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Big Show responds to criticisms of his compliance with Triple H
Big Show was forced to make the ultimate sacrifice this past Monday on Raw, forfeiting his principles and his friendship with Daniel Bryan for the sake of his family after WWE COO Triple H and Stephanie McMahon forced him to knock out the No. 1 contender following their match on Raw.
The WWE Universe – to say nothing of the locker room – was uniformly outraged over the giant’s apparent surrender to the corporate power, but the truth is that Show was targeted for his strength and not weakness.
“Believe me, I understand what everybody’s thinking,” the former World Champion told WWE.com amid the post-Raw backlash. “There are guys in the locker room who look up to me and they want me to turn loose, they want me to help lead the charge. I don’t know how to express it to them any other way: I’m not in a position now where I can do that. I have things that are personal and important to me that I’m responsible for.”
As a veteran member of the locker room, the giant commands the respect and (occasionally) fear of his fellow Superstars and thus made the perfect target for a regime looking for someone to make an example of. Throw in his financial troubles and The Game had his in to bend the giant to his will.
An outpour of emotion from The World’s Largest Athlete throughout the night led many in the WWE Universe to question the giant’s supposedly legendary toughness. The open anguish expressed by the giant was seen as a sign of weakness by some, but this could not be further from the truth as well.
“I don’t think anyone really knows me,” Show said. “I’m an emotional person. Anger and frustration comes out in many ways … I’m not afraid to hug my friends that I love and I’m not afraid to express my emotions when I’m upset.”
He added, “The way I look at it, I’m more of a man because I’m in touch with my emotions. I think people that deny their emotions are pretty weak individuals, if you want my honest opinion.”
In other words, even The World’s Largest Hands can sometimes be forced, but hard times don’t last forever.
“Defining moments are the moments that either define you or you define the moment,” Show said. “This moment is nowhere near its end yet.”