Viewers were shocked last week when The Big Show suddenly returned to WWE TV, teaming with Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe to take on Seth Rollins and AOP.
Show was also on this week’s episode, and took a fair few bumps for his trouble.
The question for many fans has been why he has returned, given he really has nothing left to prove to anyone and will go down as one of the all-time greats regardless of what he does for the rest of his career.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer revealed that Big Show returned “as a favour” to WWE, and as a way to help get Buddy Murphy over.
“They’ve been wanting to do something with [Buddy Murphy] for a long time. So Rey Mysterio is going to end up in that crew and you’ve got Samoa Joe and Kevin Owens. Big Show is there for now, but Big Show’s not there for long. He was kinda brought in as a favor during this period because they were down a man. So, I don’t know how long he’s going to be staying.
“It wasn’t meant to be a long-term thing [with Big Show], but with Buddy Murphy in they’re again down a man so [Big Show] may be still around for a little while. When the match was over it was like, ‘Is that it for Big Show?’ I mean they basically curb stomped him and ruled him unable to continue. I felt like the least they could do is a 10 count, but they didn’t even do that, he just stomped him and they stopped the match.”
It was never likely that Big Show was going to be around for long, but there’s every chance he’ll be in the Royal Rumble match so the commentators can all say “how is anyone going to get him over the top rope, he’s so big!”