Could Big Show have saved his job any other way?
May 20, 2012
John Laurinaitis’ absolute power (deviously dubbed People Power by Laurinaitis himself) was supposed to have met an ugly end at WWE Over the Limit. The WWE’s Board of Directors had finally painted the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown into a corner ... but little did they or anyone else know that Laurinaitis had a 7-foot tall, 441-pound wrecking ball to take down a wall, allowing him to escape ( PHOTOS).
Big Show was humiliated and then fired by Laurinaitis on Raw less than a week before Over the Limit ( WATCH). Therefore as a former WWE talent, Big Show cannot be terminated for protecting Laurinaitis’ place atop WWE’s power pyramid as any other Superstar or Diva would have been.
Big Show expressed his love for competing in front of the WWE Universe as he was forced to plead for his job in front of them. Does Big Show love being a WWE Superstar so much that he could surmise no other way to be rehired by WWE? Were there any other paths leading to renewed employment for the embattled behemoth?
If Laurinaitis had been beaten by Cena and terminated himself, would his replacement have had enough common sense to bring back one of WWE’s most decorated Superstars? Would Chief Operating Officer Triple H have rehired Big Show himself immediately, before even naming Laurinaitis’ replacement? Would the Board of Directors, who obviously wanted Laurinaitis’ reign of ego to end, have interceded on Show’s behalf? Even less contemptible than his actions tonight, could Big Show have enlisted the counsel of Paul Heyman, who is currently suing WWE over the way Brock Lesnar and WWE parted ways? Surely any other option would have been less offensive than allowing Laurinaitis to pin Cena.
How was this proverbial deal with the devil struck? Did Big Show call Laurinaitis tearfully begging for his job back? Did Laurinaitis use his ubiquitous BlackBerry to text the offer to the goliath? Was there a third party involved who proposed this mutually beneficial betrayal?
Big Show’s eventual explanation of his actions at Over The Limit may be one of the most must-hear promos in WWE history.