Last Monday night was somewhat of an embarrassment for the WWE.
The Big Show wrestled Ryback in what was probably one of the worst matches not involving a WWE diva in the last year. With all due respect to the veteran Big Show, he really should not be calling matches, especially against a guy like Ryback who is still relatively young and still developing.
The Big Show was practically shouting the next move into the microphone before it happened. He was loud and direct, and anyone paying attention on TV could hear Show telling Ryback to “kick me,” at one point in the match.
Throughout the match, Show was clearly not protecting the business. For someone who has been in the profession for nearly 20 years, he should really know better. Ryback may not be the most polished guy in the business, but he certainly isn’t going to get better when he’s going up against a guy who looks like he’s rehearsing a match, instead of performing one on live TV.
Yes, pro wrestling outcomes are predetermined, but for fans who grew up on Ric Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, the Four Horseman, Rowdy Roddy Piper and others, wrestling is still high-level, athletic performance art. The wrestlers should do their best to protect the art of the sport, especially when on live television.
The Big Show, largely because of his size, was fortunate enough to be working with the sport’s greats early in his career. He got ring time with Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, the Undertaker, Sting and others who treated him well and did their best to make him look good inside the ring.
He owes the same to Ryback and every other wrestler he faces.