big Show is winding down his career, to the point where it’s feasible that 2017 could be his last year as an active, in-ring performer. His appearances have become less and less frequent, and I just think there isn’t really as much left for him to do in this business that we haven’t seen before, outside of the rumored Wrestlemania match with Shaquille O’Neal. Hopefully, he gets to go out on a high note. Sure, I’ve never been the guy’s biggest fan in recent years, if only because, much like with Kane, there isn’t really anything interesting left for the company to do with someone who’s been around this long. But I certainly don’t dislike the man behind the character, and I hope he’s around for years to come in some kind of role. His handful of times behind the commentary desk showed me he has a talent for that sort of thing, and he could be very useful to the company, at a time when good color commentators are as rare as they come. He could also be a solid trainer for some of the bigger athletes in the Performance Center. Either way, Big Show has options, so I don’t think he’ll ever truly leave the “family”, as he puts it.
But what do you think? Should The Big Show retire? Or are there still interesting angles/feuds left for him to do? Sound off in the comments!
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