I love when WWE releases several match card photos to indicate a change in plans or swerve the audience. It’s clear from Raw tonight that they’re going with Sheamus, Orton and Show vs the Shield (was there ever really a doubt?), but the above photos show something different.
WWF St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Advert [2/14/1999]
Loved this PPV as a teenager due largely to the fact that a certain 7’3”, 550-pound (kayfabe) behemoth made his WWF debut during this main event. Being the huge WCW mark that I was, I remember being completely shocked at seeing The Giant tear through the mat from underneath the ring in an attempt to get “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
This was before they settled on the name Big Show for the guy, so I remember thinking it was pretty strange to hear Jim Ross enthusiastically sell the fact that “PAUL WIGHT IS HERE!!”.
The Big Show Holds Up WWE World Heavyweight Championship - WWE Survivor Series [11/18/2012]
Is there any way we could make the Big Gold title here the main WWE Championship? I’m not a guy that usually harps on title unification matches, but I’ve always loved the look of this title.
Let’s scrap that Cena-one and just have this as the main one! Also while we’re rambling about on things that’ll never happen, let’s bring in the Ultimate Warrior as the new RAW GM and reboot the WCW name by starting up a special Thursday Night Nitro to show up those Impact Wrestling assholes by getting higher ratings than them on day one!
nWo Classified - WCW Magazine #37 [April 1998]
In order to sell the split between the WCW organization and the New World Order organization, the nWo had their own little eight-page spread inside of the WCW Magazine. The cover for this feature showcased a scary, botched jackknife powerbomb by Kevin Nash during his match against The Giant at the Souled Out PPV.
If it’s not apparent in the photo, Kevin Nash managed to drop The Giant directly on his neck while (foolishly) attempting his finisher. The botch ended up being played up on television as WCW Officials claimed that Nash purposely tried to break his opponent’s neck and banned the move altogether. Despite the new law, Kevin Nash continued to use the jackknife powerbomb all while calling himself “The Giant Killer”.
Big Show vs Sheamus Debate - WWE RAW [10/1/2012]
Since we all stayed up watching the debate and reading the fallout (binders full of women — wat), we’ll be light on content until the late afternoon.
Until then, imagine what this country would be like if these two goofs were running for President of the United States of America.
This clip of Paul Wight AKA The Big Show AKA The Giant in Adam Sandler’s The Waterboy still bugs me to this day. I mean, it looks like they filmed the scene at the WCW Worldwide set, but why is there an actor made-up to be a fake Tony Schiavone doing an interview?
To make things weirder, the microphone clearly says WCW, but The Giant is actually a guy named Captain Insano in this clip. It feel like I’m watching an alternate reality play out in front of me. A DC Multiverse world were The Giant was an mega-over babyface with star-spangled singlet with a bitter rival in Herculon, a person whose gimmick made him hail from outer space.
I’m pretty sure that the Insano/Herculon match at the Baton Rouge Exposition Center was pretty phenomenal.
“Reborn Lex Revives WCW” - WCW Magazine #25 [March 1997]
Not gonna lie — seeing Luger get The Giant up for a Torture Rack was pretty damn impressive, especially to a thirteen year old kid who truly believed the guy weighed in at five-hundred and fifty pounds (kayfabe).
Meanwhile, in Japan…
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin versus Hulk Hogan tops the top 10 fantasy matches that never happened: August 8, 2012
It’ll never happen. Hogan is beyond being healthy enough to wrestle, and Austin likely won’t risk wrestling again (even if it is CM Punk). Other highlights of the list:
- “Macho Man” Randy Savage versus CM Punk (which cannot happen for obvious reasons)
- Legacy versus the Four Horsemen
- Sting versus the Undertaker
- Shawn Michaels versus The Rock.
- Bret “Hitman” Hart versus Kurt Angle
John Cena and He-Man take on Skeletor and Big Show
CM Punk and Man-At-Arms versus Daniel Bryan and Trap Jaw
This is what happens when you share a toy manufacturer. It’s also the 30th anniversary of Masters of the Universe. So I feel old. Still, these match ups sound better than a bad b-pay-per-view.